Are you someone who requires to set the alarm every five minutes for about an hour before you can actually get out of bed?
Have you missed important assignments and turned up late to meetings because you kept snoozing your alarm phone?
Are you tired of waking up tired and have developed serious hate for your alarm tone?
If your answer to one or more of these questions was “yes,” this article is for you.
From where you are right now, it might seem impossible to do what the title of this post claims: get out of bed the first time the alarm goes off. But with discipline, proper planning, and smart habit building, you can do it. Here’s are some tips on how you can achieve this.
1. Appreciate your mornings
Instead of waking up with a grumpy face, learn to appreciate your mornings. Here’s how you can do it:
- Set your clothes for the day ready by your bedside.
- Clean up your workspace and room so you can have good vibes while waking up.
- Sleep near the window so you can remove the curtains as soon as you wake up and bask in the light of the new day.
- Plan or prepare your breakfast in advance, so you don’t have to spend precious time and energy wondering how to sate those early morning hunger pangs.
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2. Choose a nice alarm tone
Instead of the blaring, jarring music you might currently have on your phone, switch to a sound you actually enjoy. That way, even if you’re in the middle of a great dream, you won’t be jostled out of it by some unwelcome tone. You can feel the sleep leave you in waves as your mind and body prepare to wake up and tackle another day.
3. Have a reason to wake up
This is easier said than done, but if you have a purpose or a reason why you’re waking up and genuinely enjoy that reason, you won’t feel the need to snooze the alarm clock.
Even if you’re stuck in a job you hate, you can create a reason to wake up by stealing some time off for yourself in the morning. This will be your “me time,” and you design it however you wish to. You can take the care and go out for a short drive before the hustle of the city begins. Or you can cook a nice breakfast and have it while watching your favorite web series.
The possibilities are endless. All you need to do is invest in some self-care.
4. Go to bed earlier
This is a no-brainer because, of course, going to sleep early will help you wake up early. But if you’re a chronic late-sleeper, this might be a bigger struggle than you imagined.
Shifting your bedtime early by even twenty minutes can have great benefits. You can do it in a staggered fashion — push your bedtime early by twenty minutes every week. Within two months, you’ll already be sleeping more than an hour earlier than your usual time.
Sure, this is a time taking process, but you’re building a new habit, not racing against yourself. Have patience, and you will see through,
5. Drink some water
Drinking water before sleep might very well act as your natural alarm clock. As you fill your belly with water, your bladder will protest in the morning, and you’ll wake up with the urge to attend nature’s call.
Once you step out of bed ad rush to the bathroom, all it takes is a small ounce of willpower to not jump back into bed again but to power up and start the new day afresh.
6. Get an accountability partner
Having someone who is building the same habit with you is a great motivator. However, depending on where you work and how your friends are, it’s difficult to find a friend with the same goals. In that case, it’s best to hire an accountability coach to help keep you on track with your habit-building goals. These are trained individuals who will hold you accountable for your promises and help you get back on track if you ever fall off the wagon.
You can also download a habit tracker and mark all days on the calendar when you successfully stick to your new habit. An unbroken streak is a source of pride and will force you to push yourself even harder to keep your goals on track.