Have you ever struggled to wake up early, despite knowing that it could be a game changer for your productivity and overall well-being? If so, you’re not alone. But it’s possible to develop the habit of waking up early, and the benefits are well worth the effort.
My friend Avery encouraged me to start waking up at 4:30 AM, and at first, I thought it was impossible. But once I got into the routine of it, I realized the numerous benefits of waking up early. For me, waking up early allows me to have quiet time with the Lord and to work out before my kids wake up. My husband Andrew and I have even joined a CrossFit gym and have loved working out together in the early morning hours.
But developing the habit of waking up early requires discipline, and there are a few key things that have helped me along the way.
First, I’ve had to make a conscious effort to go to bed by 9:00 PM. While I do enjoy staying up late, I’ve had to discipline myself to prioritize getting a good night’s sleep in order to wake up early.
If you’re someone who snoozes your alarm or sleeps through it, the Alarmy app can be a game changer. This app requires you to complete a stimulating activity before you can turn off your alarm, which helps your brain wake up more effectively.
As Christians, we can also look to Jesus as an example of the importance of setting aside time for prayer and reflection in the early morning hours. In Mark 1:35, it says, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Following Jesus’s example of waking up early can help us cultivate a deeper relationship with God and start our day off with a focus on what is most important.
If you’re struggling to wake up early, try starting small. Set your alarm for just 15 minutes earlier than you usually do and gradually increase the time as you get used to it. You can also try going to bed earlier to make it easier to wake up in the morning. And if you find it helpful, consider using an app like Alarmy to help you wake up more effectively.
Waking up early can be a great way to set yourself up for success each day. Whether you’re looking to spend more time with the Lord, get in a workout, or just have some quiet time to yourself, waking up early can give you the time and space you need to make it happen. So, if you’re feeling stuck in a rut and looking for ways to be more productive and start your day off strong, consider giving the habit of waking up early a try. You may be surprised at the positive impact it can have on your life.