Monday, April 4, 2011


I feel that I've successfully embraced the habit of waking up early.  I tried instigating it about a month ago.  After a week of setting my alarm before the rooster crowed, my body crashed and I went back to sleeping in.  I wasn't going about it properly, and this was reflected by my feeling sluggish, sick, and stressed.  About a week or two ago I tried again, using different techniques.  I am happy to report that I love waking up early now (hence the title of the post), even on weekends.

Here's what I was doing wrong before:
  • Went to bed too late: 11 or 11:30 p.m.
  • Drank coffee as late as 2:30 p.m.
  • Launched into the task too abruptly; set my alarm too early in the beginning of this exercise
My success now hinges on:
  • Going to bed at 9, no later than 10 p.m.
  • No coffee past 1 p.m. -- tea only
  • Started with an 8 a.m. wake-up, and gradually kicked it back to 6 or 6:30
 I feel I have embraced this habit permanently (I hope!) and have reaped rewards for doing this.  I can hit the mountain early for snowboarding and not crash or need a coffee; I get tasks done before heading to work, instead of madly trying to do it on my lunch break; my social life hasn't suffered, as I had feared earlier-- I just take disco naps to compensate on the night of an event.  I really love waking up early!