With busy lives, jobs, and families, it can seem impossible to fit in time to pursue our dreams. The best time for me to follow my dream of writing is 5:15 a.m. Before my three-year-old climbs out of bed and before I get ready to go to my day job, I make my way to my desk to follow my passion. It isn't easy to leave a nice warm bed, but here are my tips for teaching yourself to wake up earlier:
1. Place your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
2. Use an alarm clock without a snooze. I use my Iphone and disable the snooze.
3. Go to bed at the same time every night. I go to bed at 10:15 almost every night. It may sound early to the night owls out there, but it makes a huge difference in my energy and productivity the next day.
4. Wake up at the same time every day ... 7 days a week. Okay. I know I lost a few of you here. If you can get your sleep patterns into a normal rhythm, it helps a lot.
5. Don't make a decision about whether or not to wake up while you're in bed. Trust me, the bed will always win. I don't let myself decide whether or not I'm going to stay out of bed until I've brushed my teeth and put in my eye drops. By this point, I'm almost always ready to stay up and get my writing done.
6. Create a routine. I do the same thing every single morning. At this point, I'm on autopilot when I'm starting the coffee and making my way to my office.
7. Make it enjoyable. For me that means staying warm. I have to have my warmest blanket, my slippers, and my coffee. Figure out what works for you.
8. Have an accountability partner. My husband also wakes up early to run and work out. I also have a few writers who keep me accountable. You know who you are ;)
9. Know why you want to get up earlier. Set your goals and look at why they're important to you. It's a sacrifice to give up sleep to pursue your dream. Remind yourself why you're doing it.
10. Just do it.
When do you write or pursue your dreams? Do you wake up early? What are your tips for fitting it all in?