For as long as I remember, I have been an early riser. I love waking up early. Even before my wife and I were married and we had kids, I would wake up early.
It is in these early morning hours that I have had some of my best ideas, created some of my best work, and laid the foundation for achieving my goals and dreams. This is why I still get up early to this day.
Yet, I can remember a time when I hated the early morning.
In those days of my life, I would stay up late whether I needed to or not. It also was a day of ultimate bachelor life, playing video games, watching movies, and going out with friends. And while those days are long gone, for that season, I thought I might be a night owl.
Now, I understand that might night owl days were supreme time wasters. For most people who stay up late, they are getting a lot of things done. This might be the best time to work on a side hustle or catch up on household chores.
However, if you are staying up late to binge-watch Netflix or Disney+, changing your night owl lifestyle to become an early riser would be extremely beneficial to you.
The Benefits of Being an Early Riser
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” — Ben Franklin
When we wake up early there are some great benefits to our health and to our lives. In fact, I find so many of them that this is what helps me get up early when I don’t want to.
If you are looking to make a switch from a night owl to an early riser, consider these five major benefits.
Get a head start on your day.
Instead of waking up late and rushing around super stressed out. You can actually take it slow, do things you want to do, and get a headstart on work. This will help you lower your stress all day long.
Improve your overall health.
I’m not just talking about physical health. I’m talking about your entire health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This time in the morning is to work on things in your life that you can easily get distracted by during the day.
Chase your dreams or side hustle.
This is a great time to work on something you are passionate about. Maybe you want to write a book (this is how I did it). Or you want to start your own business. This is a great time to do it and it boosts your motivation levels for the rest of the day.
Learn to slow down.
In today’s hustle and bustle world, we are always rushing around. Yet, when you wake up early in the morning, you can do things at a slower pace. This helps you focus on what’s most important and to do it well, which in turn helps you take it into your day.
Learn something new.
This is a great time to learn something new. Want to learn a new skill? Maybe a new language? This is a great time to do it because your mind tends to be very fresh in the morning. You don’t have a lot of things distracting you either.
These are some of the benefits of getting up early. There are tons of other ones too. They can be almost magical for you like they are for me.
How to Become an Early Riser
“Focused, productive successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life.” — Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning
We know the benefits of getting up early. And you might be thinking that you have wasted enough of your life staying up late for no reason. So, you want to start getting up early and making the most of your day.
Of all the things you could possibly do, there are five simple steps you can take in order to start waking up early, getting a head start on your day, and begin to achieve your dreams and goals.
Step #1 — Wake Up A Little Earlier Tomorrow
When I wanted to wake up at 4 AM to write my book, the first thing I did was step my wake up time back by 15 minutes from 5 AM to 4:45 AM. This made it so much easier for me to get up a little earlier each day.
This is what you need to do too. If you really want to succeed at getting up early, you need to take small steps over the next couple of weeks to get to your desired early morning time.
If you currently wake up at 9 AM, set your alarm for 8:45 AM. Give yourself a few days to get used to it, and then step you wake up time back to 8:30 AM. Do this over and over until you reach the time you want to wake up.
Step #2 — Go To Bed Earlier
In the same way, you wake up earlier, go to bed earlier in small increments. I have found that when I try to go to bed an hour earlier, I don’t actually fall asleep. However, if you go to bed 15 minutes earlier, it is easier to fall asleep.
Now, you might be staying up later because you are messing with your sleep. There are somethings you can do to help you sleep better. When you adjust your pre-bedtime routine, it might be easier to make bigger jumps to going to bed earlier.
Either way, in order to wake up early, you will need to go to bed earlier.
Step #3 — Get Out Of Bed And Your Bedroom
When your alarm goes off in the morning, it is time to get up. Put your alarm across the room. This is a good idea because you are forced to get out of bed. It is harder to get up, hit snooze, and go back to bed.
It might be hard to hit snooze and go back to bed, but it isn’t that much harder. The next important thing when you get us is to leave your bedroom. This way your bed is not an option at all anymore.
Start with a glass of water, then grab your morning coffee, walk around your living room, or go outside for a few minutes. These will help you wake up and become more alert.
Step #4 — Motivate and Reward Yourself
After you become more alert, the next thing you need to do is remind yourself why you are getting up early. Keep reminders in places you see them so they can help keep you motivated.
Then, give yourself a little reward. Drink your cup of coffee, read a book for a little bit. Do something that makes you look forward to waking up early. I do this with my cup of coffee.
These motivations and rewards will help you create the habits of an early riser. They will make it more pleasurable and help you fight the barriers that will try and keep you from getting up.
Step #5 — Take Advantage Of Being Awake
As you start waking up earlier and earlier, you can now take advantage of the benefits. This is when you can create a morning routine that helps you get more done in the morning than others might get done in a day.
Exercise, work on your book, learn a new skill, improve yourself during this time, and enjoy it.
While you might have done this before or had time to do it in other ways, starting in the morning will help you start to chase your dreams and achieve your goals.
Become An Early Riser
Now is your time to start becoming an early riser and accomplishing the things you want in life. If you like the benefits of getting up early, use these five steps to start taking advantage of those benefits.
If you do these things already at night, maybe it isn’t for you. However, if you spend your late nights wasting your time, maybe becoming an early riser will be extremely beneficial to you.
But, it is up to you. Do you want to take advantage of these benefits or not? If so, start working your way through the steps.