How to Get Up Early (When You Aren’t a Morning Person)

I have heard it over and over again. The early bird catches the worm. Successful entrepreneurs like Oprah, Richard Branson and Bill Gates all get up early and have established morning routines they all swear by. They believe in their morning routines so much that they even attribute it to some of their success.

As an adolescent, I was a night owl and got up early only when necessary. When it came time to select college courses, I gravitated towards courses beginning after 10 a.m. When I got my first job I was happy to start at 9 or 10 a.m. because it meant extra sleep time. Fast forward to my late twenties when I realized the benefits to being an early riser including the fact that I am more productive in the morning. This was especially true when I had children. I realized that extra quiet time in the morning was very valuable.

On most days I get up between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m., but that only allows me the time to get ready. If I want that extra time, I will have to get up even earlier. I thought it would be as simple as setting my alarm clock to 5 a.m., but it wasn’t that easy. I found that I was hitting that snooze button a little more than I would like to admit.

I did some research. If you get up 15 minutes earlier each week, it will be a gradual change, so you won’t feel “jet-lagged”. The other thing I noticed in my research, was that turning off devices an hour before bed, helps relax your brain, making it easier to fall asleep. This is because devices like smart phones and tablets, give off a blue light. Once the blue light hits your eye, the pineal gland can stop releasing melatonin which can affect the quality of your sleep. (Washington Post, 2014)

I came up with a plan to gradually get up earlier. By the end of the five week plan, I will be getting up at 5 a.m. everyday.

Plan to Wake up at 5 a.m.

The night before:

  • Shut off all electronics by 9 p.m.
  • Prepare coffee maker
  • Pack bag

Week 1 – Wake up time 6:00 a.m.
30 minute workout

Week 2 – Wake up time 5:45 a.m.
Blog for 15 minutes
30 minute workout

Week 3 – Wake up time 5:30 a.m
Blog for 30 minutes
30 minute workout

Week 4 – Wake up time 5:15 a.m.
Blog for 45 minutes
30 minute workout

Week 5 – Wake up time 5:00 a.m.
Blog for 1 hour
30 minute workout

I will post an update at the end of the five weeks on whether this plan was effective and if it made a difference in my morning routine and overall productivity.


1 thought on “How to Get Up Early (When You Aren’t a Morning Person)

  1. I hear that! I normally get up between 3:30 and 5:30 on weekdays for work depending on A.M. overtime. I continue this on the weekend. Having 2 kids, the morning and coffee sunrise in peace and quiet is something I would not trade for a million bucks. That is MY TIME.

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