So how can you fit in meditation, journaling, affirmations, reading your goals and some physical exercise into your morning routine? Most people have just enough time in the morning to take a shower, get dressed, before grabbing a coffee and running out of the door. By waking up a little earlier every day you will have more than enough time to get more things done than you ever thought possible.
Waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning can at first seem like almost an impossible task, especially if you are a night owl like I once was. Yet, we already know that it is possible for us to wake up earlier when we have strong enough reasons to do so, such as knowing that we have to catch a flight or we have an important meeting to attend. If I told you that that by waking up a little earlier each morning you will be able to fit in your exercise program, journaling, your meditation and the opportunity to change your life forever would you be willing to give it a try? Waking up earlier will help you feel more positive, be more productive and get more things done. Waking up earlier will fill you full of inspiration and you will feel more energized throughout the day.
Almost every successful person is an early-riser, and if you want to achieve more in life, you should make waking up earlier a positive habit of yours. Here are some really useful tips which you can use to make waking up earlier an easier and enjoyable habit.
1. Early To Bed, Early To Rise:
The average person needs at least seven to eight hours of sleep to help them feel healthy and fresh throughout the day. If you want to wake up earlier, it is important that you go to sleep earlier as well, so that you will not hit the snooze button because you are still feeling tired. Make it a habit to go bed at around 10 pm. You might find it hard to fall asleep earlier at first, especially if you have been sleeping late, but soon your mind and body will adjust to this new positive change.
Blue light emitted from your phone, iPad, laptop etc. Is neither healthy for your eyes or your overall health and it actually keeps you from falling asleep. Turn off all of your electronic devices at least one hour before you want to fall asleep. If you want to read a book before you sleep, read a physical book rather than reading from a device like an iPad, Kindle etc.
3. Plan The Morning:
Make a list of all the things that you want to get done the next morning and make sure you have planned your day ahead. This will make you feel excited and more motivated to wake up earlier if you know what you are going to do rather than just waking up without a reason in your head.
4. Don’t Hit The Snooze Button:
Most people cannot resist pressing the snooze button in the morning just to get a few more minutes of sleep. If you are one of these people, try to put your alarm clock away from where you sleep. If you put your alarm on the other side of the room, you will force yourself to get out of bed to have to turn off the alarm. Once you are out of bed, you will simply start your day rather than pressing the snooze button one more time.
5. Stop Eating Late:
It is important that you stop eating after 8 pm. Food gives you energy and as a result it is more difficult to fall asleep if you are still feeling physically energetic. Develop the habit of eating a light meal at least two hours before you go to bed. Don’t snack after the last meal of the day.
6. Avoid Caffeine:
Caffeinated drinks will prevent you from falling asleep, therefore try not to consume tea or coffee for at least five hours before you want to go to sleep. This is a necessary step in developing the habit of waking up earlier.
7. Bedtime Rituals:
If you find it hard to shut your mind down before falling asleep, develop a nighttime ritual. You can do some light cleaning around the house or prepare things for the next day, like getting your clothes and journal ready. You can even get your breakfast prepared to save you some extra time in the morning. Some people like to write in their journal before going to bed because it helps them to get their thoughts on paper, which might keep them up otherwise. Try to clear your head of any excessive thinking by doing some little things that will calm you down and relax you. You can also pick the clothes you want to wear for the next day, which will also save you the trouble in the morning.
8. Dim the Lights:
Turn on just a night-light or a lamp for an hour before you plan to go to bed. It will automatically prepare your brain for sleep and you will feel tired. If you want to go to bed at 10 pm, turn off all the lights at 9 pm. Dimmed lights will naturally make you feel more sleepy and you will be more prepared to fall asleep as soon as your head hits your pillow.
9. Take Your Time:
If you want to wake up earlier, it is important that you start the process of waking up early gradually. If you go to sleep at around 2 am, you will not be able to magically wake up at 6 am even if you want to. Start going to bed fifteen minutes earlier than usual every night and slowly, your sleeping routine will change.
10. Affirmations and Goals:
Say your affirmations out loud and then read your list of exciting goals. This is a powerful positive way of programing your mind while you sleep.
Waking up earlier is not an easy habit to develop and many people give up because they simply believe that they are not able to wake up any earlier. But this is not true, as anyone can wake up earlier if they just set themselves the goal to do so and change their sleeping habits. Almost every successful person wakes up a few hours earlier than the average person. I want you to be more than average. I want you to wake up in the morning full of enthusiasm and vitality. If you want to feel more confident and positive throughout the day, you should develop this wonderful habit of rising earlier than everyone else. It is not that difficult to become a morning person, but it will take some time to condition your mind and body to work together to achieve waking up earlier.
By following these few simple steps, you will soon become an early bird and really start enjoying being an advanced early riser. It is so calm and peaceful in the morning, and you will have more time to plan your day, enjoy more valuable ‘you time’ and you will be able to catch up on your thoughts before you do other things.
As an advanced early riser you will feel more organized and productive because you will have more time to achieve all of the exciting goals and tasks that you have set for yourself for each day.
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