Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tips on Getting Up Early

by Amber Bishop

Getting up early is one of the secret weapons of the super successful. The saying goes “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” - Ben Franklin. The reality is most people are not willing to do the work it takes to learn how to get up early. It is a skill or trait that can be learned and not a genetic disposition that some people are born with. In the following few paragraphs I will outline how you too can learn to be an early riser.

The first ingredient for successfully waking up early, is determining that you are going to do it. Your mind set in this has a lot to do with the outcome. But that is not all. There are some tips you can use to trick your body into cooperating with you. Like we stated before this is a skill that can be learned just like anything else, so we need to provide our body or our muscles some memory that allows it to act without thinking. Think about training for this event like you would a marathon. In time it will be second nature. As a home schooling, work at home mom with three young children, I have to wake early before the family to get prepared for our day. For years I had this goal in mind, but never had the reason to do it, until I started home schooling our children. It was at this point I realized for my own health as a person, I needed to create some space for me, and waking up early was the way I was going to get it.

Choose the determined time you would like to wake up. Then take about a week to work your way down to that time. If you are used to getting up at 7:00 don’t jump to 5:00 the very first day. Walk yourself down in half hour increments. Make sure you set your alarm clock across the room from your bed. That will force you to get up and actually turn it off. Once you are up, go directly to the bathroom and start brushing your teeth. This is where muscle memory comes in. Take a day or two and spend about a half hour at some point in the day, other than first thing in the morning and set your alarm. Lie down in bed, and wait for the alarm to go off. Once it goes off, get out of bed directly, shut it off and go to the bathroom and brush your teeth. Do this 4 or 5 times in a row for a few days and then see how easy it will be to wake at your early morning goal. You have provided your muscles with some memory.

Another helpful ally would be a friend who will get up early with you. See if you have any other friend in your circle that has the same goal. Use the mutual goal as a way to hold each other accountable. Start working out together first thing in the morning, or setting a time to IM about the things you want to accomplish on any given day. It always helps in the beginning of adding anything new into your life, to have a partner to help you along the way.

Once you have implemented you early morning routine, there is no need to go to bed super early. Just allow yourself to go to sleep when you feel tired, nothing more and nothing less. This way your body’s internal clock will begin to regulate itself and you will find yourself waking at the prescribed time without the need for an alarm clock.

Lastly, think of all of the wonderful things you will be able to accomplish in those few morning hours before the world is awake. Maybe you will begin to exercise again, or for the first time even. Possibly your business will begin to expand and take off, you will be more organized and understand why people are always saying that they accomplish more in those few hours in the morning then most people do all day.


Amber Bishop is the co-founder of http://www.smartmoms-smartbusiness.com and http://www.smartmoms.freeforums.org online resources for work at home moms. She is also the owner of http://www.homeschool-diva.com She stays home and home schools her three children will building a successful home based business.

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