One component of living a simple, minimalist lifestyle is using your time wisely. I think rising early is the best way to accomplish this goal. Rather than hitting the snooze button 20 times, get out of bed. Rising early is an amazing way to kick start your day. Below are a few tips to get you started.
1. Write down the reason you're getting up early.
By writing down the reason you want to get up early, your more likely to follow through on the goal. If you don't have one specific reason, write down 2 or 3 daily intentions and think about when you want to accomplish those tasks.
Planning your day will help you focus and stop wasting time. Plus this process will get you excited for the day ahead.
2. Use your time productively.
Use your extra time to actually wake up instead of rushing out the door. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book, and once awake, make time to work on the project of your choice.
3. To wake up early, (you must) go to bed early.
This tip is self explanatory. If you go to bed at midnight you probably won't be hopping out of bed at 5 or 6am. Going to bed early will give you ample rest and will help you rise early.
4. Get enough exercise.
It's essential to balance the body and mind. If your mind works hard all day, your body needs to match those efforts. By exerting your body through running, walking, or yoga, you will sleep more soundly and have a desire to go to bed early.
5. Find a wake up early buddy.
Being accountable to a friend is a great way to rise early. For instance, you can met your workout buddy at 5.30am for an early morning run or walk. If you know a friend is waiting for you, you will be less likely to hit the snooze button.
6. Just say "no" to the snooze button.
Hitting the snooze button is a bad habit. Just say no to the snooze button and get up when your alarm goes off. You are not getting any quality sleep by being awakened every 5-minutes anyway.
7. Put your alarm clock far away from your bed.
Make it hard for yourself to hit the snooze button. By placing your alarm clock far away from your bed, you'll be forced to get up and turn it off. Then you can dive into your morning ritual.
8. Create a morning ritual.
This ritual doesn't have to be complex. Mine looks something like this:
- Turn the alarm clock off.
- Get out of the bed.
- Open the windows and turn on a fan.
- Make a cup of coffee or tea.
- Feed, water, and play with the cats
- Turn on the computer.
- Start writing or reading.
- Do yoga, run, or walk.
You get the idea. My morning ritual isn't very exciting, however, by following this plan my brain and body know what to expect and I'm less likely to crawl back into bed. Plus, this ritual gives me a reason to get out of bed and get my day started.
For inspiration, read How to Wake Up Early. There are a lot of awesome tips to help you get out of bed.