I'm so excited to have Kayla Matthews on the blog today to share some her tips for getting up earlier! She's a productivity and time management blogger who writes for Lifehack and The Huffington Post. Her blog, Productivity Theory, is chock full of useful tips and ideas. I'm excited to use these ideas in real life, because waking up early is one thing I really want to begin doing. So be sure to leave her some feedback on what you all think – she's pretty awesome!
The phrase “the early bird gets the worm” can be annoying to those who live for the long evening hours. The excuses for getting up late are too numerous to tell, but the one reality that all late people relate to is this: Unless you are a late person, you don’t get it.
For some, it doesn’t even matter what time the alarm clock goes off. It could go off at 3 a.m. and it still wouldn’t mean punching the timecard early.
Well, late people, it’s hard to wake up early and be on time. There are a lot of benefits to seeing the sunrise.
See what the other half of the population sees, and try the world of early rising. Here’s how to make a habit of waking up early:
- Find Something to Be Excited About
Dreading the early morning comes from dreading what the day holds. If you aren’t excited about what you’ll be doing the next day, come up with some things you know you’ll enjoy. This could be a special trip to your local coffee shop or a really great breakfast sandwich. Even something as simple as a new shampoo can make taking a shower something to look forward to.
- Open the Blinds
Rising with the sun may seem like a thing of the past, but if waking up early is important to you, try opening the blinds. The natural sunlight will stream through the window and begin to brighten your morning, making it easier to open your eyes.
- Close Down the Screens an Hour before Bed
An hour before you get ready to hit the pillow, close down the computer and tablet screens, which can overstimulate the mind and make your sleep lest restful. Instead, find something relaxing to do to wind down the day. Try a warm bath or reading a book as part of your bedtime routine.
- Set an Alarm that’s Enjoyable
This is a really tough one to do. However, by choosing a song that you love or that is meaningful to you as your morning alarm, you’ll associate those good feelings the song provokes with waking up.
- Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
Seriously. Just don’t. This may be the hardest bad habit to overcome, but actually getting up when the alarm goes off is the key to rising early.
- Find Someone Who Will Keep You Accountable
Habits are hard enough to form on your own, so find someone you trust who will help you reach your goal. This may be a person who already enjoys getting up early, or it may be a friend or family member who also wants to become a morning person. Whoever is chosen, lay out the strategy and make sure you are both on the same page.
- Write Down Your to-Dos the Night Before
Sleep often gets disrupted when the to-dos for the next day keep bombarding your thoughts. When sleep isn’t restful, there’s no way getting up early is going to be pleasant. Instead of mentally making a list of everything that has to get done tomorrow, try writing it all down today. Doing this will help wipe out the anxiety associated with too many tasks to do.
- Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day, Even on the Weekends
The human body is wired like a clock and appreciates the order that waking up at the same time brings. Waking up at the same time every day is beneficial in many ways, including setting your circadian rhythm and improving your productivity. Once you’ve established a sleep pattern, try keeping it as close to the same schedule as possible. Your body will thank you.
Waking up early can boost productivity and can clear the mind to help deal with any potential issues that may arise during the day. In fact, the benefits of waking up early far outweigh the consequences of sleeping in late.
So try these tips to start your journey to early rising today.
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