Do you envy the #bossbabe entrepreneur that seems to do it all? Waking up before the sun comes up, getting in their workout before their kids wake, having productive and organized days, spending time with their family, and finishing the night with a relaxing glass of wine and some Netflix and chill. You think to yourself, ‘I WISH I could be like that. I WISH I could have my life together that much.” Well, I’ve tried to be that person, and I have not succeeded yet.
I wish I could be that “early bird catches the worm”, bright and sunny, waking up at 5am morning person. But, alas, I’m not. I’m actually the furthest from that. I’m more of the stay up until midnight or 1am and would love to sleep as late as possible kind of person. But, if I want to be a productive member of society and the #bossbabe I dream of being, I can’t be that either. So I try to find a happy medium somewhere in the middle of staying up until the crack of dawn and waking up at the crack of dawn.
Entrepreneurs are in the unique situation of not having to clock into a full-time job, but yet, also still having to wake up and get shit done. When you first transition to working for yourself, it can be hard to get into the routine not allowing yourself to sleep in too late. The struggle truly can be real until you find what works for you.
Over the years of TRYING to be an early riser, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped ease the pain I feel when the alarm clock goes off every morning. Sleep patterns and waking up is a very personal thing, so I can’t promise what works for me is going to work for you every time, but I can guarantee that when you find the things that help you get up every day, you will wake up refreshed and ready to crush your #bossbabe to-do list.
Put your alarm clock in a nearby room. This is an often shared tip, but one I never took to heart until about six months ago. Seriously, just put your alarm, or in my case, my phone, in the bathroom or other nearby room. It causes you to need to get up and out of bed to go shut off your alarm, and we all know getting out of bed is the hardest part.
Set out your clothes, workout gear, or whatever you are putting on in the morning the night before. Eliminating time wasting decisions will make your mornings more efficient and less stressful. Plus, if you’re working out first thing, the immediate action of putting your clothes on first thing will give you less time to talk yourself out of that ever-so dreadful workout.
Drink a large glass of room temp water first thing. The act of drinking water is a fantastic way to wake you up and gets you out of the “I just want to go back to bed” mindset and into the “ready to crush the day” mindset. The added benefit of starting the day already having downed 16oz of water is just a bonus. But, make sure to fill up the glass of water and put it by your sink before bed the night before. Ice cold water can be a little jarring on the not yet awake body.
Decide three things that you will do before checking your social media and emails. We often get up, and the first thing we do is to check our emails and Instagram likes. As soon as you get that email notification of the “urgent” task from your client, your whole day is derailed. No longer do you have your morning to yourself as you will constantly be thinking of that ever so important task that needs to be done NOW. To avoid that, pick three things that are important to you in your morning that you will do before checking in with the virtual world. Some ideas can be: meditation, journaling, working out, taking a walk, personal development, reading a book, making an excellent breakfast, stretching, etc. The options are endless, but when you prioritize your essential tasks over the tasks of your clients, your day will start on a much more positive note. But don’t forget to schedule time for these tasks when deciding when to wake up.
Try to shut off your phone and work an hour before bedtime the night before. The way we wake up is very much determined by the way we go to bed. If we go to bed rushed and stressed about work, we are most likely not going to sleep well. If we shut down an hour before bed, spend time with our loved ones or immersed in a good book, or even a relaxing tv show, we will fall asleep easier and wake up less frazzled. This is not only good for our sleep but also good for the soul. BONUS TIP- Write down your to-do list for the next day the night before. This will cause less worry and allow your mind to shut off as you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything the following day.
As I said, I am certainly NOT a pro at waking up early. But, because it is a struggle for me, I have worked hard to find things that make it a little easier. As entrepreneurs, it is vital that we see what works for us and what makes us the most productive, creative, and efficient bosses we can be. This all stems from how we wake up.
Finding a morning routine that works for you takes work, so don’t think it’s going to happen overnight (no pun intended). Give yourself grace as you test and try out new routines. You will find one that works for you and when you do you will know it. You will no longer dread the morning alarm clock. Well, at least not as much!