To Become An Early Riser
- Don't make drastic
changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30
minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for
a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes.
Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
- Allow yourself
to sleep earlier. You might be used to
staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing
the Internet. But if you continue this habit,
while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later
one is going to give. And if it is the early rising
that gives, then you will crash and sleep late
and have to start over. Go
to bed earlier, even if you don't think you'll
sleep, and read while in bed. If you're
really tired, you just might fall asleep much
sooner than you think.
- Put your alarm
clock far from you bed. If it's right next
to your bed, you'll shut it off or hit snooze.
Never hit snooze. If it's far from your bed, you
have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then,
you're up. Now you just have to stay up.
- Go out of the
bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm.
Don't allow yourself to rationalize going back
to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room.
For example, stumble into the bathroom and go
pee. By the time you've done that, and flushed
the toilet and washed your hands, your awake enough
to face the day.
- Do not rationalize.
If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting
up early, you'll never do it. Don't make getting
back in bed an option.
- Have a good reason. Set something
to do early in the morning that’s important.
This reason will motivate you to get up.
- Make waking
up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at
first that you're forcing yourself to do something
hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you
will look forward to waking up early. A good reward
is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read
a book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for
breakfast (smoothies! yum!) or watching the sunrise,
or meditating. Find something that's pleasurable
for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of
your morning routine.
- Take advantage
of all that extra time. Don't wake up an
hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless
that's a major goal of yours. Don't wake up early
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