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5 Things That Will Happen When You Wake Up Two Hours Earlier For A Month

5 Things That Will Happen When You Wake Up Two Hours Earlier For A Month

Some of the most successful people in the world wake up early. I’m not talking about 07:00 or 08:00 o’clock. I mean so early that the average person is still fast asleep. Sure, each one of us is different – the important thing is to find a routine; find what works for your unique internal body clock.

There are many benefits to rising earlier. So, if you are playing around with your sleep routine to see what works or if you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, why not rise a couple of hours earlier to see what happens. You might be pleasantly surprised at the benefits.

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1. You’ll have much more quality time for yourself

You’ll have more quality time to yourself if you wake-up earlier, free of distractions. In the early hours of the morning, no one is bothering you. People are asleep. Facebook is asleep.You can dedicate your time and energy to activities that benefit you, whether it be reading, writing, exercising or any other soul-fulfilling activity.

2. You’ll have more time to exercise

Wake up earlier and free up additional time to exercise. You’ll feel motivated to walk outside and move your body while enjoying the sunrise and nature. Exercise by its very nature is healthy for you, but more so early in the morning. It provides you with fuel to conquer the day. It boosts your focus, concentration and ultimately your productivity. This is no secret.

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3. You’ll be more in sync with nature (And the birds. Yes. The birds)

Not only will you be more in sync with yourself, but also with nature and your surroundings. By waking up earlier, you’ll have greater appreciation for smaller elements of life you previously took for granted, such as the humming of the birds. Over time you’ll become more in touch with nature. You’ll become more peaceful, relaxed and you’ll think clearer. You’ll be able to plan your day ahead with absolute conviction.

4. You’ll grow exponentially

Often, after a long day’s work, all you want to do is unwind. This is normal. But how often do you find yourself on the couch, in front of the television? Or browsing through Facebook? I’m sure this happens pretty often. I too am guilty of this. What’s worse is that this often (or sometimes, depending on who you are) extends beyond your bedtime, into the late hours of the morning.

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Whilst relaxation is important, such activities don’t allow for self-improvement. In fact, when you go to bed later, you wake up feeling exhausted as you’ve have spent added time glued to your screen. Wake up earlier to focus on your personal growth, distraction free. You’ll have greater clarity regarding your future plans.

5. You’ll sleep better (a lot better)

Over time, through waking up earlier, you’ll go to bed earlier. Ultimately you’ll sleep better and feel rejuvenated for the day ahead. You’ll have more energy and be a lot more productive. One study published in Springer Link found that those who go to bed later are more likely to be overwhelmed with repetitive negative thoughts.

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It takes time (ease into it)

Of course, it takes time to form new habits, 21 days, in fact, research shows. As someone who has always struggled to wake up early, researching and writing this article has given me the necessary encouragement to challenge myself to do so. Why?

Firstly, there are the benefits listed above. The benefits don’t arise from creating more time in the day or cutting back on sleep. The idea is to shift your sleep routine. This is where I have struggled – and I aim to change this. Secondly, I enjoy a challenge. If you do too, why not join me?

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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