“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
~ Author Unknown
You must have heard this quote or a similar quote relating to waking up early and doing more with your day, But you and I know how difficult it is to develop this habit.
In fact, You do not have a problem waking up early, as an alarm clock can do that but it is waking up when your alarm rings and not hitting the snooze button for that extra 5 minutes that usually turns into 1 extra hour.
Typically it goes like this:
You wake up to the sound of your alarm as it goes off,
Just when your sleep is getting very interesting and you feel around with your hand till you can reach your phone and hit snooze button.
You want another 5 minutes of sleep and you would get up and get ready you say to yourself.
You sleep past the second alarm and when you wake up again, You’re almost late!!!
now comes the panic rush out of bed, bath, brush and hurrying to catch up with your day.
You moan about how pissed you are at yourself and say you’d do better tomorrow.
It is another day you don’t start right and you go through your mornings in a rush and maybe go for your first meeting of the day late or almost.
Tomorrow you’d try again but tomorrow, it is the same exact scenario.
If this seems like you, then it’s okay. Because every I suffer from the same syndrome – The Snooze Button of hell!.
The “extra 5 minutes” syndrome. Whatever you like to call it.
I love my mornings now because I have discovered that I am more productive and can focus on the tasks i need to do when i wake up early ( no snooze buttons) and just get my day started off right.
Anytime I start my day right, I usually have a splendid and more productive day.
And I realized I had to be more consistent, so I started reading about the benefits of waking up early and trying new hacks that would help me stay awake once I hear my alarm.
As a matter of fact, I have found some ways to make sure I get out of bed in the morning once I hear my alarm ring and reading about sleep cycles and realizing that the “extra” five minutes – 30 minutes of sleep i enjoy so much is actually useless and unproductive.
I studied myself and now I have an idea of what works and I want to share this hack with you if you are interested in learning, growing and.becoming more successful.
What in it for you?
Before you go to bed, you set your alarm because you have plans you would want to accomplish.
10 benefits of waking up early
Maybe you have read about morning routines being a key to your productivity, especially if you are trying to work out more, be more productive, have a side hustle you are invested in while having a full time job.
These few hacks would help you not only wake up when you want to but also make sure you stay awake and you are not tempted to hit the snooze button.
Top 3 hacks to being a better morning person
1) Your tomorrow starts today – Make a Plan.
The very first thing you should know is that your tomorrow starts today, meaning if you want to have a great morning tomorrow, it usually starts with how you prepare for it the night before.
One key thing to do a night before is to make a “plan”. Seems easy but yet only about 1% of the population actually does this.
I learned this from taking an online course on productivity and while it seemed difficult at first, I found out that it helped as my mind already had things lined up for tomorrow that is exciting to me so i have to wake up and stay awake.
Planing my morning goes something like this. Wake up 5.15am, Pray, Meditate, Exercise, Mantra and I write.
This is the biggest part of my mornings and after that i go to my day job where i am more productive as i am already fired up and have my day started.
So when you plan your day you should put tasks that gets you excited to get out of bed, having this in front of your mind is an extra motivation, as you mind has something to look forward to.
2) Sleep early:
Makes a man, healthy and wise “ – Benjamin Franklin
The adult human body needs about 6 -7 hours of sleep to be productive and while it is counter-intuitive to what many self help “gurus” preach, I recently learned from research that the most productive people sleep between 6-7 hours a day and your peak productivity is improved when you have enough rest as this would enable you stay fresh.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that some people have a gene that enables them to function well on 6 hours of sleep a night.
This gene, however, is very rare, appearing in less than 3% of the population. For the other 97% of us, six hours doesn’t come close to cutting it.
|Average Sleep Needs by Age|
|Age||Hours Needed||May be appropriate|
|Newborn to 3 months old||14 – 17 hrs||11 – 19 hrs|
|4 to 11 months old||12 – 15 hrs||10 – 18 hrs|
|1 to 2 years old||11 – 14 hrs||9 – 16 hrs|
|3 to 5 years old||10 – 13 hrs||8 – 14 hrs|
|6 to 13 years old||9 – 11 hrs||7 – 12 hrs|
|14 to 17 years old||8 – 10 hrs||7 – 11 hrs|
|Young adults (18 to 25 years old)||7 – 9 hrs||6 – 11 hrs|
|Adults (26 to 64 years old)||7 – 9 hrs||6 – 10 hrs|
|Older adults (65+)||7 – 8 hrs||5 – 9 hrs|
|Source: National Sleep Foundation|
You can read more on some interesting myths and facts about sleep here
When I wake up in the morning, I am usually not that excited to get out of bed because i want that “extra” 5 minutes of sleep,
Even though I know that five minutes can turn to 30 minutes or an hour, I am usually in a hurry to go back to bed.
So i started drinking one full glass of water once I woke up and this helped me Stay Awake.
Before going to bed, i have a full glass of water waiting for me on the table and when I wake up my first thoughts are to have a glass of room temp water.
This is not only healthy but wakes up your whole body.
When I drink water I feel refreshed and can stay awake.
Every other morning routine follows from here so while I do not write it down in my plans, my mornings usually go like this : water – pray – meditate – exercise – mantra – write or shoot a YouTube video and then i get ready for my day job.
Days i start like this are usually my most productive days and i happen to get more done.
These 3 simple tips would help you get more out of your day and one thing you should know is that an extra 15minutes does nothing for you that’s helpful but rather makes you feel lethargic.
I am challenging you today to do this for a week and see if you notice any changes in your morning routines.
I would love to hear any other tips and tricks you use to stay awake in the morning and if you are a night owl, I would love to know how you stay productive if you do.
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