INSIDE: Wish you were a morning person? Want to get up earlier but can’t seem to make it happen? This post will help! In it, I’m sharing the seven things I do to get up at 6am each morning – even though I HATE crawling out of my nice warm bed! Do these and you’ll be able to get out of bed in the morning bright and early just like me!
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Are you a morning person?
I absolutely LOVE getting up early. That first hour before everyone else gets up is just pure bliss! It’s SO quiet. I actually have time to think and it’s the ONLY time of day where I get to drink my coffee whilst it’s still hot!
But do you know what? As much as I love doing it, getting up early doesn’t come naturally to me. I might love being up but I HATE getting up! I’m SO much more of a night owl than I am a morning person. And so, getting up early has been a battle I’ve been fighting with myself FOR YEARS. It’s just too tempting to stay in bed!
A better day…
As much as I hate the getting up part, the silly thing is that once I’m up, I’m pretty happy. It might only be for an hour at the most, but I LOVE that little pocket of time to myself. And, whenever I’m up before everyone else (especially my youngest!), I ALWAYS have a better day.
You see, being the first one up gives me time to think about the day ahead. It gives me time to write out my to-do list and to have a few minutes to myself before the chaos descends. I cannot tell you how much those precious few minutes to myself to gather my thoughts help me to have a better day. Not only do they make me a calmer person, I find it easier to deal with whatever the day throws at me too. I’m able to deal with things with a proactive mindset rather than feel like I’m fighting fires all day.
So, just how do I get out of bed in the morning?
So, how do I do it? Just how do I get out of bed in the morning when I HATE getting up? Below are the seven things I do each day to help me get up at 6am (and sometimes earlier) – even though I’d rather not crawl out from underneath my nice warm duvet!
If like me you’re more of a night owl and wish you could get out of bed in the morning that little bit earlier, these are guaranteed to help!
How I get out of bed in the morning…
#1. | I have an incentive.
When we don’t want to do something, it can be hard to make ourselves do it – even if we know it could be good for us. But, if there’s a clear benefit or pleasurable experience to be had, we’re far more likely to follow through – even if it means stepping outside our comfort zone.
I’ve finally accepted that I’m not a morning person but if I have something to get up for, something I know I’m going to enjoy, I’m far more likely to do it. And so, before I go to bed each night, I decide what my incentive is. I decide what I’m going to do with that extra hour BEFORE I go to sleep. And I make sure it’s something I want to do – something that is going to be enjoyable. Something that’s enough of an incentive to make me want to get up. Sometimes it’s reading, sometimes it’s journaling, other times, it’s simply working on my blog.
What would make you want to get up? What would be your incentive?
#2. | I go to bed early.
If I’m up until midnight, there’s NO WAY I’m going to get out of bed in the morning – especially at 6am! Having a set bedtime of no later than 10pm helps me get in as many hours of sleep as possible. I don’t manage it every night – especially on the weekends, but most weeks I manage it five nights out of seven.
If you don’t have a set bedtime or you usually go to bed late, challenge yourself to go to bed at the same time as many nights as you can for a month. To find the time you need to go to bed, ask yourself what time you’d like to get up. Work backwards based on the number of hours sleep you normally have – that’s the time you need to go to bed!
For me, my ideal time to get up is 5.45am. I like to have around 7 hours sleep and usually read for about 30 minutes beforehand. Which means I need to go to bed at 10pm. What’s your ideal bedtime?
#3. | I do what I can to get a decent night’s sleep.
Going to bed early is one thing, but if I’m to get up early I need a decent night’s sleep too! The side effects of my post-cancer medication and the fact that my dog snores (very loudly!) doesn’t always make this easy, but I do what I can to get as best a night’s sleep as possible.
For instance, I don’t drink caffeine after 6pm, I shutdown my laptop at 9pm and I’ll read for a few minutes before I turn in. I try to stick to my bedtime of 10pm, I’ll light my incense burner and play a sleep playlist on Spotify. And most nights, it works.
What would help you get a decent night’s sleep?
#4. | I get everything ready BEFORE I go to bed.
One thing that really helps me get out of bed in the morning is knowing everything I need is there waiting for me. Rooting around in the dark trying to find my headphones, book and hoodie isn’t fun. Especially when my Hubby is still asleep and I’m doing my best not to wake him! And so, before I go to bed, I make sure I have everything I need out ready. I’ll put the book I want to read in the lounge and if I plan on journaling, I get my journal out too. I’ll also put my mug and coffee by the kettle ready.
It’s such a small step and only takes a couple of minutes to do, but it makes such a difference. It really helps motivate me to roll out of bed. I’m far more likely to get up if everything is ready and waiting for me!
What could you get ready the night before that would help you get out of bed?
#5. | I set the alarm for ten minutes before I want to start.
And no, it’s not so I can hit the snooze button! When I get up the first thing I want to do is go to the bathroom, followed by making myself a coffee and drinking a glass of lemon water. And this takes time which eats into my ‘me’ time. Having those ten minutes to do all the things BEFORE I sit down to do whatever I want to do makes me feel like I have even more time to myself. A silly psychological trick I know, but it works!
Why not try it for yourself?
Two more ways to get out of bed in the morning…
If you’re new to getting up early or you find it hard to keep the momentum going, try doing these two things too. I did these when I first started training myself to get out of bed in the morning and they really helped. They help me to get back on track whenever I find myself falling off that early morning wagon too!
#6. | Find accountability.
Whenever I’m struggling to find the motivation to do something, having an accountability partner really helps me to follow through. And so, if you’re just starting out, why not find yourself an accountability partner too? You could challenge your spouse to get up at the same time as you or you could challenge a friend to do it and check-in with one another every morning.
Online challenges can be a lot of fun too. Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom has a great FREE one called 5 Days to a Better Morning which I really like. There are plenty of books out there that will help you get started too. My favourite and probably the most popular is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. If morning routines are new to you and you’re not sure how to spend your time, it has a great framework for you to follow.
You could even track your progress using a Habit Tracker with the promise of a reward if you get up early for a certain number of days in a row – this one works for me! What accountability could you put in place? Like the idea of the Habit Tracker? You’ll find one you can download for FREE in my Subscriber’s Resource Library! Better still, simply complete the form below and I’ll email it to you right away!
#7. | Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Finally, give yourself time. It takes a while for a habit to form. You cannot go from night owl to morning person overnight, it’s just not possible! Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a few days either. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Or that you’re not capable of getting up early. Be kind to yourself, see tomorrow as another day and start again. Be sure to listen to your body too – sometimes you just need to sleep. And that’s okay!
If you find it hard to find the motivation to get out of bed, revisit your incentive. How are you spending that extra time? Is your incentive a tempting enough reason for you to get up? If not, maybe you need to come up with something else!
Related: How to be Your Best Self EVERY Day.
Motivating yourself to get out of bed in the morning…
Getting up early really does not come naturally to me. Give me the choice of getting up or staying in bed and I’ll choose the latter. BUT, if I can do it, you can too! Give these seven things a try and you’ll find getting up so much easier. They work for me – so I know they’ll work for you too! Here they are again:
- Give yourself an incentive.
- Go to bed early.
- Do what you can to get a decent night’s sleep.
- Get ready BEFORE you go to bed.
- Set the alarm 10 minutes BEFORE you want to start.
- Find some accountability.
- Give yourself time for the habit to form – don’t be too hard on yourself!
Resist the urge to hit that snooze button. Get out of bed in the morning BEFORE everyone else gets up and you’ll have a MUCH better day, I promise! And if you want to track your progress, don’t forget there’s a Habit Tracker in my Subscriber’s Resource Library that you can download for FREE.
Here’s to no longer hitting that snooze button…you’ve got this!
Are you a night owl or a morning person? What’s your top tip for getting up early? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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