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Published on January 3, 2020

How to Become a Morning Person (If You’re a Night Owl)

How to Become a Morning Person (If You’re a Night Owl)

There are plenty who credit a large portion of their success to being a morning person. Yet, if you were not lucky enough to be born a morning person, you may be wondering how to become one. You could even be a “morning-person skeptic” who believes you accomplish your best work in the evening, so you can’t understand all the commotion around being a morning person.

Whether you have been unsuccessfully trying to become a morning person or you just want to experiment with it, this article is for you.

The Challenge to Becoming a Morning Person

Let’s start with the basics, why is it so hard to become a morning person?

Not Getting Enough Sleep

When you don’t feel like you have enough time to accomplish your goals, you feel as though sleeping is a luxury you cannot afford. The truth is, getting the proper amount of sleep can be the foundation of your success.

Numerous studies have found a lack of sleep increases the likelihood of someone developing serious medical conditions. These conditions include, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.[1] In order for you to have the best chance of becoming a morning person, you need to give yourself about eight hours of sleep.

If you are sleeping less than eight hours a night and having difficulty waking up in the morning, then waking up is not the problem. Your problem is you are not getting enough sleep each night. Your body is simply trying to ensure you get the proper amount of rest to live a healthy life.

If you want to wake up at 4am, then you need to be in bed by 8pm. Likewise, if waking up at 6am is your goal, then you need to be counting sheep by 10pm.

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Most people who have difficulty becoming a morning person are going to sleep at midnight and trying to wake up at 5am. While I can appreciate the hustle, five-hours of sleep is not going to cut it.

Whatever time you want to wake up, you need to count back eight-hours to determine the time you need to go to sleep.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is something many struggle with when attempting to become a morning person. You want to get this under control before it leads to health problems in the future. You do not want to be someone who sacrifices their health to build wealth and then spend their wealth to buy back their health.

Feeling Not Accomplishing Enough for the Day

Like any change, the hardest part is getting started. If you are ready to become a morning person, then you must be ready to go to sleep without “everything” being done.

One of the hardest things a night person has to deal with is the idea of going to sleep without accomplishing enough. You lay awake at night wondering if you could have done more with your day. You consider whether you can salvage a less than stellar day with some late night heroics.

Instead of asking yourself what you can do to salvage your day, ask yourself “what can you do to have a day that doesn’t need to be salvaged?”

The best thing you can do to ensure you have an amazing day is to become a morning person. As simple as it sounds, studies show that morning people are happier, more productive, healthier, perform better in school, and their employers think more highly of their work.[2] I could keep going, but I think you get the point.

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The key takeaway is if you want to accomplish your goals, your best chance of doing so is by becoming a morning person. The way you start your day is often going to be a sign of how your day is going to go.

If you have a lack of discipline and push snooze several times, you are going to have a lack of discipline throughout the day. On the other hand, if you accomplish two big goals before 10am, you have already set yourself up to have a great day.

Becoming a morning person allows you to start your day the way you want. You can use this time to invest in improving yourself. Whether you use your morning time to exercise, meditate, or clean your house, you are going to be in a better mental space than someone waking up with only enough time to get ready to leave the house.

If someone wakes up feeling rushed and pressed for time, they are likely to go through their day feeling rushed and pressed for time. When someone exercises and makes healthy decisions in the morning, they are more likely to make healthy decisions throughout their day. That is why it is essential you learn how to become a morning person, so you can live your best life.

Getting Ready to Become a Morning Person

Are you ready to become a morning person? Good. Like any transformation, you want to make it as easy as possible to change your habits.

There are two ways to accomplish this feat. You make the new habits you want in your life easy to integrate, while at the same time making the old habits you are quitting difficult to continue.

For example, if you need to stop pushing snooze, then move the alarm clock out of reach. The farther you must walk, the more likely you are to stay awake. If you leave the alarm clock within arm’s reach of your bed, you may turn the alarm off in your sleep (been there, done that).

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Another way to help wake yourself up in the morning is to do something you love first. This can help you to feel excited about waking up and it can get the juices flowing. If you enjoy movement, start your morning with a brisk walk or a short exercise session. If you are someone who enjoys a good book, only read your favorite stories in the morning. This will help you to equate sleeping-in with the loss of something you enjoy.

What if You’re a Night Owl?

For those who are night owls, you are going to need to find an effective night-time routine.

If your normal night routine is working once everyone is asleep and falling asleep in your work, then you are going to need to find a more relaxing way to spend your evening. This will help your mind to stay relaxed and get into the mood for sleep.

When you are working throughout the night, your mind can be over stimulated and that makes it hard for you to go to sleep without finishing your work. By taking it easy and leaving your work for the next morning, you are increasing the likelihood you will be able to go to sleep early.

Some activities that will help you to wind down effectively are to meditate, turn off the television, read a book, and stretch.[3]

This night routine will be useful for you: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

Final Thoughts

If you want to become a morning person, you need to keep two things in mind:

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First, you need to prepare to wake up early. You cannot go to sleep late and hope you wake up early. You need to get the proper amount of sleep to make the habit out of waking up early easy.

Second, you need to make it easy to wake up and difficult to go back to sleep. Don’t wake up and think about whether you “feel” like getting up. The longer you are lying in the bed, the easier it will be to go back to sleep.

Instead, get out of bed as quickly as possible. Once you are up, go to the bathroom, grab a glass of water, or take a shower. Each of these activities will make it easier for you to stay awake and harder for you to go back to sleep.

If you focus on these things, you will be well on your way to becoming a morning person.

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15 Reasons Why You Can’t Achieve Your Goals

15 Reasons Why You Can’t Achieve Your Goals

The truth about many of our failed goals is that we haven’t achieved them because we didn’t know how to set and accomplish goals effectively, rather than having not had enough willpower, determination, or fortitude. There are strings of mistakes standing in our way of accomplished goals. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to fall victim to these mistakes for 2015. There are many common mistakes we make with setting goals, but there are also surefire ways to fix them too.

Goal Setting

1. You make your goals too vague.

Instead of having a vague goal of “going to the gym,” make your goals specific—something like, “run a mile around the indoor track each morning.”

2. You have no way of knowing where you are with your goals.

It’s hard to recognize where you are at reaching your goal if you have no way of measuring where you are with it. Instead, make your goal measurable with questions such as, “how much?” or “how many?” This way, you always know where you stand with your goals.

3. You make your goals impossible to reach.

If it’s impossible of reaching, you’re simply not going to reach for it. Sometimes, our past behavior can predict our future behavior, which means if you have no sign of changing a behavior within a week, don’t set a goal that wants to accomplish that. While you can do many things you set your mind to, it’ll be much easier if you realize your capabilities, and judge your goals from there.

4. You only list your long-term goals.

Long-term goals tend to fizzle out because we’re stuck on the larger view rather than what we need to accomplish in the here and now to get there. Instead, list out all the short-term goals involved with your long-term goal. For instance, if you want to seek a publisher for a book you’ve written, your short-term goals might involve your marketing your writing and writing for more magazines in order to accomplished your goal of publishing. By listing out the short-term goals involved with your long-term goal, you’ll focus more on doing what’s in front of you.

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5. You write your goals as negative statements.

It’s hard to reach a goal that’s worded as, “don’t fall into this stupid trap.” That’s not inspiring, and when you’re first starting out, you need inspiration to stay committed to your goal. Instead, make your goals positive statements, such as, “Be a friend who says yes more” rather than, “Stop being an idiot to your friends.”

6. You leave your goals in your head.

Don’t keep your goals stuck in your head. Write them down somewhere and keep them visible. It’s a way making your goals real and holding yourself accountable for achieving them.

Achieving Goals

7. You only focus on achieving one goal at a time, and you struggle each time.

In order to keep achieving your goals, one right after the others, you need to build the healthy habits to do so. For instance, if you want to write a book, developing a habit of writing each morning. If you want to lose weight and eventually run a marathon, develop a habit of running each morning. Focus on buildign habits, and your other goals in the future will come easier.

Studies show that it takes about 66 days on average to change or develop a habit.[1] If you focus on forming one habit every 66 days, that’ll get you closer to accomplishing your goals, and you’ll also build the capability to achieve more and more goals later on with the help of your newly formed habits.

8. You live in an environment that doesn’t support your goals.

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan in their book, The One Thing, state that environments are made up of people and places. They state that these two factors must line up to support your goals. Otherwise, they would cause friction to your goals. So make sure the people who surround you and your location both add something to your goals rather than take away from them.

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9. You get stuck on the end result with your goals.

James Clear brilliantly suggests that our focus should be on the systems we implement to reach our goals rather than the actual end result. For instance, if you’re trying to be healthier with your diet, focus more on sticking to your diet plan rather than on your desired end result. It’ll keep you more concentrated on what’s right in front of you rather than what’s up in the sky.

Keeping Motivated

10. You get discouraged with your mess-ups.

When I wake up each morning, I focus all my effort in building a small-win for myself. Why? Because we need confidence and momentum if we want to keep plowing through the obstacles of accomplishing our goals. Starting my day with small wins helps me forget what mess-ups I had yesterday, and be able to reset.

Your win can be as small as getting out of bed to writing a paragraph in your book. Whatever the case may be, highlight the victories when they come along, and don’t pay much attention to whatever mess-ups happened yesterday.

11. You downplay your wins.

When a win comes along, don’t downplay it or be too humble about it. Instead, make it a big deal. Celebrate each time you get closer to your goal with either a party or quality time doing what you love.

12. You get discouraged by all the work you have to do for your goals.

What happens when you focus on everything that’s in front of you is that you can lose sight of the big picture—what you’re actually doing this for and why you want to achieve it. By learning how to filter the big picture through your every day small goals, you’ll be able to keep your motivation for the long haul. Never let go of the big picture.

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13. You waste your downtime.

When I take a break, I usually fill my downtime with activities that further me toward my goals. For instance, I listen to podcasts about writing or entrepreneurship during my lunch times. This keeps my mind focused on the goal, and also utilizes my downtime with motivation to keep trying for my goals.

Wondering what you can do during your downtime? Here’re 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time.

14. You have no system of accountability.

If you announce your goal publicly, or promise to offer something to people, those people suddenly depend on your accomplishment. They are suddenly concerned for your goals, and help make sure you achieve them. Don’t see this as a burden. Instead, use it to fuel your hard work. Have people depend on you and you’ll be motivated to not let them down.

15. You fall victim to all your negative behaviors you’re trying to avoid with your goals.

Instead of making a “to-do” list, make a list of all the behaviors, patterns, and thinking you need to avoid if you ever want to reach your goal. For instance, you might want to chart down, “avoid Netflix” or “don’t think negatively about my capability.” By doing this, you’ll have a visible reminder of all the behavior you need to avoid in order to accomplish your goals. But make sure you balance this list out with your goals listed as positive statements.

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If you want to stop failing your goal and finally reach it, don’t miss these actionable tips explained by Jade in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

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Bottom Line

Overcoming our mistakes is the first step to building healthy systems for our goals. If you find one of these cogs jamming the gears to your goal-setting system, I hope you follow these solutions to keep your system healthy and able to churn out more goals.

Make this year where you finally achieve what you’ve only dreamed of.

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