Even though you learn lots of very useful things about winter while living two third of your life above the arctic circle, there is one thing I never learned: Waking up early when it’s dark. Last 8 years I’ve been successfully avoiding situations where I have to wake up very early every day, perks of small town and accessibility for a car. However, this autumn I started to work in a bank beside my studies and had to face the reality: the hours in a day are just not enough if you wake up late. Four months ago, I started my tedious path to be a professional early bird and now I would like to share some tips I found useful during my training.
1. Think positive
- What is the great thing about waking up early? Even the smallest excuses help your mind to set up a certain positive mood. Along with me, many of you are probably living in an apartment with a shared kitchen. The kitchen is always completely empty before 7 am and the calm atmosphere is a nice luxury for weekdays. And don’t you too love the empty streets and the sleepy silence in tunnelbana? Or how great coffee tastes when you are extremely tired? Make a list of all the things you love in a morning and set up the positive vibe already in the evening by reading the list before going to bed.
2. Force yourself
- For me, this is the ultimate killer way to convince myself to wake up early. Do you have something very early you absolutely can’t skip? If you do, great! If you don’t, make one. Book a laundry shift or an early spinning class. Have a study date with your friend at 8 am. Plan something that you can’t go around. Try to make as waterproof reason as you can: I can tell you that just convincing yourself that you must start studying early in the morning might not be enough of a reason…
3. Get everything ready
- Use time to pack your stuff and prepare your next day meal already in the evening. It doesn’t only save you some valuable minutes from the morning but also helps you mentally. Getting up is much easier when you know all the boring and stuff is already done and only the compulsory things are left to do.
If you get your stuff ready in the evening, you might have time for couple of extra minutes in a hot shower in the morning
4. Reward yourself
- This might get expensive in the long run but may help you at first to get the early sleep pattern. Buy yourself a bit nicer coffee or eat a small bowl of chips for a lunch if you manage get up at planned time. Take a hot morning shower or go for a nice morning walk before going to school. Indulge yourself, you’ve earned it!
5. Do it often
- The more you do the better you come: this also concerns waking up. Plan your week to get up every day at certain (early) time. That way instead of just making the situation worse (“I’ll sleep more tomorrow morning”) you end up fixing the real problem by getting earlier to bed and having more sleep. After these months, I have started to enjoy the early mornings and actually miss the early feeling if I’m waking up later.