There are various techniques that are recommended to become an early riser. Some noteworthy suggestions are
- Try different apps available
- Sleep earlier
- Put your alarm clock far from your bed
- Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm
- Do not give mind the time to think about that warm bed
- Utilize the extra time for some positive activity
From my experience, these suggestions are excellent and can help in getting up early some day or maybe many days in a row. However, the list includes both fundamental and ad hoc techniques which most people tend to mix together. The fact of the matter is that ad hoc techniques do not fundamentally alter our inner core and hence are incapable of transforming us into consistent early birds. Therefore, focusing on the fundamental two becomes very important.
For our actual transformation, I have found these two techniques as most practical.
- Look forward to something meaningful and interesting. If you don’t have a reason to get up in the mornings, you won’t. Only a child like excitement can take you out of bed (I found these two sentences in my notebook but couldn’t find them on the Internet to give a reference). Basically, if your life is not goal-driven, it will be very difficult to start mornings early for a longer period of time. I only succeeded in starting my mornings at 4:30am after some deep reflection on my life.
- Sleep early. Regardless of the passion, we can wake up and work hard even after sleeping late but it is not going to last long. In the extreme case of some people in which it does, it will be very detrimental for health anyway and hence not worth doing. Steve Pavlina suggests the following solution:
… go to bed when I’m sleepy (and only when I’m sleepy) and get up with an alarm clock at a fixed time (7 days per week). So I always get up at the same time (in my case 5am), but I go to bed at different times every night.
I think that he is partially right if you are going to bed within a reasonable window of time every night (for example, between 9pm – 10pm). However, I have found it difficult to wake up early when I have slept at 9pm one night and 12am the next.
Once these two priorities are in place, other tips can surely help and should be taken advantage of.