I have begun the routine of getting up early. I have been wanting to get up earlier so that I can begin to do a few things I keep saying “I don’t have time for”.
The reality is I had time, I just wasn’t creating the margin in my life so that I could use that time properly.
I have noticed that those that are high achievers seem to have time for the things they value. They seem to be able to accomplish more with the same amount of time. Those people, including the president of the USA, as well as you and I have the same 24 hours each day.
We always make time for the things we hold a high priority for. (Tweet this!)
One area I need more discipline in is my morning routine. I don’t want to just get up, get ready and head to work.
I decided it was time to add margin into my morning by starting my day earlier.
It’s easy to talk about waking up earlier, so here are a few tips that have really helped:
1. Set the Alarm:
Decide the night before what time you are going to get up and then set an alarm for that time. Sometimes the biggest act of self-discipline in getting up earlier is setting the alarm the night before.
The second biggest act is actually getting up when the alarm goes off!
2. Brew Coffee:
I like my coffee strong with no cream or sugar. Nice and simple! I use my french press first thing in the morning.
Drinking coffee first thing while I read my Bible sets my day on a good foundation.
3. Burn Your Bridge:
I make my side of the bed. I get dressed. I try to make it as hard as possible to go back to sleep.
4. Use Light:
Once you’re up, turn some lights on or go into a bright room. I even use a Philips BLU Light. This cues my body that it’s now daytime and I should be awake.
If you are going to get up earlier you want it to be worth it. Have a plan. I know what I am going to do with the extra 90min I now have. That way I give the margin purpose.
6. Bedtime / Wake up:
If you start off trying to go to bed at 10pm, you might just toss and turn for a couple hours.
When you are first starting out, don’t just try to go to bed early. Start by waking up at the time you want to. This will be challenging at first, but within a few days, you will start to feel tired earlier at night and from there you can create a steady bedtime.
I have a young family. My daughter is 2.5 years old and my son is 10 months. They wake up every day at the same time so when they get up, my wife needs my help. Once they’re up and running, my time is theirs.
Before they get up, though, that time is mine. It’s all mine! That is the time I have to do the many things I want to do. I can do them without interruption. I want to read more, write more, pray more, etc.
I find that couple of hours of silence before they are up is uninterrupted production time for me. The 6 tips above help me accomplish this first thing in the morning.
Getting up earlier is still a struggle.
Question: What tips do you have to help get up earlier?