Waking up early is a struggle to many but surviving the day unprepared due to waking up late is not a good experience either. According to Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Committing to waking up early can be daunting but fret not, there are ways and things to help you overcome the pull of dreamland.
Scents. Instead of hitting the snooze button, try to inhale something that will awaken your senses. I keep a mint inhaler beside me all the time.
Coffee or tea. The aroma of coffee is just heavenly, isn’t it? If you are one of those non-coffee drinkers, try tea or warm milk. These will surely pep up your morning.
Dose of inspiration. Be inspired by listening to inspirational or spiritual videos such as TED.com. What better way to start the day than some nuggets of wisdom?
Music. Listening to instrumental or new age music calms my thoughts and stimulates creativity. It may also work for you or play what you prefer — be it rock music, jazz or acoustic — after all, who doesn’t like music?
Exercise. This is like hitting two birds with one stone. You don’t only get to wake up early, you will also be healthy. Jogging can be more rewarding as you get to breathe fresh air and see green things at the park but you can also do it at home. Try some jumping jacks, wall sits, push ups and lunges.
The start is always the hardest. Don’t get discouraged when you fail at the beginning. Just keep on trying and develop this habit gradually. I tried just now which coincides with the leap day.