I’m glad you are interested in becoming an early riser. In case you don’t know about the benefits of becoming early rises, you can read our previous article on the benefits of becoming an early riser.
Perhaps you’ve got bored of your bad habit of oversleeping or you genuinely have problems getting up in the morning, whatever your problem is, getting up early is always healthy for everyone.
The feeling of having a few extra hours before you start your hectic day is amazing. It gives you time to get ready and face this fast-paced world, you can finish your chores, calm your mind and maybe read a book.
Prepare your mind to get up early
There are countless articles already have been written about getting up early, but you are still here, perhaps only reading an article won’t help, so we will first talk about preparing to get up early.
Preparing to get up early does not only mean to set your alarm clock. What I actually mean is, make a mindset of getting up early, understand the benefits of it, be clear about the things you can achieve when you get up early, simply thinking about them will give you a powerful motivation.
In a more cliche term of self-help writers, I can say your brain will start giving signals to produce a certain kind of hormones that will give you a strong will power, but I just made that up.
The classic way to sum it up is that you need to sleep early in order to get up early because you would still need 7 to 8 hours of sleep for the proper functioning of your brain.
So, if you want to get up at 6 AM, aim to go to bed by 10:30 to 11 PM. It is the time frame you will have to follow if you want to get up early every day.
Set A Goal with a Fixed Date
I’ll make two Goal statements, you tell me which one you feel motivated to complete.
1. I want to get up early for the rest of my life.
2. I want to get up early for the next 30 days.
I am sure you will choose the #2 Goal because it is more achievable. Because it tells your brain it is only a matter of 30 days. Not a big commitment.
But that doesn’t mean I am telling you to get for only for the next 30 days. Because, by the end of the 30 days, you will be more comfortable or will have less trouble getting up early.
It takes us days to get into a habit, and that small commitment of getting up early for the next 30 days will help you get into the habit.
Be ready for some initial unproductive days
Most of us have to get up early because when are do not get enough sleep, we become unproductive, and the whole day is ruined. And this is why we ruin our mornings.
This is why we never step out of our comfort zone, we don’t want to feel bad about not being active and getting things done and we refuse to make this habit of getting up early which can be the key to lifelong happiness (you will know this if you read this post)
Be aware that your few initial days will be tough, you will be sleepy, you will be unproductive, you will be everything you don’t want to be, but you will have to stay strong.
Just stick to the plan for 2 -3 days and you will start to feel normal, you getting up would start to feel easier.
Go to Sleep Only when you are Tired
As we talk about our sleeping cycle above, that people need to sleep early in order to get up early, this is also one of the reasons many people can’t get up early. Because they simply can’t sleep early.
And when you try to get up early, you go to bed early, only to realize you are awake in the bed doing nothing, which starts to make you guilty
Instead, do what Steve Pavlina says getting up early, i.e, go to bed only when you feel sleepy. There is no point in wasting time lying in the bed without any sleep. You might be getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep on the first few days.
Surely, your next day is going to be pathetic but it will be anyway since you are not sleeping and simply wasting time. Try doing activities that will get you tired, so that you can sleep.
The habit of getting up early takes time, it won’t happen in a day, you will have to work on it, and if you are not ready to work on it, there is no article, book or motivational speech that can help you.