How to wake up earlier

By Ed Latimore Last modified

This article is short but powerful. This article will teach you the secret how to wake up earlier.

The secret to waking up earlier is simple. Once you learn it, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t figured it out earlier. Or maybe you already knew, but feigned ignorance as a convenient excuse.

How to wake up earlier: part 1

It doesn’t matter why you want to wake up earlier. All that matters is that you have a strong reason. If your why is strong enough, you’ll endure any how.

There’s no great magic to becoming an early riser. There’s just great willpower. The secret to waking up earlier is willpower.

This is the hard part for people who want to wake up earlier. They think the secret is going to bed earlier so they feel less tired at 5 a.m. That won’t make a difference when it’s the middle of January and your bed feels warm and cozy. You’ll want to stay in it until the last possible minute.

When your alarm strikes, you must exercise will power. Without that, any tactic or list of tips for waking up early is worthless. Don’t feel ashamed for needing an alarm clock to wake up earlier. Don’t worry if you’re still groggy when you climb out of bed.

No one ever said it was easy to wake up early. No one ever said your body wouldn’t hate you for it. The only guarantee is that it’s simple IF you are the master of your own body and mind.

To become the master of your body and mind so that you wake up earlier, you need to become aware of your body and mind. After all, you can’t exert your will power over something that you aren’t cognizant of.

When you wake up early and it’s cold outside, every fiber of your being will want you to go back to bed. You’ll feel like a zombie that’s barely operating on the brink of consciousness.

How to wake up earlier: part 2

You have to immediately get in motion. Start moving immediately. Don’t stop for at least 15 minutes. A great trick for waking up early is putting your alarm clock across the room. This forces you to get completely out of bed and start the day in motion.

I like to wake up and immediately start working out, cleaning or writing. While it might seem like writing is a sedentary activity, producing creative work is highly engaging.

It’s better than a cup of coffee. The trick is to avoid anything that doesn’t engage you. Engagement is the new caffeine. 

There is a debate about the use of coffee for waking up early. I don’t have the professional authority to settle this debate. All I can offer is my opinion. Since it’s my opinion, that means that many people—possibly even you—will disagree. I don’t think it matters if you start your morning with a cup of coffee.

Coffee tastes delicious. Especially if you use a stainless steel french press. If you’ve got even half of my tolerance to caffeine, it won’t even make a difference anyway.

You’re going to feel tired until you get your mind engaged and ready to kick the day’s ass. The secret to waking up early is that simple. Force yourself to get in motion.