7 Ways to Be an Early Riser

sunriseEver feel like time is playing a trick on you? You set big goals but they always seem to become a last priority. No matter how you rearrange your day, you never seem to have enough time for all of your commitments, least of all time for yourself. There are numerous studies that prove the benefits of early rising. Some things you might find surprising…

Here is a short list of benefits from getting up early:

Better grades in school

  • More proactive/able to anticipate problems
  • Better planning/organizing
  • Time to exercise/in better shape
  • Better sleep
  • More optimism
  • Easier commutes
  • Better focus
  • More family time

So what is the trick to making the early rising last more than 2 days out of the week?

  • Start slow.  Set your clock earlier by half an hour the first time. Once you are used to that,  go back another half hour. Typically it was a few weeks before moving the alarm again.
  • Jump out of bed. Put your alarm clock across the room and make sure you get out of bed to turn it off. After that, make your bed and don’t let going back to sleep become an option.
  • Get going. Cleaning the house, doing laundry, exercise, meditate, answer emails. Make good use of your time and you’ll quickly see the benefits of getting up early.
  • Plan things. Set goals. Dream. Look at the big picture. Take the time in the morning to look at your life.  Try to absorb what’s going on around you and decide where you want to go. Breakdown your goals into daily actions and do it each morning. It’s so simple, but trust me it has a big effect over time.
  • Enjoy the evenings. The old you may spend the evenings working, running errands and attending networking events. Take your new found freedom and do things completely unrelated to work, including spending time with my family and friends. Not only does this make my life more fulfilling, it also motivates you to get up the next day and do it all over again.
  • Go to bed excited. Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the morning. It makes it easier to fall asleep without those things on my mind, and also gives you a good reason to jump out of bed in the morning.
  • Plan a good breakfast. Now that you have the time, start a better eating routine since you are not rushing to get out of the door anymore.

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