Why wake up early? There are a lot of reasons why I personally love mornings. The first step to waking up early is to know the benefits of becoming an early riser.
- A little time to yourself: If you have a family, you know what I’m talking about. You rarely get a little time to yourself to do the things you love doing. Be it a little reading, writing, or gardening. A little uninterrupted time to pursue your hobbies is extremely relaxing and helps you unwind.
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- Peace and Quiet: My day is usually packed with quite a bit of hustle and bustle. It’s noisy and I interact with a lot of people on a day to day basis. The feeling of waking up while the whole world sleeps to listen to some natural noise is blissful.The feeling of waking up while the whole world sleeps to listen to some natural noise is blissful. Click To Tweet
- Successful Planning: Every morning, if you spend just fifteen minutes planning your day, you can avoid a lot of stress. You will accomplish your goals and to-dos and this will help you grow as a person.
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Waking up early has a lot of benefits but it can be extremely challenging to wake up before the sun gets out of bed. You have to fight to open your eyes. It’s worse than fighting a war, it is. Now that I’ve covered the reasons why waking up early is beneficial, let’s move on to how we can accomplish this.
1. Find a reason worth fighting for.
This is the best tip that has worked for me so far. When I picture myself sitting quietly at my work-desk with a delicious cup of chai (that’s tea with milk – indian style) listening to music from the eighties, it gives me motivation. Find the motivation to rise and make it happen! If you find it difficult to wake up early, just find a reason to do so. I’ll let your imagination take the driving wheel while I take another sip of blissful goodness.
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2. Don’t let anything come in the way of your beauty sleep.
I changed my mind. This is the best tip that has worked for me so far. Unless you get your good 8 hours of sleep, you’re not going to be able to crack those babies open. Your eyelids are going to feel like they weigh a ton and you’re going to need to down copious amounts of coffee to keep your eyes wide open.
Remember young grasshopper, a young adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep. Click To Tweet Remember young grasshopper, a young adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep. This means that, if you don’t get these vital hours of sleep, your body is going to try to make up those hours during your next snooze. This will disrupt your schedule. So, avoid all complications by setting a neat little time-table.
3. Form a Habit.
Trust me when I say that it becomes easier. Waking up at 6 every morning was pure torture for the first week I tried this. I’d fall asleep in the bathroom, or be dreadfully irritable. Eventually, I stopped needing an alarm clock to do this. Now, my eyes naturally open at 6:20 and I stretch for 10 minutes before jumping out of bed with my faithful dog.
4. Slow and Steady wins the race.
No, really. This works. If you usually wake up at 9:00 am and want to wake up at 7:00 am, don’t do it all at once. Your body needs to get used to the idea of waking up early. You can start with 15 or 30 minute increments. Set your alarm at 8:30 am for a whole week before slowly changing it to 8:00 am. Work your way up by gradually waking up early. That way you’ll be tricking your body to wake up earlier without causing it too much disturbance.
5. Your alarm is your best friend.
Don’t hate your alarm. I’ve noticed a lot of people keep loud, noisy alarms in order to wake up more effectively. This is not how it works, my friend. Set a soft, soothing alarm. A soft ring. Or a soothing piano melody. Something that wakes you up gingerly. If you were asking someone to wake you up, would you have him/her wake you up gently or shake you like you’re a criminal being interrogated? Think about it.
Find out what works best for you. You need to know your mind and body inside out in order to make it all work for you. If you loved this article, be sure to check out 8 Effective Ways to Become A Morning Person.
Do let me know if you have any methods of waking up early that works best for you. I’d love to know about them. And now, for your happy little download. This Printable will help you plan your morning. It has a TIME slot and a TASK slot. If you have any suggestions of posts or printables I should create, do email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give it my best shot to include it in.