Let me guess.
You’re a night owl and you want to change that. But you hate mornings.
Waking up early it is not for you. You can do it just if you just force yourself.
I had the same problem for years. I used to stay awake from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM. Sometimes I worked during the night. Other times I was going out and binge-watching Netflix.
Sounds familiar? You probably do such things because you don’t feel any need to sleep after 10:00 PM. On the contrary, you feel that you have more energy.
When you’re young, it’s not such a big deal. But after you’re in your 30s, you start to realize that being a night owl it’s not healthy. Kids, work, personal goals — there are a gazillion responsibilities that come in your way and to deal with all of them, you need to become a morning person.
If that’s what you want, I’m going to help you.
Enough with ‘’stop hitting snooze’’ and ‘’don’t use your laptop 2 hours before sleep’’. I wake up early and I never followed such tips.
I’ll show you what really works.
Tip #1: Change your mindset:
Everybody can wake up early.
I suggest you internalize this. Avoid negative self-talk as much as possible. Instead of ‘’I should wake up early’’ try ‘’ I want to wake up early’’
Stop seeing things so complicated. Think about the benefits.
If you become a morning person, you’ll have more time to do what you want. Even with 2 hours/day for yourself, imagine what difference you can make in your life.
That’s 720 hours/year. How would you use that time?
Work on your online business:
Have you started an online business? Then, you know too well it won’t grow overnight.
It requires a lot of time and effort. It’s important to work on it as much as possible. But you’ll struggle to find time for that. Especially if you have a full-time job. However, 2 hours in the morning can make a difference in the long term.
Develop a new skill:
Do you want to learn copywriting? How about WordPress? Are you interested in Pinterest marketing?
I still buy courses and learn constantly about all of these, even if I have some experience in them. You need skills to make money. Hard work is not enough. You also need to work better than your competitors.
Skills are also important in your personal life.
Do you want to save more money? It’s a skill you can learn. Do you want to be more productive? It’s a skill you can learn. Do you want to dress better? It’s a skill you can learn.
If you struggle with something, you need to develop a new skill.
And guess what? If you take care of that every morning, you’ll make changes in your life in a short period of time.
Go to the gym:
Most people say they don’t have time to go to the gym.
But if you work around 8 hours/day, I think you can find some time for that.Just wake up early and go to weight some lifts. Mornings are great for that. There’s no one in the gym and you can finish your work-out faster.
It’s a great way to start your day right. Ok, you get the idea.
Besides more time, mornings also can bring you numerous benefits.
Improve the quality of sleep:
The perfect bedtime is not the same for all of us. But having night-owl tendencies may come with serious health effects.
Staying awake during evening hours often means poor sleep quality and unhealthy habits, such as alcohol and late-night snacks.
Night owls are also more likely to suffer from depression than early birds.
Can make you more productive:
I always use mornings to do creative work and take care of my MIT. I think clear and I can finish everything faster.
What would take me 3 hours in the afternoon, I can get done in 30 minutes or 1 hour during the beginning of the day.
Can make you more positive:
Morning people are happier.
They’re more likely to have good habits and think positive.
I don’t know why, but when I used to stay up late, I also used to think negative. Once you become a morning person, you start to do the opposite.
Tip #2: Go to bed earlier:
You already know that. But for one reason or another, it seems impossible for you.
Well, I will tell you what to do.
First off, decide your bedtime. I guess you want to wake up at 5:30 AM. You can go to bed at 10:00 PM for that. For me, 7 hours and a half is enough. Maybe you need 8 hours or 9. Experiment and see what works for you.
To make sure you don’t forget your bedtime, set an alarm on your phone. This will make everything easier. Some people say it’s impossible to sleep at 10 PM from the beginning when you’re a night owl.
They say you need to go to sleep 15 minutes earilier each week. From 3:00 AM to 2:45 AM. Then from 2:45 AM to 2:30 AM. And so on.
Personally, I don’t agree with this approach. It takes too much time until you reach 10:00 PM. You probably will lose your interest.
I’d rather force things. First days will be the most difficult but eventually, your biological clock will reset and going to the bed earlier will become something natural.
However, that’s not all.
Even if you go to sleep earlier, the real challenge is to wake up earlier. Let’s see what you can do about it…
Tip #3.Get ready for tomorrow:
Don’t drink coffee and don’t watch tv shows in the evening.
Instead, get ready for the next day. Write down your tasks in your calendar. Cook your meals. Choose your clothes. And take important decisions now.
Make sure you’ll wake up knowing exactly what to do.
Otherwise, you will go back to sleep. Believe me, I know what I’m saying. You also won’t wake up if you keep your phone near your head.
Keep your phone on the desk or across the room. You’ll need to get out of the bed to stop the alarm. And it’ll be easier for you to wake up.
Another tip I found incredibly useful for mornings is to wear a hoodie and socks. Why? Because mornings can be cold. And you’ll probably hate that. So, lay down some warmer clothes on the nightstand.
That’s enough for beginning.
Tip #4.Create a morning routine:
Even if you apply all the tips mentioned above, it’ll still be difficult for you to become a morning person.
Why? Because you’ll feel a need to go back to sleep. What can you do about it? Well, the best solution is to create a morning routine.
There’s no exact way to do this. However, I’ll give you some tips.
First off, do something that wakes you up.
Personally, I always wash my face and open the window for 5 minutes. I need some fresh air to open my eyes. I also drink water because in the morning you’re dehydrated. I recommend the same.
Secondly, spend 30-45 minutes on your personal development. I’ll give you some ideas down below.
1.Start to meditate:
I used to ignore this habit. I thought is just for weird people. However, after I started to practice meditation for 10 minutes each morning, I noticed some changes in my life.
Meditation makes you feel good, emotionally and physically. It helps you deal with stress. It makes you happier. And these are just a couple of benefits.
It doesn’t matter who you are. Meditation is good for you. And the ideal time to meditate is in the morning. Why? Because the benefits of meditation are enhanced when your mind is free and clear.
2.Go on a run:
Morning running is healthy for your body. It’ll improve your mood and self-esteem. It also helps you lose weight if that’s one of your goals.
It’s hard to run in the beginning because it requires a ton of effort. But you can start smaller. Buy some running shoes and place them near your bed to make everything easier.
Most people prefer to read in the evening. However, if you struggle to find time or motivation for that because you work too much, you can do it in the morning.
I suggest you use normal books. Stay away from your laptop because you’ll damage your eyes…
Read for 30 minutes. Take notes and see if you can apply what you find. Successful people always learn. And you learn faster in the morning. Use that in your advantage.
4.Listen to your favorite podcast or audiobook:
You don’t like books? Fine, you can listen to audiobooks and podcasts.
They’re a great way to boost your confidence. Especially if you listen to interviews. Spend around 15-30 minutes on it.
I told you about going to the gym. But you can also do some home exercises. Like push-ups, abs and squats.
It’s a great way to boost your energy.
Ok, you get the idea. You can do many things in the morning.
So, create a morning routine based on your personal needs.
Remember: Your purpose is to give yourself a sense of fulfillment from the very start. This way, you can be productive all day long.
To be clear, everything I told you in this article won’t work 100%. I don’t always have the perfect morning. Sometimes I struggle to wake up early and I practiced this for years. However, I am able to do it 95% of the time. If you can do the same, I believe it’s enough to improve the quality of your life.
It’s not so hard to wake up early. You can do that even if you have been a night owl for the last 20 years.
Most people say you need willpower. But I tell you it’s just a habit. And habits can be formed by anyone who really wants to.
To summarize this post:
- go to sleep and get out of the bed at the same hour
- when you wake up, make sure you know exactly what are you going to do
- create and practice your morning routine
At first, it’ll be difficult. But if you do all of these, you’ll become a morning person. And you’ll get all the benefits from that.
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