How To Get Up Early and Get Stuff Done

They say the early birds gets the worm; well if you’re waking up at 11am and 12pm you missed the worm, along with the opportunity to knock down your to-do list.  Waking up early allows you to get a head start on your day so you can get stuff done while distractions are at a minimum.  Most of your friends are probably still sleeping so your phone shouldn’t be a distraction with constant text messages and phone calls.  On weekdays, I wake up at 5:30am and on weekends I am usually up by 6:30am. Yes, I get up early on weekends as well because the grind continues.   I personally get a lot of things done between 6am and 9am.  So if you want to reap some of the benefits of waking up early here are some quick tips on how to do so.  

  1. Don’t stay up all night:  Not staying up all night is a no brainer.  If you’re up until 2am then it might be hard to wake up at 6am without being exhausted.  Based on the National Sleep Foundation it is recommended that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.  Majority of the time I get about 7.5 hours of sleep each night.

  2. Place your alarm 2feet away from your bed.  Having the alarm away from you forces you to get out of bed to turn it off.  You are more likely to press snooze if the alarm is in the bed with you.   

  3. Get up and have a plan.  If waking up is hard for you it’s important to have a plan of the task you want to accomplish.  Before you go to bed jot down a few things you want to get done immediately upon waking up.  Some of the things I do right when I get up include reading, writing new blog post, planning, and or meditating.  I also keep a book, book light, journal, laptop, and pen next to my bed.  

  4. Eat a power breakfast. Don’t eat just any type of breakfast; eat a breakfast that’s going to give you the energy you need to kick start your day.  I’m pretty sure you hear this all the time, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”  Well it is.  Eating breakfast gives you the energy you need to concentrate on your task. Some power foods that you might want to consider for breakfast are avocado, eggs, oatmeal, greek yogurt, and raspberries.

  5. Workout. Participating in a physical activity will trigger your body to release feel good hormones that will help fight fatigue and boost energy.  Also, when you start to exercise consistently you will have more energy; therefore, the next time you wake up early it should get easier for you.    

If you struggle with waking up early try these tips and see how they work for you. The ultimate goal is to get a head start on your day and to get things done effectively and efficiently.  If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below.  Oh don't forget to share with your friends who like to press the snooze button.