Tomorrow, on the first day of the new year, I will wake up at 6:30am. It will be the first day of my attempt to turn myself into an early riser.
I have never been an early riser. This is because I’m a very late sleeper. As early as 12 years old, I didn’t go to bed until midnight. That remained steady until college and graduate school. In my late twenties my normal bedtime was about between midnight and 12:30am. These days, the lights go off around 1am.
I don’t mind staying up late, but I don’t like the fact that it makes me wake up late. I also have a really hard time getting out of bed after I wake up, so the result is getting out of bed really late. In effect, I’ll start my day really late. That means I don’t get things done until really late in the day, which results in sleeping really late. It’s a vicious cycle I would really life to break.
I think my productivity will greatly improve if I can address my sleeping habits. And from a health standpoint, getting enough sleep is necessary. We’ve all been told the trifecta of good health- exercise, good nutrition, and sleep. I’ve been working on the first two, it’s high time I attempted to do something about the last one.
I’m also convinced that becoming a early riser will make me happier and more centered. Probably because I’ll be more productive and organized. And more zen.
I’ve always wanted to change my sleeping habits, but a blog post I read recently about how waking up early changed this guy’s life gave me the impetus to make a serious attempt at this waking up early thing. It was clear, simple, and direct. It made me want to do this thing.
I also got inspiration from Leo Babauta of zen habits, who wrote about his morning routine.
There’s a lot of stuff written about how to get out of bed, and I’m sure I’ll have to tackle that in the coming days here. But I want to get to the good stuff, so here’s what I plan to do tomorrow after I get up at 6:30am:
- Do some stretches
- Make a carrot-apple juice
- Write resolutions and intentions for the year
- Straighten up the living room and my office
- Watch the sunrise at 8:10am
I’m actually looking forward to waking up an hour and half before sunrise! I’m hoping that 2015 will be the year I become a morning person.
Happy New Year!