When your alarm goes off at 7.30 you know that you have exactly 29 minutes to be out of the house and in the car if you want to be at work on time. Each minute is carefully scheduled out and if one lock of hair doesn’t play nice it is safe to say you are in a bit of trouble.
You get to work at 8.30, semi-presentable and eating your banana as you do every morning when you see that woman with her immaculate hair and ironed attire. She informs you that she made it to the gym this morning and cooked herself eggs – all while you are sleeping.
Right about now you start to think that getting up early would be great, if only there were ways to make it easier. Thankfully, we have found some tricks and no, they are not simply going to bed earlier (although that helps).
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
According to Leo Babauta of Zen Habits the best way to wake up early is to do it gradually. Set your alarm for 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, once you get in the habit re-set it for earlier. Before you know it 6am will be the new 8am.
Have something to be excited for.
Whether it is a delicious breakfast or a workout class that you are actually looking forward to, having something to look forward to will get you up. If you think about it, getting up early on Christmas day or for vacation is never as tough as a day of work. Plan a girls breakfast and watch yourself jump out of bed.
Think of everything you could achieve and be proud of it.
Getting up early could be the difference of a gym workout, washing done or extra work. Think about everything you could get done and let yourself internally gloat for a little bit, it feels good to be proud of yourself.
Let yourself sleep only when your body needs it.
Sleeping in too often will break the cycle and see your good habits back at square one, but sometimes your body needs it. If you had a tough week or a late night let your body do it’s thing.