Rome wasn’t built in day….
It is easy to get excited at the thought of all those extra peaceful morning hours, but don’t set unrealistic goals right out of the gate. Set smaller goals, like try to wake up 20 minutes early for a full workweek Monday thru Friday. Plan an enjoyable yet productive activity like cooking a full breakfast for yourself.
Go to bed earlier
This one is pretty simple, the earlier you go to bed the easier it will be to get up in the morning. Count eight hours from whenever you have to wake up and that should be your new bedtime. Ensuring yourself a full eight hours will reduce stress and allow your body to fully restore itself every night.
No screen time in bed
It is hard to get good shuteye at night when we have bright screens at our bedside, receiving texts and emails late into the night. Using a laptop in bed to do work or watch some Netflix can be tempting, but try to only use your bed for sleeping. When you designate one area of your home to be technology free and for sleep only, when you are in that location your body will have an easier time doing what it is there to do—sleep.
Get a real alarm clock
Most men use their mobile phone alarms instead of having a traditional alarm clock. This creates more temptation to waste precious time browsing social media on your cellphone late into the night and first thing in the morning. Real alarms tend to be louder and if you place it on surface far away from your bed it will force you to get both feet on the ground to turn it off. By that point you are already up!
Make it worthwhile
Don’t just wake up earlier to mess around. Make good use of those extra hours you are gifting yourself. It will motivate you to continue the habit. Work towards personal goals, meditate, write, read, workout, learn a new language, become a marble sculptor, understand quantum physics, and then take over the world with those extra 15-20 hours a week.
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