If there is one problem people have it is waking up at a reasonable time.  I am no exception…

    If there is one problem people have it is waking up at a reasonable time.  I am no exception and have constantly tried to correct the problem.  Whether it be hitting the snooze alarm, staying up late, or improper planning, most of the world wakes up only when they have to.  However, there are many benefits to waking up early, such as getting a head start over everyone else, more free time, increased motivation, etc.  To reap the rewards, we must first train ourselves to wake up at a reasonable time.  It can be difficult, but it is not impossible.  Here are three methods of waking up earlier!     The most difficult part of waking up is actually pushing yourself to do so.  It is easy to turn your alarm off and go back to bed when it is right next to you.  To negate this, set your alarm and place it on the other side of your room.  This forces you to get out of bed, else you have to deal with the alarm going off while trying to sleep.  Once up and about, it becomes much more difficult to fall asleep, especially when having to pull yourself together, focus, and turn off an annoying alarm.  This may not work the first few times, but being consistent is key.  Eventually, even the most dedicated sleeper will get tired of trying to go back to sleep when they could just start their day.  If you are not someone who uses an alarm, I would suggest using one and trying this method out.  After getting up at a certain time enough, you will be able to wake up normally without an alarm at a time you are more comfortable with.     Slow and steady wins the race, especially when trying to alter your sleep schedule.  Any drastic changes will not only be difficult to maintain but will sap most of your motivation if you fail.  Rather than, say, setting your alarm two hours earlier than when you normally wake up, try setting it back 5 minutes per day.  I call this the Five-Minute method.  This will make managing your sleep schedule much easier because you will be taking small steps towards reaching your desired wake time.  For example, if your goal is to wake up at 5:30am and you currently wake up at 6:30am, at a rate of 5 minutes per day, 35 minutes per week, it will take at least 12 days to reach that goal using the Five-Minute method.  Throughout those twelve days, it will only feel like you lost a few minutes of sleep per day.  As long as you are taking other necessary steps, such as going to bed at a reasonable hour, then the Five-Minute method should work for you.     Waking up early is much more difficult when you have no plan of action.  It is a nice thought to say, “I want to get up tomorrow,” but what are the drivers fueling the fire?  This is where planning and strategizing come into play.  For one, success is much more attainable when motivation drives the force behind it.  What are your reasons for wanting to get up early?  Do you want to get a head start in the morning, exercise during the early hours of the day, or to possibly get some work done?  Whatever your reasons, keep them in mind the next time you go to bed.  When waking up the next morning, you will have a higher chance of getting up rather than hitting the snooze button.  Without these drivers, theres nothing to stop us from going back to bed.  There has to be a purpose for doing anything in life, always.  Otherwise, there is no motivation or passion to succeed. https://scanlonblogs.blogspot.com/ ✏️ Have anything to add? Let me know how you feel in the comments! ✏️ Todays Song of the Blog is New Wave by Quinn XCII!

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