Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you started waking up early to enhance your daily routine?
“Life is too short,” she panicked, “I want more.” He nodded slowly, “Wake up earlier.”
- Dr. SunWolf
I feel like most of us have contemplated the idea of becoming a morning person by waking up early, but ultimately brushed the idea to the side.
I remember the mornings when I was in middle and high school and even the 8 AM classes that I thought were a good idea in college (they weren’t), it’s ALWAYS been a struggle for me to roll out of bed in the morning. However, as a woman working a 9-5 on top of working to be an entrepreneur, I came to the conclusion that a change needed to happen. My schedule as it was didn’t allow for time to work on my own businesses, so I had to make that time.
There are several benefits of waking up early:
- More time to exercise
- Better productivity
- Better concentration
- Improves the quality of sleep
- More time to eat a nutritious breakfast to avoid the work/school slump
- Etc: the list goes on!
If you’re anything like me (a habitual snooze button abuser) and want to improve the overall quality of your life, I’ve outlined a few helpful tips to jumpstart this change! Remember, the 🔑 takeaway here is being intentional with your routine.
1. Waking up early takes time, don’t force it
Nothing happens overnight.
The same way you toss back an energy drink and then crash later on in the day is the same thing that happens when you all of a sudden go from waking up at 7 or 8 to jumping up at 4 or 5. Mentally and physically, you’re going to crash, hate your life and then vow never to wake up early again. Ask me how I know.
Instead of jumping straight into the early riser routine, try waking up in earlier increments. If you normally wake up at 7, try waking up at 6:45, and then 6:30, so on and so forth until you find the perfect time that fits your schedule. There is no ‘one time fits all’ here. This gradual increase will make the transition a lot smoother and is less likely to piss you off later in the day. 😉
Also, keep in mind, building a habit should be rewarding! You don’t have to hop straight out of bed, you can have an initial alarm to wake you up and beat that grogginess and a second alarm to actually get you up, maybe 10-15 minutes apart from each other.
2. Prep and plan the night before
Let’s not pretend that the morning isn’t already a mess, but add rushing + forgetting things to the mix and you’re in for a world of annoyance.
Similar to the previous tip, there’s a process to maximizing your time in the morning. In order to make your morning more productive, it’s best to cross your T’s and dot your I’s the night before. You can do things like picking out and ironing your outfit, pack your lunch (or general weekly meal prep on Sundays nights), and get your to-do list ready.
Having these things already done by the time you wake up in the morning makes life SO SO SO much easier, I can’t stress this enough!
3. Change your sleeping patterns
Have you ever had a late night and then had to turn around and hop up 2-3 hours later for work or school?
Could you imagine doing that daily?
The best way to get your morning started right is by getting good quality sleep the night before. We all know the recommended standard time is 8 hours, but nobody knows your body better than you. I personally can function really well on 6-7 hours of sleep and get overly lazy if I sleep more than that, so I go to bed at a reasonable time to allow my body to get the rest it runs best on.
Outside of giving yourself an adequate amount of sleep for your best self, you also should focus on what happens BEFORE you go to sleep.
If you’re someone who scrolls endlessly on the Big 3 before bed (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter), try replacing your phone with a book or a journal. Being on your phone before going to sleep can be a big hindrance because it keeps your brain active and the blue light from the screen interrupts the melatonin hormone, which is the hormone for sleep.
Reading a book or journaling is much better for calming your body and it’s a great way to actively reflect on your day or week.
4. Level up your alarm
Picture this: it’s 5 AM and your easy-to-turn off alarm starts blaring. You reach over, eyes barely cracked open because at some point, you’ve become a bat who can hear better than you can see and you slide your alarm to snooze…or even worse, you turn it off and go back to sleep. Sound familiar?
I recently downloaded an app called Alarmy and it’s been a game-changer, ya’ll! No longer do I groan, roll over and just turn my alarm off…well, I still groan, but now I have to actually focus on turning my alarm off. It’s advertised as the world’s most annoying alarm clock and with good reason.
There are different tasks that you can set up to turn the alarm off like taking a picture, shaking for 30 seconds or even solving a math problem. It’s definitely one of the best ways to get your brain juices flowing and yourself out of bed!
5. Give yourself some TLC
Waking up earlier than your usual gives you plenty of time to pamper yourself before heading out to work or school, which in turn, makes you feel good and can bring on a positive outlook for the rest of the day.
This is a perfect time to stretch and do yoga while watching the sunrise, hit the gym, fix a yummy breakfast, do a skincare routine before heading out into the cold or dry air (check out my favorite moisturizer!) or get some work done for your side hustle/business. This extra time before the bulk of your day gives you a chance to focus purely on bettering yourself because let’s be honest, by the time you get home, you’re not going to want to do anything but rest and relax.
6. Hit the gas and repeat
You’ve made it to the finish line! Now that you’ve got the keys to successfully become the morning person you’ve always wanted to be, you’ll be able to propel forward and do some serious slayin’. Remember, it’s not a race and it’s not something that has to happen overnight or even in a week. Your body is trained to follow its normal schedule, but the mind is so powerful and you can re-train it to be the lean, mean, early rising machine that you crave.
It takes a lot of consistency, will-power, and discipline to master the art of waking up early, but I have no doubts and you’re totally capable of doing anything you want in life! Remembering your ‘why’ and your purpose for waking up early will ensure that you stay motivated through this transition and moving forward.
Give yourself a time frame of about 21 days and soon, you’ll start to realize that you don’t even need Alarmy anymore to get you up and moving!
What do you hope to accomplish by waking up early? 🙂 Comment down below!