an ancient proverb says
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise”
Nobody knows when this phrase was invented but the person usually associated with bringing it into common sage was benjamin franklin. Practically every teacher of ours would have recommended this habit to us. Waking early to start your important tasks is a productivity method that can help you to accomplish more than if you are a night owl. This method is also endorsed by a number of personal development gurus. Many high performers wake up early so that they can start over others.
Even the philosopher Aristotle said
“it is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom”.
Now, what if you are a night owl type than a morning rooster type of person?
It is possible to change your ways?
Can you wake up early on a regular basis?
definitely, but becoming a morning person is not easy especially in today’s hectic lifestyle where people stay late in offices and also bring work home. But here are few ways to make the turnaround.
Don’t make abrupt changes.it doesn’t matter if you take a week or two to energetically rise earlier than before. For example, if you normally wake up at 7 or 8 in the morning keep your alarm 15 min early for the first week. then keep 15 minutes earlier than that in the second week.
2. Don’t keep your alarm near your bed:
Keep it in different rooms. Don’t keep a melodious soft alarm. instead, keep an irritating alarm. this way you will force yourself to get up and stop it.
3. Don’t abruptly jump out of bed or you will get disoriented.
Sit on the bed for a few minutes for blood circulation to pick up.
4. Drink two glasses of warm water as soon as you get up.
After being without food and water for 8 to 9 hours, your body will be carving for nutrition and hydration.so give it some fuel. the reason why most people feel tired and unmotivated in the morning because they are dehydrated.and when you have dehydrated the performance of your body and brain decreases. Warm water will help you do the trick. It will help you recharge and also flush out your bowels.once the unwanted stuff from your body gets out you will automatically become vibrant.
5. Start some mild exercise and then increase daily.
It’s better if you face the sun and do this. Not only you will get the warmth, but you will also get some precious vitamin D needed for healthy bones. The sun is the best source of vitamin D. sunlight will also loosen cramps, aches, and make you energetic.
A few minutes of intense breathing exercise can do wonders. inhale fully through the nose and exhale through the mouth. by doing this you will flood your body with oxygen, and that means that you have generated a lot of energy.
7. Do something you enjoy.:
if you hate the stuff that you need to do in the morning, then you won’t look forward to waking up early. Instead, if you start activities that you actually enjoy then waking up early will be a lot easy.
8. Get a good night’s sleep.
You can’t get up early if you still continue your old ways of sleeping late. Even if you bring work home plan to complete a portion of it in the morning rather than completing it at night. Secondly, the same work can be done faster and better in the morning when you are energized rather than slow at night.
As with practicing any new skill moderation is the key .do not hurry or make abrupt changes. or your mind and body will rebel. But if you do it slowly and methodically your body will get accustomed to the new changes.it does not matter if it takes a few weeks to reach the goal. Getting there eventually is important.