Here's How to Beat the Snooze and Wake up Early


By Denver Lark

If you're like me, sometimes it's hard for you to get up in the morning. Maybe you do get up! Then after you check your phone or use the bathroom, you tell yourself that you want a few more hours of shut-eye and fall back asleep. Crap! Now you only have thirty minutes to get ready. To others, this may be plenty of time but if you like to cook yourself a nice breakfast and take your time getting ready, then you need about two hours. It feels good to get up early, pray, handle any work or small errands, eat and get dressed. My mornings run a lot smoother when I’m not rushing. If you want to develop CEO habits, here are seven tips you can use to get up early consistently.

1. Wake up 4 hours earlier than usual!

Yes I said it! If you really want to start this journey of waking up early, you need to wake up even earlier than you plan just once. This way, you are training your body to get up early. Just try it one time. Maybe you can go for a jog.

2. Set your phone across the room

Don't set it too far where you aren't able to hear it. If you set your phone across the room rather than next to your bed, it requires you to get up and turn it off, If you don't want your alarm to wake up anyone, you will get up even faster! Just be strong and don't get back in the bed.

3. Drink a cold glass of water when you wake up

Nothing else is as refreshing than a cold glass of water. This may wake you up or maybe it won't because you just want to get back in the bed. Maybe you’re a tea or coffee person, and if so, then make a cup of joe or tea. You should look forward to waking up to a certain beverage every morning. Whatever that is, make sure it is healthy and it will give you lots of energy for the day.

4. Know why you're getting up and be excited about it

You get to live another day— now that's exciting! Whether you have to go to a crappy job or a class that you don't like, you should be thankful that you are here on the Earth. You may be waking up early to finish a book, work out or study for a big test you have coming up. Whatever it is, find something that you can look forward to waking up to.

5. Go to bed at a decent time

Now I'm not saying that you need to go to bed at 9 PM,, but of course it's going to be hard to get up in the morning if you go to bed super late. Set a time where you cut your phone off so you don't forget to leave it across the room. Make sure it is charged so your alarm will go off as well.

6. Don't sleep in late on the weekends

What?! Yes, I said it! Sleeping in on the weekends may mess up your sleep pattern for the week.You don't have to get up as early as you do on the weekdays, but don't sleep in until noon unless you pulled an all-nighter. If that’s the case, then you probably need some sleep.

7. Remind yourself that you're waking up early for a purpose

When you have a purpose for something and you keep telling your mind that you can't go to sleep, you look at the bigger picture and you put your big pants on.

Waking up early can be hard, but with these tips, it’s definitely possible. Stop telling yourself that you aren't a morning person. You can become a morning person. Many successful people wake up early and are productive.