As a former night owl, becoming an early bird may seem impossible. Habits are hard to break and when that alarm clock is ringing at 6 am, it seems like second nature to hit snooze. However, it’s hard to argue against the pros of being an early bird. Those who get up earlier are more productive and more successful. You have more time – not to necessarily work but to spend on things that are important to you. As an early bird, you’re one step ahead of the world, literally.
Now, that you’ve made the conscious decision to get up earlier, the hard part is actually doing it.
Here are 5 steps to take:
1. Schedule your day.
Waking up early just doesn’t happen because more hours in the day don’t magically appear. In order for you to find the time to get enough sleep AND wake up earlier, you have to schedule it ahead of time. Set aside time to have dinner, surf the internet, spend time with the kids and anything else you need to do. The more organized you are with your time, the better you will be at establishing good sleeping habits.
2. Commit to it.
Before you go to bed, commit to waking up early. It is just as much mental as it is physical. Remind yourself that when you wake up in the morning, you want to make the most out of your day and that starts with not hitting the snooze button.
3. Take small steps.
If you’re waking up at 8 o’clock now, don’t expect to be able to wake up at 6 tomorrow and not feel tired. You want to ease your body and mind into a routine. Take small steps. Wake up 20 minutes earlier each day until you reach your goal. It will be a lot easier and as time goes on, you won’t even notice the difference.
4. Have a plan.
As with anything in life, have a plan. Don’t wake up early to waste time sitting around. What are you going to do with those extra hours? Plan to go for a jog, spend time with the family, or get a head start on work. But whatever you do, don’t let your time go to waste.
5. Test it out.
Everyone is different and while some people can function on a few hours sleep, others can’t. Test different routines and figure out what works for you and your schedule. With some dedication, every night owl can become an early bird.