When it comes to motivation, energy and ambition—especially during the winter months—most of us need a little extra push to get out of bed in the morning. Some of us need a bulldozer. If the latter is you, here’s a quick reminder of some of the benefits to being an early riser.
- Research has shown early morning hours are some of the most productive of the day.
- Getting up and at ‘em early means there is time to organize yourself for the day, which means no more chaotic mornings rushing out the door with wet hair and no makeup.
- Getting up late means we are oftentimes under unnecessary stress as we try to beat the clock, which translates into arriving at our destination flustered and anxious.
- Early-morning risers have time to focus on what needs to get done.
- There’s time to exercise, and nothing is better than starting the day with an exercise routine.
Now that we know there’s nothing better than starting the morning routine a little earlier, here are some ways to get the no-snooze-button-go-get-em attitude in your early morning ritual.
- Plan your day. Try spending a few minutes before bed planning what to accomplish in the morning.
- Program the coffee maker. Studies show coffee grinding and coffee brewing are big pick-me-ups in the morning.
- Refocus your purpose. It’s much easier to get out of bed when you focus on something you actually want to do. ‘Some people dream of success. Others wake up and go after it’… is an anonymous quote that helped Shirley Jump, author of When Somebody Loves You, get up between 4 and 4:30 in the morning to write. “It stayed with me,” said Jump. “If you really want something—for me, it was to be a published author—then you HAVE to make time to go after that dream. I made time by getting up insanely early, so I could have a couple of uninterrupted hours to write. By starting my day that way, I knew I was taking some steps, no matter how small, toward what I really wanted.”
- Get out of bed. If you wake up before your alarm goes off, get out of bed and never, ever hit the snooze button.
- Get moving. In an article in Prevention Magazine, women’s fitness expert, celebrity trainer and fitness author Larysa DiDio suggested stretching in bed to wake up and get going in the morning.
- Shower immediately. Water and temperature change can do wonders for waking up with a go-get-em attitude. Try using an invigorating scent like lemon or mint in shampoo and body wash.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Studies show positive thoughts change brainwaves to induce sleep faster. Before bed, try thinking about those things.
- Create some accountability. Recruit a friend to hold you accountable or hire a life coach.
- Drink water. “Put a glass of water by your bed and drink it first thing,” says DiDio. “Water energizes and refreshes the body, and gets you going.”
- Be patient with yourself. Positive changes take time, so don’t expect perfection on day one.