Five Habits to Waking Up Early
While most of the world sleeps, successful people are up and working towards their goals. The tranquillity of the early morning allows for uninterrupted focus. The overall result is an increase in productivity that permeates throughout the rest of the day. By the time other people are waking up, you’ve already accomplished some major tasks. This is a huge advantage! Work while your competition sleeps.
The benefits of waking up early are well known. Why, then, is it so difficult for some people to adopt this habit? We all love to sleep. Who doesn’t want to linger in a nice, warm bed every morning? It requires willpower and discipline to wake up early.
Waking up early does not necessarily mean that you have to start your workday early as well. You can use this time to work on personal development. This might entail reading, knowledge acquisition, working out, or getting ahead on personal tasks in your social and family spheres. Regardless of how you spend the time, the essential point is that you have created more time to accomplish tasks, whether they be personal, work-related, or social.
Personally, I wake up at 5:30am every single morning during the week. This is in part due to my busy schedule during the day, but also because I have trained my body to wake up. I look forward to the quiet serenity of the early hours where I can read and journal. I also workout rigorously in the early morning, which sets a positive precedent for the rest of the day. You have the freedom to choose how to spend your time. The crux of this article is to get you to wake up early – the foundation of success.
There are five essential habits to waking up early. As you’ll realize, they are extremely simple and effective. Yet, the majority of people struggle with them. Anyone, and I mean anyone, is capable of following these steps. You have to exercise willpower and discipline to do so. That is why most people fail to wake up early.
Five Habits to Waking Up Early
- Go to bed early
- Read 1 hour before bed
- Set your alarm across the room
- Do not get back into your bed – be strong
- Be consistent – even if you do not have to get up
Go To Bed Early:
This one is self-explanatory. I do not need to break it down for you. If you have trouble waking up early, then go to bed earlier. If you need 8 hours of sleep, then don’t go to bed at midnight. Plan your schedule accordingly and get used to being in bed earlier. Logically, if you wake up earlier, then at night, you should be tired earlier.
Read One Hour Before Bed:
I devote an hour to reading every night before bed. It calms me down and puts me in a mindset where I can sleep stress free. I avoid working on stressful projects or procrastinating before bed. The former will make it difficult to sleep as my focus is on work and problem solving. The latter is a time trap. I love to read, but reading for an hour after a long and productive day soothes me into a nice, deep sleep. I highly recommend it.
Set Your Alarm Across the Room:
Do not sleep with your alarm on your end table. Tell me if this sounds familiar: your alarm goes off, you blindly reach over and feel for your phone/alarm, you hit the snooze button, and you repeat this for an hour or two. First of all, waking up every five minutes and hitting snooze is not my definition of a thorough sleep. So if you’re going to wake up at 9am, then set your alarm for 9am, not 7am. If you truly want to wake up at 7am (I recommend waking up earlier), then set your alarm across the room. This will force you to get up to turn it off. Getting out of bed is the first step!
Do Not Get Back into Bed – Be Strong:
Let’s recap: You got into bed earlier than usual, you read for an hour, and now you’ve gotten out of bed to turn your alarm off (because you prudently set it across the room). Great! Now it’s time for the most important step. Stay up and fight the urge to climb back into bed. Here are some small techniques to do so:
- Jump into the shower right away
- Pre-set your coffee machine – this is a small victory in the morning since you do not have to worry about making a pot of coffee, it’s already done for you
- Do 5 to 10 push ups or sit ups
- Splash cold water on your face
You can create your own routine for staying out of bed. I don’t care what it is, as long as it keeps you up.
Be Consistent – Even if you do not have to be up early:
Lastly, and vitally, is to be consistent. You must practice waking up at the same time every day. Your body will turn this into a habit. Eventually, you will naturally wake up early. The more you practice waking up early, the easier it is to get out of bed. Even if you do not have a commitment such as work or school, still set your alarm for an early morning wake up. Practice breeds habit.
Start with a realistic goal such as 7am. When you can wake up consistently at 7am for two weeks, then move to a 6am wake up. I recommend waking up at 6am. That should be your goal. If you can do earlier, than go for it!