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3 Best Practices to Become a Morning Person

I’ve always wanted to become a morning person. Ever since getting up at 6am everyday in high school it was always a pain. By not being productive in the morning, it really did ruin my productivity when I was writing my Breakthrough Email Course.

I’m all for working on your optimal times, but sometimes in order to attend events or perform a specific duty, you’re going to have to get out of your schedule.

My father, a true morning person, has always started work at 4am. It’s incredible to see someone who is able to work so well and just had to ask him how does he do it.

Now what he suggested obviously works for him, but it may not be for you. It’s going to take some time on experimenting to really know what works for you. So bear this in mind as you’re trying this.

1. Get Up Much Sooner

This sounds like a no brainer, you can’t be a morning person if you wake up in the afternoon. And there’s more to just ‘getting up earlier’ too.

In theory, it does make sense just to get up 15 minutes earlier every day, but that’s not guaranteed to work.

This sounds crazy, but instead of just getting up a little earlier, go for a full 2 hours earlier. Yes, set your alarm 2 hours earlier and feel the results. It’s sounds counter intuitive, but it’s one the strongest ways to get used to it.

Why is this? A lot of things really. The novelty of doing something, an accomplish of actually attempting, what biologically fits your body and the quality of sleep.

Maybe you won’t get to be a full 2 hours, maybe more, maybe less, whatever that natural wake up time is. Ultimately, you need to with your body, not against it.

2. Go to Bed at the Same Time Every Night

When it comes to erratic time schedules, it can be easy to not have a routine. In order to get that good enough sleep, schedule a regular bedtime. It’s important to get your body to fall asleep faster and feel better getting up.

There’s a science that states why it should be as natural as possible.

“An intermediate person can, without too much difficulty, get up an hour or two earlier than usual, and also go to bed an hour or two later than usual without too much of a problem” — Frederick Brown, a professor of psychology at Penn State.

As said before, work with your body, you’ll get used to sleeping earlier if you make the necessary steps before getting tired.

3. Create a Morning Routine That You Look Forward To

This is the key factor here. The less it’s a chore, the easier it will be. Dan Ariely, a behavior economist, says we’re more prone to receiving benefits now rather than later. How our minds get around this is by ensuring we do things that are ultimately good for us even if we don’t want to, but because we have to. This is regarded as the reward substitution.

In a nutshell, the reward substitution is getting us to do the right thing for the wrong reason. Like when someone got fired from their job and now they start networking. By not doing it later it becomes more desperate and inconsiderate of the other person. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

When you wake up in the morning, get out of bed to start completing a goal, not just because you’ll be more productive if you do it now. Do something that will positively give you gratification immediately. You need the reward now.

Here’s a basic routine you can start right now to get that productive boost to start your day:

  • Drink coffee and practice playing guitar
  • Do five pushups
  • Take a shower and get dressed
  • Eat breakfast

By doing these tasks you’ll have something to look forward to every day. Each acting as a pulling string until you are done.

This should take you an hour or so. The more you do it, the easier the process will be — and getting up will be the easiest part of the routine.

What have you struggled with in the morning?

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