WHY YOU SHOULD GET UP EARLY EACH MORNING
The subject of waking up very early each morning as well as the benefits therein has been debated so many times. But the concept cannot be overemphasized because it has a far-reaching implication when you ignore it.
A lot of people wonder and ask, what’s so special about getting up early? Getting up very early in the morning, as simple as it sounds, puts you at your best and helps you accomplish more result in your day. And until you make this your habit to see how much it will help you, you’ll never realize that you’ve been missing so much!
To be honest, getting up from the bed in the morning is the first and the most difficult decision of each day, especially if it is not yet a habit. It feels like leaving a much comfortable state and placing yourself in uncomfortable situations.
But should you consider getting up very early in the morning a tough drill when there are lots of benefits to be derived from it? If the early morning will serve as a spare time to carry out some other activities that couldn’t find a space in your day-time schedule, then it is well worth it!
HOW TO USE THE EARLY MORNING TIME TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Research shows that the early morning time is the period when the human brain is most retentive and is at its best. At this period, distractions are scarce, and your concentration is at its maximum. There are no phone calls, your kids are asleep, and colleagues are not knocking at your office door, so it can be considered as the most productive time of your day.
Any task you undertake at this period will be done with a sound mind and completed in a short time. You can use this to your advantage by doing the most complex and demanding task of the day at this period before you become less productive and exposed to distractions as the day goes by.
1, Some productive things you can do very early in the morning are listed below:
2. You can meditate and do some creative thinking that requires optimum concentration
3. You can use the time to study and prepare for an exam
4. You can start an early morning workout for a healthy body
5. You can use this time to plan for the day and work on your set goals i.e. writing that book you’ve always postponed
6. You can start or work on your new business
7. You can read a book or listen to a podcast
8. You can move closer to your goals
There is always this overwhelming energy each morning especially when you decide to get out of bed early, and whether you use it to accomplish personal goals, to exercise, to read or to get a head start for the day, you’ll realize in the end that you did all of them without breaking a sweat.
HOW TO MAKE GETTING UP EARLY EACH DAY A BREEZE
GET ENOUGH SLEEP:
Just like the famous quote, which says “early to bed, early to rise”, if you really want to wake up early each day without feeling too uncomfortable doing it, you also need to go to bed early enough. The average recommended sleep time is 8 hours, and you can match this with the time you intend to wake up each day. For example, if you intend to wake up as early as 5 a.m., you’ll have to sleep around 9 p.m. If you don’t sleep enough, you are most likely going to feel too weak to get out of bed.
KEEP THE ALARM WELL AWAY FROM YOUR BED:
One of the most dangerous and regrettable things that can happen when you have a target is unconsciously ending an alarm you set on purpose by yourself when it sounds because you are half asleep and half awake. This is the biggest risk attached to placing your alarm clock too close to your bed. If you don’t trust yourself enough to get up when the alarm sounds, you should place it at a distance that requires you to take a few steps before reaching it. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be too far from you that you won’t hear either.
USE AGGRESSIVE ALARM TONES AND PUT THEM AT MAXIMUM VOLUME LEVEL:
An unconventional practice that can make your alarm clock very effective especially when you are just starting to make waking up early a habit is to use very aggressive alarm tones and put them at maximum volume. A strange sound at a loud volume in a quiet night is capable of disconnecting you from the sleep abruptly. You may also consider choosing alarm tones randomly to make them really strange when they sound, else, your mind may start to ignore it over time.
GET UP FROM THE BED IMMEDIATELY:
Most mornings, especially during winter, our body is always begging the alarm clock for more sleep time, and we carelessly comply by snoozing it for an extra 5 minutes nap. It can sometimes be very difficult to leave that state of comfort, but if you can schedule up your most important first-activity each morning, it’ll be a lot easier to make the decision of getting out of bed. This can be brushing your teeth and washing your face, making tea, doing some light exercises, or anything that can keep you to stay up. After that activity, you will have regained your full consciousness that sleep time is over.
PLAN AN EXCITING GOAL FOR THE NEXT MORNING BEFORE YOU SLEEP:
Finally, as you plan and master the habit of waking up early every morning, it is important that you tie some important tasks or things that mean a lot to you to that period. You will have to make a list of those things you need to get done before you sleep. That way, you are giving your sub consciousness reasons to get out of bed and get to work once it is morning. This time should be your own time. Get to things that are important for you whether is personal or business. As Mark Twain wrote ‘’eat the frog’’, tackle the hardest problem on your plate. Get it out of the way early on.
Program your alarm for one hour earlier then usual or start gradually with 10 minutes earlier each day. It will be tough at first. But I can confirm that it’s addictive and automatic after some time. This extra time will also tee everything up for you to have a great day ahead.
The time is yours and yours alone. You decide what to do with it. What’s in your alarm clock?