Sorry for the delay in posts. I’ve been learning about how-to handle technical difficulties here on WordPress.
Anyways, I’ve been successful in waking up early and performing my new set of rituals, so I’m excited to share them on here with you so you can start your morning journey, also.
Here are 5 tips that have proven to be successful for me in waking up early:
1. Turning off any lights and electronics an hour prior to sleeping.
You’ve probably read by now that your eyes continue to signal to your brain to stay awake if you are watching T.V., have room lights on, or have another form of light that is hitting your retinas. It had become a habit of mine to get on social media to “fall asleep.” Instead, I would end up scrolling past Instagram photos for the next hour and wanting to see more beautiful photos of peoples’ lives. If you want to kick butt in the morning and increase productivity in your routine, shut lights, phones, and screens off for the night. I fall asleep at 10, so at 9 p.m., I will start putting my phone away
2. Placing your phone across the room.
This is very important for me. If I don’t place it across the room, I end up pressing snooze like there is no tomorrow. This leads to a delay in my wake-up, and I already rise entirely grumpy knowing I missed out on a portion of my morning routine. Getting up to reach your phone across the room allows your body to wake up a bit; the key is to continue walking (in this case, for myself, all of the way downstairs) towards the bathroom, and then on to the kitchen.
3. Drinking a full glass of water.
This tip is suggested by Hal Elrod in his Miracle Morning book, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts. I never did this before, but it makes total sense to drink a full glass when you have been parched for 7+ hours. According to Elrod, this helps you wake up even more, and is an almost fail-proof habit to not fall back asleep again. It awakens you even further!
4. Building a purposeful morning.
Nobody is motivated to wake up early if you are just wanting to do one thing, like working out. Usually, that fizzles out and you are in a rut again. Or even worse, waking up early to nothing, just to wake up early is not enough. What is your motivator? I enjoy doing a variety of things additionally to my life S.A.V.E.R.S. (The Miracle Morning book). I like waking up to go play with my dogs outside for a little bit, meditate, pray, write, wash dishes, exercise, look over my to-do list, write out some sides business ideas, blog etc. I get a whole lot done when I set my alarm two hours prior to going to work; I never feel motivated after work to do all of these things because, well, I’m human and I like to relax after a long day. Write out what you want to do for yourself to help you achieve your future goals. It starts with early mornings.
5. Setting intentions the night before.
A few years ago, I used to think affirmations were lame. I remember beginning my affirmations in college during my entrepreneurship class. We were told to verbalize what our goals were. It seemed silly to sit on my bed and voice out “I will have enough money to buy a Camaro through my business” (I had different goals back then) and believe them. But I started doing so with other small areas in my life. The more I voiced things out-loud, the more these small goals were achieved. In our nightly routine, it’s important to say something to the extent of “I will wake up early tomorrow at ____ and I will feel energized; I will achieve _____ and I will have a productive day!” Try it. It works. But say it out loud various times and believe it.
Hope this helps you rise and shine at an earlier time!
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