The Secret to Becoming a Morning Person

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This piece originally appeared on QuoraHow do I become a morning person?

Becoming a morning person is one of the BEST changes you can make to your life.

Main Point: If you REALLY desire to be an early riser and you’re willing to commit to it then the one thing you really need to understand is that you need to break your negative connection with the early morning by (a) making it as easy as possible to get the day started after you wake up (b) waking up with energy (c) having a reason to wake up.

That being said, the transition is hard, so here are some of the tips that really helped me stick to it and not give up.

Step (1) The importance of the night beforeWaking up early isn’t easy and to become a morning person you need to make the transition as simple and smooth as possible. One of the ways to do that is eliminate all the decision making you usually do in the morning. Decision fatigue is a real problem, and in the morning you need all the energy you can get, you can’t waste it making petty decisions about what is going to look cute to wear today or thinking about what you really feel like eating for breakfast today.

You need to have the following items done before you go to bed:

(a) All your bags packed and ready to go for the next day so that you don’t have to do anything besides pick it/them up on the way out of the house.

(b) The clothes you want to wear the next day should be decided and laid out where you can just grab them and put them on after you brush your teeth.

(c) What you want to eat for breakfast (if you want to eat breakfast—I definitely recommend it to get your energy up in the morning—specifically some carbs for long-lasting energy).

(d) The first few tasks you want to knock out in the morning—or rather what the first few hours of your morning is going to consist of.

Step (2) Waking up with energy—I know you’ve heard it a thousand times and it still doesn’t get any easier, but I PROMISE if you do this, you’ll automatically start feeling more energetic when you get up.

As soon as you open your eyes and turn on your alarm, you forget about what your mind and body are saying, they’re lazy and not used to being early risers, your willpower is training them. So this is what you do, you open your eyes and the second you realize you’re awake you JUMP out of bed and do 10 jumping jacks.

How simple is that, just 10 jumping jacks. Your blood starts flowing, your energy increases instantly and you’re awake, it is actually that easy if you just commit to doing it one day you’ll see, I PROMISE!

Step (3) Have a reason to wake up—have a PURPOSEFUL morning

No, I don’t mean wake up and think about how beautiful life is and how lucky you are to be alive (if that’s what you want to do with the morning time, then I’m all for it). I mean you need to have something that you want to do in the morning, a task you want to accomplish early on before the madness of the day starts to slow you down, an appointment or meeting you need to go to, maybe exercise early on. You need a reason to get up because if you wakeup with no purpose, you’ll get up, think about why the hell you’re awake so early and you’ll end going  back to sleep.  You need to have something that you’re energetic about and excited to complete because it is either a necessary task you can get out of the way and clear up your day, OR an activity that will drive your day in the best way possible, give you some energy, and get your happiness going early on.

GENERAL TIPS:

1. It’s going to be a struggle no matter what you do, so just make it a LAW, make it a RULE, I HAVE TO WAKE UP AT X TIME EVERY DAY NO MATTER WHAT.When you make a concrete decision to have no other option besides waking up at a specific time, is the best way to get through the struggle and come into the light that makes getting up enjoyable and useful.

2. Go look up some of the most successful people in the world, some of your idols, some of the people you see in the news that are filthy rich and “have it all.” Go ready about success principles and successful people and all you will find is that SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING USE OF THE MORNING HOURS! This will help motivate you on a daily basis.

3. Find a friend who also wants to commit to the same goal—an Accountability Buddy. Something I liked to do with one of my friends is we’d alternate calling each other to be each other’s alarm clocks every other day so that we HAD NO CHOICE but to get up because we knew the other was counting on us. I can’t even explain how well it worked.

“Partners-In-Grind”: Partners-In-Grind is a really exciting project that a few of my friends and I started working on because we realized the importance of a habit partner in crime. It is an email chain that sets two individuals up who want to do the same habit and facilitates communication between them so that they can hold each other accountable and help ensure they each add the habit to their life!

If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

I hope this helps, good luck!

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Ariel Banayan is the Co-Founder of Partners-In-Grind, a Productivity and Self-development Analyst, and a Quora contributor. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

The Secret to Becoming a Morning Person