The sound of clapping filled the darkness of my once quiet bedroom, it pulled me from the comfort of my dreams and reminded me of my ambitions. It was 6 A.M. time to start the day. I laid there, waiting for my brain to completely wake up. I sat up, made my bed, left the room, poured myself a cup of hot coffee (thanks Dad), grabbed my devotionals, turned on the light, and went out to our dark porch. I sipped my coffee, read my bible, and listened to the world waking up while watching the sunrise.
How did I go from waking up at 8 AM to 6 AM? Well, these are the tips I’ve used. I’m currently re-implementing these tips because I stopped waking up so early and I miss it.
Have a reason to wake up early.
It needs to be something that gets you excited to get out of bed every day. You need to look forward to it. I know how easy it is to just hit snooze and drift back to sleep. It can be anything from enjoying a cup of hot coffee, reading a few pages of a book, getting in a workout, getting to see the sunrise, or just starting work in the quiet morning hours.
My ‘why’ is so that I can have time to read my bible, enjoy a hot cup of coffee, pray, and just enjoy the stillness of morning in fellowship with my Creator. This gets me out of bed every single day.
Wake up at the same time everyday.
At least, every weekday. I totally understand if you want to sleep in on the weekend. But, if you wake up at the same time every day, your body will get used to it and it will get easier and easier. Also, take a month or so to gradually wake up at your ideal time. Every couple of days set your alarm up to 5 minutes earlier. It will take time, but you’ll wake up much happier when it’s only a 5-minute difference instead of 2 hours earlier.
Nix the annoying alarm sounds.
It’s no fun to wake up in a bad mood because you despise the sound of your alarm. Set your alarm to a song that you like, that is upbeat and happy. Don’t set it to your favorite song because you will eventually grow to dislike listening to the song because it reminds you that it’s time to wake up. This tip probably helped me the most. I have 2 different alarm sounds – the clapping sequence from On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons and The violin part of Rather Be by Clean Bandit. These are perfect because they wake me up on the right side of bed. Also, you could set your alarm on the other side of the room to physically make you get out of bed to turn it off, I don’t do this, but it’s an idea.
Have a Morning Routine.
Make your bed. It’s so much harder to get back into a made bed. You want a routine that will become a habit so that your body can just get going on what you need to do that day and you don’t have to worry about your brain being awake. Also, do your best to stay off of your phone for at least the first 30 minutes after you wake up. That way, you avoid wasting time on social media and you get invested in your real life instead of thinking about everyone else’s highlight reel or the bad news of the day. Don’t check email either, that way, you can have a relaxed morning routine focusing on yourself instead of work.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise.
Trust me, I know how hard this is. But, it’s so important for having a great day! Remember balance is key and if you find it super hard to get to bed in order to get 7-9 hours of sleep before your alarm goes off, then, cut your morning routine shorter that day. Don’t sacrifice your health just because you want to wake up earlier. You can spend the extra hours at night being productive and getting stuff done instead of the extra hours in the morning.
Waking up early might be hard, but it’s totally worth it in the end. You become so much more productive when you have that extra time to get started on your day. In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
And that’s all there is to it boss babes! I hope these tips help you have a more relaxed and productive morning routine to start your day off right!
Hi, I’m Heather.
I share a message of positivity, authenticity and love, through posts about life, food, motivation, and other things that interest me on my blog.