I have came to many revelations throughout the years on this spinning rock, time space continuum. However, the most important one of them all has to be when I dedicated 1/3 of my life BACK TO ME. Waking up early has to be the single most effective tool, that does so much for me here’s just a few:
Waking up early allows more time to prepare for the day. Most all successful people are in the positions they are in because of the routine and how prepared they are to attract the right people and scenarios into their vortex. More time means, more ability to spend time on yourself and creating a morning routine.
I have a very natural routine that involves, stretching, breathing, lots of gratitude prayers, eating healthy energy rich meal, balancing my internal and preparing for all external forces, journaling and scheduling ahead!
Here are my 10 tips for becoming an early riser:
1) 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.
2) 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. I suggest going 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.
3) Put your alarm clock far from your 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.
4) 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. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I’ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands and looked at my divine self in the mirror, I’m Awokened.. enough to face the day.
5) 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.
6) Allow yourself to sleep in once in awhile
Despite what I just said in the previous point, once in awhile it’s nice to sleep in. As long as it’s not a regular thing. I do it maybe once a week or so.
7) 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. My reward used to be to make a hot cup of coffee and read a book.
I’ve recently started cutting back on coffee, but I still enjoy reading my book or articles.
Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast (smoothies! yum!or donut! bad! lol) 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.
8) 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 and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! I like to use that time to get a head start on preparing my kids’ lunches, on planning for the rest of the day (when I set my MITs), on exercising or meditating, and on reading. By the time 6:30 rolls around, I’ve done more than many people do the entire day.
9) Enjoy the break of dawn
As much as you can, look outside (or better yet, get outside!) and watch the sky turn light. It’s beautiful. And it’s quiet and peaceful. It’s now my favorite time of day.
10) Go to bed on the proper time schedule for you!
This is extremely important. Many people will tell you to go to bed early, however that sometimes doesn't connect with everyones bio rhythms or schedule of projects. Things fluctuate. Timelines move, and certain aspects of life must be balanced and happen in their own ebb and flow, just make sure your body is receiving at least 5 hours of rest time and sleep every 24 hrs.
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