5 Tips for Waking Up Earlier

This morning i woke up 10 minutes before my alarm went off. It was strange. I had the feeling I’ve had in the past where I thought I had slept through my alarm. To my suprise I was right on schedule. My body has begun to recognize and adapt to the new programming.

You want to attempt waking up earlier? Here are a few simple things you should implement.

1. Decide on a time to wake up

Maybe you wake up at 8. Now you want to wake up at 7. I’d suggest aiming for 7:30 for about a week before dialing it back to 7:00. Let your body adjust and it will be much easier than being overly tired if you go overboard in the beginning and possibly giving up by the end of the week. Be practical but push yourself a little bit too. Play the edge.

2. Set up your alarm clock and put it out of arms reach.

Its too easy to hit snooze if you can roll over and shut it up without getting out of bed. No matter how motivated you are. Put it on the other side of the room. I make sure my cellphone is also out of reach as I run a few alarms on the phone too just in case.

3. Implement the 5 second rule.

Credit to Mel Robbins for creating this powerful meta-cognitive tool.

When the alarm goes off, don’t spend your time thinking about getting up. Take action and become the solution. You can use this rule to help you in all areas of your life where you need to take action but tend to procrastinate instead. Get UP right away. Literally jump out of bed if you can. TAKE ACTION!

4. Drink 2-3 glasses of water.

The walk to the kitchen will prevent you from climbing back into bed. Once you’re up it’s easier to stay up.Drinking water immediately after waking up purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients. It also improves your metabolism and flushes out harmful toxins from the night before. Winning!

5. Exercise

Choose your favourite type of exercise and get going! This could be yoga, running, skipping or bodyweight training. Unless you are hitting the gym in the morning, aim for 20 minutes of exercise after you’ve drank some water. Some might opt for coffee but that’s just get going to dehydrate you although you will get the caffeine boost. However we want to reprogramme our body to wake up feeling fresh not overly tired to the point where we are dependent on coffee. Its better to use it as a tool. Exercise first and then have coffee afterwards. You will enjoy it even more.

In short:

Decide on a time to wake up

Set the alarm clock or clocks.

Start implementing the 5 second rule.

Drink water after waking up.

Exercise at home for 20 minutes.

Note that waking up earlier obviously means that you will be more tired earlier in the evening and this is normal is epsecially when you are installing this new routine. This means going to bed earlier. I aim for roughly 7 hours a night, anything extra is great. Experiment and figure out what works and what doesn’t work for you.

Invite the chaos that comes with the change. Big change will always be unsettling.

Any questions are welcome and comment if you’d like me to get into the specifics of anything. Morning yoga, exercise routines or meditation etc.