Let's be honest with ourselves and with each other- a majority of us hate waking up early. I know I used to be that way- I dreaded having to wake up early, no matter what the reason was. Even when I did do it, I was miserable and exhausted throughout the day, putting me in a less than desirable mood for those around me.
After living like this for far too long, I decided to suck it up and figure out how to wake up early on a regular basis. It didn't happen immediately- it definitely took more time than I initially thought. But the pay off has been well worth it; not only am I waking up early on a regular basis, but I'm also more productive and happier for the rest of the day. The following tips will help you do the same.
Ease Into Waking Up Early
If you try to get up super early after sleeping in for so long, it's going to make waking up early harder and almost impossible. I found this to be the hardest aspect- having to drastically change your sleeping habits will throw your body into a loop. Having to wake up so early so suddenly is not only difficult, but it will make you dread having to do so.
To make the process less painful, take baby steps in waking up early. For example, say you want to wake up at 4 AM, but you tend to wake at about 8 AM or so. Start easing into the goal by waking up at 7 AM at first. Do this for a couple of weeks until you find yourself relatively used to doing this. Then start waking up at 6 AM, get used to this, and then begin waking at 5 AM. After getting used to that, you should find it easier to adjust to the 4 AM wake up you had wanted in the first place. Personally, it took about a month for me to work from getting up later to waking up much earlier. That may sound like a long time, but working up to an earlier wake-up call made it easier, and made me feel more accomplished overall.
Keep Your Phone/Alarm Far From Your Bed
I think it's safe to say that we've all been guilty of keeping our phones by our bedside at one point or another. You probably don't even think about it- you crawl into bed, maybe check your phone one last time, set it on your nightstand, and then bundle up so you can finally drift off to sleep. Then, when your alarm goes off (whether it's an app on your phone or a separate device), you grab your phone right off the bat. As you continue to try and wake up, you begin to scroll through Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter...the list goes on. That will make waking up much harder. I would know because I did the exact same thing for years.
Nixing this bad habit is simple- put your phone and/or alarm far from your bed. (I put mine on my work desk!) That way, when your alarm goes off in the morning, you're forced to physically get out of bed to shut it off. The trick here is that by having to get up to stop your alarm, your body will be more awake and will want to stay out of bed as a result. It may seem silly, but I found this tip to keep me awake no matter how early I woke up.
Have Everything Laid Out The Night Before (Makeup, Clothes, etc.)
This tip seems like it doesn't have much to do with waking up early. But for me, it helped me to do so on a regular basis. Whenever I have to wake up early tomorrow for one reason or another, I like to lay out everything I need for the next day. This includes skin care products, makeup, deodorant, perfume, and the outfit I want to wear. It's all laid out for me on my desk, which sits a couple of feet from my bed. Doing this makes me excited to wake up early tomorrow because I look forward to getting ready then. It motivates me to freshen up, put on my war paint for the day, and look put together for whatever today's events hold for me.
How exactly does this relate to waking up early? Think about it this way- spending the night before preparing for the next day puts me at ease. I know that doing all this will make tomorrow morning run smoother. It also excites me; seeing everything laid out and waiting makes me more eager to get early, as well as to stay awake. To put it simply, preparing for the next day makes getting up for it easier and less stressful.
Plan To Have A Tasty Breakfast
This is another tip that sort of relates to the one before it. I love food, but I especially love breakfast foods. I'll go so far as to seriously consider what I want to make the next day. I keep it as a note on my phone so I can refer to it in case I forget. Knowing that I'm going to eat a good breakfast the next day makes me want to wake up early to make and eat it. It's another thing that motivates me to crawl out of bed.
When you do plan out your breakfast, keep two important things in mind- keep it easy, and keep it healthy. A healthy breakfast will keep you full and even wake you up a little bit. But if you're heading off to school or work, you probably can't afford to make anything that requires lots of cooking. That doesn't mean you can't whip up something tasty and healthy. Depending on how much time I have, I go for one of two options- two slices of avocado toast, or peanut butter and banana egg white oatmeal (inspired by this recipe). Both are hearty, satisfying breakfasts that make mornings a little more bearable.
Wake Up In A Good Mood
Besides actually having to wake up early, this is the one tip I struggle with most. That's mainly because I view myself as a realist- someone who accepts things as they are, and try to deal with them however needed. This may seem good, but it has a drawback- it's made me view things in a mostly pessimistic manner. It makes me think that the world's not a great place, which can negatively affect my mood. After all, it's not like I can change most of what goes on in the world. But I can try and change my mindset.
I try to go to bed thinking about everything good that can or will happen the next day. When I wake the next day, I reaffirm it before I begin getting ready. It can be big events (hanging out with a girlfriend, working on something new, etc.), or the little things (trying a new makeup look, wearing new shoes, etc.). Regardless of what it may be, I try to find the few things that I know will put me in the right frame of mind. Doing exactly that- whether it's the night before or shortly after waking the next day- it makes waking up less daunting, and more exciting.