Would you like to gain additional hours in your day?
To do that, you simply have to wake up earlier.
You will be surprised by the impact on your mental health. It will make you feel so good about yourself and you will feel like you had actually accomplished something really amazing.
Waking up early might be hard for you, but it’s one of those things you have to make into a habit if you want to to take advantage of the additional hours in your day and have more time to focus on your goals and dreams.
It will mean that you will have to wake up when everyone else is asleep. But think about it, it means fewer distractions and more work done with zero interruptions!
Plus you will get to see the magical sunrise.
So, here are some tips to help you make yourself a morning person:
1. Have a reason
The first step to start making yourself a morning person is to make sure that you have a specific reason to get up in the morning.
Getting up in the morning just because you wanna do it is a lot more difficult than if you actually have a specific reason to do it. Having some obligations like paying bills, go for a job, watch the sunset etc will definitely help you to be mentally prepared for getting up.
So, find something you want to do for yourself in the morning.
Find a morning routine that you like (meditating, doing yoga, read….) to get you more excitement.
Compare it to going on a vacation. I bet you don’t have a problem waking up early every day when you are on vacation.
2. Take small steps
The bigger the project is, the more we procrastinate.
Don’t try to set an alarm super early and get the bare minimum of sleep. Try to break it down into small, achievable steps.
Often, the feeling and the thought that we want to achieve something great and big overwhelms us and might even lead to overthinking, depression and anxiety.
The key to success is to start small every day.
If you go to bed at 3am, don’t set an alarm for 6am! Instead, try cutting an hour than you usually sleep and slowly work your way to waking up to the desired time.
3. Change up the ringtone (buzzer)
While some buzzers will help you to wake up feeling refreshed, others will turn you into the Hulk!!!
Test out various alarm options and try to find the one that works the best for you. Avoid those buzzers that will give you an anxiety attack.
Also, If you use the same buzzer day in and day out, you begin to develop a tolerance to the sound and it will slowly become less effective.
If you change your buzzer frequently, you will have an easier time waking up.
4. Relocate your alarm clock (in the bathroom)
Having an alarm clock too close to your bed is the number one reason people simply can’t get up in the morning.
If you can turn your alarm clock off without getting out of bed, you are creating an unnecessarily difficult situation for your own self.
This might sound a bit odd to you but, try to move your alarm clock (no matter if it’s your phone or an actual clock) in the bathroom. In order to turn it off, you will have to get completely out of bed.
Since going to the restroom (or taking a shower) is the first thing in the morning you do every day, keeping your alarm clock there will make an efficient start of your morning.
5. Use a planner and plan your day the night before
Scheduling your days in your planner is a really good habit to make and it will definitely give you the will the to get up earlier.
Start with writing your non-negotiables first.
Like, what time do you want to wake up?
How long you think you would need for your morning routine?
What do you want to be done by the end of the day?
You pretty much get the idea.
You can write your goals as a reminder and things that you want to accomplish on the same day, which will give you the idea that you just have to get up earlier.
Also, planning your day the night before will make you so much more organized in the mornings so you can get straight to work. It’s always helpful to have everything you need for the day laid out and ready to go when you wake up.
Try to write the things that you have to do the next day in order of importance. Check off the things as you do them, and at the end of the day, looking at that list will give you motivation so you can seize the next day.
Of course, sometimes other things will come up, but having your plan allows you to fit them in and make changes as they come.
6. Go in bed at a reasonable time
Forcing yourself to bed at a reasonable hour can also do wonders.
I find that even if I get 8 hours of sleep but went to bed super late, I don’t feel rested when I wake up. But when I do the opposite (go to bed early and get the same amount of sleep) I feel absolutely great and refreshed.
Beside practicing to get out of bed on time, also start to practice going in bed at a reasonable hour.
Try the same technique.
Slowly start to force yourself to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you usually do and work your way to getting into bed at a reasonable time.
And it’s important to isolate yourself from staring at a screen, whether its the TV, your laptop or your smartphone. Especially from social media. That will keep you busy and you will just end up staring until you get eye strain and fall asleep.
7. Get the right amount of sleep
Yeah, yeah. I know you heard this million times and you just keep seeing it everywhere.
But, getting into good sleep habit and getting the right amount of sleep is key to becoming a morning person.
Try not to oversleep or get the bare minimum. Remember that the longer we lay in bed or the longer we keep getting the bare minimum (of sleep) the less energy we will have throughout the day. And it pushes us to points of exhaustion which has lasting effects for days to come.
Practice getting out of bed on time. Slowly start to wake up 30 minutes earlier and work your way to getting the right amount of sleep. But don’t push it instantly and make sure you are getting enough sleep like 7 to 8 hours a night.
8. Try not to rush when you wake up
This is definitely a mood killer.
If you just rush things and have a mindset that you just gotta wake up and be productive, it’s only going to make things worse as you will feel super exhausted like you spend all of your energy in the same day and won’t be ready for the next day.
You shouldn’t wake up out of necessity to get somewhere because, again, the stress of waking up and rushing wastes energy.
Instead, try to wake up with some spare time to relax and you will definitely feel more energized throughout the day. The day will be so much easier to embrace when you don’t oversleep.
9. Follow a morning ritual
Try to focus on your mental, emotional and spiritual health and do something about your own self.
Create and follow a morning ritual.
You can just read, meditate, listen to a pod… pretty much anything that will set an energized tone for the rest of the day. I mean, no wonder why this is called “hour of power”! Not only does this morning ritual sets your tone for the rest of the day, but it will also set your mood for the next morning!
10. Breakfast strategy
Just like planning your day the night before, try to also plan your breakfast.
Don’t be afraid to stop at the grocery store. Planning a healthy breakfast ahead ensures that your day is off to an amazing start!
And also, it gives you something to look forward to when you wake up.
11. Avoid distractions and time wasters
Try to examine the danger of unwanted distractions. It basically wastes your time, drains your energy and distracts you from the important things you do to start the day right.
Remember that all those distractions and time wasters won’t take you anywhere good. Your determination will.
The first step of trying to avoid distractions is by realizing what the distraction is and what catches your attention the most.
For example, don’t pick up your phone and open up your social media first thing in the morning, don’t respond to that text message, don’t browse your favorite sites and don’t watch TV.
Instead, walk to the bathroom, drink a cup of water and wash your face.
→ Check out how to change the everyday habits that drain our energy by clicking HERE.
12. Start taking naps
When done correctly, the benefits of napping are countless.
It will definitely improve your mental performance. If you are just scared from the day ahead of you, and you just don’t want to get up from your bed, remember that you CAN and WILL take naps throughout the day!
You can make up for lack of sleep at night with short naps.
The more frequently you get enough sleep, the more capable and refreshed your brain will be, so try taking “power naps”.
Usually the power nap is under 20 minutes, so the brain doesn’t have time to go through all the phases of sleep. Plus, longer naps often leave the person dizzy and disoriented upon waking, but power naps can be refreshing without a sleepy hangover.
So, start taking naps throughout the day. Even a 20-minute nap will do wonders to your body.
Are you a morning person?
What does your morning routine look like?
Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention?
What works best for you?
Let me know in the comments