Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Have you considered waking up early?
The quiet of the early morning hours is the perfect environment to sneak in a little self-care or work toward those goals you set for yourself.
You might think waking up early is impossible, but it’s not. Even if you’re a night owl like me.
I never thought I could be the kind of person who would actually enjoy waking up early.
Well, maybe not the waking up part, but my day feels off if I don’t get my time to myself in the morning.
Waking up early has changed my life. I absolutely love being awake before the rest of my family wakes up.
It gives me a chance to spend time on things that I enjoy but might not otherwise have time for during the day.
Ten Ways to Trick Yourself into Waking Up Early
I know this can do the same for you if you give it a chance.
Whether you’ve been unsuccessful in the past or this is your first time to consider waking up early, follow these ten tips to revolutionize how you view your mornings:
1 // Know your WHY
If waking up early does not come easily to you, you are going to need a really good reason to get out of bed.
If you’re only doing it because it sounds cool, it’s not going to happen.
Establish why you want to wake up early BEFORE you change your wake up time. There are many valid reasons to set your alarm clock earlier.
- Getting some much needed alone time before your kids wake up
- Making time for self-care before your work day starts
- Working toward a goal you set for yourself
- Finding time to read that book you’re dying to finish
- Fitting in a workout before the day gets away from you
No matter your reason for crawling out of bed before the sun rises, make sure you know exactly why you want to wake up early and have a clear-cut vision of what could result from your extra effort.
2 // Prep the night before
Do everything in your power to make waking up early as easy as possible by prepping the night before.
Make sure the coffee is ready to brew. Write a to-do list. Gather your workout gear.
You want to have as little prep work as possible to do in the morning when you wake up.
As soon as your alarm clock goes off, you should be able to get started on the task at hand right away.
3 // Shower at night
Showering at night helps me to relax before bed. A hot shower at the end of the day prepares my body for sleep, making it easier to drift off at bedtime.
Doing this also cuts down on the time it takes to get ready each day. I wake up feeling clean, refreshed, and ready to be productive.
The only time this might not work is if you work out first thing in the morning.
4 // Set a realistic bedtime
If you plan to make waking up early a regular habit, you’re going to need an adequate amount of sleep.
It is not realistic for most people to go to bed at midnight and wake up at 5 a.m.
On average, people need 7-9 hours of sleep.
Once you decide what time you need to wake up in the morning, count backward 7-9 hours and make sure you get in bed by that time.
It might take a week or so to figure out your perfect amount of sleep, so give yourself some grace as you go through the trial and error process.
You may have to adjust your nightly routine in order to accommodate your new bedtime.
Be sure to include enough time for a shower and your nightly prep work before you hit the sack.
5 // Put your phone in the other room
This one is a total game changer.
If you asked what is the one thing that keeps me up past my bedtime it would be scrolling through social media.
Not only does this cut into valuable rest, but it is also a total waste of time.
Set a specific time during the day for social media usage and put the phone away at bedtime.
This is also a good idea if you use your phone as an alarm clock.
Setting it out of reach will entice you to get out of bed when the alarm goes off in the morning.
I have success with charging my phone in the bathroom at night.
By the time I get to the phone to turn the alarm off, I am already where I need to be to brush my teeth and get moving.
6 // Wake up at the same time every single day
Consistency is the key to waking up early. You need to wake up at the same time every day so that your body gets used to its new schedule.
Unless you are temporarily sacrificing sleep for a particular goal, you should aim to wake up early on the weekends as well.
Waking up at the same time every day will get your body into a rhythm making it easier to stick to the plan.
The goal is to get into such a routine that your body wakes up naturally right around the time your alarm is set to sound.
7 // Turn the light on
As soon as you wake up in the morning, switch on your bedside lamp. The light will signal to your brain that it’s time to wake up.
Turning on the light will make it more difficult to roll over and go back to sleep.
Your body has an internal clock, and it responds to the rising and setting of the sun. Simulating this process will help you wake up in the morning.
8 // Choose an accountability partner
What better way to encourage yourself to wake up early than to make yourself accountable to another person?
If your husband also wakes up early, enlist his help to get you out of bed.
You could also plan to meet a workout partner at the gym at a certain time or have a friend who also wakes up early text you to make sure you are up and out of bed.
An accountability partner can help cheer you on, challenge you when you want to quit, and remind you why your goal is a priority.
9 // Have a plan
In addition to having a clear-cut vision of why you are waking up early, you need to have a plan of action.
You do not want to wait for your brain to turn on before you decide what you are going to do during those early morning hours.
You need to know exactly what you hope to accomplish and what steps you need to take to get the desired result.
You will have more success if you spend less time thinking and more time doing.
You will feel so accomplished by the time the rest of your household wakes up, it will be hard not to be productive the rest of the day.
You might even find that you have more free time as a result of utilizing the early morning hours to get stuff done.
10 // Go all in
This is not the time to ease yourself into a new habit. I find that it is best to go all in at once.
You will probably feel tired the first few days, but this will be helpful in getting you to bed on time.
A lot of experts recommend moving your wake up time in 15-minute increments, but I find this just drags the process out longer than necessary.
If you’re going to commit to waking up early, go all in and don’t look back.
And, whatever you do, DO NOT PRESS SNOOZE. I’m talking to myself here, too.
The snooze button is an evil trap and the fastest way to derail your progress. Just don’t do it!
Now, it’s your turn
Waking up early can benefit you in many ways. Follow these 10 tips for success:
- Know your WHY
- Prep the night before
- Shower at night
- Set a realistic bedtime
- Put your phone in the other room
- Wake up at the same time every single day
- Turn the light on
- Choose an accountability partner
- Have a plan
- Go all in