For years I have been reading about successful people who wake up at 4:30 or 5:00 am; they read, meditate, work out, and get tons of stuff done before the average person even wakes up. I have always wanted to be one of those people.
One of the biggest complaints that people have is not having enough “time” in a day; not having enough time to eat healthy, work out, start a business, or spend time with their friends or loved ones. People make goals and resolutions that they would love to fulfil year after year, but typically don’t accomplish them because of the “time constraint” that they think they have.
See the thing is… we all have the same amount of time in a day. We all have 24 hours or 1440 minutes. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and you all have the same amount of time in a day. The only difference between people and their success is how they choose to spend that precious time.
One of my biggest goals this year is to finally conquer waking up early & being more productive overall. And that’s the first step… wanting to make a change in your life! If you are like me and are sick of not accomplishing all your dreams then let’s promise to make this change together.
How To Wake Up Earlier & Be More Productive
1. Decide on why you want to wake up earlier:
This is an important step to think about because if you don’t have strong enough reasons to wake up earlier, then you won’t. Personally, I want to wake up earlier so that I can get more stuff done in a day and so that I can feel less stressed out. I also want to wake up earlier so that I can enjoy my morning routine which consists of daily affirmations, meditating, and reading. To me, waking up earlier means that I will be able to spend more time on fulfilling my big goals and dreams in life. So decide why you want to wake up earlier; maybe its because you don’t have enough time to work out, read, or do your favourite hobby at night so you want to start doing it in the morning.
2. Decide what time you need to wake up:
So after you have decided why you want to wake up earlier, decide on how much time you need to accomplish all your goals and dreams. This could be waking up two hours earlier, one hour, or it might even be just 30 minutes. Decide on whats right for you. I want to wake up at 6 am daily because I think that this will give me the extra time that I am looking for in my day. I will be able to accomplish a lot more and I will be able to work on my bigger goals in life; ultimately I will feel better about myself, more accomplished, and less stressed.
3. Decide what time you need to go to sleep:
Everybody is different and only you know your body best. If you reflect on the days where you were most energetic, how long did you sleep those nights? Then think about the days when you were most exhausted, how long did you sleep those nights? I realized that for my body, I need about 7 hours of sleep every night. So now do the math: if you want to wake up at 6 am daily and you need 7 hours of sleep every night, that means that you should go to bed at 11 pm. So figure out what time works for you.
4. Take small steps to get to your dream wake up & sleep time:
Instead of just starting to wake up 2 hours earlier than you normally do, try taking small steps to get there. So again if your goal is to wake up at 6 am daily and you typically wake up at 7:30 am then first start off by waking up at 7 am for two weeks and then work your way up to 6 am. If your goal is to go to bed at 11 pm daily and you usually go to bed at 12 pm, then again start going to bed at 11:30 and work your way backwards. You can even do this in smaller intervals of 15 minutes; whatever works best for you.
5. Be reminded of your goals & dreams:
There will be many mornings where you don’t want to get up and you’ll lay there convincing yourself that your dreams don’t really matter. It might be really dark or cold so you’ll hit snooze and roll over. Once you wake up later, you will feel disappointed in yourself and you will feel like you can’t accomplish your bigger goals in life because you can’t even get out of bed! (I know the feeling)
This is why it is so important to constantly surround yourself with reminders of what your goals and dreams are. I recommend making a vision board or simply hanging pictures up, near your bed. These can be pictures of money that you want to make, your dream body, or any specific goals that you have. When you are tempted to sleep in, you can look at these pictures and realize why it is so much more worth it to get up and chase your dreams, rather than click the snooze button and go back to your dreams.
6. Put your phone across the room before you go to bed:
This is a good trick that has helped me wake up earlier. When my alarm goes off, I physically have to stand up to get my phone to turn off the alarm; which makes it easier for me to get out of bed. I can’t just roll over and click the snooze button. So try this simple trick out. (This also helps to prevent you from staying up texting on your phone because your phone is out of reach)
7. Download an app:
One of the sleeping apps that I bought months ago is called “Sleep Cycle” ($2.79 Canadian). It is an alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase, which helps you to feel more relaxed. This has worked for a lot of people so it may be worth investing a couple of dollars in.
Another sleeping app that I have just purchased is called “Step Out! Smart Alarm Clock” ($2.79 Canadian). This alarm clock app only turns off once you physically step out of bed. It uses advanced image recognition and step tracking technologies to check whether you’re far away from your bed. This is a great app to try if you have a problem getting out of bed like I do. There are also other similar apps, such as “Alarmy” and “Wake N Shake”.
Life is too short to snooze it away. You may be tired for the first 15 minutes of being awake but once you start working on your dreams you will be grateful that you didn’t hit the snooze button.
The little things that you do daily, affect your entire life (weekly, monthly, and yearly). So if you always have excuses for not having enough “time” to work out, read, meditate, eat healthy, or start a business then try waking up earlier so that you can accomplish all your goals (before you even head to work).
You can finally stop being one of those people who snooze their lives & dreams away, year after year. In 2018, make a promise to finally start living your dream life and that starts with the daily habits that you do.
I hope that you guys enjoyed my 7 tips on waking up earlier & being more productive. Let me know what time you wake up and go to sleep in the comments down below.