Becoming an early riser is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but I can honestly say I am officially an early riser. I have been waking up at 6am every morning for around 2 1/2 months. That may not seem like its that long but believe me, I feel like I have jumped over some kind of wall that has been in my way for my whole life. I am not kidding when I say I have been dreaming of waking up before my kids ever since I had my second child 5 years ago. The problem was I am an excellent debater I can talk my self out of anything. So every night I would go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early. When morning came I would come up with every possible reason I needed to stay in bed and get just a little bit more sleep. This was a nightmare that recurred nearly every morning for 5 years. My amazing debating skills had created a life time of being late and lazy. I was so sick of it, it made me feel so discouraged. I just always thought how do I talk my super tired ADD self into staying awake rather than my very convincing self talking me into going back to bed. I did tons of research and finally came up with an amazing fool prof system.
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This Oddly enough includes some training I had from reading a book called, ” The Easy Way To Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr. Unrelated but I felt it was necessary to let anyone trying to quit smoking know that this book works wonders I haven’t smoked in 3 years. Ok, So how did I finally become an early riser? Well the biggest help was a free app called “Alarmy”. Ill explain all the steps and tools I took to become an early riser below.
This free app is a amazing!!! How it works is you take a picture of something far away from your bed. In the morning to turn the alarm off you have to take the same exact picture. I use my coffee pot and while currently I’m not drinking coffee first thing when I first started waking up early that was the first thing I went for. I would have to wake up walk to the kitchen take a pic a couple times because I would never have it angled right.(haha) Then I would make a cup of coffee doing this would wake me up enough for my sensible brain to take over and decide that I would stay awake.
*Bonus: The book “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking” By Allen Carr, Taught me how to quit smoking. One of the ways it taught me was teaching me to tell my self if I craved a smoke to remind my self if I take one smoke it would cost me 75,000!! How? Because taking one smoke after quitting just puts you back into the cycle of addiction. That’s what you would spend over a life time of smoking.
By using this method with tweaks of course I was able to talk my self out of going to bed. If I wanted to go back to sleep I would say to my self, ” If I lay back down just this once I will never become an early riser. I will forever be stuck in a perpetual Cycle if miserable mornings. This helped me so much because I knew it was true. If I didn’t just keep the momentum going I would never get back to the place I was in. Once you start waking up early don’t make the mistake of taking a morning off to sleep in or you will enter your self back to the cycle of sleeping late.
Having a routine in place on paper is so important!!! You can look at it when you are still not quite awake and know what you need to do next so you aren’t like ,”Well I have nothing to do why am I even awake right now.” So my written routine looked like this:
- Drink coffee
- Read Bible/ Pray
- Check social media
- Check email
- Take a shower
So having this routine in place pretty much allows me to just go on auto pilot until my pre-work out drink/coffee kicks in and gives me a little more motivation.
This are the First steps I took to achieve waking up early and I did this for a month then I slowly added things to my morning and began waking up just a little earlier I am now waking up at 545 and this is my current routine.
- Drink Lemon water/ Take probiotics
- Eat breakfast/Drink Pre- workout drink
- Read The Bible/ Pray
- Check Facebook
- Work out
- Water Garden
- Take a shower
#3 Work out
Ever since I added working out to my schedule I have been so much more motivated not just in the morning but through out the whole rest of the day. This is something I have added recently to my routine that so far is having amazing results.
Taking these 3 steps to become an early riser have changed my life. I hope that following these steps will help change yours too.