Be A Morning Person In 9 Steps!
For all of you who say, “I’m just not a morning person,” we have news for you: anyone can become a morning person, it just takes some time, training and trust! And, well, the fact is that there is a strong correlation (not scientifically, of course, but certainly based on our own observations) between productivity and rising early (and maybe even success!). Even Aristotle is quoted as have said, “it is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” And who really can argue with Aristotle? If you’re not currently an early riser (and want to be), follow these tips to become an early riser (or at least make getting up early less painful!).
9 Tips To Be A Morning Person
Have A Reason To Rise. This is the single most important element in being an early riser. So, before hitting the sheets, crystallize the reasons for getting up the next morning (and write them down if it helps!).
Make Your Mornings Count. If you are committed to waking up early for a reason, it is crucial to follow through. So, stick to the plan and be productive. In fact, some of your most productive work can be done in the early morning hours before the rest of the world is awake to distract and disrupt you.
Sleep Well. Your body is trying to tell you something if you constantly feel tired during the day. So, trade in that last hour spent Facebook stalking and get into bed. If that’s still not cutting it (heck, we all know that sleeping longer doesn’t necessarily translate to sleeping better), and you find you are still tired after 6-8 hours, chances are you’re not sleeping well. To ensure a well-rested night’s sleep, make sure you have a good mattress and pillow and give yourself time to unwind before bed.
Banish SNOOZE. Everyone is tempted by that little voice telling us to hit “snooze.” But we’ve learned the hard way that this little voice rarely has anything good to say, so don’t indulge! Sleeping in for another 10 minutes is guaranteed to lead to another 10 minutes and then another… and we all know where this ends! So, the next time you hear that little voice, just say “No” and…
Jump Out Of Bed. Immediately subdue any temptation to stay in bed by jumping out of bed instantly. We know, it sounds ridiculous, but it really does work.
Set A Routine. Establishing a consistent routine is essential for becoming an early riser. Try to go to sleep and wake up at same time everyday (even on days you don’t have to) in order to train your body. Warning: the first few weeks are going to be tough, but it will eventually pay off!
Reward Yourself. Waking up early can be hard and, while having a purpose is a good start, it isn’t always enough. Come on, are you really going to get up early to work on a budget report? So, reward yourself! Your reward can be anything from reading The Beauty Bean before work to having time to buy a cappuccino at your favorite café.
Note The Consequences. Remind yourself of the downsides of sleeping in. For us, losing that time in the morning can significantly impact our entire week. So remind yourself no only of the perks of being, well, perky in the morning – but also the downsides of sleeping in.
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