I never considered myself a morning person until recently. I’ve always heard it said that once you train yourself to wake up early, you won’t be able to sleep in again. However, even after years of early rising for work, I could easily sleep in whenever I had the opportunity.
My alarm became an essential part of my life. Without it, I simply wouldn’t wake up.
Even worse was that I was setting my alarm for when I wanted to get up, but then hitting the snooze button as many as ten times. That’s 90 minutes! I knew it was a horrible habit, but I just couldn’t seem to stop.
I even tried little tricks like putting my alarm clock across the room so I would have to get up to turn it off. Yes, I would get up. No, I wouldn’t stay up.
It was bad.
My good intention was to read, study and get more done with my day, but I was a slave to my pillow. I was sleeping in and then rushing around like a maniac in order to get to work on time.
I was ready to give up.
Thankfully, I found a better way. For the past 12 months, I’ve been getting up early with much greater ease. Better still is that over the last 3 months, I have learned to absolutely love it.
In fact, as I’m heading to bed each night, I’m already excited about waking up again. The morning comes, my feet hit the floor and I’m into a routine that keeps me coming back.
Here’s how I did it.
1. I found my reason why
Anything difficult needs a good reason. If you’re going to deprive yourself the pleasure of a warm bed, then your brain needs more than good intentions.
So why do you want to wake up early? Is it something that you already enjoy doing? If not, then you may need to apply a little more leverage.
Option 1 – Connect the difficult act with something else that’s really important to you. It could be the result it will have on your career, family or other. What’s important is that you lock your sights on something you really want.
Option 2 – Connect your new routine with its ability to take you away from what you really don’t want. Frustrated with your job or income level? Upset by the quality of your relationships? Figure out how getting up early is going to move your away from those deep frustrations.
2. I created the right situation
Creating the right situation does two things.
First, it reduces the resistance you feel towards the actions you want to take. This could mean putting out your gym clothes the night before so you don’t have to go looking for them when you wake up. Or perhaps setting your coffee maker so there’s a fresh pot to pour as you pull out your books.
Second, the right situation can increase the stress you feel about staying in bed. For example, schedule a delivery date for the project you’re working on. If it’s due and there’s no way to get out of it, you’ll feel much more pressure to wake up early and get it done.
3. I found someone else to help me
People play a big role in our motivation. Their influence and expectations have the power to change how we live and the choices we make. Find the right supporters and you’ll have no problem getting up.
For example, you can schedule a daily phone call with a friend for 5 minutes after your alarm goes off. This ensures that you’re up, awake and ready to start the day. If your routine involves the gym, then get a training partner whose already committed to morning workouts and can hold you accountable to a specific arrival time.
What took my morning routine from effective to on-fire?
The biggest factor in my newfound love for mornings is found in my reason why.
First, I signed up for an online course that I absolutely love. There’s so much material to go through that if I don’t get up early, I won’t get it done. And since it’s such great material, at a pretty big cost, I’m not about to let that happen. (As you might guess, there’s a situational power here, too.)
Second, I have a new project that has become an obsession. It allows me to explore my creativity in new ways and to grow by learning new things. When I finish the allotted project time and leave for work, I already can’t wait to get back at it.
You can be an early riser, tooThere are some who naturally love mornings and wouldn’t need these steps. Or perhaps you don’t even care to get up with the sunrise, and that’s fine. However, if you’re losing the battle to your bed each day and you want to know how to become a morning person, then apply these keys for much greater success.
With a strong enough reason, the right situation and a supportive friend or two, and you’ll be able to wake up early in no time. Morning can finally become your favourite and most productive part of the day.
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