Is there a feeling better than waking up before the rest of the world, a.k.a. kids?! If there is I’m not aware of it!
When my oldest few kiddos were just five and under it would have been impossible to get anything done if I didn’t wake up before them. Laying out the breakfast dishes (yep, cereal bowls and spoons) gave me enough time to not feel like I was scrambling when the first set of feet hit the floor running.
Even though the last five kids at home range in age from six to seventeen I still need that peace and quiet in the morning to get a little head start.
My list of reasons to wake up early is extensive, so I will share my favorite 5 Ways to Learn To Be an Early Riser.
1. Go to bed at a respectable time the night before.
Nothing will zap you of the energy you need faster than a lack of sleep. Getting to bed at a decent hour is key. Wanna know when your ideal sleep time is? Check out this online sleep calculator. I was shocked to learn that I need to be in bed about 30 minutes earlier than I was already going to bed.
And if you want this new habit to stick, then you’ll need to get up around one hour earlier than you normally do so you can see some real progress in your day’s productivity and peace.
2. Use a great VOICE reminder to wake you up and keep you on track.
I love the Aida Reminder App. This app allows you to set a wake-up alarm that wakes you up in your own voice! Is this a good thing or a bad thing? It’s the best! If you really want to get yourself to do something try listening to you telling yourself to do that thing. And then go one further by reminding yourself why you need to do it.
Here’s what I tell myself to motivate me: “Time to get out of bed and crush this day! Remember how productive you are when you get up now? That warm cup of tea is waiting for you.”
3. Find your motivation for rising early.
Sometimes motivation is all that is needed to make a new habit stick. When you have the right motivator waking up early is the best part of the day.
Now that it is winter where I am it is very cold when I wake up. So we just traded out our old thermostat for a programmable one that has the capability to raise our morning temperature before I even get out of bed. Lovely!
Maybe your thing is fancy coffee or tea. Buy yourself a more expensive hot drink to only be consumed if you wake up early. Kind of cruel, huh? But it works. Here’s my fave:
The biggest driving force I have to get up early is that I know that is when my brain functions optimally. If I try to write or research later in the day, after the kids have finished schoolwork, I’m shot. So do your most important work first thing.
4. Steal those extra minutes to pursue a life’s goal, or two.
By reclaiming an extra hour each morning you will find all sorts of ways to improve your life. The first thing I did with my extra time was to start writing a book. Check out this post by Writer’s Edit: https://writersedit.com/how-to-write-a-novel-in-30-minutes-per-day/.
One hour may not seem like much in the grand scheme of life, but uninterrupted time is worth so much more than those regular old hours you waste in the course of a day.
In one hour per day you could:
- Learn a new language w/ Rosetta Stone in 4 mos.
- Learn to play the guitar enough to play Runaround by the Blues Travelers
- Learn to use Photoshop and get paid to take portraits in just over 2 weeks
- Learn how to build a blog in 1 week
- Build a blog in 2 weeks
- Write for a blog, writing 5 posts/week
- Write a book, writing 1 page/hour for a total 183 pg book in 6 mos.
- Become a health coach (6 mos. to coach and 1 year to certification)
Imagine the possibilities!
5. Choose your own adventure – EVERY DAY!
Rising early can open many doors to new habits that will last a lifetime if you give them your most important time of day. Just choose what means the most to you.
Time for healthy breakfast
Personal hygiene routine
What are you waiting for?! Get to it.
5 1/2. Write down your routine until you get it down pat.
I like to use these magnetic wet (or dry) erase chore/task charts. Oh, did I mention I developed them and they are in my store? You can find them here. They are very affordable and you can use them over and over again. There are six individual charts so the whole family can get in on the fun.
The easiest way to get your stuff together is to start with one little thing at a time. Just write down the most important thing you want to do each day. After a few days of CONSISTENTLY completing that task then you’ll add another and then another, and so on. Don’t start with a huge list no matter how tempting it is.
When you get that part of your routine burned into your brain then you can add another routine, like a bedtime or afternoon routine. Oh, how I love my bedtime routine. More on that in another post.
Now pick one of the suggestions and let me know how it’s going for you on the Love My Schedule Facebook Page.
Thanks for hanging out with me and remember, make the most of EVERY day!
What do you like to do for yourself as a treat that could be your morning motivations? I love new ideas. Let me know in the comments below!
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