Have you ever promised yourself that you will wake up at 5 am to accomplish a task or just start the day right? Then when the alarm goes off, you hit the snooze button or just turn it off entirely and then go back to sleep. If you find yourself doing this most mornings, then you're not alone. Waking up early is a habit that most successful people say is important, but it's a habit that is very hard to establish. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to stop yourself from getting back into bed in the early morning. To avoid hitting the snooze button you will need to:
1.Know your motivation.
You need to remind yourself why you have to get up. It can be very easy to forget the moment you wake up because of how sleepy you are. When you walk up to your alarm, you will be very tempted to come up with reasons why you should just go to bed while ignoring your reasoning for waking up. Motivation is key to getting out of your nice warm bed. You can do this by leaving your notes next to your phone to remind you of the things you have to do. Or you can leave your schedule where you can easily see it.
2. Set up a strict sleep schedule.
Know how many hours of sleep you actually need to be fully functional during the day. People are told that you need 7-8 hours a day, but everyone is different. You may be a person that only needs six hours of sleep and not be tired the whole day. Or, you could need 9 hours of sleep in order to feel energized the next day. Understand how much sleep you need and then set up your own personal sleep schedule. Be consistent with the time you go to sleep and time you wake up. It's not going to be easy for the first few days, but soon your body will adjust itself to your new sleep pattern. It's like getting used to waking up for school when school starts back in the fall. The first morning is always the hardest!... Unless you got the first day of school jitters.
3. Plan your morning
Know exactly what you have to do and when you have to do it. You need to create a detailed schedule of how you will spend your morning. Since your brain may still be fighting off sleep, you could have trouble deciding what you really need to do in order to make the most of your morning. You wouldn’t want to wake up early only to waste all that time. Make sure your schedule is connected with the reason you want to wake up early in the first place.
4. Schedule an activity that you love to do.
Make the first thing on your schedule something you love to do. It doesn't matter if it's reading your favorite book, plan a nice breakfast, or doing some yoga. If you get up early to do something you love to do, you won’t feel like getting up is a chore. Once you’re done with that first task, you will be more awake and ready to accomplish the rest of your schedule.
5. Make your bed
Make your bed as soon as you wake up. The sight of your bed already made can keep you from laying back down and drifting back to sleep. Also, making your bed gives you a feeling of accomplishment. After tackling this small task, your mind may feel more ready to tackle the rest of the day's tasks.
Small things can make a huge difference
Studies and interviews from successful people have proven that waking up 2 or 3 hours earlier than you usually do can make all the difference! However, it is a matter of willpower that decides whether or not you have the strength to give yourself the extra few hours in the morning. Hopefully, these 5 recommendations can help you start the day like a boss!