Need Some Help Getting Up Early?
Last updated: 2019-04-04
Back in high school and even into college I could sleep for 12 hours without even thinking I missed something. I would get up early every-once in a while but nothing regularly. In the summer of 2007 I began waking up an hour earlier than I needed to as an experiment. That experiment has lasted for almost four years now. I didn't need to start getting ready for work till about 7:30, since we didn't have any children in school or daycare, so I made it a point to wake up about 6:30 everyday. This went great. I was able to get a lot done before anyone got up and my devotional quiet time improved along with my productivity for that day.
I have slowly moved this time earlier and earlier. For the past 3 months or so I have been trying to wake up most days about 4:30. This has been such an incredible opportunity to getting a lot of the housework and web work done. I’ve been able to learn a ton through spending those quiet hours before 6:15 when I have to start getting ready. Sure there are some days that I can ’t seem to pull myself out of bed but at least 4 times a week you will find me out at the dining room table working on something by 4:15-4:30. Here are three simple tips I have learned along the way that may help you to wake up earlier than you need to.
Reward This may seem childish to some but it motivates me to think of something that I can have if I get up by a certain time. Most of the time this is a special breakfast or coffee. I love sitting in our dining room looking out the windows as the sun comes up over the field we have behind our fence. The more I want, whatever it is, the more likely I’m going to wake up. Alarms Some nights I’m up till 12 or 2 working on a project so waking up after only 3 or 4 hours is hard to do. I have tried several different alarms and most will get my attention out of any level of sleep but my problem lies when I can simply roll over and just hit snooze. The answer to this (as many know) is to simply move the alarm away so that you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off. Like I said before, I don’t always wake up this early so when I have a few days of only getting 2 to 3 hours sleep I take a short nap in the afternoon with the kids or sleep longer the next night. Quiet I guess this is kind of a reward but only people with kids or roommates will be able to relate so I left it in a different section. I have three incredibly active young boys (Ryan 6, Matthew 4, and Garrett 18 months). They wake up every morning between 6:30 and 7:00. I have to be prepared for when they get up or my day quickly becomes a mess. I need my quiet time to organize my thoughts for the day and possibly get some thinking done.
I know many people get up early (when they aren’t being forced too) everyday. What types of things help you get up and get going in the morning?