The Rise

Our morning routine is one of the best things we can try and hack or improve. Not everyone is a morning person, this guy included. However, I have tested the morning routine out. It’s the most beneficial thing I have found in my day that really makes my days complete. When I don’t get an early start I feel the anxiety of losing out or being behind. When I can get up early and start my day, it’s amazing how much longer it lasts too. The day doesn’t seem to fly by, I’m more present in it.

Wether we’re doing it for work or personal reasons, one of the ways we can get into better morning shape is beginning with a simple few routines for 30 days. I tried going from what my normal rise was too getting up 4 hours earlier for about a week. Didn’t work out so well. I quit after the third day and went back to my terrible habit of wasting morning time. I think I wore my screen down because I hit snooze so often.

I needed to try something different. I found training myself to wake up 30 minutes earlier than the month before for several months I achieved my 4 hours earlier rise in less than 8 months. Our bodies are weird and our natural circadian rhythm does not like to be messed with. So, we need to ease our bodies into it. It’d a different kind of training.

Next I needed to physically not hit the snooze so often and just let myself get overridden by bad habits of not wanting to get up. One of the best things we can do is set our alarms across the room. So, if I’m going to hit the snooze, I’m going to have to travel across the room to do it. Which by then I am already up, so why not stay up. Works just about every time.

Now that I am up, how do I stay up and not lay back down into sleep? I read several blogs where putting something to drink like water or lemon water by your bedside can do the trick. The idea being any kind of liquid you have next to your bed as you take the first step of getting around, it should be a sip of water. It gets your metabolism a jump start once you start drinking. Literally, it’s like a defibrillator for your body giving you a jump start to turning your system on and ready.

Once I felt great about all the above, I’m up, and now moving. How do I make sure I have the best start to the day? I really learned the first tasks of the day I wanted to use for me selfishly. Typically my writing, researching, or reading time took this time slot. The chances of me getting that time later in the day with work and family demands was much smaller. This made my morning time super special to me. Which in turn, motivated me to get up earlier each day. I knew if I didn’t get my time in for me in the morning before I started, the day was not going to be as great as it could be. I ended up serving everyone else’s needs but mine. It’s not selfish, it’s just special.

Just putting in some simple training time for your body to adjust to earlier starts, tricking yourself to getting around by placing the alarm clock across the room, and keeping a few things close to jump start your alertness to the day you’ll find your early rise.

I got a lot of these simple best practices and ideas by following My Morning Routine for several years. The book, My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired just came out a little over a year ago and is a great read too.

Thanks for viewing, time to get up!

✌🏻 Shawn

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