Waking up early. Only fools would do this intentionally, right? Well wrong. It’s been proven time and time again that HIGHLY successful people (Donald Trump, Oprah, top corporation CEOs) all get up early. We are talking 5-6 AM here. Here are 6 tips to help you wake up early everyday (workday or not) and why you should.
Move your alarm clock. Yes move it as far away as you can from your bed and still be able to hear it. I’ve heard of some people putting it in the bathroom (whether it be your phone or an actual alarm clock). The trick with the bathroom is that once you’re already there you’ll feel like washing your face or brushing your teeth etc. That will in turn send a signal to your brain that hey, we’re waking up now! And that will get the ball rolling.
Write down your daily goals the night before. These goals can be small tasks related to household (vacuum, do the dishes), business goals, workout goals, reading goals (finish that book!) and the like. The key is to make them specific (S.M.A.R.T.) goals. Once you a have a reason to get up in the morning you will find that it’s much easier to do so. And it will also be a snowball effect. You’ll remember your progress from they days’ before. You’ll see how much more you can get done in the early morning as there are usually less distractions. Fewer work, school, spouse, kids’ needs etc. will be thrown at you in the wee morning hours.
Listen to a motivational speaker or inspirational message as you get out of bed. I like to play speakers such as Brian Tracy, Les Brown, or Joel Osteen as I wake up in the morning. Their messages are full of hope, motivation, drive, and success. It makes me WANT to get out of bed. I recommend having a YouTube account so that you can search for speakers like these or others and be able to save them to your ‘watch later’ playlist. Most smartphones have a YouTube app you can play them from or you can download the audio on your computer using clipconverter.cc. Just copy the YouTube link into the clipconverter and select .mp3 to convert. Then add to your favorite .mp3 player.
Focus on your life goals in the morning. I’m talking big picture goals here. Make sure you have these written somewhere so that your eyes will readily fall upon them. I have mine on a whiteboard and my Evernote app (both on my PC and my smartphone). I also like to post up index cards around my office. These are goals that you will achieve by doing all the little daily goals consistently even when you don’t feel like it. These goals could be quitting your day job, traveling across the US, learning to speak French, run a marathon. Only you can decide for you. Your subconscious mind will lock these goals in and you’ll find yourself wanting to get up in the morning just because they are in the back of your mind. Your subconscious knows that you won’t achieve these by hitting the snooze button and going back to bed! So listen to it!
Workout in the morning. I know some people are not morning workout people. But once you start getting up early and working out in the morning you will realize, “Dang! I have all this energy now to get through the day!” It makes much more sense to workout in the morning if you can because you can bank on that energy to become more productive and focused on your day. It doesn’t make much sense to wait until after work when you are tired, dragging your feet, mentally and emotionally drained most likely. To work out late in the day gives you much less return.
Get a dog. Ok, I realize this tip will not work for everyone. But it worked for me. And if you have the ability to do so financially and time-wise and you would love having a dog then this is a great tip. I used to be kind of a homebody, staying indoors most of the time. Getting a dog caused me to want to go on walks more, to be out in nature, and to look for new scenic places to go with my dog. Having the responsibility of taking care of a pet will motivate you at least out of necessity to make sure the dog gets walked. Also, walking or running with your dog will stimulate you and help you get into a wake-up frame of mind. Please don’t take this tip and act rashly however. Having a dog is a big commitment, make sure you do your research on the breed, habits, behavior, and needs of the dog.
I hope these tips will help you get up early in the morning. I used to get up at 7 am just in time to do everything I needed to get ready in the morning for work (no time for me, really). I started going backwards with ease. First 6:30, then 6, and am now working down to 5:30 in the morning. I will be a member of the 5 AM club in no time and hope to see you there!
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