Today, I had this tought in my mind: “What if I’ll start getting up earlier?”. I have watched people on YouTube, who took a challenge to wake up at 5am every morning. You might not know, but I am not an early bird and waking up in the morning is propably the hardest task in my entire day. However, I have realised that waking up that early would give me much more time to work on my personal projects. As I start my job at 8:30, need to leave at 8:00 plus I need half an hour to get ready. In total it leaves me with 2.5 hours of early morning work. I decided to have a look how am I going to cope with it for four weeks, starting from following Monday.
But fors, as what good student is supposed to do, I have conducted a research on how to actualy be able to first of all: wake up at 5am; but also how to make this early morning a productive morning (you know, if I will be just wasting time, it will be much better if I’ll just spend these 2 hours on sleeping).
And people who tried it, shared huge amount of advises for those like me. I have decided to choose these of them, being repeated by most people (social proof and this kind of stuff 😉 ). So here are some advices for early-birds-to-be:
Start in the evening
So this is the key idea. Each YouTubers and bloggers who I came across mentioned it. Waking up early doesn’t mean that you are going to cut time required for sleep. It is just shifting it. So in ideal world, you should be sleeping same amount of time like before. And that means you need to go to sleep earlier than usually.
That means that you have to create an evening routine, which will help you to fall asleep easily and what most important: at regular time. I have already made first draft for myself, where last of my tasks is to read book. Hopefully it will make my eyes to close quicker. But still, I want to analyse it first.
Plan your morning
Another thing is, you don’t want to waste your time for wondering what to do next (hey, you woke up to be productive), so good advise is to plan your morning before hand. Just create another routine (this time morning routine), where you plan everything, including eating, drinking, getting ready and of course – getting your tasks done.
Don’t push snooze button
I think this is going to be one of the hardest advises to follow. In the morning, when alarm is going on, snooze is the most desirable thing for me to do. You know, this 10 minutes will change so much, and next 10 minutes and next… Well, not exactly. It can actualy make yoh more tired and less likely you will leave your bed with huge smile on your face (at least it never happens to me).
This is quite important point to be included in both routines. You are going to work, so having your brain hydrated will help you for sure. And even if you don’t agree, you can’t say that it is going to harm you. So why not to try.
Include in your morning routine something, what you are going to look forward to
This is a bit tricky. But it does make sense. I don’t know too many people who will wake up happily to keep working. But setting something enjoyable in the morning can actually motivate you to wake up. It needs to be something small, like your favourite brakfast, or short run. Whatever will make you a bit happier in the morning.
While you are planning your morning, take care of every detail
What this mean? Pick up clothes you are going to wear, decide what you are going to eat, prepare al tools needed to work. This will make you less likely to look for excuses. And any way, you have left you cosy bed to do something special, not pick up the clothes.
Make waking up early your new habit
Ok, beginnings are hard, but remember that it will beacome easier as time passes. It will become something natural for you. And you can get a lot of things done during these extra hours you’ll get. Especially that propably everyone around will be still asleep, what means no distractions, no conversations disturb your rythm. And guess what? Your day will become much easier, if before you’ll really start it, big part of your work will be done. It is amazing idea, isn’t it?
I am planning on taking this challenge since following Monday. I am going to plan my routines and do all my best to stick to them. And I am already excited for my new morning routine, which will include eating breakfast and having my morning coffee without rush.
On Monday I will show you, how my routines look like and hopefully share my first observations of my challenge’s results. For the following 4 weeks, I am going to write usual posts, but at the end or beginning of them (I haven’t decided yet) I will include my feelings and progress of each day. Hopefully, it will be usefull at least for some of you to read about my experiences.
And if waking up used to be a struggle for you, but you have tried this challenge or even became a morning bird because of it, I will be glad to read how it went and what do you think about it. Advices will be very welcome too.
And for today, this is all I wanted to share with you. I wish you all very productive day and I’ll see you in my next post.