How to Wake Up Early!

Years ago, I hated waking up early. I was a normal teenager who went to bed super late, and you never saw me before 2 pm on a Saturday. Then, my mom began to force me to get up early. I hated every minute of it, but it did help me years later when my body was trained to wake up early naturally ( I am still not sure if that is a blessing or a curse). Now, especially with college, I have to get up early, but I hate waking up (especially after some nights of not being able to get a ton of sleep). These are some of the things that have helped me start waking up early and continue to help me wake up early.

Find a Reason Why You Are Getting Up.
First thing’s first, you have to have a really good reason to wake up early, or you will never get up when your alarm goes off three hours earlier than what you are used to. If waking up seems demanding because you have a list of to do’s you do not want to do, then you will never get up. You need to use your morning time to do things you want to do, but you normally wouldn’t have time for. This could be working out or working on a hobby that you don’t have time for during the day because of your everyday life. And it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day. Three days out of the week I will work out. One day I will use my extra morning time to clean the entire apartment. And another day, I will do something I really want to do but never have time for. It could literally be anything as long as it is good enough to get you out of bed, it could even be coffee.

Get 8 Hours of Sleep – Go to Bed Early.
You’re waking up earlier, but that also means you need to be going to bed earlier. It may feel strange and you may feel like a young grandma, but it is important because you still need to be getting 8 hours of sleep. Waking up early shouldn’t be about eliminating vital hours of sleep, it should be about adjusting your schedule and becoming more productive. You are forcing yourself to get up three hours earlier to get more things done. Whatever time you want to wake up, count 8 hours back. And that is the time you need to be ASLEEP by, not just going to bed at that time.

Use Alarmy – Alarm App.
I am known to miss my alarm because I usually turned it off in my sleep. Thankfully I found this app that has helped me immensely. When you set your alarm, there is an option to only be able to turn your alarm off to math problems or other options. There is also a difficulty level. So if you are like me, and you get really good at doing math problems in your sleep, you are able to make them more difficult.

Force Yourself to Get Up and Move.
I watched this video once on how to be more productive, and this guy said those who conquer the first hour and the last hour of the day win the day. I know from personal experience that if I wake up and instantly go on my phone, I won’t get out of bed for another hour. I just wasted an hour on social media when I could have been doing something productive. That is why I make the very first task something that involves me actually getting out of bed. It used to be that I would wake up and immediately go wash my face and start my skin care routine. Now, the very first thing I do is get some lemon water and make coffee for when I am finished drinking my water.

Use a Morning Routine that Focuses on You.
I have watched many morning routine videos on YouTube. While those videos are great motivation, and inspires you for your own routine, it is important to create a morning routine you like. If you are trying to force a morning routine on yourself that you do not enjoy, you will dread getting up in the morning. Try out multiple things in your morning routine and see what you like and do not like until you can create your perfect morning routine.