When planning to wake up earlier than usual the next morning to be productive, you probably picture your alarm going off with some calming tunes and you getting up with a smile on your face, opening the blinds to get some light into your room and beginning your morning routine. This is a very unrealistic expectation and it only happens in YouTube morning routines.
Most of the time what happens is you press the snooze button 20 times before realizing that if you don’t wake up you might miss an exam, lose a job or something as dramatic as that. If you’re not a morning person, you’re most likely used to waking up due to this kind of panic.
It is so much easier to hit the snooze button. Everybody loves to sleep but it takes a very disciplined person to give up that luxury to be successful. Since most people are more productive in the morning, it is essential for you to become an early riser so you know you’ll get the most work done.
When you’re a morning person, you’ll get more done and in turn be happier and more successful. I’m not trying to say people who don’t wake up early are not going to be happy and successful, but doing this builds discipline and you’ll find it easier to discipline yourself on other things. And as for being happy, let’s face it, accomplishments make us happy, whether they are big or small.
Below are the most effective methods that you can use to wake up earlier and be more productive.
1. Keep the alarm away from your bed
This is probably the most effective method I have ever tried. Keeping your alarm away from your bed forces you to get out of bed to switch the alarm off because let’s be real, no one can sleep through an annoying alarm.
Sometimes when the alarm wakes me up, I wake up and go to switch it off before heading back to bed. This usually happens when I tell myself I have enough time to complete a task and waking up early isn’t necessary.
To combat this problem, I set multiple alarms. If one alarm didn’t manage to wake you up, a second one should do the trick, especially if it’s also away from the bed.
Don’t tell me you can wake up again and have the monkey at the back of your head tell you a similar story about how you have all day to do this. You chose to develop this habit for a reason, think about that before switching off your alarms.
2. Open The Blinds
Because I have such dark blinds, I can manage to sleep all day without even realizing. A dark room makes you sleepy so what you should do is, immediately after switching off that annoying alarm that disturbed your sleep, open your blinds. If you live in a hot place, open your windows.
After your eyes see light, it’s going to be hard to go back to deep sleep. Yes, you might go back to bed but your mind knows that it’s day time and it won’t let your sleep that easily. You might end up in bed scrolling through Instagram if you’re so keen on procrastinating, but you’ll be awake and guilt will be eating you up since you wasted all that energy to wake up earlier. Eventually, you’ll start your work or take a shower and head to school or work.
3. Make Your Bed
If I put off making my bed first thing after I wake up, then I’m not going to do it for the rest of the day. It doesn’t matter how much it makes my room dirty and unorganized, it’s not going to happen.
Making your bed right after you wake up forces you to stay out of bed. If you make your bed, the urge to open up the blankets (messing up your work) will not be so big because no one likes making their bed. At least not in my world.
It takes only a few seconds to get your bed looking decent, unless your bed is like a work of art, then in that case you must not be a lazy person.
Note that leaving your bed messy can stunt your productivity for the day and that’s not what you’re hoping for after torturing yourself by waking up early.
4. Have A Morning Routine
Having a morning routine makes you have something to look forward to. I love breakfast food so that is one thing I love about mornings. You might be a fan of coffee so get a cute mug with some motivational quote on it and that may be enough to make you a little happier in the morning.
Don’t skip breakfast. If you woke up early then you should have enough time to make it. We all know it’s the most important meal of the day, so that’s no secret. But did you know that having breakfast will boost your memory and energy and also reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease?
If you can’t seem to wake up fully, drink a glass of cold water. It should instantly wake you up and prevent you from feeling groggy.
5. Go To Bed Early
It’s common sense that if you want to become an early riser, you have to sleep early. It’s hard for many people, including myself. With so many things I could be doing, why would I want to sleep? I’m just kidding, I love to sleep as much as the next person, I just don’t like going to bed early. It’s just not my thing.
With that said, sleep has many benefits, some of which we don’t notice, but the ones I notice are the following:
- I don’t feel that much need to hit the snooze button.
Yes, the urge is still there. Believe me, it’s always going to be there, but if you’re serious about waking up then you won’t do it
- Your skin looks amazing.
As someone who has a lot of acne, when I get enough sleep consistently I start noticing fewer pimples which makes me so happy. My skin is my biggest insecurity so if sleep can fix it, then why not.
Plan your outfit and lunch before bed just so your amazing morning doesn’t seem like an endless to-do list that makes you want to stay in bed until the late afternoon. It will be so much easier to convince yourself to get up and have a great morning.
Those are the tips for waking up early that are very efficient and really work. While some people argue that waking up earlier doesn’t make you more productive, I think for most this is the truth. The day just seems longer when you wake up early and you won’t wake up feeling tired, as you would if you oversleep.