I think the concept of Daylight Saving Time is one of those bureaucratic and ubiquitous aspects of modern life which everyone more or less accepts but which is actually pointless when you consider it for more than 5 minutes. But, since my ranting won’t do anything to end the practice, let’s do this instead: let’s make this ridiculous time change work for us.
Early Mornings Are Everything
“Morning” is my word for 2018. If you win the morning, you win the day. But, it is hard to get up early. Fortunately, the time change offers you the perfect opportunity to revise your morning routine. With the change back to standard time, the extra hour you’ll gain could be exactly what you need to start a new morning routine. Here are 4 steps to take so you can start getting that early worm.
1. Go to Bed Early This Saturday Evening.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the extra hour means you can stay up later. Head to bed at your normal time (or even better, a bit earlier) on Saturday.
2. Don’t Sleep In on Sunday Morning
Set your alarm for the new early time you’d like to get up on Monday morning.
3. Begin An Evening Routine
The key to getting up early is preparing the night before. Set out your clothes for the next morning. Shut down your email. Lay out your workout gear. Put out your coffee cup. I find that I need to begin shutting down around an hour before I want to be in bed.
4. When the Alarm Goes Off, Get Your Feet on the Floor ASAP
Once you get your feet on the floor, you’ve already won. Resist the urge to hit snooze and say “I’ll get up in a few minutes.” If you roll back over, you’re toast; get up immediately on your alarm. I’ve found that putting my alarm/phone beyond arm’s reach–thereby forcing me to put my feet on the floor in order to silence it–ensures that I actually get up when my alarm goes off.
Make “Early” Your Watchword
Greatness starts early in the morning. Anyone can learn to get up early, and this weekend offers you the perfect opportunity. Don’t miss it.
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