Sometimes that snooze button is just so welcoming.
But if you hate getting up in the morning… why do it over and over again by hitting snooze? That grumpy feeling you get when you first wake up to your alarm doubled (or tripled… or quadrupled)? No thanks.
The world’s top CEOs and most successful people are known for utilizing their mornings as a productive, insightful time rather than a cranky, unfortunate one. Yes, some people are naturally “morning people”, waking up early without much effort, and others are not. However, if so many successful people do it, it seems that waking up early may be more of a habit-forming exercise than a natural inclination in many cases. What’s the best way to form such a habit? Learn to enjoy it.
Instead of hitting the snooze button three times per morning, learning to get up with that first alarm can set a positive, enlightening tone for the rest of your day. These ideas can make it that much easier, and once the habit is formed, you’ll enjoy the extra time in your day so much more!
How To Make Getting Up Easier
Adjust your bedtime. The key to not being super groggy in the morning? Go to bed earlier! Most adults need 7-8 hours to stay healthy, so calculate back from your wakeup time and try making it a priority to get into bed at that hour. Stick to the plan for a couple of weeks and it should eventually just become routine.
Experiment with your alarm clock. While some may be able to wake up easily to the sound of waves, others may need a blaring beep to get their mind activated. If you have a lot of trouble getting your feet from the bed to the floor, putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room may be just the trick you need. One of our favorite ideas, especially for winter, is a gradual-light clock. When waking up before the sun has risen, these alarm clocks mimic natural light, gradually lighting your room up to full brightness at your set wakeup time.
Plan out your motive. What most motivates you? If you feel amazing when you exercise, planning out workouts for the time when you first wake up may be the perfect motivator for getting out of bed. If reading the paper and catching up on news soothes you, plan that out for your morning. Waking up knowing you’ll be doing something you enjoy makes getting out of bed that much easier.
What to Do Once You’re There
Some of the world’s most successful people benefit from productive mornings. Doing these four things before the sun rises could be the key to self-betterment.
Plan and strategize. Taking a couple key minutes to plan out your goals for the day could help keep you insanely productive the entire week through. Map out your successes and failures from the previous day, strategizing how to overcome potential obstacles and prioritizing your most important tasks.
Connect. No, not necessarily via social media. If possible, take your extra time in the morning to connect with the ones you love – roommates, your spouse, or your kids. As the day goes on, things can get in the way of spending quality time together, while first thing in the morning, all you have to focus on is each other.
Make a healthy meal. Starting the day off with a proper mix of protein and carbs is guaranteed to start your energy off right. Eight hours of sleep leaves your stomach naturally empty, so fueling up is a vital part of starting a successful day. Try Greek yogurt with homemade granola, eggs and toast or some yummy peanut butter protein bars.
Prioritize exercise. Whether it means going to the gym, popping in a workout video or going for a nice morning jog, fitting in a workout before the day starts guarantees that nothing will get in the way as the day goes on to distract you from your fitness goals. Some of the most successful people in the world start their day with a workout, proving both the physical and mental benefits of sweating it out first thing!
Get caught up. Extra time in the morning can give you just that little bit of extra time to read up on the news you enjoy. Starting the day out with a general idea of what’s going on in the world around you can bring you more in-tune with the emotions, events and people you encounter throughout the day.
Do you wake up early? What do you do in the mornings? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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