“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”

~Richard Whately

Waking up early can be difficult at first, but once you have learned how to do it, you will be able to reap it’s many benefits which you can read about here.

But for now, here are a few tricks to help you jump out of bed earlier:

1. Don’t make drastic changes.

Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.

Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes.

Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.

2. Allow yourself to sleep earlier.

You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet.

But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give.

And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over.

We suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.

3.  Put your alarm clock far from your bed.

If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze.

Never hit snooze.

If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off.

By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.

4. Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm.

Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed.

Just force yourself to go out of the room.

By the time you go to the bathroom, wash your face, and brush your teeth, you’ll be awake enough to face the day.

5. Do not rationalize.

If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it.

Don’t make getting back in bed an option.

6. Have a good reason.

Set something to do early in the morning that’s important.

This reason will motivate you to get up.

It can be to read in peace for a little, get a chore done, or exercise.

The morning can be all yours if you take it.

7.  Make waking up early a reward.

Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early.

A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book.

Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast or watching the sunrise, or meditating.

Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.

8. Take advantage of all that extra time.

Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to read your blogs, unless that’s a major goal of yours.

Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time.

Get a jump start on your day!

You can use this time to get a head start on preparing your kids’ lunches, or planning for the rest of the day,  exercising or meditating, and reading.

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“’Life is too short,’ she panicked, ‘I want more.’ He nodded slowly, ‘Wake up earlier.’”

~Dr. SunWolf