If you’ve been reading my blog or following my Instagram Stories, you’ll know I’ve been waking up super early lately. I must say, it’s getting a lot easier for me, but it wasn’t that way at first. To be honest, I really got inspired after reading the New York Time’s Best Selling book called The Power of Habit, which was on my Summer Reading List. The book explains that by creating positive habits, you can change your life (make more money, get in shape, etc.) It typically takes about 7-21 days to create a habit, so I decided to get up at the same time, 7 days straight, in hopes that it would help me to become more of a morning person and continue for the remaining days, hoping to create a solid habit of waking up early. Below you can see a journal that I’ve kept for each day and a tip that I learned along the way.
Day 1 – Tuesday
Tip: Go to bed early
I start work at 7am, which is already fairly early for me. In order to wake up and go to the gym before work, I have to set my alarm for 4:45am. At first this seemed impossible, but I quickly realized that as long as I got 7-8 hours of sleep, I was okay. This meant going to bed at 8:30/9:00pm. The first night I found it difficult to go to bed so early, but I really gave it a go. I started to get ready for bed around 8:30, and was in bed by 9:00. I probably didn’t get to sleep until 9:30, but hey – the effort was there. After waking up early on Tuesday, it was so much easier to go to bed early on Wednesday.
Day 2 – Wednesday
Tip: Set your alarm 15 minutes before you want to wake up
I am so bad when it comes to snoozing my alarm, so I decided to set it 15 minutes before the actual time I wanted to wake up. If you’re a heavy sleeper, there’s an app for that. I swear there is an app for everything, but for me, I’m good with just my alarm. I decided to set my phone further away from me so that I physically had to get up to turn it off, and that was extremely effective.
Day 3 – Thursday
Tip: Spend an hour before bed without the use of electronics
I’ve heard this so many time from friends and other early risers: turn off the TV, phone, computer an hour before you go to bed. My friends and family know I go to bed early, so I’m usually not sending or receiving texts after 8:00 pm, so why am I still on my phone? Probably doing the same thing you’re doing – flipping between social media apps because I’m bored. Unless there’s a picture to post, I need to put my phone away and turn the TV off. There are so many books I want to read right now, so I’m utilizing this time before bed to read instead.
Day 4 – Friday
Tip: Prepare for tomorrow
Part of my nightly routine includes getting ready for the next day. I like my sleep, so getting things ready for the next day so that I can press the snooze for 5 more minutes is key. Also, who wants to do a bunch of thinking right when they wake up? Not me. Therefore, I lay out my gym clothes & shoes right by my bed, pack my gym bag, and lay out my work clothes so that when I wake up, all I have to do is put on my gym clothes, brush my teeth, grab my things and go!
Day 5 – Saturday
Tip: Wake up at the same time, EVERY. DAY.
I wake up super early for work, so when Saturday comes, I am hardly able to sleep in anyways. One of the most common things I’ve heard about becoming a morning person, though, is getting into a routine. This means waking up at the same time, every day. Of course there will be late nights or events that will change this up a bit, but for the most part, I try to make this happen. I also like to work out on the weekends, even if its something quick and easy, because again, routines work for me and keep me motivated.
Day 6 – Sunday
Tip: Wake up with the sun
On Sunday’s, I love waking up to the sun. Luckily for me, the sun comes up later this time of year, so I let myself enjoy a little extra rest. Once the sun is up, I try to get myself out of bed, ice my face (for waking up & toning purposes!) and make myself a large glass of lemon water. The lemon in the water gives me an extra boost of energy.
Day 7 – Monday
Tip: Be held accountable
Luckily, I have to be at work early, so having people that depend on me really helps. However, with my new fitness goals, I’ve been waking up even earlier to hit the gym before work, and having a workout buddy is essential. If you’ve been following my Instagram Stories/posts, you’ve seen that my friend Abigail works out with me. We are both really good at holding each other accountable and keeping each other motivated, which is super great! On days (like Monday) where one of us isn’t feeling it or wants to sleep in, the other makes sure that we still get up and get there.
So, the last 7 days weren’t as difficult as I thought they would be and I’m hoping that I can continue this process by utilizing the tips I’ve come up with. Creating a routine that works for you and your schedule can really help to keep you on track. Are you a morning person? If so, how did you become one? And if not, are you willing to try? What are your goals? Leave any tips or questions in the comments below!