Do you like to wake up early in the morning? A recent article in the Business Insider titled, “21 successful people who wake up incredibly early” found that some of the most successful people of our time of our time, including Tim Cook, Michele Obama and Richard Branson, have made waking up early an integral part of their lives.
Why do they choose to wake up when most people are sleeping? It’s because they find that the earlier they wake up (within reason) the more productive they are.
Wake Up Early For Greater Productivity
Would you like to be more productive? If so, the tips you’ll find in this article can help you to wake up early, get out of bed and start your day out right. This will allow you to take advantage of those early morning hours and enjoy the kind of productivity others only dream about.
Before moving on, I am NOT encouraging you to sleep less. Getting up earlier in the morning won’t benefit you if you’re suffering from sleep deprivation. Make sure that you’re going to bed and getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night.
Of course, if you’re getting up at 4:30 like I do, you’re going to need to retire earlier in order to get the rest you need. If you’re in a committed relationship, like I am, you might want to discuss your choices with your significant other.
Another thing to keep in mind is going to bed earlier won’t cut down on your productivity. This is because most of us aren’t particularly productive in the late evening hours anyway and, instead of working, find ourselves flittering around aimlessly. At the end of the day, you need some time to relax and let everything go.
Here Are 6 Things You Can Do That Will Get Your Day Started on the Right Foot
1. In the beginning, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier.
When you set your goal wake up early the first day, one of the biggest difficulties you may face if you get up too early is that you feel exhausted for the rest of the day. This can lead to you thinking getting up early isn’t for you and then you giving up prematurely.
Instead of changing your wake-up time from, let’s say, 7 AM to 4:30 AM , try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier and leaving it like that for day or so until you reach the time at which you’d like to get up. In other words, get up at 6:45 for a few days, then 6:30 for a few more days. After a couple weeks or so, you’re waking up at 4:30. This allows your body to become accustomed to your new sleep/wake times a little bit at a time.
By waking up earlier incrementally, your body might not even notice the change. If 15 minutes is too large a change for you, try 10 or even 5 minutes earlier each day and just keep working toward your goal until you reach it.
2. Buy a great coffee machine.
For many people, drinking coffee is the most effective way to wake up early and stay awake. This is doubly true when you’re drinking good coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, find a warm and refreshing beverage that you enjoy to start your day. It will make a world of difference.
Working out first thing in the morning is a great way to get your mind and body moving together. What you’ll find is the exercise wakes your body up, and the oxygen you get from exercising helps your mind become more alert.
This doesn’t mean you have to run three miles or head toward the gym for an hour of weight lifting. I prefer a half hour of yoga followed up by a few minutes of Tai Chi and/or Qigong practice. Choose whatever exercise you want as long as it speeds your heartrate up a little bit.
4. Eat some oatmeal with fruit.
While bacon and eggs can seem like a great breakfast, eating oatmeal and a little fruit is a lot better way to increase your performance. When you wake up early, oatmeal can fill you up while cutting down on the cholesterol and eating fruit is a good way to kick start your metabolism.
Another great thing about fresh fruit is it contains very fast-digesting sugars and complex carbohydrates that provide a great source of immediate energy.
5. Turn off the alarm.
Now, this doesn’t mean on turn the alarm off after a week or so, but after your body becomes accustomed to your new time for waking up. What you’re doing is teaching your body to wake up at the same time without the annoying, loud sound of an alarm. You may have to adjust this process if you have early morning appointments.
6. Write out your daily goals before you go to bed.
The reason you’re getting up early is to get things done. You can’t do this without a plan. The best way to do this is to write out your to-do list each evening. Now when you wake up early, you already have your tasks set out for you. This allows you to get started right away.
You Can Get More Done When You Wake Up Early
It can feel daunting when you start your wake up early plan. Even when you’ve been doing it for a while it can feel more than a tiny bit difficult. But the benefits you get from rising early are enormous. You are getting things done when most people are sleeping, plus there’s nobody around to disturb you.
You don’t have to rush into waking up early. Take your time to work on a new schedule and allow yourself to feel comfortable with an early start. Over time, your body will love it and your productivity will soar!
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