Most people are at their most efficient during the mornings and start to slow down and become less creative as the day progresses.
For me the best way to increase my productivity has been to shift my day by about 1 hour and get up at 6 am, going to bed at 10 pm.
The work I get done during that 1 hour and 30 minutes before work is worth more than the 3 hours I used to spend during the end of the day.
My toughest challenge
I have always been a ”evening person” and had a very hard time to get up early.
Every time I have tried setting the alarm for 6.00 AM or 6.30 AM I always end up pushing the snooze button until I have over slept.
I knew I had to do something in order to change my routine so that I could start getting up earlier.
It took 6 months of hard, focused effort to change my habits but I have completed it and my days are now 1 hour longer.
Here are the 6 steps I took to improving my mourning routine:
1. Make the decision that you will get up by 6 am
Making a firm decision and making a promise to yourself that you will complete your goal is the first step to completing it. If you haven’t made the commitment, the effort will be to great and you won’t be able to force yourself up on tough days.
2. Write down your goal and give yourself a deadline.
Putting your goal firmly on paper and setting a deadline is like signing a contract. You have now promised to achieve this goal. You have promised it and nothing may stand in your way.
3. Read your promise every morning and evening.
Ever morning and evening read aloud the promise you have made to get up at a specific time by the deadline.
4. Start by learning to get up as soon as the alarm rings, no snooze.
The first step to getting up earlier is to eliminate the snooze button.
Snoozing is your biggest enemy. You do not get much rest, so the time spent in snooze doesn’t help you at all and it is very hard to set a firm time if it allows you to snooze once or twice. If you do it twice you might as well do it a forth, fifth and sixth, which ruines the time you get up.
5. Start slowly setting the clock 10 minutes earlier.
Once you have learned to get up at the bell, start slowly maybe once a week, setting the clock earlier and earlier. That way you will get used to the time before moving onto the next milestone.
6. Be clever
Put the alarm somewhere far enough away that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you have gotten up you might as well stay awake instead of going back to sleep.
I am now a morning person and so can you be. It takes a lot of work but you can do it, if you really want to. Follow these 6 steps and within 6 months you will be able to get up at any time you chose.
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