One of the biggest challenges most people face is waking up early. I find that the morning is much more chaotic for most people than it should be.
They wake up at the last possible minute that will still allow them to get to work or school on time with seconds to spare.
After they sprint through the house to get ready and rush out the door, they speed to work feeling rushed all the way. Then the rest of their day continues to go that way.
How you start your morning is how the rest of your day is going to go. If you start it in complete chaos, well your day is going to be about as calm as a tornado.
I see people do this day in and day out and can’t understand how they could live like that. I just want to grab them, shake them and yell that it doesn’t have to be that way!
How much better would your day be if you were able to get up early enough so that you didn’t have to rush all the way to work or school?
What if you were able to get up early enough to do something that will actually improve your day, like go to the gym, work on a side hustle or read a book?
Can you imagine the impact that could have on your day and your life?
I used to be the person to get up late. No matter how much I told myself the night before that I was going to get up early, I just couldn’t do it. The warm comfort of my bed had too much of a stronghold on me.
I knew that I was wasting precious time in the morning sleeping when I could have been up kicking ass. This really started to wear on me until I decided I couldn’t take it anymore.
With a little determination and effort, I was able to transform myself into a person that wakes up early most days. There is still an odd day here and there where I will sleep in a bit too long. I’m not perfect but I have improved significantly.
My typical day is now unrecognizable when I compare it to my typical day just a year ago. I have improved every area of my life because I made the time to do so. Time, I used to spend sleeping.
If you are scratching your head trying to figure out how to wake up early every day, don’t worry because I have 8 tips that are going to help you out.
# 1-Go to sleep earlier
This should be an obvious one, but I can tell you that it’s not for most people. If you are lucky enough to have a job where you work during the typical hours of 9-5, you have the evening to relax and unwind.
I understand that we all have responsibilities after work however, I find that most people overestimate how many hours these activities really take.
They procrastinate too much and have poor time management skills. It takes them longer to do things than it should.
Because of that, they are often up late doing things that could have been done earlier. They are not able to go to bed at a decent time which would allow them to get an adequate amount of sleep and still wake up early.
If you want to wake up earlier, you first step should be going to sleep earlier. If you are so busy that you are not able to go to bed at a respectable time, you need to reevaluate your priorities.
Some things you are doing at night could be moved to the morning once you learn to wake up early.
# 2 Put your alarm out of reach
If you are like me, you use your phone as your alarm clock. It’s very convenient and has eliminated the need for a separate alarm clock.
The issue is that most people are addicted to their phones and need them by their side at all times, even when they sleep. They will leave their phone right next to them on their dresser or night stand.
If you are old school and still using an actual alarm clock, don’t think you’re off the hook with this one as you might be doing the same thing with your alarm clock.
The issue with having the phone or clock right next to you is that it makes it too easy to snooze or turn it off in the morning when it goes off.
You don’t even have to get out of bed. You just reach over, usually half-asleep, and hit that snooze button.
If you set your alarm or phone across the room so that you actually have to get up and out of bed to turn it off, it’s going to force you to get up to turn it off. Unless you’re inhuman and can sleep through the alarm.
Once you’re actually up, it’s going to be harder for you to dive right back into bed. You’re already up. You may as well just get up right?
# 3- Create a morning ritual
This one has been very helpful for me. Find something that will get you excited about getting up. Anything. Just something that you will look forward to and make waking up early a little less miserable for you.
For me it’s coffee. As much as I try to give it up, it always seems to creep its way back in. When I know that I can have a few delicious cups of coffee as soon as I’m up, it always motivates me to get up.
Even if I don’t feel great when I get up, I know that coffee is going to give me a boost. After some coffee, I’m usually good to go.
I will set my coffee maker up the night before so that the coffee will be brewed when I wake up. As soon as my alarm goes off, I can smell the coffee emanating through the house.
It makes it so much easier for me to wake up.
I know that for a lot of people coffee is going to be the magic bullet, but it can be anything. A book you like to read. Exercise. Meditation. Find something that is going to motivate you to wake up and make it part of your morning ritual.
# 4- Get up and move around
This is related to # 2 however, it goes a little further. I know that some people will still be able to dive right back into bed after getting up and snoozing their alarm clock.
If this is you, you are going to have to move around a bit more. Leave your room. Go walk down the hallway. Go the bathroom. Downstairs.
Do something to get your body and mind moving. Waking up early can be miserable and even painful. I find that after I actually get up, I feel a lot better.
Moving your body in the morning is always going to help you wake up and shake out the cobwebs. Even if you feel like a zombie walking around, just do it.
# 5- Eat better
I don’t have any scientific studies on this for you. This is based on my personal experience and the experience of others.
When I am eating very clean, I find that my body requires less sleep. I am not clogging it up with all type of garbage that is stressing it out.
Your body operates far more efficiently when you feed it the right foods. When you are loading it up with things like sugar, alcohol and fried food, it’s not going to have to work harder during the day to keep going.
Since your body is going to have to work harder to process all the garbage you’re eating, it’s going to need more rest than it would normally need.
The machine is not running on the highest quality fuel possible. Your body is your machine and it’s your obligation to fuel it correctly if you want it to work properly for you.
The cleaner my diet is the better I sleep.
# 6- Make it a habit
The more waking up early becomes a habit for you, the easier it’s going to be.
If you are just trying to wake up a few days here and a few days here, it probably isn’t going to get much easier for you. It’s going to continue to be a battle you have to fight.
Your body isn’t getting used to it. You are not disciplining your body to wake up early.
If you want to make getting up early a permanent habit, you are going to have to do it most days. I know that some don’t want to hear that, but it’s the truth.
The more consistent you are with waking up early, the more normal it’s going to feel. It will be difficult for a few weeks, but after that it’s going to be a habit and you will wonder why you thought it was so difficult to begin with.
# 7- Learn to sleep better
My last and final tip is about sleep quality. Most people think that they need more sleep than they really do. The reason is that they are getting poor quality sleep to begin with.
They are having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. They are tossing and turning all night long and wondering why it’s so hard to wake up after sleeping for eight hours or more.
Learning how to sleep well is going to help you cut down on the amount of sleep you need. I will take 6 hours of quality sleep over 8 hours of choppy sleep any day.
Once you learn what it takes for you to sleep well, you are going to find that your body does not actually need the amount of sleep that you thought it did.
You are going to find that you feel better with less sleep when you are sleeping better during the night.
Now that you have the 8 tips I used to transform myself from a late sleeper to an early morning powerhouse, I hope that they will help you to do the same.
While it may suck at first, waking up early is one of the most important things you can do to improve your life and get ahead.
When everyone else is sleeping, you are going to be up working. Whether it’s on a side business, your body, or some other task, something as simple as getting up an hour earlier every day can change your life.
While it may not seem like it at first, an hour a day multiplied over months and years adds up to a lot. That’s the beauty of the compound effect.
To your waking up early and kicking ass,
P.S. What do you do to wake up early? Is it something you struggle with? I would love to hear your comments and questions below!