The thing about overused cliches is that they’re often true. “The early bird gets the worm,” is an idiom that apparently has some legitimate scientific data backing it up. A survey conducted by The Guardian confirms this idea, reporting that many CEOs of successful companies are up by 5 a.m. Being up early isn’t the single cause of being successful, but early risers tend to be proactive as a general rule.'The early bird gets the worm.' isn't just a saying, it's based in scientific fact. CEOs of successful companies are up and making it happen by 5 a.m. Here's how you can do it too. Click To Tweet
A couple of weeks ago, I shared my work-life balance schedule and if I could attribute successful time management to any one lifestyle adjustment, it would definitely be to get up earlier– if not for anyone else, than yourself.
My early mornings are when I get to spend my alone time to prep for the day, pray with intention, and even get some work done for myself before the hustle and bustle of what the world demands from me. I’m giving you 5 ways to become a morning person in a week. There’s no time like the present, follow these 5 tips and check in with me on the blog or on Instagram to tell me how it goes.
Make a plan.
What do you plan on using this time for? Understanding the opportunity you’re creating for yourself and the outcome will help motivate you to get up the next morning when the alarm sounds. After all, waking up for the sake of waking up isn’t the point. Getting a head start to your day is the goal. No one likes feeling rushed or behind. I created a plan for those extra hours on the blog here. Planning out when I’m going to create content has helped me shift into a gear that I wasn’t previously operating at.
Don’t use snooze!
No matter what you do, do not use the snooze button! This has been my downfall for years when it comes to wanting to get a few extra hours of morning time into my routine. The snooze button was designed to allow people to go back to sleep for a few minutes without reentering a deep sleep cycle, but it can hinder your transformation into an early riser.
If “just saying no,” isn’t an effective snooze-free route, try leveraging a smart alarm. Download a smart alarm or math alarm from the app store on your phone. It will require you to solve a math problem before you can get the alarm to go off. This will keep you from mindlessly smashing the snooze button and sleeping for what was supposed to be an extra 15 min nap, but ended up having you oversleep for an hour.
Open up the windows.
Open up those curtains and blinds and let the light in! Getting up out of the bed is also a cheat code here. Once you are actually physically out of the bed, you reduce your chances of crawling back in. Make it a part of your routine that once the alarm sounds, the next thing you do is open the windows in your room and get moving. You’ll appreciate the morning colors and it pairs as a early rising hack for the extra sleepy.
Incorporate a morning workout.
Nothing makes you feel more accomplished in the morning than getting a morning workout in before the day even begins. But beyond taking the feelings of productivity to astronomical heights, exercising first thing in the morning helps wake up the body. Researchers at Appalachian State University found that morning exercise lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps you sleep better at night.
I alternate morning routines between working out and getting a head start on my work week. Try both out and see what works for you.
Set up the night before.
This step is what will take you to the big leagues of early rising. SET UP THE NIGHT BEFORE. Some people even take this as far as sleeping in their workout clothes to get them going with an extra boost to get them going. This could mean packing a gym bag, packing your lunch, laying out the items you’ll need for morning prayer and devotional. You want to take the path of least resistance when you wake up in the morning, and if you’re new to early rising then you’re less likely to quit before you even start if you make it easier on yourself the night before.
Are you a morning person? Your genes are said to determine your ‘chronotype,’ which is if you are a morning or evening person. It’s often similar within families, but it can be influenced to a certain degree.
Changing your chronotype takes a week or so, but you have to stick with it. If you slack off, you’ll drift back to your natural tendencies. Try these out and see what you’re able to accomplish before most people’s alarms have even gone off! If this was helpful to you, leave me a comment on the blog or drop me a line on Instagram @DanicaExplainsItAll.