For many years, I would wake up late. I loved to sleep in. (this is before my daughter was born) Then things changed, because I had to wake up between 7-7:30 a.m. because my baby was up. But last year, I decided I wanted start do yoga again and mediate. Since I am a stay at home mom, with no help, as soon as my daughter is up, it’s all about her. I needed to get my “me time” in, and figured the only way to do that is 2 hours in the morning, when I am all alone.
Not to mention waking up early has its health benefits it self. I also hear tons of people saying they just don't have the time to do certain things. I think it could be managed if you rise early.
So, I set out to make waking up early a habit. I started by getting up at 6:30 a.m., then at 6 a.m. When that became a habit, then I started to wake up at 5 a.m. I have settled on a happy compromise of waking at 5 a.m. Some days, when I’m really tired (if I go to sleep late), I’ll wake at 6:30, but that’s still earlier than I used to wake up.
Here are my tips for becoming an early riser:
- No drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
- Go to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, watching TV or on the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed.
- Put your alarm clock far from you bed. If its right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
- Go out of the bedroom: Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room.
- Allow yourself to sleep in once in awhile. Despite what I just said in the previous point, once in awhile it’s nice to sleep in. As long as it’s not a regular thing. I do it on the weekends and when I am at my mom’s house.
- Take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that’s a major goal of yours. Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day. By the time 8:00 am rolls around, I've done more than many people do the entire day.
- Enjoy the break of dawn! As much as you can, look outside (or better yet, get outside!) and watch the sky turn light. It’s beautiful. And it’s quiet and peaceful. It’s now my favorite time of day. Getting up early is a reward in itself for me. I also love the morning calmness.