How To Wake Up Early | Your 6 step guide
Your Complete Guide On How To Wake Up Early!
Can’t Wake up early? Don’t worry we are here to help. This guide will make the task feel like breeze so just strap on.
Waking up early might be amongst the single most effective way to boost your productivity. If you like many have struggled to wake up early and failed to make the most of the day then worry not, you have come to the right place.
Just the thought of waking up early might feel to you like a story with a definite end, groggy and sleep deprived you, but kid you not you can wake up energetic and ready to conquer the day. Just follow these six simple steps:
Decide when to wake up
This may sound silly but you can’t imagine how many just want to wake early with no time in mind and start aiming for 4:30 am when they are used to waking up at 10 am. Be Ambitious but don’t overdo it. We can rewire your body clock but it’s a gradual process.
- Go for 7-9 hours of sleep or even better as per your comfort a tired you aren’t
- 6 or 7 am is a great time to wake up if you sleep at 10 or 11 pm.
- Try gradually shifting wake up time like from 9:00 to 8:30 to 7:00 in every 3 days
- If you are sure that you don’t have anything important that week you can brute force like wake up at 5:00 am every day for a week and sleep at 9:00 pm just be practical with this method it will backfire if you are busy.
Setting up Alarm
Now, that you know when to wake up let’s talk about how to wake up. First of all, set the timer and check its am or pm. If using a mobile phone check if you have enough battery to last the night or plug it in during the night. Keep your alarm clock away from you this is going to bring you out of your cosy bed.
- Keep alarm clock in the same room or you may not be able to hear when it counts.
- Don’t keep alarm close to you it should all cost not be close to your hands reach.
- Once you get habitual your biological clock will wake you up.
Setting your environment
Setting your environment right can really aid your effort to wake up early. A good sleep at night is important. So, set your bed cosy and the way you like it. Don’t make it uncomfortable just to wake up early. Allow the nature to help you and put body clock to work.
- Keep your curtains slightly open to let the sun help you.
- Set the c timer to stop cooling before the time you wake up. Research suggests that cooler temperature aids sleeping.
- Keep a bottle of water beside you can drink some just after you switch your alarm clock off
- Take early morning shower or yet better exercise.
Do not snooze
Please just don’t do it. It screws your habit, gets you tired and makes you feel waking up early isn’t worth the effort. It just isn’t worth it to sleep 5 or 10 mins and ruining your day. The worst case scenario is that it gives you an excuse to procrastinate and be late.
- Snooze only hampers you achieving your goals.
- Makes you feel groggy and worse off the bat.
- Go for alarm apps which won’t stop until you complete some tasks if you still face difficulty in waking up.
Get help (No, not from a doctor)
Friends and family can really make your life easier. If you are unable to wake up early by using alarm then ask a friend to call you or if someone lives with you and wakes up early don’t be shy to ask to wake you up.
- Make a friend call you. You can go jogging or exercise with them.
- If you don’t wake up you will have to face them.
- There are apps that make you pay if you fail to do a task.
I believe in the power of habits. They require no willpower once they are set up. Waking up early can make you feel tired or groggy initially but don’t stray away and within the very first week, you will see benefits.
- Don’t quit.
- If you miss a day or two just don’t worry and start waking up early again the next day onwards.
- Don’t punish yourself if you fail. It’s not a big deal to fail just persevere and start again.
- Use a tracking app
Meditate, do yoga, exercise, check your emails, work on projects you always needed time for, or just study now you can do all this and more. This habit, when combined with your morning routine(link to morning routine article), will help you have an edge. So, rise and shine.