In this post I talk about introducing the habit of waking up early every day.
Getting up early can be super tough. Especially if you’re not a ‘morning person’. But I found that over time you can introduce this habit and the benefits pay off the struggle to hit snooze in really quickly.
These are the things that really helped me to wake up early every day.
1. Have a Reason
The most important thing i’ve learned is that you really need a reason to drag your ass out of bed. Whether it’s to start a blog, write a book, get to the gym or go for a run, if you don’t have a reason then you’re destined to hit snooze and ulitmately, fail.
If you’re just getting up to scroll through social media, then you should probably just stay in bed and enjoy the extra sleep.Tweet
2. Find what works best for you.
Many people have extreme routines. I heard that Mark Wahlberg gets up at 2:30am and goes to bed at 7. You don’t need to do this, you need to find what works best for you.
For a while I was getting up at 4:30-4:45am, but I found that I was overtired and not getting enough sleep. I couldn’t commit to going to bed at 9pm and generally found that I just wasn’t tired. So now i’ve found that going to bed around 10pm and getting up at 5:30am works best for me.
You also need to consider the other people around you. Is your partner going to appreciate you disappearing at 9pm every night? Probably not.
3. Make a routine
Making a routine and preparing the night before made getting up early much, much easier. Packing my bag the night before means that I don’t forget things and I can move much more quickly when i’m still waking up.
4. It’s ok to Fail
Sometimes you might want to lie-in. Maybe it’s the weekend, maybe you don’t go to the gym on Tuesdays. That’s fine. Just don’t make a habit of it. Personally, if I skip more than two days in a row, i’m back to square one and I have to re-learn the habit.
“It takes between 18 and 254 for days to form a habit”James Clear
5. Drink More Coffee
For me, a coffee in the morning really helps me to get going and the caffeine is proven to help you out in the gym. Obviously this isn’t necessary but it’s something that helps me. Also, I wanted to put some pretty shots of me making coffee in the video.
These are a few things that really helped me along the way to get up early everyday. I hope that they can help you too. Let me know in the comments what helps you to get up early and make your habits stick.
Thanks for reading!