Waking up early can be tough. Most of us are too familiar with the snooze button on our alarms. Most of us forget that time is one of our most valuable commodities. Spilled milk? Buy a new carton. Lose some money in the market? Make more money. Wasted an hour? Buy… oh wait, you can’t buy more time! Everyone gets 24 hours a day; make them count!
Here are 8 great tips For waking up early and owning the morning!
Intelligent Alarm Clocks
The toughest part about waking up early and utilizing your time is opening your eyes and getting out of bed. Most of us use our cell phones as alarms and these devices are either next to us or less than a foot away. DANGER! Having your alarm so close will make you hit snooze at least 5 times before finally getting out of bed.
Solution: Leave your phone/alarm at a distance that you cannot get to unless you GET OUT OF BED! For those who are too attached to your phones and are worried that you’ll need to answer a very important text at 3 AM… get another alarm and set it away from you so you won’t be tempted to hit that snooze!
Set an alarm that plays loud and fun music so as you hear it, you are immediately filled with energy.
Try getting a Clocky (an alarm clock that has wheels and will move away to prevent you from snoozing!)
Invest in a water spraying alarm clock – don’t want to get up? Then be prepared to get splashed!
If none of that works, get an alarm that will shred a hundred dollar bill if you don’t get to it in time!
Getting your body use to a certain routine is essential to utilizing your energy and time. Of course there will be the occasional all-nighter, but do your best to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
Creating a routine will help you and your body get comfortable and used to waking up early. Then, you can start the day off refreshed and ready to grind!
*Hint: The perfect hours of sleep are 6, 7.5, and 9! (This is because we go through various stages of sleep and together they total 1 hour and 30 minutes – if you want to nap, nap in intervals of 1 hour and 30 minutes)
You tend to have more energy right before bed than you do right when you wake up. Keeping this in mind, you shouldn’t save unimportant tasks for the morning. Before you get into bed, prepare for the next morning.
Get your clothes ready, have everything you need for the next day ready to go, make a list of things you need to get done, etc. Doing these little tasks will help you save time in the morning. Knowing that you are prepared will reduce your worry and stress, thus motivating you to get out of bed sooner and conquer the day!
The Right Environment
A key to getting out of bed and conquering the day is to have a welcoming environment to wake up to. This means LIGHT! Make sure you’re room is able to be filled with sunlight in the morning because it will wake you right up. If you live in a place where it is usually cloudy, you can always get a lamp or a sunlight simulator.
When you wake up, are you a zombie or a human being? If you’re like most people, you’re probably the former. To get your heart pumping, your blood flowing, and your eyes to open – GET MOVING!
JUMP out of bed. Yeah, I said it – JUMP out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Don’t crawl, don’t walk, and don’t linger in your bed. JUMP out of bed and do a few quick exercises. Whether it is jumping jacks, running in place, or push-ups, do something to get your blood flowing!
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
After you JUMP out of bed, go to the bathroom. Splash cold water on your face and look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I going to accomplish today?
- How am I going to accomplish it?
- Why am I going to accomplish it?
- Then, tell yourself the following:
- I am awesome.
- Today I will be more awesome than I was yesterday.
- I’m going to get shit done!
- I can’t buy more time so I’m going to use every minute.
- Get Drunk
Get drunk on a nice tall glass of WATER! This will help jumpstart your body and get you up. You’ve probably gone 6-9 hours without any liquids, so reward your body for waking up by chugging that whole glass!
- Have a Purpose
Wake up every morning with a purpose, a purpose for living, a purpose for life. Find that one thing that you are passionate about and focus on it. Whether it be your loved ones, your job, your favorite TV show that’s about to start, or eating breakfast and visualize it.
Visualize what makes you happy and what motivates you to get out of bed. Once you think about it and have a big goofy grin on yourself, jump out of bed and own the day!