How To Motivate Yourself To Wake Up Early

If you’re like me and are struggling to wake up early in the morning, you’re in the right place. Recently I’ve started waking up early in the morning and really, it is not easy. There are days when I just want to put the alarm off and go back to sleep for another two hours. One of the first few days, I succumbed to this desire and actually slept. And if this is something happening to you, let me tell you that IT’S OKAY. It really is. We’re all human and our minds and bodies function in similar ways. If your brain tells your body to do something it’s not used to doing, your body is going to rebel. You’re not going to want to wake up early and you’re going to establish it as a stupid decision within the first few days. Don’t want to? Want to know how to fight that? Here are ways on how to motivate yourself to wake up early. They work for me and I hope they help you as well!

But wait. Before telling you HOW to wake up early, let’s quickly go over WHY you should wake up early.

  • You can get more work done in the morning when it’s calm & quiet
  • Waking up early, for me, meant that I would eat a healthy breakfast every morning because this is something I usually wouldn’t do because I’d most likely be running late
  • It can improve concentration & productivity
  • You’ll probably get to see the sunrise <3

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Before we begin, it’s important to know that waking up ‘early’ is not going to be the same for everyone. For example, if your favourite youtuber wakes up at 5am and if you decide to do the same, you’re setting yourself up for failure. This youtuber took quite a long time to get into this habit. If you’re someone who wakes up at 8am, trying to wake up at 7:30am does qualify as waking up ‘early’ and puts you on the road to reach the destination where you can start waking up at 5am too.

Ok now let’s get to the point.

Start slow

It’s very important to start slow. I didn’t learn this by reading something somewhere. It’s something I tried and failed at. I used to be someone who woke up at 8/9am and the evening I decided I wanted to start waking up early, I set an alarm for 6:30am for the next day. I woke up at 8am and realised I put the alarm off when it rang. This is what made me understand that it doesn’t work that way. But I didn’t let this incident demotivate me and be the deciding factor behind ‘waking up early is not for me’. I set the alarm for 7:30am for the next day and I’ll keep setting earlier alarms as my brain and body start forming this pattern. To be motivated to wake up early, you have to set reasonable targets for yourself. 

You have to know that it’s normal and every single person goes through it. If not on day 1 then definitely on another day within the first week itself. If you’re still struggling to wake up early, start keeping the alarm away from your bed. This way you will have to get up and walk to switch the alarm off which may actually just wake you up.

Plan for the next day

I spoke about the importance of planning in my post about productivity and the same thing applies in this case. If you don’t have anything to look forward to when you wake up, it’s going to be a lot more difficult. This, too, is something I learned by doing. The days I didn’t plan for are the days I found it difficult to wake up on time. However, the days I did make a timetable for, it was fairly easy. If you have something to look forward to when you wake up, you’re going to want to wake up. And this process is much smoother if what you’ve planned for the next day is exciting and fun.

Have a strong reason to wake up early

This is an important aspect of being motivated to wake up early. You have to truly WANT to do this. It’s just like anything else you take up – if you only half-heartedly want something, you’re not actually going to want to work for it. Following this, if you’re waking up early because your mother is asking you to, you might not be successful. Thus, have a reason – a strong desire – as to why you want to wake up early. My reason was to be able to get some work done in the morning before I go to college. This reason has kept me going till now. Your reason could be similar, or you could want to squeeze in a workout or want to have some quiet time. Whatever your reason is – make sure you want it bad enough because the more you want it, the easier it will be to wake up for it.

Prepare yourself the night before

Make sure you’re sleeping at a time which allows you to sleep for 6-8 hours so you’re prepared for your early morning. Create a bedtime routine and try not using any gizmos before sleeping – indulge in reading a book, meditating or sitting with your family. Sleeping with a calm and relaxed mind will help you sleep better and get your full 8 hours (or how many ever you need). If you want to sleep fewer hours in the night and make up for this by a power nap in the afternoon, you can do that. However, I prefer to not sleep in the afternoon because it makes me laaaazy.

Create a playlist that wakes you up

The last motivator to waking up early is energizing yourself. Waking up and showering / getting ready with music that pumps you up is the best way to really wake yourself up. Listening to upbeat music also improves one’s mood and can be one of the best starts to a day. Want the best morning playlist? Want to feel all energized and ready to take on the day? Enter your email below to get it straight in your inbox with the song names as well as Spotify and Apple Music links! A free and easy motivator – you don’t want to miss out!

That was it for this post! Let me know in the comments below what your reason is to wake up / want to wake up early!

Hope you found this helpful!