The secret to becoming a morning person is that there is no secret. There is no hack.
If you want to be a morning person, then be it.
Want to wake-up earlier? Then wake-up earlier!
Simply decide when you want to wake-up, and then do it. Set the alarm, and when it goes off, you simply get up. Do that enough times, and it will become routine. Your body clock will synchronise with the new routine, and eventually, you won’t need an alarm.
Tips to getting up early on a consistent basis
Here are some tips to help make the transition to being a morning person easier:
Commit the night before. Your morning routine actually starts the night before. Each night, commit to the time you are waking up the next morning. That’s when you make the decision to get up tomorrow, not when the alarm goes off. Consciously commit every night to getting up early the next day.
Prep ahead. Next, look ahead at your calendar for tomorrow and for the week ahead. Then prepare everything you need, now before the week begins. Prepare and put out your clothes for each day based on the meetings or activities you have in your calendar. Do your food prep for the week. Put your exercise gear for the morning right beside the bed. Pack your bag. Whatever it is you need for the morning, prepare it now.
Get to bed. You need to change your night-time routine if you want to wake-up earlier. So get to bed earlier. If you get to bed before 9:30pm, then even waking between 4-5am still gives you a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep, which is more than enough. Even if you are not tired at bed time, go to bed anyway. And if you have a late night, don’t make the mistake of sleeping in the next day – you still need to get up early. This is essential to get you to shift to be a morning person.
Adjust night-time routines. For some of you, getting to bed earlier might mean having dinner earlier, or showering earlier. You may have to adjust the night-time routines of the other people you live with as well. To help adjust, set yourself reminder alarms in the night to go to bed, or even set some early alarms to remind yourself to bring forward dinner and shower routines.
Alarms. Unless you are really in tune with your body clock, you will probably need to set an alarm for the morning. Now if you have a tendency to snooze your alarm, then put it on the other side of the room so that you HAVE to get get up to turn it off. Have a spouse in bed that you don’t want to wake up? Perfect – then sprint to that alarm to turn it off.
Move. As soon as that alarm fires in the morning, get up and move. You need to create momentum, so put one foot out of the bed and the other will follow. You want to develop the habit of getting up out of bed as soon as you wake-up. We don’t count your wake-up time as the time you open your eyes. Instead, we use the time you actually get out of bed.
Expect to feel tired. If you normally wakeup much later, then you will likely feel tired when you wake-up earlier. Expect that feeling, and then recognise it when you feel it, and then just consciously move on. Don’t dwell on the feeling, just cast it aside and carry on.
Reflect on the above and actually put them into action. Don’t just read them. Take action.