3 Tips To Getting Up Earlier for Work


I know, it’s something we all struggle with. Me included! Especially with dark, dark mornings. Getting up for work can be a real hassle.

Here are three tips that might help you.

1) Decide Carefully Your Wake Up Sound

Many people just have some kind of “alarm” sound to wake them up. When you are asleep you are in a (hopefully) relaxed and regenerative state. If you are woken abruptly then you will automatically get a rush of adrenaline, cortisol and other fight/flight stress hormones. Not the way to start the day. Especially bad is waking up with a radio alarm where it’s likely to be an advert or the news that wakes you! Not the way to start at all!

Instead, use your “opportunity clock” (as Zig Ziglar liked to call the alarm clock) to your advantage. Chose a soundtrack that will wake you are in a way that you want to be woken up. Perhaps some birds chirping, your favourite motivation song or speech. The list is endless and the choice yours.

2) Remove The “Opportunity Clock” from the Bedroom

Make it a challenge to turn it off or snooze it (better still – disable that function). Put your clock/phone outside your room if you can. Or at least somewhere you’ll have to get up to turn it off. Test over a few days with the volume to make sure you can still hear it. Just make it an effort so that you are already up when you turn it off.

3) Use Visualisation To Wake Up

Often when we go to bed, the last thought we have is something like how we have to get up in ‘X’ amount of hours or that it’s going to be a struggle to get up in the morning. Whether you realise it or not, you probably see yourself getting up in the morning. Struggling with the alarm (sorry, opportunity) clock. Feeling tired. Whatever.

Instead, before you get into bed, sit on your bed and close your eyes. See yourself waking up a minute or two before your lovely soothing sound awakes you and see yourself getting out of bed just as you want to. Not how you normally do. Keep practising that each night until it becomes a habit that you just happen to “see yourself” waking up as you want to in the mornings.

Give those three ideas a whirl and let me know what you think? What are your tips for getting up? Comment below as I’d love to hear from you.

What do you think?