How To Wake Up Earlier in the Morning

Earlier this year I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and it was definitely a game-changer for me. In his book, he shares how waking up each morning with a set routine (S.A.V.E.R.S.) has completely turned his life around. The S.A.V.E.R.S. routine stands for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, Scribe and is completed first thing each morning The goal is to start at 5 AM and it sets the tone for the remainder of your day. Here’s the thing, it seems like I continuously struggle with waking in the morning whether it’s 5 AM or 9 AM – no matter what time I turn in the night before.

How to Wake Up Earlier in the Morning

How to Wake Up Earlier in the Morning

There may be a number of reasons why you want to wake up earlier. Perhaps you’re a not a morning person (raises hand!) but need to be for work. Perhaps you love that feeling of getting stuff done while everyone else is still asleep. Or maybe you just need some extra time to exercise before starting your day. Whatever the reason, and whatever your current routine, it is possible to change things.

Go to Bed Earlier

Getting to bed earlier is one easy way to wake up earlier in the morning. You probably already know that. This way, you can still get a full 7 or 8 hours of healthy rest each night, and wake up refreshed and energetic in the early morning hours. I’ve found that setting a reminder alarm to stop working and start winding down helps. I use my FitBit to track my sleep patterns and it alerts me when it’s time for me to start getting ready to turn in based on my sleep pattern. Also, scheduling your shut down time makes a big difference.

Physically Move Your Alarm Clock

Another trick for getting up earlier, and staying up, is to place a noisy alarm clock across the room from your bed. Set the alarm for whatever early morning hours you desire to rise, and the act of getting out of bed, orienting yourself, and walking across the room gives you a better chance at staying up rather than crawling back under your cozy covers.

Gradual Steps

Some people have successfully reset their mental morning clock by taking gradual steps. If you want to get up 1 hour earlier in the morning, set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier tomorrow. Move that to 30 minutes earlier than you are used to waking up the following week, slowly building up to the desired 60 minute advanced rising time.

Tap Into Your Internal Clock

Your internal clock is naturally inclined to stay awake when it is light outside, and to sleep when it is dark. Use this biological fact to your advantage. You can purchase an inexpensive electric timer at a home improvement store, and attach it to several bright lights that make it nearly impossible to stay asleep once your alarm goes off.

Know Your Why

Reinforce in your mind exactly why you are getting up early. If your reason is big and important enough, reminding yourself of it every morning could be enough to do the trick.

Exercise

Studies show that exercising in the morning leads to better sleep patterns late at night. Your morning routine could include 30 to 60 minutes of exercise. This not only promotes good health and energy in the morning, but it can help make you feel tired enough at the end of a long day that sleep comes easy and early.

Melatonin

If none of the above tricks work, you could try melatonin. Your body naturally creates this chemical to help you sleep. Begin with a relatively low dose, 0.5 to 1.0 milligrams each night. You may have to take your melatonin supplement 5 to 6 hours before bedtime for a few days in a row before you notice any change in your sleeping habits.

Balancing It All

A few years ago while facilitating a breakout session for a sorority group I asked for a volunteer to stand in front while we listed off the multitude of roles we all carry – wife, mother, sister, friend, worker, confidante, entrepreneurs, caregivers, volunteer, etc, etc, etc.

With each item listed, I placed a ping pong ball in the hands of my lovely volunteer. Of course, as the list got longer, the pile of ping pong balls got higher until they all began spilling over.

The solution?

Balancing It All Starts With Simple Steps

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Finding Clarity in the Clutter

Have you ever felt like you were giving your absolute all to no avail?

My first breaking moment came in the wee hours one Saturday morning my youngest son was about 10 months old. We had been up the majority of the night and, honestly, I don’t know who cried more. He was teething, running a fever and had caught yet another bug from one of his daycare friends. He could not keep anything down and was absolutely miserable. He would drift off to sleep only to wake up with a horrible hacking cough.

I’d tried everything imaginable to comfort and console him. Then suddenly he stopped crying, looked up at me and gave me the most beautiful toothless smile that a snotty, feverish baby could give.

It was in that moment that I broke.

I had been struggling with many decisions within my personal and professional life. I was in a job that I liked but was not being challenged. It was not something I saw myself doing forever and did not bring me joy. It brought in a paycheck but there were many days when that in itself did not seem to be enough to make ends meet.

I opened up my computer and just began to write. I poured out the words and emotions that I felt in that moment and hit publish. I had never blogged before in my life but “ta-da” I officially claimed my space on the interwebs.

Fast-forward three years and I was home during the holidays with my now three year old son and my three month old daughter. I was preparing to go back to work from maternity leave and felt something pulling at my spirit. I was working the same job, in a different position and making more money – but with daycare for two children and a new home finances were beyond tight.

My Why: Finding Clarity in the Clutter

As I prepared my children’s bags for their first day at daycare, I began making plans. I had been blogging inconsistently for 3 years now and knew it was time to make a change. The community that I had built was an amazing source of joy for me. They had supported me through so many life changes – the grief of losing my youngest uncle unexpectedly, a miscarriage and the birth of my rainbow baby. It was in those moments that a shift happened internally both personally and professionally.

I would become a full-time entrepreneur.

I would be more present and available for my children.

I would use the experiences, knowledge and talents I had to help other women who felt stuck, despondent and overwhelmed to find clarity in the clutter.

Once I had that goal in place it became my internal mantra. When I felt frustrated and angry with decisions made at my job, it would push me to pour more into my community and continue to build my own. I worked many a countless nights after tucking my children in to put processes in place to bring in additional income and build a savings.

The day I left my full-time job I felt a sense of relief and release. I had done it. It had taken me almost three years, but it happened. I had built a sustainable business on my own and had a savings in place so I didn’t feel anxious about contributing to our household bills.

From Clutter to Clarity

There was one thing I overlooked during those planning and building years – self-care. I became seriously ill the summer after I left my full-time job. So ill I could not work my business or enjoy the fruits of my labor. As I lay in my hospital bed feeling defeated one of my mentors reminded me that I could either wallow in my sadness or learn and grow from it.

It was in that moment that I realized the importance of true work-life balance. The importance of making self-care, family time and LIVING LIFE a priority while building your business.

Two years after leaving my full-time job, I have a business that is thriving but more importantly I am present and involved with my family. I can check out when necessary. I don’t sacrifice sleep, time-off or time with the people who mean the most to me.

My Entrepreneurial Journey

Through results-based 1:1 and group coaching, live trainings, and an assortment of digital products, I teach entrepreneurs how to successfully launch and sustain a business they love that suits their lifestyle.  If this sounds like a conversation you would like to have, I would love to talk! During our 30 minute call, we will talk about the top 3 problems you are facing in your business; what you need to move forward and be more productive; and what products and / or services I offer would be beneficial to your personal and professional growth. Click here to schedule your call today.

What Is A Balanced Life?

How many times have you heard people say that they would love to balance out their lives? Probably quite a few and no doubt you have said the same thing to. But what is a balanced life anyway? Let’s take a look.

When your life is balanced you feel happy about those things you do and about who you are. You don’t feel overwhelmed when unexpected things crop up.

In order to live a balanced life then try to use the following five habits and apply them to your own life.

5 Habits to Develop for Balance

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30 Easy Ways To Increase Productivity

Increasing productivity or even being productive takes planning and time. We often want to find an extra hour or two a day to do certain tasks, but if you put into effect systems and get organized in your daily life you can get a lot more done each day. Parents can easily fit in more fun time with their kids when they organize their day and their home and learn to say “no” more often. If you work from the home, you can be more productive by eliminating distractions from family and friends. Employees in an office setting can be more productive by planning out a project and working on it in chunks. These little changes can make a big difference in how productive you become. Read more