Even if the only thing you want is to sleep…
I decided to explore the morning habits of successful content creators and see which ones actually make a difference in my day and my work — but first, let’s talk about actually waking up early.
It’s easier for some than for others
If you’re like me, you can’t help but turn your alarm off whenever it rings. The reason why I started researching morning habits in the first place is that I was tired of feeling like I didn’t do anything productive in the morning.
How you spend your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so you have to be intentional about it.
Be intentional about it
This eventually comes down to discipline and willpower. Repeat positive affirmations, visualize your day, decide to be proactive rather than reactive.
Waking up at 6 am — or whatever time means “early” for you — is hard work. Don’t just go to bed the night before thinking that when your alarm rings, you will be up and running — especially if you have any excuse not to. If you don’t have a train to catch or office hours, then you are ten times more likely not to respect your engagement.
The first thing you need to do is to reduce the friction as much as possible — and to do so, you have to prepare your day the night before. Make sure to clean your space, pick your clothes, prepare your breakfast, and do anything else that can be done ahead of time.
The fewer decisions you have to take in the morning, the more likely you are to wake up ready to tackle the day.
Have something to look forward to
For me, it’s food. If I have a hearty breakfast waiting for me, I am way more likely to get out of bed and run to the kitchen without thinking twice about it.
Find something that motivates you to get out of bed. It can be food, morning playtime with your kids, enjoying a conversation with your spouse, going for a walk, etc.
And if nothing works… get a dog
Dog owners usually start their days earlier than others, because if they don’t take the dog out, they will have to wipe pee off the floor — and no one wants to wake up to that.
If you don’t want to get a dog — I don’t — then find a morning activity for which you will be forced to show up. It can be scheduling one of your calls early, volunteering, meeting with a book club… Anything. Mines are theatre and language classes: I teach theatre every Wednesday morning, French on Mondays, and I meet with my Spanish teacher on Fridays. The rest of the week, I’m just used to wake up early so it doesn’t require much effort.