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Reasons To Wake Up Early (And How To Do It)

Reasons To Wake Up Early (And How To Do It)

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Waking up early can be one of the most positive habits that you can do for yourself. There are so many benefits to waking up early, and it's worth working towards if you aren't already. If you look into the lives of many entrepreneurs and CEO's, most of them tout early rising as a key to their productivity and success. If you're struggling to get out of bed early, or find yourself always late to work, school, or morning appointments, this is the article for you! Read on to find out some of the benefits of being an early riser, along with some tips on how you can become one too. 

Productivity

If you wake up early enough, you are likely to be the first one awake in your house, which equals peace and quiet. Without normal morning distractions, you'll be able to get a lot more done before even leaving the house. This is the perfect time to catch up on reading that book you've been putting off, working out, prepping lunch, or whatever other tasks that need to get done. When you are productive in the early morning, it sets a trend for the rest of your day. In some of my previous jobs, I loved getting into the office before everyone else. This was the perfect time for me to start off my day, reply to emails, and get a major head start before all the commotion of the office started. The best part about starting your day's work early is that you will finish early too!

Breakfast

I know for myself, if I wake up late, breakfast will be the first thing on my list to cut in order to get to where I'm going on time. Without eating in the morning, our bodies have no energy to move us through the day. Even though we've heard it over and over, sometimes we forget that food is actually energy, not just something that tastes good and makes hunger pains go away. Filling up on breakfast in the morning helps us to get more done in a timely manner throughout the day. It is also a great way to keep weight in check, since you won't be scarfing down everything in the fridge by lunch time.

Shorter Commute

The closer we get to rush hour traffic, the longer our commute will be, which holds especially true if you live in California. All the early birds out there have the advantage of leaving the house in time to make it to their destination, and with less stress and more time to spare. Missing traffic makes your commute safer too, not only because there are less cars on the road, but also because you are less likely to speed if you aren't running late. 

Professionalism 

A very popular reason for being chronically late is not waking up early enough. Whether you work or go to school, being late is never a good way to get ahead. Others may view you as rude, unprofessional, or uncommitted if you are consistently late. To avoid problems, and increase your chances of success, wake up early enough to get to where you need to be every morning. 

Relaxation

There is something so wonderful about waking up early, knowing you have the whole morning to get ready, do things you enjoy, and get to where you are going on time. It can be so stressful to be in the habit of getting up last minute, scrambling to get out of the house on time. Always running late can take a toll on our bodies, day after day, stressing to get ready on time, grabbing a quick bite to eat or coffee, than sitting in traffic, hoping we make it to the office on time. This is no way to live. When you get up early, your morning is relaxed and rejuvenating, giving you time to even watch the sun rise, meditate, work out, practice yoga, or read. Love yourself enough to do something positive for your body and mind, you will thank yourself that you did. 

These are just a few good reasons to wake up early, but this list could go on and on. If you have goals you want to achieve, one of the best things you can do to increase your success rate is to start getting up earlier. This is definitely easier said than done. For those that love to lay in bed for hours, waking up at a particular time can be a daunting task. I have put together a few tips to make this process a little bit easier for you, and hopefully you can get started tomorrow morning!

Start Slow

If you're like me, when you have a goal in mind, you want to hit it now! I tend to set a goal and go all in right away, which usually doesn't end very well. When setting goals, it is important to think in the long term, and not just the here and now. Sure, it would be great if you could start getting up at 5:00 am tomorrow morning, but if you've been sleeping in until 11:00 am for the past five years, how realistic is this goal? Think of this as a transition, and slowly work your way into your new goal. Start by setting your alarm clock back by 15 minutes. After a few days, when this becomes easy for you, set it back another 15 minutes. Continue to repeat this process until you have reached your desired waking time. This may take longer than you'd like, but think of this as an investment for your long term success.

Move Your Clock

One very popular technique for getting up early is to place your alarm clock at the far end of your room, forcing you to get out of bed in order to turn it off. The hardest part about getting up is usually having to get out of bed, so once you've overcome this step, everything gets a lot easier after. If you think you'll be tempted to hop right back in bed, try making your bed right after you shut off your alarm, that way you don't even have that as an option. 

Create A Ritual 

Having a ritual you follow every morning can make this new habit a lot easier. Whether it's using the restroom and washing your face, or doing a few stretches and meditating, having this ritual that you follow every day can increase your chances of success. 

Give Yourself Motivation

You will need to give yourself a good reason to get up early, especially if you want to stick with it long term. This can be done by setting an early morning appointment for yourself, arriving at the office at a certain time, or giving yourself something you enjoy in the morning. If you love coffee, reward yourself with a cup for waking up on time, if you love reading, catch up on your favorite book. Try to make your motivation not only something that you enjoy, but also something positive. You don't want to waste the whole morning surfing the internet, defeating the purpose of waking up early in the first place. Find something you love and add it into your morning ritual. 

Give It Time To Set

They say it takes 21 day to form any habit, good or bad. Make sure you stick with your goal of waking up early for this amount of time. After the first three weeks, you should find it easier for yourself to get up at this new hour.

Remember that most good things don't come easy. It might be a struggle for you at first to start getting up early, but with enough motivation, you can hit your goal and become more productive with the time you have each day. Try incorporating these tips into your lifestyle today and see what positive effects will follow!

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