Getting up early, when you don’t get up early!

Okay, I HATE getting up early, but you must. You simply must!

If you’re a Believer we need you as a part of the army. There are too many people on the sidelines. You need time to praise the Lord, spend time in his word, pray, reflect, study, plan the day that you will conquer for the kingdom!

Now, understand, I say this, but I HATE getting up early, but I will.

This is the perfect time of year to start getting up early, because the clock just changed and you’re probably not 100% adjusted to it yet. Do not let yourself sleep in, here’s some tips (full post here: LINK)

So how can you become an early riser?


Getting up early is like most any habit that makes you a more productive creative: It’s hard at first. Here are a few tips to get you started:


1. Set an exact time to get out of bed.

If you normally get up at 11am, it’s unrealistic to start abruptly getting up at 6am. Think about what time you’d like to be getting up in the morning, and work up to it. Try to wake up 30 minutes earlier every week, until you get to the desired time.


2. Move up your bedtime in sync with the time you plan to get up.

Seven to eight hours of sleep is the recommended dosage for maximal productivity (with a few super-human exceptions). So if you’re getting up at 6am, you’ll want to go to bed by 11pm at the latest. If you try to go to bed at midnight and get up at 5am, you’re eventually going to run into some problems.


3. Get out of bed immediately.

The moment that you start procrastinating – read: hit the snooze button – it’s very easy to convince yourself of a multiplicity of reasons why you wouldn’t want to get out of bed yet. Don’t even allow those thoughts to kick in – just get up!


4. Expose yourself to sunlight.

Sunlight is key to adapting your circadian rhythms. If you’re having trouble getting up, don’t close your blinds all the way, so you have some natural light as your wake-up call. Once you’re up, a short walk (or run) outside helps reinforce the message with your body.


5. Develop a routine for your morning.

Whether it’s taking in the sunrise, brewing a cup of tea and reading the paper, or walking to the café down the street for a cup of joe, you’re more likely to continue to get up early if you develop a brief routine that is, in itself, a reward.


6. Stick with it.

Know going in that it’s going to take some time to adapt to waking up early – probably about 30 days. Don’t expect to feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed from Day 1. But if you stick with it, getting up early is likely to become one of your favorite rituals.


About John Harris

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
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