It’s 4.37 am here as I share with you these 6 powerful tips on how to wake up early. I’m the only one awake in my home. Dad, Mom, Sister and my Grandmother, all in deep forgetfulness of sleep in their cozy beds. I sit here on my chair on which I meditate.
Windows and terrace door kept wide open. I feel something so very much strangely amazing about this morning. I feel full of energy, ultra-inspired and highly-motivated. Fully pumped and on fire to write to you.
For me the hours between 4 to 6 in the morning are the most epic hours. It feels so fantastic to wake up when whole city is sleeping. There is no disturbance around me – no social media notifications, no noise to distract, no human awake to disturb.
FACT: from 4 to 6 am are the peak hours that the most successful achievers in the world use to plan up their days for success. The way you begin your day really does determine how you live your day.
Let me share with you a secret of rare-air performers and iconic impactioners: practice while the others sleep so you can perform while the others dream. Study any great personality from the past and you’ll find one thing in common to all of them. Yes you guessed it right – they wake up an hour early in the morning.
Waking up early in the morning at 4 has proved so ridiculously beneficial for me. You know, waking up early gives you extra time to practice your A-game. As Richard Whately beautifully remarked, “Lose an hour in the morning and all day you will be haunting for it.”
These two hours in the morning are my hours to be ultra-productive. I wake up at 4, take bath, plug headphones in and meditate. After 4.45, it’s time for me to work on myself – I take my journal out and start writing. During these perfect hours, I am full of bright thoughts and ideas and I note them down in memo. Then I read books or listen to music for one hour which fuels me with energy and inspiration. The day starts just perfect!
So here are some of my strategies which have successfully helped me and have made me a morning person. So let me quickly share them with you (last one’s my personal favorite!) Let’s dive right into the first one!
#1. Have Sufficient Rich Deep Sleep
Did you know we collectively spend 100,000,000 minutes a day playing games on smartphones? Did you know that most people spend 2 hours or more each day watching dancing cats on YouTube? Did you know that most of the people waste the best hours of their days doing unworthy things like watching too much of T.V. that add zero value to our lives?
And it’s unbelievable that in chasing these trivial pursuits so many of us sleep less. A five hours of minimum sufficient rich deep sleep is required for your body to function properly.
#2. 66 Days For Forming a Habit
In a study released in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa Lally and her team of researchers surveyed 96 people over a 12-week period to find exactly how long it takes to start a new habit. Over the 12 weeks, the participants chose a new habit and reported each day how automatic the behavior felt. At the end of the period, Lally analyzed the results and found the average time it took for the participants to pick up a new habit was 66 days.
The latest science research confirms that it takes 66 days to create a new neural pathway (neuro-plasticity) and to rewire your brain and to form a new habit. So for continuous period of 66 days, fight the battle against the bed and then it becomes the familiar ritual.
#3. Set Your Alarm at 4.45 am
To create a new neural pathway and to rewire your brain, it’s so very much important to wake up at the same time everyday. And if you want to wake up at 5 am, set the alarm for 4.45 am. Set it 15-30 minutes before.
#4. Keep the Alarm Away From the Bed
I’ve done this post before too and in that post I read a comment “it is definitely my struggle! I am an abuser of that snooze button!” What happens – what used to happen with me – is that as the alarm beeps our inner critic wakes up and tries to convince us to let it go for one more time. The best way to avoid that inner critics opinion is to place the alarm away from the bed so you have to wake up to reach to it.
#5. Jump out of the Bed as soon as You Hear the Alarm
Pushing yourself up from the bed takes some real work in the beginning but as soon as you open your eyes think of all the positive things you will do when you will be fully awake. Which brings me to the next step (my favorite):
#6. Get to The Morning Ritual
What I do is as soon as I hear the alarm, I put my headphone on and hit play. I have a pre-set playlist of my favorite 5 songs that motivate me. Then I begin to look at my dream journal placed right beside me on my table and start looking at my life vision and goals. If going through your dream book doesn’t get you out from the bed then it’s time to set some new goals.
Then I listen to some podcasts. Music is going to be the quickest way to snap your mind into a powerful state. Listen to the up-beat music or inspirational podcasts as they release the motivational molecule dopamine – the motivational neurotransmitter. It will release serotonin which makes you feel happier.
So these were the 6 tactics. I hope the post was of a great value to you and I really hope it has inspired you to start waking up early. I wanted to go deep in each of the 6 tips which I see further of posting soon.
Wishing you all the green lights.
With great love + deep respect, yours fan,