August 6, 2018
5 Tips for Getting Up Earlier
If you are looking for the secret to a slower paced morning and more time in your day, getting up a little earlier might be just what you need. I love having a little time to myself in the morning when the lights are low and the kids are sleeping. I find that having a little jump on the day is essential for a good start to the day. I can get so much more done in a couple minutes of quiet in the morning than later on in the day and I find that that motivates me to keep going during the day. Getting up earlier isn’t all about getting more done, sometimes it’s about just sitting and reading or listening in quiet or drinking a cup of coffee on the patio by myself. Some days it’s going for a run and returning before everyone is awake, working on the day’s cleaning tasks, and other days it’s getting caught up on some emails or working on a blog post. Take the time to journal, plan in your planner, do your devotions. Whatever isn’t getting time during the day, make it your purpose to get up earlier so you can do it.
A note: If you are getting up multiple times during the night with a baby, I do not recommend getting up earlier. File this away for when they are sleeping through the night – it’ll happen, I promise! If you are a night person and get more done at night and have no desire to try getting up earlier, stick with what works! BUT, if you are wanting to get up earlier and need some tips, this post is for you.
So…. how DO you start getting up earlier?
Start the evening before. Yep I said it. Making this a good, sustainable habit begins the night before. I recommend a clean kitchen at night as one of the things that really makes getting up earlier a little easier. Why? You won’t have to wake up to a mess from the day before – you’ve already reset your kitchen. This is a huge component in keeping up with this habit because you aren’t waking up to work – who wants to do that? You’re waking up to do something that will make your day run more smoothly.
Turn off the screens. Turning off phones and computers and televisions a little earlier is the best way to get yourself ready for bed. Stop sleeping with your phone – the EMFs (electro and magnetic fields) aren’t good for you and it messes with your natural body rhythms. We keep our phones and devices downstairs in a charging station. I find that putting them away early in the evening (optimally/in a perfect world, before dinner and away for the night) is really helpful. Get an old-fashioned alarm clock and use that instead of your phone.
Go to bed when you’re tired. Stop fighting through the tiredness and just go to bed. If you are used to staying up late, try going to bed earlier and see how you feel. See if it makes a difference in your day. Everyone needs to sleep but everyone’s perfect amount of sleep is different. Make your goal 6-8 hours and experiment to find what amount makes you feel the best during the day.
Get your morning drink going. Coffee, lemon water, a smoothie, tea – whatever you drink first thing in the morning, get that going. While I’m waiting for my coffee to brew I empty the dishwasher. This is a small, but integral step in starting the day off well because the dishwasher is empty and ready for dishes.
Start small. If you want to get up at 5 am but you’re getting up at 7am, don’t just jump into the two hour time difference. Set your alarm for 6am for a week or so and go to bed earlier. When you’re ready to make the adjustment to 5am work in 15-30 minute increments over a week or two. If you like the results, keep going to bed a little earlier and waking up earlier until you’ve formed this habit.
What do you think? Is this a change you’d like to make?
This is not a change for our household Get up before dawn every single day, it is a habit now.
I have never been an early riser. Maybe it’s time to rethink that practice and these are great tips!
Marissa Carr Says
I SO needed this. I barely get up in time to get myself dressed, our toddler, and get out the door. I would feel so much better if I had an extra hour or so!
These things have helped me get in the haibt of getting up before everyone else.
1. Set your intention the night before. No point in getting up early if you lose that time fumbling around deciding what to do with the extra time. I set out project materials, or the book I want to read a bit of, or put my gardening tools by the back door….whatever I intend to do I have it ready to go.
2. I use my phone’s alarm, but I put the phone on the far end of the bedside table. I have to sit up and reach over for it and once the air hits me, I need the bathroom. A quick splash of water on my face when I’m done washing my hands and i’m ready to go.
3. For years I thought the more annoying the alarm sounded, the more it would make me get up. Not so! I actually changed my morning alarm song to a lovely piece of classical music. It’s crazy, but a much gentler wake up tone makes me want to get out of bed more than any loud “MEEP MEEP MEEP” ever did.
This is super helpful for me Jill! especially #1
These are some great tips! Thanks for commenting. And a great article too. 👍🏻
b r SaysPost author
I. LOVE. THIS!!! Great tips Jill!
Underwater Gardener Says
The one thing that will ensure success at early rising (for those of us who are not naturally morning people) more than anything else is to have something that makes you want to get out of bed more than you want to go back to sleep: a job you love, a project you are deeply invested in, a pleasant activity; anything that just absorbs all of your attention and creative drive as soon as you wake up. I struggled with mornings for 30 years because I was in a job that wasn’t what my heart wanted. That finally changed, and last summer I would set an alarm for 6 and wake up at 5 impatient to get out of bed. I went to bed early because I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning. Find something that excites you and mornings are beautiful! (For me it was a new interest in gardening. That interest faded this year because we have had a Monsoon Summer here in Virginia, so I have fallen back into some of my old ways. Clean Mama’s housekeeping routine is giving me a jump start to recover last summer’s drive, so Thanks Clean Mama!)
b r SaysPost author
Love this – thank you for sharing!
Unload the dishwasher while waiting for coffee…why have I not thought of this!?! I’ll have to try this tomorrow.
b r SaysPost author
Carol Woodrow Says
Love these tips!! Thanks 😀🙏🏼
I’m up for trying ANYTHING! I’m far from being a morning person! I’ve been an amazing sleeper since birth (basically). but having a few moments alone to myself in the morning would be fantastic!
Thanks for the tips!
Long ago I heard these same words of wisdom – if you want to front load your day (which really is optimal for productivity) you have to start the night before. It works!!
Also, our kids start school again the day after Labor Day and this is the week we start resetting their bio-clocks too. Each week we go to bed a little earlier & get up a little earlier and by the time school comes we’re back to “normal” for school time. We’ll see how well it works this year with a new baby due next week, but that’s the plan and I’m sticking with it, man!
b r SaysPost author
How exciting – enjoy!
Your first disclaimer perfectly describes me. 1. Baby in the night. 2. Not wanting to make a change. 🙂 I suspect when the kiddos get older and in school, I will make the change to get up earlier and these are great suggestions. I do take steps to make my day go smoother though by thinking through my plans the night before, always having a stocked diaper bag (for baby and potty-training toddler), and shower at night if I know it’s got to be a quick out-the-door morning. It’s a period of lots of grace and letting certain things slide until we adjust to our new family of 5.
I have been doing this for years. I absolutely love my quiet time in the morning before the day starts.You get so use to it that I usually wake up at 5 am. So nice to see I am not the only one who does this. Love it!!! Thanks
MIssy LOgan Says
I have been trying to get up earlier for a year! NO luck! Haha I will try these tips and see how it goes.
This came at the perfect time – something I have been thinking about doing. Thank you.
I use the delay functions on my washer and dryer so that they finish as I’m getting up in the morning. That along with unstacking the dishwasher while eating for the kettle make me feel like I’ve accomplished heaps within the first 10 minutes of the day.
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