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I used to roll out of bed with my daughters…haggard and NOT ready for the day. By making the one change of getting up before them, I am able to ENJOY the early morning hours. I find myself more productive and more joyful. Do you want to start your day off right? Do you want to know how to make waking early a habit? Today I will share how to enjoy an early, joyful, and productive morning.
I had goals and desires that were being pushed away. I didn’t want to focus on my goals and desires to the detriment of less quality time with my daughters, so I decided that it was best to use early morning hours to give myself time alone.
I set a goal of getting up at 6 AM every morning (with hopes to slowly move it even earlier!) and two weeks later I am incredibly excited at how it’s added both productivity AND joy to my days.
I have always been a night owl. While I have been intrigued with the idea of getting up early, it’s been only a thought and not an action. If you have considered adding an extra hour to your day by getting up early, TRY IT. If I can do this, I think you can too!
[I blogged daily during the 2 weeks…follow links to get more details on my steps below!]
Have an Evening Plan This means to get to bed!! Getting up early starts with going to bed early. Be intentional with your evening.
- Get off the computer and phone 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed.
- Prepare for tomorrow.
- Create a calming ritual.
- Create a sleeping haven in your room.
- Record bedtimes.
Create and Follow Your Morning Plan Before you go to bed, take a few minutes to think of tomorrow morning. When you spend just a few minutes planning tomorrow, it can help motivate you to get up. It will be easier to jump into your day when you have it planned out. Create a short to-do list or schedule of your first hour of the day. Be specific. Be realistic.
No Snoozing I have been a close friend of the Snooze button for YEARS. I found it helpful to finally say NO to the disrupted sleep.
Find Your Morning Incentive Whether you have a strict morning routine or a flexible non-routine, include a few minutes of an incentive to help you get up and start your day. What refreshes you? What can be done in 5 minutes? Find out and give yourself the gift of a few minutes starting your day off right! If your morning has been derailed and not one item is checked off your to-do list, move on. But do try and give yourself a few minutes.
My mornings always include a hot cup of coffee. (I just started drinking Bulletproof Coffee!)
Balance Productivity with Refreshment It is very satisfying to get up early and check items off your to-do list, but it’s also refreshing to sit down with coffee and the Sunday paper. Getting up early and scheduling out the time for maximum productivity is important, but do remember to give yourself some wiggle room for life’s joys.
Be Prepared for Interruptions There will be mornings when your morning quiet is interrupted. Be ready to change your perspective and choose thankfulness instead of frustration. It’s HARD, but a thankful heart will help you move forward in your day.
Be Consistent, BUT Give Yourself Grace This may seem contradictory, but hear me out. Give yourself a fair shot and force yourself to get up at your goal time EVERY DAY for 2-3 weeks. Initially don’t give yourself any wiggle room. There were mornings I could have given myself an excuse NOT to get up at 6:00 (the girls were sick and were waking up often during the night), but because I didn’t give myself any wiggle room I think my new habit is here to stay!
Find out what your doubts and misconceptions are and give yourself a fair shot to prove them wrong. I found that I was able to greet my daughters with joy as I was awake and refreshed when they woke up. This is reason enough to keep my new habit going!
If you feel like you gave it a fair shot and it’s just not working, then do not force it. It just may be your time in life (new baby, anyone??). So try it again in a few months. Or if you do not want to be up early and are best at night…you might just need to keep that up.
Reevaluate and reassess Stay true to your goals. But although you do not want to give up or get too side-tracked, don’t always focus 100% on the goal as you originally set it. Step back. Reevaluate and reassess as you go and make changes when you feel the need.
Are you willing to give it a shot? What is your goal wake-up time? What will you do with your early morning hours?
If you want to go more in depth with creating both a morning and evening routine, check out my eBook: Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings.
This step-by-step guide will help you:
- Visualize your ideal morning
- Decide your morning priorities
- Plan your morning routine
- Create a morning schedule
- Make the most of your evening time
- Decide on an accountability plan
- Motivate you to use your mornings best to achieve the entire day that is your ultimate goal!
Get more morning motivation here…7 habits to add to your morning routine
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