“Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of years, but adds, likewise, to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same time, but increases also the measure.”
~ Caleb C. Colton
There are definitely many benefits of rising early. As this blog is about improving myself for the better, I think my first step should be to make a habit of waking up early.
Make a habit of waking up early.
Definition of success:
- Sleep daily by 10:00 PM.
- For 10 continuous days wake up at 6:00-6:30 AM.
- Next 10 continuous days wake up at 5:30-6:00 AM.
- Next 10 continuous days wake up at 5:00-5:30 AM.
I wasn’t always an night owl. In 2009, for a whole year, I had managed to wake up at 4:30 AM in the morning. At that time, I was in high school and I had a very rigidly structured day. I had no choice but to wake up early, cause not doing so had certain academic and social consequences.
But since 2011, as I entered my college years and especially, since I started working full time, I could afford to sleep late and wake up late. And now, I have troubles with waking up at 9:00 AM in the morning.
For about a week or so, I have been waking up at 7:00 AM. I managed this by setting my ringtone as my alarm tone.
- No tangible incentive for waking up early. There are benefits of waking up early, but if it doesn’t harm me in any way; I would most probably be unlikely to give up the comforts of a warm bed. And after all, I’m getting along just fine without waking up early, ain’t I?
- I have become an night owl and I have trouble sleeping at night.
- I again slack off after my alarm rings.
- I don’t have a structured morning.
- There are no consequences of not waking up early.
- I need to create immediate incentives. Ok. Every time I wake up early, I will have a chocolate milkshake. Maybe I need to stop sleeping on the bed and start sleeping on the floor and see if it helps.
- I need to sleep at a predetermined, fixed time.
- Get up and do some activity immediately. I found an interesting post of alarm apps, which force you to wake up here.
- Ok. So, as you wake up, immediately step into the shower. Get into your running gear and go for a run. After the run buy provisions for healthy diet. Then do 50 push-ups, write a blog post and go for the breakfast.
- I need to find a committed early riser running buddy. Or I need to join a gym or a morning group.
- Shower by 9:55 PM.
- Keep the morning running gear and my shoes ready, near your bed.
- Keep my phone away from the bed. (To force me to get up & walk to turn off the alarm.)
- Sleep by 10:00 PM.
- Once the alarm rings, you will NOT get back in the bed.
- Start your morning routine immediately. (Shower-Run-Morning shopping-Pushups-Blog post-Breakfast.)
I’ll post updates & my observations here.
21/09/2016: I have set up three alarms for 5.00, 5.30 & 6.00 AM. I generally wake up @ 5.30AM now!