How rising early can give you a helicopter view of the day ahead!
I want to make the effort to convince the young people of 2014, who obviously will be the adults and elders of 2064, to make a habit of rising early. I’ve noticed that a lot of young people don’t understand the science of going to bed early and rising up early; and using the energy generated and saved within that practice to fire their day. Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that’s great. There’s no reason to change, as long as you are productive with it and delivering great positive value for your life and others. But for me, I am a night owl when I have to, but a permanent early riser. I start my day every day at 5am regardless of when I go to bed. I try to ensure I do at least 5hrs of sleep every day. There are times I do less and times I do more, but I rise at 5am whichever ways. The way to look at it is to conserve energy all through the day as much as possible.
Avoid the unnecessary (including malice, strife, anger, quarrels, gossips, TV time and toxic associations) and hit the bed as early as you can. Then, I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful new day. I suggest creating a morning ritual that includes saying thanks for your blessings. Gratitude is a game changer. Use it. I remember how I used to start my day by jumping out of bed, late as usual, and rushing to get myself ready, and come in to school late. I would walk into class, looking rumpled and barely awake, grumpy and behind everyone else. Not a great start to your day. Now, I have a renewing morning ritual, I’ve gotten so much done before 8 a.m. And by the time everyone else gets in to work, I’ve already gotten a head start. There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early, in my experience. The early morning hours are so peaceful, so quiet. Value it. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe. No kids yelling, no babies crying, no soccer balls, no cars, no television noise.
I guess the question now will be, so how do you become an Early Riser? Firstly, settle a goal time that works for you. It may be 4am or 5am or whenever, but set a goal time. However, don’t make drastic changes. Commitment to change is what’s most important. So, start slowly by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.
Secondly, allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. But if you continue this habit, while trying to get up earlier, sooner or later one is going to give. And if it is the early rising that gives, then you will crash and sleep late and have to start over. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re really tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.
Thirdly, put your alarm clock far from your bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.
Fourthly, go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room. My habit is to stumble into the bathroom and go pee. By the time I’ve done that, and flushed the toilet and washed my hands, wash my face and looked at my fat lips in the mirror, I’m awake enough to face the day.
Fifthly, if you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back in bed an option.
Sixth, set something to do early in the morning that’s important. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that’s my reason. Also, when I’m done with that, I like to read all of your comments from the blog, facebook, twitter and all!
The seventh point is, make waking up early a reward. Yes, it might seem at first that you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, but if you make it pleasurable, soon you will look forward to waking up early. A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book. Another reward might be a tasty treat for breakfast. Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.
Lastly, take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! Whatever you do at that time, focus critically on creating your TO DO list for the day. You’ll soon notice that by the time 6:30am rolls around, you’ve done more than many people do the entire day.
Being an early riser allows you to gain control of your day and consequently, your entire life. It gives you a helicopter view of not just your life, but the entire world especially your own daily playing field. It supplies the kind of energy that gives you a peep into the day before your peers are ready. You have the proactive advantage that empowers you to respond to what life brings instead of reacting to it. It also gives you the power to even determine what life must bring your way each day, instead of playing the majority game accepting what life brings or at best, working around it, and at worst, getting stressed and defeated by it. You need that helicopter view. Go for it. Be an early riser. It works