Strategies for Rising Early

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There are so many great reasons to get up early! Whether it’s so that you have time to exercise, watch the sunrise or just get to work on time, getting up at the crack of dawn can be a great start to the day and create huge positive momentum. However, it’s not always an easy thing to do and can even take some creative problem solving sometimes. Here is a list of my favourite tricks to get out of bed in the morning and seize the day:

1. Get enough sleep

This is obvious but needs to be mentioned. Everyone is different so figure out how much sleep you need and start preparing for bed an hour early.

2.Turn off your computer, TV and set your phone to airplane mode one hour before bed 

Looking at screens at night tricks your brain into thinking that it’s still daylight out and will make it much more difficult to fall asleep. Read a book instead to ensure that your brain is ready for sleep when you need it to be. I prefer reading fiction because non fiction makes me think too much.

3. Have a set morning routine

Know exactly what you’re going to do as soon as you wake up so that you don’t have to think about it and are less likely to crawl back into bed. It helps to stay consistent with the first 3 to 5 things you do every day. Write it down and be as specific as possible.

4. Find a creative alarm clock

These days there are many innovative alarm clocks out there that go well beyond putting your alarm across the room. There are ones that fly around the room, make you stand on a mat or make you solve a puzzle. There are also many good apps. I use Step Out of Bed! every day, which is an app that makes you take 10 to 30 steps with your phone in your hand before the alarm turns off and it has significantly improved my ability to get up early.

5. Think of your why

Before going to bed, think about and write down something positive that will get you excited to get up and on with the day. It could be something related to the bigger picture of why you want to be a morning person or it could be something smaller that you are excited to do the next day like enjoy your morning coffee.

6. Hide your clock

If you’re a person that wakes up a few times during the night, you might think you like having a clock in the room so that you know how much longer you have to sleep. The truth is, thinking about the time during the night distracts you from your real goal of a restful sleep. Taking away the clock allows you to fall asleep a lot quicker and get a more restful sleep.

7. Keep the curtains/blinds open

Unless your bedroom window is right under a streetlight, it’s usually pretty dark outside at night anyways. Sunshine naturally disrupts sleep so leave the blinds open to let the sun shine in.

8. Get your friends to hold you accountable

Have competitions, make bets, put money or embarrassment on the line. Consider creating a 6am club with a few people where you each have to send a message to the group at 6am or accept a consequence.

Although I would consider myself a morning person now, I haven’t always been. Through using these strategies I have managed to trick myself into becoming a morning person and now I have trouble feeling good about my day unless I get up around 6:00am. It takes practice and discipline but learning to appreciate the early morning is something that has made a huge positive impact on my life recently. Do you struggle with the morning? What are some of your strategies for getting out of bed? Let me know in the comments!

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