You are not a morning person? You should become one!
“If you win the morning, you win the day.”
— Tim Ferriss
I’m sure you already heard a lot about morning routines and how they can get you success and you will be a different person if you wake up early.
How does that sound to you?
A lot of people think of themselves they are night owls and will not wake up earlier. But humans are not made to be productive in the evening or at night. The early mornings are what we are made for. But it sounds negative to wake up early. It shouldn’t be and it isn’t hard to wake up.
I am a morning person, but I’m at going out of bed. My bed is just too comfortable, and I’m bad at sleeping (I’m not sure if that’s a thing) but I have a lot of dreams and most of the time I don’t have a clear mind at night.
So the actual morning routine that can bring you further and faster to your success starts the evening before:
“Mornings start the night before.”
— Monica Packer
Have an Evening Routine Before Going To Bed, To Wake Up Easier
Routines help you to make habits and habits will help your brain know what is coming next and to be prepared then for sleeping.
Whatever routine works for you at night, you should have one.
For me, I need some time in bed before to write down my thoughts and think to get my head ready for sleeping.
Most of the time I will start some audiobook, which is already a cue for my brain to fall asleep. And then it can happen really fast.
Don’t Wake Up At 5 am
If you have read the 5 am club, then you know that R. Sharma is writing about waking up at 5 am and starting the morning routine of 3 times 20 minutes of planning, training, and learning.
But if you try to start immediately your habit of waking up at 5 am, and before you woke up at 8 am, then you will lose soon.
Your brain and your body like small steps. Waking up 10 minutes earlier is easier than 2 hours.
Do small steps and increase them every week.
Remember also to go to bed earlier, because your body still needs 8 hours of sleep.
“Your future is found in your daily routine. Successful people do daily what others do occasionally!”
— Paula White
My Morning Routine Right Now
As soon as I decided to write 200 words a day, I knew I had to wake up earlier else I would search for that time for that the whole day.
I achieve a lot more now in the morning than I did before. I wake up 20–30mins earlier than before and I can do a small sport session and write 200 words.
Before: I wasn’t able to find time to write 200 words, and I was laying in bed as long as time is not getting tight to prepare for the day.
After: Now the 200 words are my priority and I do it right in the morning before I even turn on my phone. I have a calm and quiet morning with an enjoyable breakfast and time to be alone. Most of days I even write more than 200 words because I will get into the flow state.
There are mornings when it’s hard to wake up earlier, especially when I didn’t sleep well. But I will leave the bed anyway. The morning routine will be a little slower, but I consistently do my morning habits.
Morning Habits Give You a Step Ahead Of Everyone Else
People are used to having a tight and stressful morning. They wake up at the last possible moment. They hurry through showering, having breakfast, and going to work.
If you wake up only a little earlier to start your day more relaxed to do sports or whatever helps you achieve your goal, you will be one step ahead of all the other people. You will enjoy your day more, have less stress and you will do your job better too.
It sounds too good to be true?
As soon as you have a habit of waking up earlier you are ahead of 90% of everyone else. Hence you will achieve more than 90% of the people, and you will become more successful than the 90%.
Every time you do something different than everyone else, that’s when you are one step ahead and you will achieve some extraordinary.
Use the quiet time of the morning for training your body or your brain. Don’t waste it on social media or your email inbox.
“Wake up early every day so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.”
— Hal Elrod