Waking up early is the biggest strength any human can have. I am practicing being more mindful about this habits with just 5 easy steps:

1. Dimming the lights in your home an hour before you go to bed.

Turning off all those bright lights a few hours before you go to bed can really help your brain start to understand that its time for bed. It can be a calming experience and can really set the mood for some well needed sleep.

2. Get to bed early.

I know this is everyone’s first step to a better morning, but it plays a huge role in how productive you truly are throughout the duration of the morning. If you wake up on 5 hours of sleep, you probably won’t be as productive compared to a solid 8 hours of sleep.

3. Eat a small breakfast.

As much as you want to believe your mom was wrong about breakfast, she wasn’t. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is important to get something in your belly. It helps fuel the brain and let’s your body understand that it is time to get moving.

4. Make a realistic to do list.

In my experience, waking up early is an incredible advantage that helped me focus my mind in the morning and get started on my long to do list. I am free of distractions and responsibilities at that time.

5. Take a walk outside.

This is honestly the best way to pave the path of productivity for your day. It gets you moving and benefits your overall wellness. For all my animal owners, consider taking your animal for a walk outside with you. Even if you can’t get a walk in the morning, consider taking one later in the day when you have more time.

How you think, feel, and act in the morning and the night before can make or break the rest of your day. After reading the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I quickly realized that my life was not at its full potential. Nor would it ever be, if I didn’t start to prioritize waking up early everyday.

It is skill set that needs to develop with habits and repetition. If you can master waking up early, you are more likely to fall into better habits for your health. Charles Duhigg explains this theory with great research in his best selling book, The Power of Habit, in 2012.

If you know me, you should know that I am a night owl and will gladly hit the snooze button repeatedly with no problem at all. That is until I am late and dreading my every waking decision after misleading myself down a dark path of sleepy decisions. As I continue to get older, the more I resonate with the old saying: “The early bird gets the worm.” Although an extremely worn out and simple concept, it can really take you zero to hero in no time at all.

I truly consider waking up early as an atomic habit. James Clear explored many studies in his career to solidify a formula where an individual can make a considerable difference for the long term. He called it the 1% rule. The book Atomic Habits by James Clear goes very in-depth with results and is overall a great self motivational read.

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