How to Wake up Early when you’re not a Morning Person.
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I have always been a bit of a night owl, whether I was out working at a nightclub, or at home binge watching one of my favorite series, or out dancing with friends, the only time I saw the sunrise was right before I went to bed.
Things have changed a lot since then. I am married now and we have a toddler…life changes as they say…so I had to change my ways in order to get the most out of it. Waking up early gives me a head start to the day, it gives me some peace and quiet and time to myself to just do something I enjoy, even if it’s just sipping on coffee and reading a book. It’s my little happy place to start the day off in the right mindset. I get a lot more done in a day and feel more productive and able to face the challenges of the day.
All this said it still doesn’t come naturally to me, but it is getting a lot easier now that I have a bit of a routine in place. Here are some of the ways I managed to go from being a night person to one who enjoys waking up with the birds.
How to wake up early Tip#1: Start a Morning Routine.
The most effective way I’ve found to becoming productive and making the most of the 24 hours we all get in a day is through building good habits. Once you start to put them in place you’ll end up with a routine which will become easier the more to practice it, until it becomes part of your day without you even thinking too much about it, like brushing your teeth, doing your hair, putting on your make-up, etc.
Think about the things you’d like to accomplish in your day, maybe it’s getting some exercise in, reading more books, doing something creative, painting your nails even (small luxuries), if it’s important to you then find a place for it during the week and schedule it in. Having a planner for me is key to seeing what my week looks like and where I can fit things in. I love seeing the week and month at a glance in a beautiful, inspirational planner, I like pretty little things, writing it down by hand also makes me more likely to do it because I want to tick it off, rather than cross it out and write it over again.
Add things at your own pace, one at a time if needs be so as not to get overwhelmed and give up, just tell yourself you’ll try it for 2 weeks and it’ll start to stick, then just keep it going. If you miss it a day here and there don’t stress about it, the idea is to get a general guide to go by, but you can still be flexible with yourself.
How to wake up early Tip#2: Remove electronics from your bedroom at night
One of the biggest changes I made was moving my phone charger to the kitchen from my night stand. I don’t know about you but having a phone or computer in my room at night was a big distraction. Some nights I would end up staying up on my phone for hours (making midnight purchases that I often regretted in the morning). Moving it not only improved my quality of sleep but it also gave me an incentive to get up and go to the kitchen in the morning…and once I’m in there checking my phone, I put the coffee on and start to wake up so I stay there. Mission Accomplished. Yes!
How to wake up early Tip#3: Set your bedtime an hour before you want to go sleep
Every person is a little different on the amount of sleep they need, but find what’ll work for you and then aim to get to bed an hour before you intend to go to sleep (this is especially true if you have a toddler). So basically if you’re trying to get up at 5:30am and you need 8hrs of sleep, aim to get to bed by 8:30pm, realistically it’ll be about 9:30pm by the time you actually go to sleep so you’ll get your 8 hours in and feel fresh in the morning. I actually find I do fine now on just 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep, and I catch up a little on a couple of the days so it balances out…that’s a pretty cool thing about sleep; you can catch up on it, and also charge up on it beforehand if you’re planning a long trip.
How to wake up early Tip#4: Get a Pleasant Alarm Clock.
I never understood the logic in waking up to a horrible blasting alarm clock! That’s a sure way to get you in a bad mood first thing in the morning. Instead, find something pleasant that will wake you up but in a good way.
If you use your phone for your alarm then pick a favorite song that’ll get you in a good mood, I used to have Black Betty by Ram Jam and I would wake up jamming to it, another one I love is Don’t Fear the Reaper, by Blue Oyster Cult, the intro wakes you up but the singing is soothing so it’s a perfect combo. This may put a kink in the works if your kitchen is far removed from your bedroom but just figure out what works for you.
Since I had a baby I had to switch tactics because I didn’t want him waking up with my alarm, so I have something a bit more subtle, I have something called Bellabeat, it’s a kinda like fitbit but prettier, where you can track your sleep, your cycle, your exercise, and steps in a day etc, but you can also set alarms on it as a vibration so it’s quiet.
I have one set to remind me of bedtime in the evening and I have a couple set 5 mins apart in the morning to wake me up, most days it does, some days I miss it, but that’s usually when I’ve stayed up a couple hours past my bedtime (yes, it happens).
Another thing I am excited to try is something called a Sunrise Clock…the idea is that it wakes your body up naturally with light that mimics the sunrise, I only just bought it so I’ll let you know how it goes when I’ve tried it out for a while.
How to wake up early Tip#5: Set up your coffee the night before
This is a really simple one but really effective, I’ve added it to my evening routine of loading the dishwasher and cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. I used to have it set to go off at a certain time in the morning, which is a good way to do it with the smell of coffee helping to wake you up, but now I find it’s just a little bit more of an incentive to get me out of bed knowing I have to go press the button if I want coffee…that’s why setting it up the night before is essential, because it makes it just a small step in the morning so it’s easier to talk yourself into actually doing it…and once you’re up you can get into the rest of your routine and you’re up! You did it!
How to wake up early Tip#6: Have something to look forward to
One of the main reasons for getting up early in the morning is to have some time to yourself, so look forward to it!
Have an idea of what you plan to do in the morning, keep it in mind and relish the thought.
Waking up to a treat is much more motivating than waking up just because you have to go to work or have so much to do, that may be true, but getting up earlier than you need to, that’s your choice and it’s your time to use however you choose so enjoy it and look forward to it, count it as a blessing and it’ll change your perspective and make you happier in everything you do for the rest of the day.
How to wake up early Tip#7: Take a moment to just enjoy the peace and quiet and count your blessings.
This is your time, a little bit of peace and quiet when everyone else in the house is still sleeping. Enjoy the calm to help you through any storms that might arise in the day and pray that you will handle it with grace and wisdom.
Take some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for and allow your mind to dream about possibilities and become inspired to be the best version of you that you can be. Think of how you can be a blessing to others, not only to those close to you who you know and love but also in unexpected encounters with strangers throughout the day. You never know what someone else is going through and how a kind word or kind deed might help them.
Good days start with a grateful heart.
No matter what the day brings it’s a blessing to be alive so make the most of it.