Ever wonder how some people just roll and out bed and start their day early? You may have read all of the productivity books that talk about getting up early for the most successful day ever. But even when you set your alarm clock to make it happen, you still seem to hit that snooze button 10 times? I’ve got some tips on how to get up early when you are not a morning person.
I have read so many productivity books that talk about how getting up early helps with creativity, meeting goals, sharpens focus, and setting your day up for success. That is hard to do when you are dragging to get up and out of bed in the morning.
Let me assure you that when you start to practice these useful tips, you will develop a habit of getting up early. I never thought that I would be an early riser but I have been getting up at 5:30 every morning now for the past 4 years.
Most mornings I naturally wake up without an alarm clock. Honestly, sometimes it’s even earlier than 5:30, but set a time that works for you.
How Do I Start Waking Up Early In The Morning?
Start with a Bedtime Routine
As tempting as it may be don’t skimp out on sleep. Try as hard as you can to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Part of a good bedtime routine is ensuring you are in bed by a certain time.
Let your bedroom be a place of rest.
Do not be tempted to take work in your bedroom. If you are in a stressful season of life, try journaling before turning the lights out. Keep a notebook and a pen on your nightstand and write out your thoughts and worries. Prayer also helps to release my burdens to God. For when we are weak, He is strong.
Set Your alarm for 10 minutes early each morning
Without fail, each night I set out to wake up early, I somehow always managed to convince my self to stay in bed.
I didn’t have a plan and I was just hopeful that one day it would stick and I’d hop right on out of bed. I was hopeful to go from a wake time of 6:30am to 5:00am and would snooze for about 40 minutes.
But then I started the trick of setting my alarm 10 minutes earlier each morning. So, the first night, instead of 6:30am, I set my alarm for 6:20am. The next morning, it was set for 6:10am. The morning after that I set it for 6:00am.
If you do this my 10 minutes each day until you get to the time that you want to wake up, you will start to condition your body to get up early a little at a time.
This is so much more effective than just deciding you are going to start waking up an hour or two early and then hope you are successful.
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Have your things ready before you go to sleep
Part of my evening routine is making sure my bible is in the living room, my lap top is charged and my coffee cup is out on the kitchen counter before bed.
My early morning consists of reading my bible followed by writing content for this blog. And y’all coffee is a must. So to make sure I am motivated to get up and get going, I make sure my things are in order, where they need to be before I go to bed.
For you, this may look like having your gym clothes out, or your running shoes by the door. Whatever your reason is to get up early, help yourself out the night before and get your morning essentials ready.
get out of bed
Now, I know what you are thinking, and yes it is a no brainer- but, you have to actually get out of bed. I highly recommend that you place your alarm clock somewhere away from your bed.
This way you have no choice but to get out of bed.
If you plan to read or work on a lap top during your early morning time, I suggest that you do not do this in your bed. Rather, go in another room. Otherwise, your body may not realize that it is actually waking time. This may cause you to be lethargic and slower to wake up.
give yourself grace when trying to get up early
If you are in a season where it is not possible to get up early, please give yourself grace. If you are a new mom, having shift changes at work, or perhaps you are having to stay up late studying for school, do not be hard on yourself. Give yourself grace! I have been in all of those seasons of life and getting enough sleep was what helped me get through.
And one more thing…don’t forget the coffee!!