Another year has come and gone, yet we still have to-do lists that are a mile long. UGH adulting is hard! But an easy change to your daily routine can help you be more productive throughout the day and evening, here’s to getting shit done in the New Year. 🙌
Waking up early is the perfect resolution if you’re looking for a way to fit something new into your daily routine. Become an early riser this year and get your workout in or get some creative writing tasks done before life or work distracts you. Try these 5 handy tricks to change your ways and become an earlier riser in no time.
Turn off your electronics
Looking at your computer, phone or tv screen will stimulate your brain and wake your brain my active and alert even if you feel tired. Try to turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed. Maybe create a new habit, read a book, meditate, write in a journal. Creating a night time routine screen free will help your body realize it’s time for bed and fall into a deep sleep faster. Who doesn’t love the sound of that?
Down a glass of water before bed
Waking up can be hard especially now with the cold and wet weather hitting, but this little trick is sure to make you pop out of bed! After all, no one likes a wet bed… 😳 Drink a glass of water right before bed, you will wake up to a full bladder and you will have a little bit more pep in your step as you make your way to the bathroom. Now that you’re up and in the bathroom might as well start brushing that birds nest and your pearly whites!
Set several alarms and place it out of reach
In the next iPhone updated they need to make alarms more difficult to turn off. Literally, I have the ability to turn off my alarms without even waking up, it’s a serious issue! But I know I’m not alone on this. These are some tricks I’ve come up with to help me wake up at the butt crack of dawn. I used to charge my phone by my bed, now it’s on my dresser totally out of reach while in bed. (This is also good so I don’t stay up for hours on IG). I also set 5 different alarms, they go off right after another! It’s annoying but works, and soon enough you will start to get used to waking up earlier.
Wake up at the same time every day
This one is really important because you need to keep your sleep cycle consistent. On the weekends I give myself an extra 30 minutes to sleep in but honestly, I’m so used to waking up early that my body naturally wakes up early and I feel rested. If you don’t get enough sleep on a given weekend just take a little time for a nap, just try to keep your wake up time the same in the mornings.
Go to Bed Early
You can’t just expect to wake up earlier, get less sleep and be as productive. You need to make sure you’re getting around 7-9 hours of sleep a night. You can slowly start to change your bedtime by 20-minute increments each day that way it’s not too sudden of a change for your body.
You can do it! The hardest part of becoming a morning person is just to actually get out of your warm and cozy bed. I know that to many waking up early seems daunting but think about how much more productive you can be. Find what works for you and try to stick to it. Let me know if you have any tricks that work for you!