This month is a month of fulfilling promises here on Miss Abigail, mainly ones I made to you all during my Dear October post at the beginning of last month.
Not only did I swear I’d show you my morning and evening routines, but also that I’d give you a few of my top tips on how to break the cycle and start waking up earlier.
A little disclaimer before we get started, ‘early’ means something different to everybody – if you normally sleep until noon, getting up before 9:00 is an accomplishment. On the other hand, if you’ve been getting up at 6:15 since you could crawl, getting up early is going to have a whole different meaning.
This post is not designed to tell you what time you should get up, but rather to give you advice on how you can acclimate your body to a new schedule and make the transition easier on yourself.
Anywho, now that that’s out of the way, let’s just jump into the tips, shall we?
Do it once.
I know, I know, this sounds like the kind of advice you’d get from a WikiHow page, but hear me out, because it’s actually the best advice I can give you.
Don’t overthink it too much, just wake up early one morning and see how it goes.
Personally, I’d recommend picking a day that you don’t have any obligations (that way if you crash at 10:00am, you can treat yourself to a 30-minute power nap without getting fired.)
Letting yourself see what getting up early actually looks like shows you what you’re missing. It could be something as simple as burning through an A4 page long to-do list without too much effort, cooking yourself a hearty breakfast or even how easy it is to get to sleep at night – the goal is to show yourself the possibilities and to inspire you to really give waking up early a fair shot.
Set out your routine with alarms on your phone.
I don’t just mean the alarm that gets your butt out of bed, but rather an alarm for every step of your morning routine.
Set yourself an alarm telling you when to get ready, how long to brush your teeth for, when to tidy up, how long to exercise for, when to eat breakfast etc. All those little things that you want to include in your morning routine take time, and you need to be realistic about how much.
It’s okay to tweak your timings in those first couple of days until your routine is doable, but once it is stick to those alarms like glue for a couple of weeks. This will really help to cement your routines in your head and it’ll make the whole process of preparing for the day a lot more mindless, a good thing when your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet!
Do it every day.
To get your body fully used to waking up earlier, you need to be waking up at your ideal time at least 6 days a week.
Your body clock is going to hate you for a while, but if you’re only doing it 3 days a week, you’re just confusing it more and making it all the more difficult for yourself.
Personally, I try to wake up at 6:30 every day except Sunday when I give myself an extra hour. That way my body clock doesn’t get too frustrated and I still get the feeling of having a ‘lie-in’ once a week.
Remember, the first task of your day is the most important.
Make sure that the first task of your day is something you really enjoy, something you want to get out of bed for. Mine is coffee (because I’m just that basic) but it can be literally anything you want (exercising, eating a big breakfast, a warm shower) so long as it’s something that inspires you to drag yourself out of bed when the alarm goes off.
By giving yourself that little luxury first thing in the morning, you’re way more likely to actually get up and leave yourself time for all the other productive things you can use your morning for. It’s a win-win.
Trust me, you’re going to feel tired.
I’m going to level with you, you’re going to feel tired for the first week, heck, even the first few weeks that you do this. That’s what happens when your body tries to adjust to a new sleep pattern and new waking hours.
The best advice I can give you is to compensate for this tiredness by making sure you go to bed early enough to be hitting at least 8 hours of sleep, even though you’re waking earlier. I know that can be hard, especially if your body isn’t used to it, but you’ll adjust and it’ll be so worth it!
If you’ve considered trying to wake up early before, I’m sure you’ve heard all these tips a hundred times, but I’m afraid when it comes to waking up early simplicity is key.
I know how hard it is, especially at this time of the year when it’s so dark outside and your bed is so cosy and warm, but I promise, it’s worth a couple of weeks of misery for a long-term increase in your productivity.
If you guys have any secret tips or tricks that you use to wake up early, let me know in the comments down below, I’m always on the hunt for ways to make my morning more manageable and to perk up those gloomy November days! See you in the comments!