The Benefits of Waking Up Early and How to Become a Morning Person

Since I switched from being a night owl to a morning person, I’ve experienced several benefits that manifest to my daily life.

Now, I wouldn’t have my day any other way.

First of all, though, you don’t need to change your lifestyle if you’re absolutely happy with it.

But if you’ve been thinking about becoming a morning person and looking for inspiration, my experiences might help you achieve it.

The Tranquillity of Morning Time

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
– Marcus Aurelius

I wake up without an alarm clock and absolutely love the quietness and peace in the morning.

The late nights may provide the quietness too but, in my experience, our mental state of day and nighttime is very different.

When you stay up late, you most likely engage in some activities i.e. playing video games, watching late-night TV shows, scrolling social media, reading unputdownable fiction and so on.

You may feel quietness as the world fall asleep, but your mind is preoccupied.

It’s hard to calm your mind amid some activities at night.

Compare this to a morning when peace and quiet wash over you as you open your eyes!

I love the tranquillity of the morning, lying in bed and saying thanks to the Universe for allowing me to have another day.

Running the Day

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
– Jim Rohn

Here’s a serious question for you:

Do you run your day or are you letting your day run you?

When I worked full time, I’d arrive at the office late all the time.

My day would start with self-inflicted stress as I rushed in. I’d sit in the office with:

Why am I doing this to myself?

And I hated myself for it.

The ingrained habit of hitting the last minute took a long time to break.

Now, waking up early allows me to start my day with the right mood.

It’s calm and happy mood. The kind nobody-is-chasing-after-me feeling.

The first thing I do as I wake up is making my bed.

It’s my first win of the day, therefore, I start running my day.

Tip to Become a Morning Person:

Establish one thing you do immediately after getting out of bed.

The examples: make your bed, drink a tall glass of water, stretch, do 25 squats, do 25 jumping jacks, brush your teeth, take a shower.

Or incorporate any of these challenges into your morning.

This way, you retrain your brain to associate your getting out of bed with one very specific activity.

Do this like a clockwork and quieten the resisting inner voice. So you don’t give it a chance to talk you out of it back to the bed.

Living with Intention

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We once diehard night owls don’t set out to become an early riser for fun.

There’s got to be a very specific reason we want to switch to a morning person.

In my case, I desperately wanted to take control of my finances. That’s all I needed as motivation.

I got up and did my very first budgeting. Made more goals and tracked progress.

I made my everyday life about living intentionally.

Tip to Become a Morning Person:

Ask yourself:

What’s my why?

Is it because you’ve heard the benefits of waking up early several times now?

Or is it because most successful people are early risers?

Unfortunately, these cannot be your “why”.

Mimicking others for the sake of it might work, but it won’t last unless you have a strong reason.

Write down what YOU want out of life. Be as specific as you can.

Something you want so badly you won’t let a changing sleep pattern get in the way of achieving it.

Then write down everything you need to do to achieve your big “why”.

Now, you have your to-do list to tick off as you run your day.

A Quality Me Time and a Cup of Coffee or Tea

There is nothing quite like a freshly brewed pot of tea to get you going in the morning.
– Phyllis Logan

I love feeling a ray of sunlight coming through the window in the morning.

That’s when I turn my eyes away from the PC and gaze over the darkness turning into a grey or bright day.

And back to – my favourite thing – writing my blog post or reading a book while sipping morning coffee.

This is the moment when I look forward to the most in the day.

Tip to Become a Morning Person:

Treat an early morning time as bliss by rewarding you with your favourite thing.

Bribe yourself to anticipate the morning!

So instead of feeling forced to get up early, you actually look forward to it.

Practical Step-by-Step Tips to Become an Early Riser

Here’re practical tips to help you with your INITIAL struggle (see #8).

1. Be sure to remind yourself of your “why” regularly e.g. slim body, holiday, your first ebook, your own blog, debt-free and so on.

2. Visualise the day when all your whys will have been achieved. Can you imagine happiness and a sense of fulfilment? Of course, you can! Carry those feelings with you at all times.

3. Place your alarm in another room. This will force you to get out of bed.

4. Go to bed early. Read the Bible (kidding!). But seriously, reading a non-fiction book will help you fall asleep. Say No to TVs, social media or video games.

5. Do your one thing immediately after getting out of bed (see the examples under “Running the Day” in case you skipped through. Naughty!).

6. Know that it’s tough only at the beginning. If your “why” is strong, you can and will do it.

7. Keep your focus on the reward (do #2 as often as you can).

8. Once you experience the benefits of getting up early, I promise you’ll NOT want to go back.

Final Thoughts

As a once diehard night owl, I can’t emphasise enough how much positive difference waking up early has made on my health (mentally and physically) and therefore my life.

Give it a go.

I know you too will experience all the benefits described in this post.

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Wow, great tips! I have been trying to get up early, followed all the advice on blogs on how to put my phone in the other room, etc. and it just didn’t work for me, I kept falling back asleep after I hit the snooze button of course. Your tip on associating an activity like making my bed definitely sounds great, and I am going to try it first thing tomorrow!

Thanks for kind words, Kate! I admire you for trying a number of tricks to become a morning person as trial and error is an essential part of our personal development journey. I’m sure you’ll find one that works for you eventually and enjoy all the benefits of being a morning person. I wish you all the best!

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