Tips to get up early and become an early bird from tomorrow on
Are you tired of not being a morning person? Do you want to finally enjoy the beauty of the sunrise and the tranquillity of the morning hours? Then I will show you how you can easily become an early bird.
The following 5 tips are not a quick fix, but they help you wake up better in the long term and get out of bed. From now on you will start every day with a smile on your lips. So say goodbye to the snooze button.
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Farewell, snooze button
With the fight against the snooze button, we send ourselves a negative signal. If we delay getting up, it’s the sign that we don’t actually want to “live” yet.
“Every time we press the snooze button, we refuse to greet the day, greet life and to get up and create the life we want.” ~Hal Elrod- Miracle Morning
We don’t have to fight this battle every day. The process of waking up is part of a good morning routine. It starts with the attitude that there is something for you to do that you are looking forward to.
The morning routine is an integral part of my everyday life. It is something I look forward to when I wake up in the morning, and something I’m proud of when I’m done with it. This enabled me to become a confident early bird.
It is now a matter, of course, not to have to fight the snooze button anymore – that’s a huge gain. Over half of all Americans use the snooze button, almost every 10th uses it more than 3 times.
How can I become an early riser?
In this post, I would like to show you 5 tips with which you can win the fight against the snooze button. If you want to get out of bed better, you can definitely find a solution with these little tricks.
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Change your mindset
I have never seen a reason to get up early and was convinced that I referred to myself as an owl. I went rarely to bed before midnight, and the Late Night Show used to be a must-see.
Accordingly, life then started sometime between 9:30 am and 10 am depending on when duty started calling. I’m not going to speak out against chronobiology now – but I think that some extremes cannot be blamed on the chronotype.
Often that’s just an excuse. Those who cannot get up early often have more serious problems, such as chronic fatigue, depression, no passion in life – nothing to look forward to, or generally just aimlessness.
It is often simply the case that the reason for getting up is missing. It is sad when we say: “I have to get up now because I have to work or have to wake up the children.” On the other hand, it is much more desirable to say: “I want to get up now because I want to experience my existence right from the start of the day- not just after work.”
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Make yourself aware of “WHY”
Sure, on some days the alarm clock wakes me from my deepest dreams. Then I also take a minute or two more to clarify why I want to get up now and not stay where I am and dwell in my disorganized thoughts.
If you decide to invest some time in a morning routine and maybe even want to get up early, you need to be aware of why the hell you’re doing this to yourself. This is especially important in those moments when getting up is a little more difficult.
But having an early start is like doing sport: At first, it hurts and takes effort, but when you do it constantly, you develop a really good feeling about it and it becomes part of your lifestyle.
So the WHY is decisive.
1- Why do I want to get up early?
2- What can I do if I get up earlier and get out of bed better?
3- How does the morning routine help me achieve my goals?
4- Why am I working on myself now while others are sleeping?
You have to want the whole thing, otherwise, it will bring you no benefit and certainly no durability. Only if you are willing, that is, have deeply rooted intrinsic motivation, will you be able to fully exploit the potential of the morning routine.
It is best if you become aware of “WHY” before you go to sleep – for example with a daily planner.
Plan your day
Your last thoughts will also be the first the next morning. When you wake up in the morning you will remember – you will know what is great to do and cannot wait to get out of bed. A daily planner or a good journal is especially helpful if you need a structure after you wake up.
That’s why I created my own daily planner on an A4 sheet. Amazingly, it really aided me to get up earlier. The following fields are to be filled in:
1- The most important tasks of the day,
2- A simple schedule,
3- The current state of the day (reflection),
4- Gratitude exercises and
5- The daily focus.
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Design your morning routine
It makes sense to bring some reasoning and structure into the morning with a morning routine. Because as I said, just as you spend your morning, you often spend your day and your whole life.
You don’t necessarily have to get up early. You can also do a morning routine after 10:00 a.m. If you work late or have night shifts and an irregular everyday life anyway, then you have to find other ways to spend your morning. But a morning routine also makes sense here. After all, tomorrow starts when you wake up.
The main thing is that you start as soon as you are awake and use your time!
I quickly noticed that the morning routine is so much fun that I voluntarily get up earlier. In the meantime, I’m pulled out of the warm bed at 5:00 am because I can’t wait to start the day and develop myself further.
In his book ‘The Miracle Morning’*, Hal Elrod gives a nice comparison to how he feels when he gets up in the morning. It might help you if you want to get up early:
“Again and again, Miracle Morning has been compared to the feeling we had as children on Christmas morning. Yes, it feels so good! […] Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start with this feeling every day? ”
I find this example very enticing and can revive this sentiment well every morning and also like to be an early bird.
Reward yourself – Look forward to something
Do you know the “Eat that Frog” principle? It is an easy way to increase your productivity.
In a nutshell, it means that in the morning you first devote yourself to the task that is the most difficult for you or that you otherwise have to do the longest before.
This creates a good starting position for your day, because you now feel unbeatable, as you have already mastered the biggest hurdle. For me, however, small tasks also count, such as clearing the dishwasher or bringing out the garbage.
Admittedly, this is not necessarily the biggest motivational booster that will make you a passionate early bird.
Therefore, the reward is an integral part of the morning routine for me. The reward makes me aware that I have earned something. I have achieved something that only a few people succeed, and that before 7:00 a.m. I exercised, was in the fresh air, did chores and meditated. Believe me, it’s incredibly motivating.
You can set the reward yourself – a good breakfast, bulletproof coffee, a warm shower, a few pages of your favorite book. Whatever makes you feel like you’ve done something special.
I take a quarter of an hour for a good book and a fresh cup of coffee from my French Press*. I am already in enjoyment mode when preparing the coffee and feel like I have made a little more out of myself again. The prospect of this moment helps me get out of bed faster and happier.
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You can do it
As you can see, it is not set in stone that you are a late riser or morning person. In the first step, you should be aware of why you are having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
If you are chronically exhausted and difficult to motivate, then the reasons are not necessarily in the chronotype but in deeper problems of your life.
“Fight while others are sleeping!” Well, unfortunately, I can’t tell you who this quote came from (maybe you know it?), but it motivates me very much and creates self-confidence, inner peace and contentment for a brilliant start to the day,
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To have achieved something while everyone else is sleeping is a strong motivation. become an early bird and it will give you, too, the feeling of being able to achieve everything. It will also help you on your path of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.
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