“The early morning has gold in its mouth.” Benjamin Franklin.
What’s up folks, Welcome Back!
Previously, I have introduced 8 reasons to rise at 5am every day. Today I would like to share 8 tips on how to rise at 5am and stay productive.
I used to try waking up early without any plans, somehow it just didn’t work. After quite an amount of trials and errors, and getting ideas inspired by others, I can’t wait to rise at 5am every day and I can be productive for the rest of the day. I can finish much more tasks in a day than before.
So, let’s GET STARTED!
Related Post: 8 Reasons Why We Should Wake Up At 5am.
8 Tips to wake up at 5am and be productive
1. Define your ‘WHY’
Before you try to rise at 5am, you need to figure out 1 simple thing, a ‘WHY‘. You need to ask yourself, why am I doing this? What is my ULTIMATE GOAL?
If the ‘WHY‘ is something worths you stepping out of your comfort zone, you will be able to motivate yourself doing it every single day.
For me, I used to try changing my habits only because I want to improve myself. Obviously, it is not strong enough, like everyone who claims he/she will try to lose weight, but ends up gaining more weight.
However, I know exactly why I am doing this, I want to achieve FINANCIAL FREEDOM in 10 years so that I can travel around the globe. Therefore, I am able to wake up at 5am every day without feeling DISCOURAGED.
2. Set your alarm in another room.
Many of us share another same reason why we fail to rise early, we set our alarm near our bed.
I used to set my alarm near my bed. And every morning when my alarm went off, instead of waking up, I SNOOZED it over and over, for a couple of hours until I really got up.
The reason is very simple, I didn’t need to leave my bed when I shut my alarm. But if we set our alarm in another room, we must LEAVE OUR BED and we need to WALK in order to turn it off. At that moment, we will be much more AWAKE and have fewer chances to let ourselves crawl back to our bed.
3. Put a big glass of water right next to your alarm
Even if we need to leave our bed to shut the alarm off, we may still have chances to put ourselves back to bed again. Well, at least I have.
To further help ourselves stay awake, is to put a big glass of water right next to our alarm. So after we shut the alarm, we drink the whole glass of water immediately.
You know what? Up to 60% of our body is composed of WATER, and about 75% of our BRAIN is water! After a night of sleep, our body is DEHYDRATED. So a big glass of water upon waking is able to REHYDRATE our body and our brain, which is essential for them to function well.
4. Take baby steps
It’s never easy adopting new habits. One tip that is very important, is that we need to take baby steps. NEVER have the thought that we can achieve it for the first try.
None of us can master any skill at the moment we were born, we all need to FAIL and PRACTISE.
Try to set our wake up time 10 minutes earlier tomorrow. 10 minutes earlier each day until we can rise at 5am. Remember, DO NOT RUSH. Just go with our own pace. It is not any competition. There’s no time limit. All we need to do, is to keep our body feeling comfortable and willing to do so, in order to let ourselves wake up at 5am and feeling motivated.
5. Put your phone away
Most of us have the same problem that avoiding us from getting up early, we sleep with our phone.
Before we sleep, the last thing we do is messing with our phones, watching Youtube videos, scrolling the Instagram page, replying Whatsapp messages.
The one thing we never do, is to sleep RIGHT AFTER we go to bed. We think using our phone before we sleep helps us relax, instead, it only makes it worse. We can neither get rid of our stress, nor have QUALITY SLEEP. Hence, we feel tired as hell the next day and never be able to rise early.
Therefore, PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY before you go to bed, if you really want to have some relaxation, I highly recommend you to MEDITATE or read a SELF-HELP BOOK.
6. Develop a morning routine
One of the reasons why I used to fail to rise early, is I didn’t know what I am going to do upon waking.
I felt horrible when I got up at 5am. However, by developing a morning routine for yourself, early morning can be amazing!
A morning routine is a bunch of practices which warms our BRAIN and our MIND up. To be productive and motivated, they are the 2 most IMPORTANT elements.
For example, I MEDITATE to strengthen my mind, and strengthen my brain by writing a 10-MINUTE JOURNAL every day. Moreover, I review my morning routine every month, so that I can make myself work at an OPTIMAL LEVEL for the rest of the day. By the way, I’ll explain further more morning routine ideas in another article. So if you’re interested, don’t forget to read it.
7. Write down your goal on a paper and read it out every day
If figuring out our ultimate goal is not enough to push you off the bed early, I suggest writing down your goal on a paper, and then read it out LOUD every single morning.
This is an idea inspired by the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. It mentioned a concept called the LAW OF ATTRACTION, by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, people can bring positive or negative experiences into their life.
We need to keep reminding ourselves WHY are we doing this. MOTIVATION brings us energy. Motivate ourselves upon waking helps us become ENERGETIC, and prevent us from being discouraged by our negative thoughts.
8. Mel Robbins’s The 5 Second Rule.
Last month, I read ‘The 5 Second Rule’, written by the famous motivational speaker Mel Robbins. It’s a really inspiring book.
If we hear our alarm going off in the morning, and we’re still struggling to wake up or not, we start counting backwards from 5. Just say it out, 5-4-3-2-1-GO. When we count to 1, the next thing we do will simply be rolling out of our bed.
It’s normal that every morning, the ‘Good’ us is fighting the ‘bad’ us. We may think of tons of thousands of excuses prevent us from waking up. The 5 Second Rule can CLEAR OUR MIND from those thoughts. Just start counting, and you will find yourself waking up AUTOMATICALLY.
“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.” Robert Brault.
So those would be the 8 tips to wake up at 5am and stay productive. Stop Wishing, Start Doing, TRY THEM TOMORROW!
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