Getting up early (and enjoying it) is as simple as mind over matter…
Traditional office hours usually begin at 8 or 9 AM and sometimes earlier. While this is great for those that are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, being productive in the morning takes a lot of coffee and struggle for those who have an aversion to early mornings. I, unfortunately, am one of those poor souls that just can’t find the motivation not to hit snooze in the morning and if you’re reading this, there is a good chance that you are, too.
I’ve made it my mission to find ways to not only get better at waking up early but (dare I say it?!) start to enjoy my mornings. They say that if you do something for two weeks, it becomes a habit. Look at the tips below and implement them for the next two weeks to find out!
This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s often overlooked. Most of the time, people struggle to get out of bed in the morning is because they’re running on 5-6 hours of sleep. Getting up earlier doesn’t mean that you must sacrifice your beauty rest! Focus on getting to bed at an earlier time so you can get in those precious hours to re-charge even with an earlier wake-up time.
Set an alarm to remind yourself to hit the sack at an earlier time. If you are struggling to get your body to sleep because it’s not used to the time yet, try some Melatonin or read for a while.
Most of the time when it’s time to sleep, we stay up late scrolling through social media, checking emails or watching a show on Netflix. Next thing you know, there is only a short-time before you must wake up! I guarantee you won’t remember the article that you were reading when you’re trying to stay awake the next workday.
To avoid staying up too late and just for some healthy disconnection from technology leave your phone out of your bedroom. Or a the very least, don’t put it on your nightstand. Keeping your phone on silent and away from your reach will stop the temptation of late-night scrolling and will also make sure that you’re getting out of bed to turn off your alarm, which leads me to trick #3.
The longer you snooze the alarm or lay in bed, the more difficult getting up will become. As I mentioned before, move your phone or alarm clock out of reach of your bed so you must get up to turn it off. Once you’re up, start moving forward with your morning with intention.
Once you’re up and moving, don’t get suckered into checking your phone and/or computer. Avoid getting caught up checking your emails or messages until after you’ve gotten ready to allow yourself some free time before your day starts.
Waking up with enough time to get ready for the day without rushing is such a relief and a great way to start your day on the right foot. Do you enjoy coffee in the morning? Reading the paper in silence? Long showers? Detoxing workout? Treat yourself! Setting a wake-up time that allows you to enjoy these luxuries multiple times throughout the week (or every day!) will have a huge impact on your mental and physical well-being.
Have you noticed that it’s much easier to “hop out of bed” when you’re excited about something happening that day? That’s because you’re looking forward to the day. Changing your mindset from, “Ugh, I don’t want to do this.” to “Yes! Let’s get this day started!” will be a huge catalyst to getting you out of bed early and enjoying it.
Before going to sleep the night before, think about something you’re excited about the next day. This could be a project you’re close to accomplishing, deadline that is coming up, even as simple as the lunch that you’re going to eat. Whatever is happening in your day, find a bright spot that will make you jump out of bed in the morning!