It is usually difficult to wake up in the morning as the idea of falling asleep is more appealing. However, waking up early has positive health benefits including better concentration, better sleep quality, more energy, productivity, and more.
It takes commitment to wake up quickly, but it is also possible to turn a fresh riser into a starting bird.
Here are some simple tips to wake up early to help you get in the habit of waking up early
1. Have a strong “WHY”
If you don’t come up with a good way to spend your mornings, they will automatically be allocated for sleeping in. Changing this habit is hard, and if you want to endure the difficulty, you will need a good reason for it. Be really clear about what you want to get out of the extra morning time.
2. Plan your morning
The more specific you are with the morning routine, the easier it’s going to be to execute it. Im talking about the really small details. Where do you put your alarm? Do you get dressed before going to the bathroom? Do you shave first or brush teeth first? Do you take a shower in the morning or in the evening?
3. Put your alarm clock far from your bed
If it’s right next to your bed, you will shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out to bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
4. Don’t make drastic changes
Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a new day. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
5. Make waking up early a reward
Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. Find something that’s pleasurable to you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.
6. Challenge Yourself for 21 days
Walking up early for 1or 2 days is easy. Being consistent about it and turning this into a habit is much harder. The brain gets used to a new habit within 21 days. To shift your mindset and attitude for walking up early, make a commitment for the next 3 weeks. Create a challenge that will help you build your consistency.
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