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You’ve most likely read the studies saying that those who wake up at 5am turn out to be more successful. You may even have set the goal to adjust your wake-up time, sure that an extra hour or two at the start of the day is all you need. But deciding to wake up early and actually following through are two different things. If you’d like to test out the theory that an early start is the key to success, here are a few tips to help you get started.
For me, I hated it when I woke up past 10 because by then everyone is awake, the house is busy and the only things left to do are to eat, take a shower, and do chores. By noon I know there is very little time left, and every time I wake up late, I am tired and I can only think of watching a movie, laying on my bed, and going to sleep.
What I love most about the mornings is the fact that it’s really quiet. I live with my family and the house is full of activities and noises and that time is sacred to me.
Nowadays I look forward to it. The other issue is sleeping early. I sleep around 11-12 which for me to wake-up around 5:30 is not enough sleep. My body needs around 7-8 hours of sleep. Those days that I sleep late are the ones that catch up to me and sometimes I sleep like a zombie.
When you wake up early you have a long day ahead of you. Sometimes when I see that all my tasks for the day can be finished before noon, I try to go back to sleep so I would have something to look forward to during the day. But going back to sleep hardly works for me so I just do something else.
You might think that being a morning person has a lot to do with waking up early. It doesn’t. If you tell yourself that you can’t wake up early because you’re not a morning person then it’s all in your head.
The moment you decide you can’t do anything. Then you won’t. You’re shutting down your brain. It’s as easy as that. You have to want it to do it.
This post promises a 5-second hack and you can scroll to the bottom of the page for it. However, I also add below, the factor that helped me most, these are the factors that make the 5-second rule work for me. So read carefully and save it to Pinterest so you can come back to it later till you master it.
Waking up is 50% determination, 30%preparation, 10% execution and the other 100% has to do with your health, mental state, and other factors that may affect it which you have no power over. But what you have power over is what we are going to treat.
1. Plan your day the night before:
I always write them down in sticky notes and paste them beside my bed. You write it down tells your brain that this is important and it will remember it when you wake up. Even if you forget it, that bold color will stare at you throughout your day.
2. Organize your workplace:
My creativity point in my bed. It’s where I do almost everything. From sleeping to eating to daydreaming to reading, studying, writing articles and whatnot. So I organize things around me because it de-clutters my head and I can see what I have to do.
Besides, I will have fewer things to do in the mornings so most of my excuses will disappear. Organizing also gives me a feeling of control, of joy and I know you have felt that too.
3. Having a passion:
if you don’t like something, you wouldn’t want to do it. And that inner battle you face every morning, only your passion will win. Something I do is that I never put studying first thing in the morning.
It’s always writing and reading. Then comes studying because by then I am fully awake and my brain is exercised. So if you want to wake up early put your passion first, cooking, working out, taking a walk, yoga, etc.
Read: 4 questions that will reveal your Passion
4. Drink water:
this might seem weird to you. But I am a water drinker, I love water. Every time I take water before I sleep or when I wake up, that hydration gives me energy and I feel great. Besides drinking water wakes your brain up, your metabolism, circulation, etc. always have a cup of water beside you, and if you are a tea or coffee person, then keep a flask beside you
5. Never snooze:
you rather set your alarm 10 minutes late or even 30 minutes late than hit the snooze button. Despite being a productivity killer, hitting the snooze button is also bad for your health.
Everyone has a sleep cycle and when that 6-7-8 hour sleep cycle ends by your alarm clock, you hitting the snooze button trying to get that extra sleep will make your body start another sleep cycle and when it gets disrupted too, it messes with your brain. Which will affect you mentally, physically and emotionally? So please whatever you do, don’t snooze.
For me I hate alarms, I hate sounds so even if it goes to snooze on its own and I see it, I try to shut it down. Another tip is to keep your alarm clock far from you. That trip should wake you up. Depending on the kind of person you are. Here are the two best alarm clocks for people that hate alarms and are heavy sleepers.
6. Stick to time:
if you want to wake up early, choose a specific time to go to sleep and wake up and repeat them every day of your life. By the way no weekend exceptions. Your brain knows routine and habits but it doesn’t know exceptions. So don’t confuse it by doing that. If you do it will never become a habit of waking up early in the mornings.
What amount of sleep does your body need? It’s not the same for everyone. Some need 6 some 7, some 8, some even nine, it all depends on you. I need at least 7, so I try to go to sleep before 11 and wake up 6, it’s all up to you. I would have wanted to wake up at 5 but I know I can’t sleep earlier than ten on a normal basis so I have to make it work for me. Make it work for you too.
We plan and want a lot of things but we sometimes don’t do them, that’s the hardest part. I will teach you the 5-second morning ritual I do that helps me get a lot of things done. I did not invent this Mel Robbins did and it’s called the 5-second rule, it’s about courage. Courage to do whatever you want. People apply it differently but it works great in this area of my life. So all you have to do is:
When you open your eyes and that realization that you have to do something kicks in, by the way, I know there are a lot of excuses trailing behind before it catches up just think of what you have to and say 5-4-3-2-1 and jump.
Just get up immediately, and like a robot grab your laptop, or workout clothes or book and all excuses will fall. It might sound unrealistic or too simple but hey, simple is the best. No one likes complicated especially not in the mornings.
Try it even during the day, when procrastination kicks in. You can even paste a huge 5-4-3-2-1- sign directly opposite your bed, and trust me it works wonders.
Using the 5-4-3-2-1 for your morning routine is just my adaptation of the 5-second rule by Mel Robbins
“It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.
In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
Beat fear and uncertainty
Stop worrying and feel happier
Share your ideas with courage
The 5 Second Rule is a simple, one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face–we hold ourselves back.”
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Omg this was so help full it still is you are so talented.xx
Aisha Ahmad says
I didn’t realize how much I needed this😅 I now know where I went wrong🤦🏽♀️
Hafsat Uthman says
Super helpful . Definitely incorporating this into my routine !
You should. It will change your life
Jessica kidd says
I love this. The 5-4-3-2-1 is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing this.