Wake up early may be the way to get more time for yourself, for your family, or even to be able to get a better job (only further), make a good course, do exercises in time for best performance or otherwise adapt to the demands of a schedule in which increasingly compromises need to fit into a slice of time that never expands.
The popular wisdom attaches great advantage to the early bird gets the worm, and it is not difficult to realize that getting up early (or early enough) is a way of being better able to handle the appointments that occur in the famous “business hours”.
But wake up sooner than that if you want to, or are used, can be a great sacrifice. It is common to see that begin to change this habit takes 3 to 4 weeks (and are especially costly weeks) until all sleep mechanisms begin to reposition for a new time.
As in any costly change of habit, some techniques and tips can help you stay motivated and not to suffer more than the inevitable. Come on them:
1-focus on the goal, and not in the task
Waking up early is something you do for a reason: to be able to study in the morning, be able to hold down a job, to adapt better to the transit or the family routine, have more time available during business hours, you don’t have to leave in a hurry, etc.
Keep the focus on this goal, and what it takes to get him (be a desire or an obligation). Open hand of sacrifice to get up early is easier than giving up a desired goal or necessary: do not reverse cause and consequence, and stand firm in search of what you want and need, even at the cost of leaving prematurely every day from the comfort and idleness of your bed!
2-Facilitates the morning routine
Some morning tasks are inevitable and impossible to do. But others may well be made the night before, faster and more efficient than if you leave them to do when it’s still slow and half-closed eyes to have just woken up.
In the case of choosing and separate the clothes they will wear on the day, prepare to go in your bag or purse, wallet, the files you will need to take with you, etc.
Also worth leaving in the same place all the objects needed to leave the House: the cell phone charging, wallet, watch, keys, umbrella, bag, documents, bills or what else you carry with you every day.
Leave a soundtrack already prepared for the moment to wake up, or get out of the House, can also help choose choppy music enough to get him out of lethargy, but be careful not to repeat the same every day, or soon you will bind them to this moment so unwelcome.
And if several people need to wake up in the same time range, make sure that the planning be collective, to avoid congestion in the bathroom and rework on the coffee table.
In addition, if some kind of consumer information (whether on websites, reading newspapers, TV, review of the agenda, etc.) is part of your domestic routine in the morning, it’s worth studying the possibility of replacing them entirely or partly by something that can be done during the offsets in the morning:the gain of precious minutes can justify investing in a smartphone, trade the news for a good radiojornal that can be heard in the car , etc.
3-don’t give in to laziness after lift
Even in the early days of the change of habit, when it is more difficult to stay productive in the early hours of the morning (or that relapse after lunch), don’t give up!
You’re waking up early for a reason, and surrender to sleep (or laziness) having already managed to get up and start your day is a subtle form of sabotage this plan, to have the excuse of “I already tried and it didn’t work” and go back to sleep later every day.
As is the case, your first tasks simpler, the more agitated, or the more motivating, and continue to be at your normal level of attention.
If you need to start waking up early, ideally also sleep also earlier, at least during the weeks of adaptation.
After be if used to the new time to wake up, there may be the time to start working with the idea of going back to sleep a little later to find a healthy and practical limit.
But, sooner or later, to get up early is essential that you try to sleep as well as possible, and this should reduce the consumption of stimulants (caffeine, etc.-especially at night), giving up part of the night, reading, web TV, video games or other recreational activities optional, anticipate or reduce the tasks you normally do at night, etc.
Plan in the early evening when you want to go to sleep, but be careful not to turn this into a point of stress, otherwise the effect will reverse.
5-Anticipate the excuses and the answers
When the alarm clock rings, a series of excuses goes through your mind: “I’m in no condition”, “rest is healthy”, “she’s so cold”, etc.
Resist them can be less difficult if you anticipate them. Think of all the excuses, and rational answers to them, already at bedtime-and prepare a little better to beat them in time to wake up.
6-Skip the bed at first touch
Put the alarm for early and stay “negotiating” with the Snooze button is a dangerous game, that should only be played by those for whom wake up early is optional.
If you are forming the habit of getting up early, set the alarm for the time you need to raise (preferably out of your reach, to avoid temptation and risk) and completely abandon any plan to appeal to the potentially disastrous “just 5 more minutes”.
And if you are among those who believe they “need some time” to get out of bed, a much nicer alternative is to use 2 alarm clocks: a softer and around the bed, to mark the time that begins the so-called “time”, and other more strident and out of reach, to mark the moment it is even necessary to raise. Read here a decorating timepieces such as wooden wall clocks.
7-Set a reward
If you’re waking up early to do something pleasurable, like exercise or attend a course from which you enjoy, the activity itself is already a reward and an important positive factor for motivation.
But if you are trying to get up earlier to fulfil any obligation (work, school, meetings, etc.), it pays to take care of yourself, preferably ones that can be enjoyed at the time of waking up: leave pre-prepared the night before a breakfast fancier, allow yourself a bath a little more relaxing, etc.
An alternative, if it is compatible with their conditions, is to set a deadline to buy or hire any resource that will make more efficient their nice morning: a good coffee maker, the smartphone to review the agenda and read news while on the move, a headset with sound insulation for the subway, an air conditioner for the car, etc.