Waking up early can have a lot of benefits. For one, you can get a lot more done than what you would have done if you got up at a normal time.
You can have more free time to do stuff that you wanted to do before work or before other responsibilities.
For two, millionaires were researched and almost all of them wake up super early.
Waking up early can’t get you a head start on your day. And if you use your time wisely, you can get a headstart on your life.
Many people use the time in the morning to work on a side business, to fit in more reading, to study and to exercise.
Many people complain about not having enough time to do what they want to do. What if the answer was waking up earlier?
To wake up super early, like 4 AM early, you have to be intentional.
You can’t just wish to wake up early because it’s “cool.” You have to set a goal and be intentional with your time. You have to know that this is something you want to do and something you want to achieve.
The next step into waking up super early if to find a reason why. Why are you deciding to wake up early? What is your motive? Why do you want to have extra time?
You need a reason why. You need something to work on. You can’t just wake up earlier to play around on social media for more hours or to watch more TV.
There has to be a reason why you want to do this. Your reason why will be the motivation you need to wake up to your alarms and actually get out of bed.
Do you want to have more time for yourself to work on personal development? Do you want more time to have a morning routine? How about more time to exercise, to work on that book, to start a business or to take up writing?
What is it you want to do? Why the hell are you waking up at 4 in the morning?
After setting your intentions, you need to get excited. For one, your why from above needs to be exciting to you.
Are you waking up early to write a book? Ask yourself: Does writing a book sounds exciting to me or am I writing it to feel cool or to look good for others?
You’re not going to wake up early just to do another chore that you hate. Don’t make your early-morning activity a chore. Make it exciting!
You need to be so excited that you look forward to it. As soon as you hear the alarm, you jump out of bed. It needs to be something that you fight the pillow for.
Some days, the hardest thing to do is going to be getting out of bed. Hearing that alarm and willing yourself up is going to drag. You’re going to want to throw in the towel.
But your “why” is going to force you to push through the grogginess. It’s going to get you up with your eyes still closed and the blanket wrapped around you snuggly.
Having something exciting to do is going to make transitioning to waking up at 4 am a much smoother transition.
Be Sleepy For a Day
Starting out you’re going to be very tired. Prepare for this! The first day is going to be the sleepiest, so if possible you should start this routine on a weekend.
A non-work day or holiday will also work. Although going to work is a good way to stay awake.
So you’re going to be super tired. That’s the trick to this whole thing. You’re going to be tired on the first day, at least. The night before you’re not going to be tired or asleep at 8/9 pm.
You’re used to waking up later, so you’re used to sleeping at a later time too. But you’re still going to wake up at 4 am.
Being tired all day is going to prompt you to go to bed early. By the time 7 pm hits, you’re going to WANT to sleep. You’re going to be begging for your family to shut up. You’re going to be sending “see you soon” cards to your bed.
Then you’ll get more sleep that night and the next day, IT IS ON! You’ll be able to wake up with ease.
Have a Good Night Routine
When you’re just starting to go to bed super early, it’s very important to have a solid night routine down.
Having a night routine gives your body cues to get sleepy. When you start your night routine, your body gets the signal like, “Hey! We’re about to go to sleep soon so… It’s, like, time to start winding down and getting tired.”
Once you have a good night routine then you can go to bed earlier and go to sleep faster.
This may be as simple as setting an alarm for 7:30 pm to remind yourself to brush the teeth and crawl into bed.
Or you can have it be complex with meditation, journaling or reading.
Whatever you choose to do, keep it up so your brain receives the signals every day.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep may be common sense, but a lot of people try to wake up super early and refuse to go to bed between 8-9 pm.
NEWS FLASH! You need to get enough sleep or this is not going to work. If you are rundown and sleep-deprived and tired, you are going to hit the snooze button on the alarm.
You’re going to throw the alarm across the room, roll over and forget about this whole “waking up at the crack of dawn” thing.
Your sleep-deprived mind is going to NEED more sleep. And it will find a way to convince to stay in bed. The blanket is going to feel just right. The temperature is going to be just right. Your dream was so super good and you just HAVE to know how it ends.
Your mind is going to beg. And it should because you need sleep to function as a human being. So it’s your responsibility to get to bed and give your body the sleep it needs.
Don’t devastate your progress. Plan to head to bed around 7-8 pm and be asleep around 8-9 pm. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep. So plan accordingly.
Waking up super early is no walk in the park, but it is doable and it is possible. A bunch of millionaires do it. Don’t you want to be a millionaire?
It’s time to emulate the millionaires and do what they do. They wake up super early and work on activities that improve their lives.
If you want to wake up at 4 am, you need to set intentional goals, get excited and get plenty of sleep.