Okay, so last time we talked about three key points, right?
Let’s go back over those briefly so we can really cement them into ourselves.
First, we talked about making a change little by little throughout each day. This is important because we’re trying to avoid shock and regression here. I know you may be thinking “I want to make a radical change right now,” but I’m telling you this is not the way to make a lasting change in your wake up schedule.
We also talked about consistency. We’re trying to make a permanent change in the way our body wakes up, right? That means every day is a day that follows the same set schedule, no exceptions.
Third, we spoke about making notes. That means actually taking a pen and writing it down on a piece of paper, and not necessarily just making notes on your cell phone. This helps you memorize and prepare yourself to make a real change.
So what are the next steps?
- Make sure you sleep enough! I can’t stress this enough. Your body needs the right amount of sleep to function properly. You should probably be receiving between five and seven hours of sleep, so if you don’t get to bed until midnight and you want to wake up at four in the morning you’re going to have some issues.
So you’re not only striving to wake up earlier, you’re also striving to go to sleep earlier!
2. Don’t use the snooze button! I can’t stress this enough. the snooze button is your worst enemy here. invest in a gradual alarm clock or just set your phone farther away from you so you can’t simply reach over and grab it.
Why not use the snooze button? Because it messes up your whole subconscious. You’re working on getting yourself to wake up and feel motivated while doing so, not waking up and feeling like you subconsciously want to fight it. If you do hit that snooze button, it’s likely that you’re going to go right back to sleep.
3. Hop out of bed, literally. I’m not asking you to do a back flip or anything, and please be careful while doing this! No acrobatics. But hopping out of bed can help to energize your metabolism and jump start your mind and body so that you’re ready to begin your conquest of the day.
4. Make yourself excited about life. Don’t dread things that you don’t like, instead try thinking about what these things will bring you. Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
You may dread going to your statistics class, sure. But why are you going there? To finish your degree and begin your career. Why are you wanting to begin your career? Focus on why you’re doing the things that make you uncomfortable. Imagine yourself allowing your parents to retire early by paying their way through life, or sending your brother on a cruise.
Now that’s motivation.