4:30 a.m. — 4:45 a.m.: Wake Up window, where morning prep stuff like making the bed and brushing teeth happens.
5:00 a.m. — 6:00 a.m.: Exercise Time! Usually consists of a good warm up followed by HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and ends with a cool down stretch and occasionally meditation.
6:15 a.m.: Shower.
6:30 a.m.: Make Breakfast. These days that could be oatmeal and fruits, a green smoothie, or good old american breakfast (eggs, potatoes with onions, protein of some sort).
7:45 a.m. — 8:00ish a.m.: Catch up on any urgent emails and plan out the day.
The mornings don’t always follow this order.
If I have a big project that requires extra time, I’ll shorten one or more of the activities to fit in time for writing/working on that project.
If I’m sick, or just need a break, then I might sleep in a bit.
In general though, I try to stick to this schedule in the morning. It helps me get a good start on my day and I’ve noticed huge boosts in productivity. It also feels pretty cool to get the bulk of the days work finished before noon.
Waking up and hearing the birds chirp while it’s still dark is an interesting feeling. The world is quite. By that token, my mind is also quiet. The silent atmosphere captures my attention, and I’ve noticed its much easier to be mindful.
If you’d like to adopt this routine, or simply start waking up earlier. There are a few things you could try.
- Go to sleep earlier. This is easier said than done. It’s easy to simply get in bed and pretend to sleep. But actually falling asleep earlier is far easier when you’re actually tired. This isn’t usually the case if you’re a night owl. One of the ways that I had done this when first trying to establish a set schedule was to do some sort of exercise to tire myself so that I could fall asleep. I wouldn’t do that regularly, since I wouldn’t advise late workouts every night, but it could help to get the system started.
- Wake up earlier. If working out late to tire yourself isn’t your thing, then try waking up at, or near, the hour that you want to wake up. The key is to not take any naps during the day. Go about your day as you normally would. Drink coffee if you have to. Be persistent, and be patient. Your body will naturally tire towards the end of the day, and you’ll want to be in bed earlier than you would have otherwise.
- Use a sleep cycle [app]. I personally use an app called Sleep Cycle. It tracks your movement to measure your sleep cycles and wakes you at the point when you’re in your lightest sleep state. This has helped me a lot, since I used to sleep straight through my alarms each morning, and habitually wake up late. Since I started using sleep cycle, I haven’t missed a morning. Because you can still always just turn off the alarm, it’s still up to you to actually get out of bed. This will do the waking, you’ve got to do the getting up.
Those are all a few methods that I’ve used in the past. Hopefully one of them will work for you! Or maybe (more likely) you’ll come up with a method, or combination of methods that works best for you. Everyone is different. Find out what works best for you.