How I’m Going To Become An Early Riser

I so very much want to become an early riser. I’m one of those people who could sleep through an earthquake, I could just keep sleeping and sleeping. And yes, I’ll admit it, my husband is usually the one that gets up to Elliott when he wakes every morning at 5.30am, I just cannot function.

I don’t like this habit of mine at all, it makes me feel very guilty, but as much as I mentally tell myself that the next day I must set my alarm and get up, I just keep on sleeping and sometimes I even sleep through my alarm altogether (or quickly turn it off in my sleep somehow and roll back over).

I don’t want to be like this, not only do I feel as though I’m failing in my motherly duties, I feel like I’m missing out on precious time. I can only imagine what I could do if I were to get up bright and early with Elliott (or even before). Here I am always whinging about not getting time to exercise, well if I bloody woke up earlier, I’d be able to fit that in no problems. I’d be able to spend more time with Mr. G in the morning too and help him out with Elliott’s breakfast. I’d have extra time to do a bit of tidying around the place, perhaps even sit on my verandah with a cup of tea and enjoy the sounds of the birds in my garden.

If I were to wake up bright and early, it’d mean that I’d have to go to bed nice and early, and that just doesn’t work for me. My night times after Elliott goes to bed are blissful, I can relax and do what I want, I can catch up on so many things. If I were to go to bed early, I wouldn’t get near enough time. But on the other hand, I know for a fact that I’m more productive in the morning than at night when I’m exhausted.

So how am I going to transform myself into an early riser and reap the rewards?  I need to do these things to actually make this ‘transformation’ of mine work:

  1. Instead of having my alarm clock next to me where I can turn it off, I need to have it somewhere where I physically have to get out of bed to turn it off. When I get up, I need to encourage myself to continue walking out the door!
  2. I need to go to bed earlier and at the same time each night. I can’t go to bed at 11pm and expect to wake at 5am, I’ll be a walking zombie. 
  3. I need to set a better morning routine so I have something to look forward to when I wake up. If my goal is to wake at 5am (1/2 hour before Elliott) I need to plan what it is I’m going to get done in this half hour. It could be a walk, read the morning news, write a blog post. I’m pretty sure that if I have this set in my mind, I’ll be more motivated to get out of bed, my subconscious will be telling my brain to ‘wake up, you have great things to do.’
  4. Have my exercise clothes ready to go (perhaps even sleep in them?)
  5. Avoid my computer or phone right before bed (otherwise I lay awake)
  6. I need to commit to this for at least 4 weeks for it to become habit. Not necessarily 7 days a week, but at least 5 days per week.
  7. I need to keep track of it in my diary. 
  8. I need to reward myself at the end of each week when I’ve achieved waking early each day. It could be that I buy myself a magazine, take myself out for coffee on the weekend or perhaps get a massage. 
  9. Make a list every day of what I accomplished with the extra time that I had. 
  10. I can’t do this myself, I need to be accountable to someone else. I’m going to rope Mr. G into it and we will both help each other get up early. (Well he usually is anyway, so I’ll ask him to be a bit brutal and even go as far as ripping off the covers, pulling my hair, opening the curtains etc)

     Are you an early riser?  What are your tips to waking early?

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    1. February 17, 2014 / 9:18 pm

      Good luck! I used to be an early riser. Now that my second bub hates sleep, I would live in my bed if I could.

      I guess technically I’m still an early riser, I’m just far less productive with that early time than I used to be!

    2. February 17, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      Hi Eva, I have exactly the same problem! I’m not sure I can sleep in my exercise clothes but I do need to do something drastic. I’m a bit of a night owl too which doesn’t help matters does it? Let’s try and turn this around x

    3. February 18, 2014 / 12:26 am

      I have the same problem – night owl “If I were to go to bed early, I wouldn’t get near enough time”
      I am going to work on it -seriously mostly for the exercise and health reasons plus my hubby will be much happier.

    4. February 18, 2014 / 1:12 am

      I really admire people who are up with the dawn, they seem to get so much done with all that extra time. I wish I could do it, but it’s just not in my body clock’s capabilities. I am very productive late at night though, so there’s that….
      xx

    5. February 18, 2014 / 1:24 am

      After years and years of not being a morning person I finally am! I stopped a medication that made me sleep too much and I started excercising and pretty much quit alcohol. I sleep much better now so I am not so tired in the morning. But I do fall into and exhausted sleep at about 9pm each night!

    6. February 18, 2014 / 1:36 am

      i love #3 – knowing what you want to get up for s a good thing (vs when i used to try to get up to exercise but did not really WANT to exercise so not a good thing) – i get up now to have time to enjoy my coffee and read before we HAVE to get into gear. so my husband wakes me up earlier than i need (sometimes my kids get up early but sometimes i have to wake them – never know – they are in primary school so nothing like little ones lol). good luck

    7. February 18, 2014 / 1:40 am

      I have always struggled to be a morning person. You look like you’ve got some great ideas. I was having a heap of trouble getting up but I really wanted to start walking/running in the morning so I worked out that I was most worried about being tired for the day if I woke up early, so I kind of bargained with myself (don’t you love all of the talking that goes on in our heads? haha) that if I was really tired I could have an afternoon nap before the boys got home from school (my youngest – 3yo – is pretty good to watch tv or play if I doze off). I’m only doing this 3 mornings a week so far and I’m a few weeks in and I’ve only needed 1 afternoon snooze. I’m finding I have a heap more energy because of the exercise so haven’t really needed it.
      Wishing you lots of luck!

    8. February 18, 2014 / 9:39 am

      I’ve tried to change from night to morning person. It worked for a while, but then I slowly returned to my old habits. I didn’t have as good a plan as yours though. Best of luck with it!

    9. February 18, 2014 / 10:02 am

      Im def not a morning person. I like to get up when I have to, which lucky for me is anytime after 7am. My 2 kids will wake at 5.30-6am and will come and lie in with us and that is so nice. I do admire the early risers. I can only imagine what you could get done. Maybe things will change when I have my next baby in August. I might just stay up after the 1st early dawn feed and keep going…..I look fwd to hearing how it all goes.

    10. February 18, 2014 / 10:51 am

      I’m so jealous! I wish I could sleep in. I’m a terrible sleeper since having kids. I go to bed late, wake early. I can’t sleep in after 5ish. My mind starts ticking on everything I need to do, plus I do like a good our of quiet time before everyone wakes up to do some blogging. Just focus on how much you can achieve if you wake up earlier. Maybe you could just start with one or two days a week and ease yourself into it.

    11. February 18, 2014 / 11:34 am

      I’m not an early riser … one of the things I am enjoying most about my kids being grown & working from home is that I get to wake up naturally ie no alarm clock, usually between 7 and 7.30 …

      I used to feel guilty that I wasn’t good at getting up early but realised I needed to stop beating myself up & just accept and enjoy the way I was!

      But it sounds like this change in routine could work really well for you in your stage of life – good luck!

      Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

    12. February 19, 2014 / 7:35 am

      I am not an early riser at all. I love my sleep way too much and with Mr 4 being a major sleep dodger..I sleep all I can!

    13. February 19, 2014 / 8:57 am

      I used to be a morning person, but I haven’t had to get up at set times for a couple of years now, so the time I go to bed affects when I wake up in the morning. When I have needed to adjust my waking time to be a bit earlier, I’ve found that doing gradually can be effective at setting a routine. So I set an alarm for 15 minutes earlier than normal, then the next week 15 minutes earlier again, and so on until I get to the time that I want to be getting up.

    14. February 19, 2014 / 11:46 pm

      Hi there,I am exactly like you! I can’t get up in the mornings! My husband is up at 6am each morning and I desperately want to be up with him and be AWAKE when I am up, the first twenty minutes of waking up, no matter the time, I feel like a zombie who has no strength. I want to jump up vibrantly, haven’t quite figured out how to yet. And I’m a very cranky morning person, usually ripping my husbands head of if he tries to wake me up, which he does, every morning by tickling my feet! Would like to be up early to go for a run! and be more productive! Might try some of your tips though and look forward to how you go with this early morning goal! Jumping over from IBOT

    15. February 20, 2014 / 10:58 am

      It’s very hard to get used to but I have no choice, since my 3 were born they have risen when the sun is up, so that is 4.45 in QLD in summer – so yes I have been awake at this time for the past 6 years and since hubby leaves for work at this time, or earlier then I just have to eat a teaspoon of cement (and get hard) Hang in there, I’m told when they grow it gets easier (whatever) xxx

    16. February 21, 2014 / 4:10 am

      I’m naturally a night owl, and really struggle to function in the morning. Now that the days are getting shorter, I’ve been meaning to switch my daily run from evenings to mornings. I plan to stay up after my boys 4.30am feed, and go running once they are back in bed. It’s not happened yet though, I always find myself back in bed needing just that little bit more sleep. I’m hoping that by the time winter has arrived, I will have managed to have become a morning person.

    17. February 21, 2014 / 6:43 am

      I had to read this post when I saw the title as I have the same problem. Brilliant strategies which I will try out myself!

    18. February 23, 2014 / 11:15 pm

      All I can say is good luck! I am really looking forward to seeing how you go because I am not a morning person at all! Going to bed before midnight is early for me! I’ve tried many times to become an earlier riser but it jut doesn’t happen. I think you have the right idea though and I might have to steal some of your points and give it another go!