How to Become an Early Riser

With all the stuff we have to do nowadays, we could all use a little extra time in the day.  One of the previous posts had several suggestions on how to find a few precious minutes in your day, with one of the suggestions being to get up earlier.  But how exactly does one do that?  Here’s how!

  1. Baby Steps:  Don’t decide you are going to get up 2 hours earlier than normal right off the bat because you are just setting yourself up for failure.  Instead try 15 minute increments.  If you get up at 7am usually, get up at 6:45 for 3-4 days.  Then if you are able to manage that, get up as 6:30 for the next 3-4 days.  By the end of 2 weeks you will be getting up an hour and fifteen minutes earlier than when you started!
  2. Early to Bed, Early to Rise:  Like most people these days, you are probably not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night, so in order to get up earlier and not lose any more sleep time, you simply need to go to bed earlier.  Try the incremental method recommended for getting up – just go to bed a few minutes earlier every couple of days so you have time to adjust.
  3. Have a Plan:  If you tidy up your bedroom/house for 5 minutes before you go to bed, you will feel better about waking up to it in the morning.  Also, pick out your clothes, pack your lunch, and do any other preparatory things you can think of before you go to bed; doing this will result in you being less stressed about things you have to do when you wake up, allowing you to sleep better and not dread the morning.
  4. Change Your Alarm Sound:  The sound of your alarm is the most annoying sound in the world right?  But it doesn’t have to be!  Change the sound of your alarm to something you enjoy – a favorite music station, artist, or specific song.  You could also try making the TV your alarm if you like hearing the news first thing in the morning.  Try to make waking up as enjoyable as possible.
  5. Avoid the SNOOZE:  We have all done it … hit the snooze … once, twice, three times … but really this just delays the inevitable and the additional 15 minutes only throws you back into a restless sleep and you to have to go through the grueling wake-up process yet again.  If you are an automatic snooze hitter, position your alarm on the other side of the room so that you have to get up to turn it off.  Then all you have to do is convince yourself to not climb back into bed!
  6. Get Up and Get Out:  As soon as you wake up get out of bed; do not linger as you will be tempted to hit the snooze and doze off for a few more minutes.  Leave your bedroom as quickly as possible upon getting up so you are not drawn back to your bed.  If at all possible, step outside for some fresh air as a crisp morning will wake you up better than anything else.  If you are really ambitious, try going for a walk or run outside in the morning to get your blood flowing.
  7. Eat, Drink & Be Merry:  Because you have been asleep for the past several hours (hopefully) you may be slightly dehydrated when you wake up so try to drink 8-12 ounces of water first thing.  It is helpful to keep a full waterbottle on your night stand so you can just grab it.  It is also beneficial to eat first thing in the morning because it starts you metabolism and gets your blood sugar going which helps you wake up.
  8. Reward Yourself:  If getting up is a chore you will not want to do it, so make it enjoyable.  Reward yourself with something you like to do like meditation or yoga or reading.  Or perhaps treat yourself to an extra yummy breakfast like a smoothie or pastries.  Give yourself something to look forward to when you get up.
  9. Don’t Waste Time:  You have put a lot of effort into getting up early, so don’t waste the time that you have given yourself.  Be productive – whatever that means to you.  Maybe it is getting in some of your reading for your online law classes or completing a writing assignment or perhaps it is getting a head start on your work for the day or it could be fitting in your workout so you can attend your online classes later in the evening.  Just don’t waste the time you have put so much effort into making for yourself.
  10. Bask in the Glow:  Enjoy the wee hours of the morning while it is still dark and quiet, but make sure that you make time to witness the dawn of a new day.  Open your blinds and let the rising sun shine through the windows.  The natural light will help your body wake up more fully and the beauty in the sunrise will help you appreciate the day more!

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St. Francis was founded in the heart of Silicon Valley, where new start-up companies, young entrepreneurs, and the world’s leading venture capital firms have created some of the world’s most innovative companies. St. Francis began when a group of entrepreneurs began lamenting the state of legal education and the fact that: * When most law students graduate, they are not armed with the skills they actually need to practice law and instead learn how to practice law during the first three years on the job, at the expense of clients. * Clients are beginning to refuse to pay for junior associates to get trained on the job; * Legal jobs and services are quickly being shifted overseas; * There are fewer “big law” jobs available; and * Law students are taking on huge amounts of debt in the hopes of obtaining “big law” jobs. We quickly realized that there is a growing demand for a different type of legal education and our mission is to provide it. At St. Francis, we emphasize the things students need to know to practice law, thereby supplying the legal market with graduates who have already gained exposure to a wide range of skills that most law graduates do not obtain until several years on the job.
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