How to Get Up Early and Learn to Love It

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For the past few weeks I’ve been aiming to get up early and be out of bed before 6am. This is something I’ve always struggled with, and the fact I’ve got my routine down pat in WINTER is something to be applauded.

I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks that have been helping me to get up early, and actually enjoy it!

Organisation

This is key. If I am lazy the night before and nothing is organised, I am running around like a mad chook trying to grab things from dark rooms, as my partner gets up later than I do. The things I always have ready to go in the morning for when I wake up are:

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks prepped for work
  • Gym bag with clean towel, work clothes, gym card, makeup, etc
  • Handbag
  • Gym clothes laid out and ready to wear (next to bed for optimum warmth factor)
Alarm

The downfall I’ve had in the past is setting multiple alarms. Going back to sleep or snoozing that extra five minutes can really eff up your morning vibe. I set ONE alarm at 5.30 am, I get up immediately and change into my gym clothes and chuck on a hoodie. That way there is no turning back! The longer you stay in bed contemplating on getting up, the harder it gets! I find that once I am out of bed and outside, it doesn’t seem all that bad!

Weekends

Something I’ve noticed is that Mondays are way harder after a weekend that I sleep in more. I’m currently dabbling in getting up early on the weekends too. Maybe not as early as my week days, but not staying in bed until 11am certainly makes Monday morning wake-ups more bearable because your body clock isn’t so out of whack. I try to get up by at least 7am, make myself a coffee and enjoy the morning out on the balcony of my apartment.

Appreciate

The thing that makes it all worthwhile is appreciating an early morning. It’s quieter. Birds are singing. Sunrises. The feeling of the day being new and ahead of you. I realise this is super mushy but learning to appreciate an early morning for what it is – an opportunity – makes getting up worthwhile.

How early do you get up in the morning?

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  • I’m so bad with this. I always joke that I’m still on Uni time. Usually I work afternoons and nights so it is struggletown getting out of bed at any reasonable hour. I seriously commend you for being able to start this in winter haha

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      Your job can certainly play a part what time you get out of bed for sure! I don’t have the work excuse with my job – working from 8.00 – 4.30 haha.

      Also yes I am surprised at myself too! Winter is normally a time of hibernation for me!

  • I do the exact same as you girl!! I lay my gym clothes out on top of my drawers so I don’t have to go looking in the dark, bag packed, food in and all my work clothes packed too! Once I’m out of the house and on a train there’s no turning back haha!
    X Izzy http://www.izzywears.com

    • Kate Flint

      It helps so much! I normally feel much better about going to gym by the time I’m out of my apartment and in the car 🙂

  • Love this post kate! If I want to exercise during the week I have to wake up at 4:30 which is something I am really struggling with! Will definitely take on some of these tips! <3

    T

    • Kate Flint

      It sucks you have to get up that early, but hopefully you find your rhythm soon!

  • I’ve been waking up before 6am every day for the past week for work & am surprised by how much more productive I am! I’m also loving the fact that I get my work done quicker & have more ‘switch off’ time at night – which is so important!

    Sharni // A Girl & Grey

    • Kate Flint

      I’m the same, I feel WAY more productive in the mornings than I do at night, it’s a nice feeling!

  • I loved this post and it couldn’t have come at a better time! Since I started freelancing I work from home, into the late hours of the night and I wasn’t setting morning alarms which meant I would sleep in until 9am on weekdays! It was totally throwing my day out of whack so I have since started setting it at 7am and forcing myself to get up, although I am very guilty of hitting that snooze button! x

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely need motivation to be up and about when you work from home!

  • Bernadette

    I am definitely a morning person. I’ve always wanted to be able to naturally wake up 6am. Some days I overall wake up early. I’m always the first one up and the latest I have ever slept in is 9:30 am. I often wake up between 7 – 8 am but I wish I could get up 6 am naturally without an alarm clock. That’s an eventual goal of mine. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to sort out this routine in winter. This cold weather is like a sedative on me, I’m always sleepy and feeling sluggish.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • Kate Flint

      I wish it came easier for me! In high school I would wake up at 5.30 everyday with no issue, but while I was on antidepressants I would sleep 15 hours and still be tired, it was awful!

  • Steph

    I love getting up early…in summer.

    I can’t say the same about winter.

    For school, I used to get up at like 3AM sometimes to study. But, I’m definitely a morning person.

    Great and helpful tips!

    Steph
    http://www.socialspying.com

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely easier where I live in Australia, it’s not all that chilly in the mornings! 🙂

  • So inspiring that you’ve done this AND in Winter!! I currently get up at 7.30am, but it would be nice to get up at 6.30am and move my body. I know my dog would appreciate the morning walks!
    Isabella | http://www.digyhu.com

    • Kate Flint

      I was shocked at myself hahaha. Pupper would definitely appreciate the walkies! I think having a purpose of getting up early really helps the motivation to get up as well 🙂

  • Im trying to do the same thing. Although, I do have to be up at like 5am some days to be at work at 6.45am. So I really don’t want to be up tat early everyday, But I no longer sleep in until 12pm 🙂

    x
    Ironic Minimalist / http://www.ironicminimalist.com

    • Kate Flint

      True, some days I want to spend a little longer in bed, but I try to be up and about before 8am hits on weekends at the very least (if I’ve had a late night) to keep my body clock happy 🙂