Let’s admit it. You want to wake up early, but you also keep hitting the snooze button at the first sound of your alarm. The snooze was only going to be for 10 minutes, but here you are 2 hours later, still in bed not knowing where time has gone. It’s easy to feel like a failure when we don’t always execute what we plan to do, but this step by step will guide you into your journey as an early riser.
Most successful people are early risers and I know you can be too! Waking up early has many benefits including being productive during the day, having more time to yourself.
Here are steps on how can train your body to wake up early and make it a habit.
Go to sleep earlier
This seems obvious, but most college students ignore it. Let’s break the habit of pulling all nighters, shall we fellow collegiate? The solution to avoid feeling tired throughout the day is to enough rest and wake up early.
Make sure you have ample amount of sleep will help your body rest for the sufficient amount of time it needs to recover.
All nighters will not help you in any way. Instead, it will dampen your mood and leave you always feeling tired. No amount of coffee will ever replace your sanity knowing that your body has rested well enough during the night. Don’t cheat your body, it won’t thank you later.
Make a plan the day before
It is crucial to set your intentions the night before. If you don’t have a plan, your subconscious will make EVERY excuses for you to not wake up. You’ll tell yourself you’re too tired because you had a long day the day before or that you need more rest when in fact you’re already well rested.
Or, just like me, the bed is too comfortable to leave it and face the world. Knowing what you want to do before-hand will dim down the excuse because you’ll have something to look forward to.
Think of this as the trophy you are looking forward to. Remember the excitement of your first day of school that you looked forward to? Yes, you can recreate this feeling everyday if you make a plan of tasks you have to complete.
It might look daunting, but putting it on paper will allow you to visualize and reinforce the reason why you are choosing to wake up early in the first place. Don’t skip this step.
Set up no more than two alarms
Obvious, isn’t it? But I realized that setting up multiple alarms make you more prone to waking up later. Why would you wake up before, when you have multiple alarms that will go off at any given time anyway? When you tell your mind you have multiple options, it will default to the last resort. So, set up one to two alarms, 10-15 minutes apart.
Your brain will take it more seriously. You’ll trick your mind into thinking that you have only two options and no more. It creates scarcity in your brain. You’ll find out that not having multiple alarms will make you more attention to the time you actually want to wake up at.
With time, you will notice that you won’t even need an alarm anymore. You will slowly become an early riser as you practice theses steps.
Place the alarm further away from you
…so that you have to go physically grab it. When your body is resting it is at its most comfortable state which is why putting your phone or alarm clock next to you is not ideal. You’ll most likely hit the snooze bottom because you’re still half asleep.
No one likes a disturbed sleep, but if you make an effort to actually put your feet on the ground, you did it—half of your body is awake, even if you’re still sitting on your bed. You won half the victory!
Move around to wake up your body
Go to the bathroom, get yourself a cup of water to wake up. Make it a mission to put at both feet on the ground, even if you’re just turning in circle. This is the hardest part, but if you get to it, you are ready to start your day! You are becoming an early riser. Go off and be great.
Here are the 5 steps
- Go to sleep earlier
- Make a plan the day before
- Set up no more than 2 alarms
- Place the alarm far away from you
- Move around to wake up your body
These steps will help you get out of bed in less than 15 minutes. Don’t expect to be great at this the first few times you do this. It takes time to build good habits. Be patient with yourself.
Waking up early has many benefits such as increasing your level of productivity during the day and allow you to enjoy time with your friends and family..
Comment below what time you wake up at and what time you would ideally like to wake up at. We can motivate each other in the comments below.
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