Getting up early and doing things before lunch is something many people strive for. To have 3 hours of work before lunch break is a good goal to achieve. One method to get that done is to get up at 6am every day. Sometimes it may be hindered by your partner’s routine, f.ex if the person happens to be an “owl” type. Being in such a situation may incline you to accept an evening type of routine. It actually might match better to your internal clock, but trying to become a morning person really worths it in most cases. Here are some advices on how to get to it. It may well take 6 months of trying and failing until you finally make it work. Read on how to start changing.
Get up Much Earlier. There are many advices on how to do that. For instance, try to set your alarm back by 15 minutes until you reach the goal. For some people it might not work that well. In general, the more time you have before lunch, the more would be done before lunch.
So, another approach might be to directly set your alarm for the desired time and wake up that time. The side effects might be: sluggish performance during the day, feeling annoyed and uneasy, sitting half an hour on the bed before doing anything to name a few.
A next try might be to set your alarm even earlier. It is counter-intuitive to some extent, but the stress might work for you. The point is to push yourself getting up much earlier than the needed time to accomplish tasks before lunch. Try that and inspect how it affects you. The least positive result you can gain is that the stress causes breaking the habbit to some extent.
If you don’t feel that well waking up much earlier, revert the wake up time to the previously set wake up time. Going back to a later hour to get up will definitely make a difference now. You’ve been struggling to get up1,2 hours earlier, so now getting up later but still earlier before you started would feel not that uncommon and less stressful.
Go to Bed at the Same Time Every Night. Some people tend to do that naturally. The problem is if for instance you go to bed at 2 pm. For example, I often go to bed at 1 am and then fall asleep at 2 am or later. To get up really early it might require to go to bed at 9 pm, take a drink, read a book, watch TV.
In any case, a regular bedtime is important for your body to fall asleep faster. Then, the earlier it is, the more sleep you will get, so that you can recover and be fresh during daytime in the long term. Beware, if you are naturally set to be an evening productive person, working late and going to bed later. Provided you can choose, don’t push it too much if going to bed earlier is not working for you. But in any case explore and experiment, so that you achieve best results with your body rhythm.
Create a Morning Routine You are Looking Forward to. People are designed to think about the present. Doing things with the future in mind might be much more worthy, but in many cases it is against our nature. There is a method that helps us get around that – reward substitution.
It could be simply described as: doing the right thing for the wrong reason. An example of this could be – allowing yourself to watch your favourite TV show while working out. Another example is something many people do – getting up in the morning to get coffee. The reason to get up earlier is to be more productive, not to drink coffee. But humans tend to need rewards now.
Having an established routine is something that keeps you on track right after getting up. It keeps you out of bed and prepares you for the rest of the day. It is better to have something get you started before you jump to work.
Explore your ways how to get up earlier and do more before lunch. It takes trial and error, taking into account your internal body clock, but the result worths it. You will find ways to utilize your time better and you will know yourself better.