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It’s no secret that we all love to sleep.
I know I do.
When you love to sleep that much, waking up at 5 AM can sometimes feel like committing high treason against your bed.
Those lazy Sunday mornings where you sleep until 10 is probably something you look forward to all week.
Hate to burst your bubble, but did you know that waking up at 5 AM (yes even on Sunday) can make you more productive?
I always thought that waking up at 5 AM would make me less productive. I figured that I would trek through the rest of the day in a slump until I could finally take that long-coveted nap around 2 pm.
That is until I tried it.
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Why I Tried Waking Up At 5 AM
Back in June, I had a huge load of blog articles I needed to get through. (I also work as a freelance writer. (See my Upwork profile here!) The next day I was doing a photoshoot with some friends and I couldn’t afford to burn that midnight oil.
So, I decided to wake up super early and try and get everything done.
I have to be honest with you guys, I was dreading it. I thought that by the end of the day, I would surely be out of commission.
So What Happened?
Instead of going through the day in a funk, I had a level of unexplainable energy. I woke up at 5 am on the dot and forced myself to hit stop instead of snooze. I drank some water to wake myself up and started writing. Granted, I was writing from my bed (can you say poor ergonomics) but alas, I was up and I was writing. That’s all I could ask.
What happened next took me by surprise. I was able to blow through not one, not two, but three blog articles all before 8 AM. I took on the pile of laundry that had been ignored all week, I cleaned my kitchen, and I even managed to run to the local bakery to grab some breakfast.
So of course, as one does, ‘I took to the interwebs to find out if anyone knew about this. And they do!
So many people had the same experience that I did when it came to waking up early.
With that being said, if you’re thinking that you need to be more productive, maybe waking up at 5 AM is just what you need.
If the thought of waking up that early has you diving back under the covers (literally) here are a few tips to get started!
How You Can Start Waking Up At 5 AM
Create A Plan of Attack The Night Before
I wouldn’t have been so productive if I didn’t have a plan of attack that I created the night before. This doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed or extensive. Just make a list of everything you want to get done and put it in the order of importance.
For me, finishing blog articles was high on the priority list, so I put those up at the top. Everything else I needed to get done like cleaning or organization was put down below. Once I finish the hardest tasks, I was excited to get through the easier tasks.
Set An Alarm (Or Two Or Three)
If you’re anything like me, it’s so hard to wake up in the morning. To make sure I didn’t say “OK Google” in my sleep to turn off my alarm, I set a few different ones. You can only ignore it so many times.
Here are a few alarm clock to match every aesthetic!
4th Generation Echo Dot (This is so cute!! Check out the lighting)
Wooden Digital Alarm Clock
Sunrise Alarm Clock – For Heavy Sleepers
Jump Out Of Bed
While it may be difficult to fight the urge to continue laying there when your alarm goes off, don’t! Get up, drink some water, brush your teeth, wash your face, and let your body know that you’re getting ready for the day. If you feel up to it, take a shower. You’ll feel yourself waking up and it’ll be easier to get work done.
Even though I ended up working in my bed, the fact that I had gotten up and walked around woke me up and helped me feel less sleepy.
Change Your Clothes
You might feel tempted to stay in your pajamas while you try and get things done, but make an effort to change your clothes. If you’re in less cozy clothes, it’s harder to go right back into bed and keep sleeping.
I’ll be honest with you guys, I like mornings. So maybe getting up at 5 AM wasn’t as hard for me as it might be for you. However, if you feel like the day is constantly getting away from you, try waking up at 5 AM.
If you can’t handle doing it every day, try to do it once a week or once every two weeks. I definitely won’t be waking up at 5 AM every day. I’ll save it for those days where I have a huge workload and can use the extra time.
If you find yourself struggling throughout the day, feel free to take a nap! I’ve noticed that taking a short 15 to 20-minute nap helps me feel less sluggish and contributes to the productive feeling I from waking up at 5 AM.
Have You Tried Waking Up At 5 AM?
Have you guys tried waking up at 5 AM? Did you notice anything different? Let me know in the comments or feel free to message me!
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