In my early 20s I managed to fool myself into believing I was a night owl – somebody who’s more productive at night. But once I took the time to analyse the situation, I realised I wasn’t productive at all. All I ever did at night was go out drinking or stay in and play around with video games or on the internet. When I actually tried to do anything productive at night, I struggled. There were just too many distractions and I couldn’t focus on what I was supposed to be doing. Although I was active at night, I definitely wasn’t productive.
The few times I had to wake up early I noticed how much more I accomplished with my day. The earlier I woke up, the more I got things done. This gave me a greater sense of achievement. This is when I realised I’m actually an early bird and from then on I decided to start waking up early every day.
My new time to wake up would be 5am. At 5am there’re no distractions. You have time to plan your day and to get the important tasks out of the way before everybody else wakes up. If you get everything that needs to be done in four hours it will be 9am and you can enjoy the rest of the day knowing you’ve earned it.
Four Steps to Waking-up Early Every Day
1) Give yourself a reason to wake-up early
There’s no point in getting up if you’re just going to sit around doing nothing. If you have a reason for waking up early, you’re much more likely to keep doing it. You could do some exercise, work on your business or even just do some reading. It can be anything you want, just make sure it’s something productive.
2) Tell yourself this is who you are and why
“I wake up early every day because I get more stuff done”
You may hate waking up early in the beginning but every new habit takes some time to get used to. When I don’t go to the gym for a long time it takes my body a few workouts to get back into it. This is the same for any new habit. You need to just stick with it until it’s a part of you.
3) Go to bed when you’re tired
There’s no point in going to bed if you’re not tired. It’s a waste of time and you’ll find it more difficult to fall asleep. It’s best to go to bed when you’re too sleepy to stay awake. I like to read before bed so it’s easy for me to know when I’m tired. When I start falling asleep whilst reading, I know it’s time for bed.
Some days you might feel sleepy earlier. Some days you might feel sleepy later. It doesn’t matter. The time you go to sleep every day might be different, but the time you wake up should always be the same. Eventually your body will settle in to a steady pattern and you’ll start feeling tired around the same time every night.
4) As soon as your alarm goes off…get up!
The longer it takes you to get up, the more likely you’ll try to sleep in. So don’t let your mind talk you into sleeping in once your alarm goes off. Put your alarm at the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off.