Develop a morning routine (Exercise #2)

April 23, 2006

Here are a few tricks for improving your mornings whether or not you are a morning person:

  1. Set your alarm clock to the real time. That old trick of trying to trick yourself only works for a few days and it's just silly anyway.
  2. Set your alarm to the actual time you want to wake up. Trying to give yourself time to hit the snooze button only means you get less actual sleep and end up more tired than simply waking up when you have to wake up.
  3. Wake up half an hour earlier than you usually do. Most people procrastinate until the last minute before waking up, creating a cycle of having to hurry, being late, being less than ready for the day. All that can be fixed by waking up a half hour earlier.
  4. Wake up at the same time every day. Even weekends. Steve Pavlina explains the benefits of this well in his posts, "How to become and early riser" and "How to become an early riser part 2".
  5. Try it for 30 days, and quit, double down, or revise at that point.

These few simple tricks can turn a morning from a drag to something to look forward to.

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