For the longest time aka pretty much my whole life it has been the biggest struggle for me to wake up early in the mornings, and I know this is something many of you guys have trouble with too.
Recently as a currently unemployed/job hunting adult living at home (no rent woohoo), I’ve been realizing more and more how necessary it is to maintain a structured, scheduled life, despite all the “free” time that seems to pass way too quickly.
So I started to take note of what has helped me wake up AND get up early in the morning, and also what kept me from getting up early. Here are 5 things I found that have actually worked for me:
1. Go To Sleep Early/On Time – This one is pretty self explanatory. If you really need a thoroughly explanation you can google it.
2. Find Something To Be Responsible For – Why did you wake up early to go to school every weekday from kindergarten all the way through your senior year of high school? Well, you really didn’t have a choice, because school is mandatory and therefore it was your daily responsibility to get to school.
This morning, I was responsible for helping my 11th grade sister with school work (instead of last night, because I didn’t want to stay up too late). Because I love her and understand the pressures of high school academia, and because my sister wouldn’t be able to finish her math homework if I didn’t help her, I felt 100% obligated to wake up early. And I did.
3. Plan A Morning Coffee/Breakfast Date – Okay, I have yet to do this one but a friend and I have been talking about grabbing coffee at 7AM this week.. which means it has to happen very soon because this week is pretty much almost over.
I actually did have coffee and breakfast a few times with a friend when I was living in Boston. That motivated me to get up earlier and also resulted in getting to work on time (I had punctuality problems because work was boring).
4. Exercise – I’m not saying you need to exercise in the early mornings, but I am saying that regular exercise really helps boost your overall energy level, as long as you don’t overdo it. Even 10 minutes a day can do a lot. Or 7 minutes! There was a period of time when I always felt tired and sluggish and it was a horrible feeling. Then eventually I started working out for 25 minutes, six days a week, following the BeachBody T25 schedule and after a while of doing that I felt so much better, got better sleep at night, and woke up with more energy.
Now as I am writing this I am also speaking to myself, because I should be exercising more than I have been..
5. Read Articles/Listen To Podcasts/Watch Videos That Will Inspire You To Wake Up Early – Such as….
The 5 AM Miracle Podcast
How waking up every day at 4.30am can change your life
This is When Successful People Wake Up
Successful People Who Wake Up Really Early
The Benefits of Rising Early
You get the idea. You can do more exploring on the internet if you want more inspiration.
Life update for those who care to know: I have another job interview today and a 2nd round interview for another job tomorrow! I’m pretty excited. 🙂