Do you want to join the Get Up Early Challenge, but you’re having a really tough time getting out of bed each morning? Here are some ideas for those who would love to become early risers and make the most of your mornings:
1. Make a Plan.
If you’re going to get up early, you need to have a plan and know exactly what you’re going to do the moment your feet hit the floor. This motivates you to actually get out of bed — because you have a reason for doing so!
I have my morning routine I do every day, plus I take 10 minutes each evening before bed to make a quick plan of action for the following day. It helps me SO much on those days when I’d really rather just stay in my warm, cozy bed.
When making your plan, it’s really important to think about the things that will fill you up. If you spend your morning hours doing something you love and that will give you energy and motivation for the day, you’re much more likely to be excited about getting up each morning!
I like to spend quiet time in God’s Word, filling up and my refreshing my soul for the day ahead and then spend a little time reading, journaling, and exercising before taking a shower and getting dressed for the day I want to have!
2. Get Some Accountability.
If you need some extra inspiration to get up, put some accountability in place! That could be an accountability partner, an app, or even doing something like publicly blogging about it to keep you on track!
When you tell someone your goal and speak your intention out loud, it challenges you to actually follow through with it.
I have the accountability of my husband. We have committed to get up together each morning at 5 a.m.. It’s wonderful accountability! I also have the public accountability of blogging and scoping each day.
If you need accountability, I’m posting every morning between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. CT on this blog, plus I’m scoping and posting on Instagram every morning . This gives you multiple ways to check-in with the rest of us and stay accountable!
3. Start the Night Before.
A good morning starts the night before. I love my evening routine. It helps me wind down for bed, brain dump everything swirling around in my mind, and go to bed with a feeling of peace that everything is set up for the following day when I wake up.
I try to always do a quick clean-up of the house, set my clothes out for the following day, and have a plan in place for the following morning. I’ve found that if I at least do these three things, my next day always goes much more smoothly!
4. Get Enough Sleep.
If you want to be able to get up early, you can’t go to bed late, too! Getting enough sleep is SO important. If you try to sacrifice sleep, you will hurt your health and your productivity.
I love the book Sleep, It Does a Family Good. I read it a few years ago and it really challenged me to make sleep more of a priority. If you aren’t sure if you’re getting enough sleep, this book helps you figure out the perfect amount of hours you need each night so that you have enough energy to get through your entire day.
Remember: Burning the candle at both ends does not make you super woman; it makes you exhausted and void of the energy you need to tackle your day!
One Last Note…
Remember that everyone is different, and people have different hours of productivity. You may be a night owl who thrives on productivity at night! Don’t compare yourself to others. Remember that this isn’t a competition; it’s about figuring out what works best for you.