Published: November 20th, 2015

Why in the world would you want to wake up at 5:30 in the morning on a weekend?! Several reasons. You have more time in the day. You’re usually more creative in the mornings than later in the day. It exercises your will power to decide and do something uncomfortable on a regular basis, which in turn makes you more disciplined. You can tap into the early hours of the day before the rest of the world has started in order to do important things you’ve always wanted to do. I think that deep down inside, we all know there are benefits to waking up early.

This is blog post, however, is not about why to wake up at 5:30 AM, but how to. That I may be able to help you with.

girl-with-laptop-on-her-bed_385-19324262 (1)The biggest foe to conquer when trying to wake up earlier is the dread of tiredness. It traps you in your sheets, warms you up, and says “five more minutes.” Before you know it you wake up again at 11:00 AM with half the day gone. This little devil takes advantage of you’re semi-cognitive state to flood you with the desire to rest when you’ve probably had enough. The key to waking up early is stacking the deck in your favor by making it more automatic. The following tips will encourage you’re lumbering body to actually wake up instead of hitting the snooze button.

Go to sleep early. Seriously. There’s no point in getting up earlier if you’re tired and want to die. make sure you get the rest you need by going to sleep 6-8 hours before you plan to wake up. If you want to avoid morning grogginess entirely and sleep in the best way you can, follow the 90 minute rule.

Start by just waking up 10 minutes earlier. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you have to go from waking up at 9:00 to waking up at 6:00. Start slowly at 8:50. As you’re body gets used to the new time, wake up 10 minutes earlier every week or two. Before you know it, you’ll be up at 6:00 ready to seize the day.

Put you’re alarm clock far away from you’re bed. If you can hit snooze on your alarm, your alarm is too close. Set it up on your desk or dresser, wherever is far away enough to get you to get out of bed and walk. The little bit of activity goes along way from keeping you from snoozing your way from 8:00 to 10:00. Also, if your alarm is your phone, you get the added benefit of sleeping better by eliminating that bedside distraction.

Set multiple alarms. If you really struggle with getting up in the morning, set two or three alarms. And I’m not talking two or three alarms at 10 minute intervals. The idea is to get you up as close to the desired time as possible, so it up one or two minutes after your first alarm. Annoy yourself awake. It works especially well if your alarm is out of reach because even if you crawl back in bed, you have to get up again and again.

Have something to do in the morning. What is your reasons for waking up every day? Find that, and maybe do something with that in your morning. Set up a morning routine that includes that special thing you love to do. Go running. Eat an amazing breakfast. Write your heart out. Give yourself something to wake up to and take advantage of the dawn to work on it.

Hopefully these tips help you get out of bed earlier. There so much to do in life and so little time to do it. Get up bright and early to tackle the day and change the world in your own little way. Good luck and good morning!