May 092012

I perceive waking up early as the habit of champions and difference makers.
I believe those who rise early are the world’s movers and shakers. There is something magical about the early morning that improves your mode, balances your day and sets you up for a fresh start.
Recently, I followed some effective tips that helped me join the tribe that rise at 4:00 am!

Here are 7 tips that worked for me:

  1. Put the alarm clock far from bed.
  2. Go to bed early. I usually go to bed around 10:30 pm
  3. Understanding the sleep cycle is important if you want to get up earlyUnderstanding the ‘sleeping cycle’. We sleep in 90-minute cycles. The best time to wake up is at the beginning or end of each cycle. When you adjust your sleeping period and your alarm to ring at the right time, you’ll find it easier to wake up fresh. For example, if I go to bed at 10:30 pm, then it is easier to wake up at 4:30 am (i.e. 6 hours = completing 4 x 90-minute sleeping cycles)
  4. Advertise my early wake up habit. Since, I wrote a blog post about waking up early, so I had to walk my talk first. Also, I advertised the habit among my friends and associates.
  5. Find something important to wake up for. I wake up at 4:30 am to pray. This spiritual activity provides me with a compelling reason to get out of bed everyday at such an early time.
  6. Have a pleasurable morning ritual. My morning ritual can include praying, reading, meditating, taking a hot shower, and writing.
  7. use your mental alarm to get up early The Mental Alarm. This tip is based on my personal experience and it usually works like a magic. The trick is to give your mind an order to wake you up at a certain time. Then, visualize the alarm clock ringing at the desired time and see yourself getting up out of bed fresh and happy. I am not sure if there is a scientific explanation of why this works. You can just give it a try today and let me know the result.

This is a guest post of very good friend of mine. Mohamed Tohami  is Bestselling Author & Motivational Speaker who wanted to share his experience with you on how to get up early. In his blog, Midway Simplicity, Mohamed Tohami shares simple living ideas that fall midway between extreme frugality & radical minimalism and the hoarder’s extreme fear of deprivation. If you’re looking for more mainstream simple living ideas that are not too harsh for your lifestyle, then give a visit to Tohami’s Midway Simplicity blog and start enjoying more with less.

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