You know that saying “The early bird gets the worm”? And it really is true for most people. Studies have shown that getting up and starting work earlier has a lot of benefits.
- When you get up earlier than the time you’re supposed to start work, you won’t feel rushed. And you’ll have time to settle down and get yourself ready for the day ahead
- You’ll have time to plan your day well. Which goal do you want to accomplish for the day? What are your top priorities? Which tasks will help you achieve your goal?
- Because you woke up early and had a good breakfast, that’s not just coffee, your mind will be wired better to make good, powerful decisions throughout the day.
- You’ll have time for leisure stuff. Waking up early could mean extra time for one more chapter of the latest book you’re reading, or go to the gym, or power walk to work (if possible), or learn a new skill.
- Waking up earlier lets you train or develop your mindset into a more positive one.
But if you’re used to being a night person, can you really transition to become a morning person? Yes, it can be done but it’s going to take some time and will require patience and willpower. Are you ready to work on it?
- Set your alarms earlier than usual
Set your alarms 15 minutes earlier than usual. Do this for one week. The next week, set it 30 minutes earlier. Do this again for another week. Continue doing this in increments until you reach your desired time of waking up. Avoid doing it cold turkey and waking up the next day at the time you want to eventually wake up. You need to let your body adjust to the changes naturally. If not, it will resist the change.
- Sleep a little earlier each night
The same principle applies to sleep. Sleep earlier a little bit each week. Start with 15 minutes, then 30 minutes, until you’re sleeping earlier.
- Write down your to-do list the night before
It’s always best to write your to-do list the night before so you can be more practical about how to spend your time. It also helps avoid using emotions and mood to decide how the day will go.
- Detox from all electronics 1 hour before bed
I know you’ve read this before but it’s true. Turn off all electronics at least one hour before you go to sleep. All the electric waves will interfere with your sleep and affect your ability to wake up earlier. Turn off the TV and don’t use it to put you to sleep. Place your phone face down across the room. As much as possible, get a traditional analog alarm clock, not the digital ones.
- Create a morning routine you like
Create a morning routine that you will enjoy doing when you wake up. You could always start with a five-minute stretch or drink a glass of water. Or you can crank up a high-tempo song and dance it out for five minutes. Avoid browsing through your phone as soon as you wake up. It’ll take you awhile to create a morning routine that will work for you so feel free to experiment with different ones to see which is most effective for you.