- You wake up to the sound of your alarm, see that you snoozed one too many times and you now have to run into the shower, pick up some random bar laying on your kitchen counter for breakfast and drive as quickly as you can to work, infuriated with all the “horrible drivers” around you.
- You wake up an hour before you actually need to leave your house for work. You spend the first 30 minutes getting ready, making sure the shower water is the perfect temperature. You have ample time to make some amazing eggs with toast, and you look like a 10 because you had more than enough time to get ready. You spend the last 30 minutes before you have to go to work either meditating, planning your day, spending some time with your kids, writing in your journal, reading the book you’ve been dying to get to, or knocking out a work-task you know you’ll have to finish later that day. You leave to work feeling incredible. You look great, your stomach is satisfied, your brain is ready for action and for some reason the drivers around you aren’t driving you crazy. You of course, get to work on time, feeling relaxed.
The fact of the matter is, that it doesn’t matter who you are, what your job is or where in the world you are. It also doesn’t matter what exactly you want to do in the morning. Becoming a morning person creates time for you to engage in all the activities you want to do, and complete all the work you need to do without feeling stressed or under pressure.
Becoming a morning person is the single best change I ever made to my life.
Because time increases exponentially the earlier you wake up.
The extra time gained by not having to deal with transportation time and external distractions are all compounded by either knocking out necessary tasks of the day or making sure your heart, body and mind are properly fueled and primed for a fantastic day ahead.
With less external distractions, less time wasted getting from one place to another, and getting out of bed on “the right” foot, you can get a lot more done a lot, more quickly, plain and simple.
It all sounds nice, right?
The real “problem” is actually beginning to take steps towards becoming an early riser who makes use of the morning hours.
Here are some tips you can implement to become a morning person:
Main Point: If you REALLY desire to be an early riser and you’re willing to commit to it then the one thing you really need to understand is thatyou need to break your negative connection with the early morning by:
(a) making it as easy as possible to get the day started after you wake up
(b) waking up with energy
(c) having a reason to wake up.
That being said, the transition is difficult, so here are some of the tips to get you through the struggle!
1. The importance of the night before:
Waking up early isn’t easy and to become a morning person you need to make the transition as simple and smooth as possible. One of the ways to do that is eliminate all the decision making you usually do in the morning. Decision fatigue is a real problem, and in the morning you need all the energy you can get, you can’t waste it making petty decisions about what is going to look cute to wear today or thinking about what you really feel like eating for breakfast today.
You need to have the following items done before you go to bed:
A. All your bags packed and ready to go for the next day so that you don’t have to do anything besides pick it/them up on the way out of the house.
B. The clothes you want to wear the next day should be decided and laid out where you can just grab them and put them on after you brush your teeth.
C. What you want to eat for breakfast (if you want to eat breakfast—I definitely recommend it to get your energy up in the morning—specifically some carbs for long-lasting energy).
D. The first few tasks you want to knock out in the morning or rather what the first few hours of your morning is going to consist of.
2. Waking up with energy:
I know you’ve heard it a thousand times and it still doesn’t get any easier, but I PROMISE if you do this, you’ll automatically start feeling more energetic when you get up.
As soon as you open your eyes and turn on your alarm, you forget about what your mind and body are saying, they’re lazy. They’re exactly what prevent you from being an early riser. They need training.
So this is what you do, you open your eyes and the second you realize you’re awake you JUMP out of bed and do 10 jumping jacks.
How simple is that, just 10 jumping jacks. Your blood starts flowing, your energy increases instantly and you’re awake, it is actually that easy if you just commit to doing it one day you’ll see, I PROMISE!
3. Have a reason to wake up—have a PURPOSEFUL morning:
No, I don’t mean wake up and think about how beautiful life is and how lucky you are to be alive (if that’s what you want to do with the morning time, then I’m all for it). I mean you need to have something that you want to do in the morning, a task you want to accomplish early on before the madness of the day starts to slow you down. An appointment or meeting you need to go to, maybe you want to exercise early in the day.
You need a reason to get up because if you wake up with no purpose, you’ll get up, think about why the hell you’re awake so early, and you’ll end up falling back into bed. You need to have something that you’re energetic about and excited to complete because it is either a necessary task you can get out of the way and clear up your day, OR an activity that will drive your day in the best way possible, give you some energy, and get your happiness going early on.
Some General Tips:
- No matter what you do, waking up early in the morning is going to be a struggle at first. Make it a LAW, make it a RULE. I HAVE TO WAKE UP AT X TIME EVERY DAY NO MATTER WHAT.Nothing comes in between you and your promise to yourself.
Making a concrete decision to have no other option besides waking up at a specific time is the best way to get through the struggle and come into the light that makes getting up enjoyable and useful.
- Go look up some of the most successful people in the world, regardless of how you define success. Go ready about success principles and you will continuously find that successful people understand the importance of making use of the morning hours!This will help motivate you on a daily basis.
- Find a friend who also wants to commit to the same goal; an accountability buddy. Something I like to do with one of my friends is we alternate calling each other to be each other’s alarm clocks every other day so that we HAD NO CHOICE but to get up because we knew the other was counting on us. Literally worked magic.
Partners In Grind: Partners-In-Grind is a really exciting project that a few of my friends and I started working on because we realized the importance of a habit partner in crime. It is an email chain that sets two individuals up who want to do the same habit and facilitates communication between them so that they can hold each other accountable and help ensure they each add the habit to their life!