How to get up in the morning

Have you ever had the feeling that it's hard to get up in the morning? I wake up in the morning, and tell myself that I don't want to get up, that I don't want to write, that I don't want to work out. And the worst thing: I believe myself.

In the past, I have already done a lot of research and found quite some "hacks" for getting up in the morning. But instead of trying to hack yourself out of bed, we are better done solving the problem, than masking it.

When it's easy for you?

The easiest example is our childhood. We all had occasions where we couldn't wait to get up in the morning. Maybe it was our birthday, maybe Christmas, maybe our first day of schools, I won't judge you here.

It was easy because you were excited. As adults, we have to make a living, right now we still live in a global pandemic, days can seem to be mundane, boring, and repetitive. It can feel like it doesn't make any difference if you get up now, in 20 minutes or at all.

Even now, I guess you have some days when it's easier than on others. For me, it's Saturdays, getting up and working in the garden, or doing something around the house is exciting, or any weekday getting up at 5 AM just to write.

Excitement, Urgency, and Purpose

It's effortless to figure out what makes us get up in the morning. The childhood part has mostly to do with excitement. If some gift waited downstairs, of course I would have an easy time getting up, I'd be ready in no time.

I am not sure where the gardening part fits best, but the garden is also something that definitely needs to be done. Otherwise, the grass will grow over my head very soon. On one hand, it's urgency, but also excitement to be able to go outside and enjoy sun and nature.

Personally, my biggest driver is purpose. When I have set a purpose, like "I need to get up at 5 AM to write for an hour before anything else", if I believe this will improve my life, I am sold. And the 5 AM part also applies some urgency to it.

Figure out what's working for you

Nonetheless, you need to figure out what works best for you, there is no one-size-fits-all. It helps a lot to plan your day upfront because when you note why you are getting up tomorrow morning, and manifest that in your brain, it will be easier to remember.

Let me know what works for you.

Daniel Hauck

Daniel Hauck