Introduction:

Getting out of bed in the morning means starting your day off right. Waking up early allows you to take on your tasks head-on. Unless you're stuck to your bed.

Spending one-third of your day sleeping is enough. Don’t get stuck in bed any longer.

Many people find that they’re more productive in the morning. Also, if you’re like my dad. Half the satisfaction is teasing people on how late they wake up

1.) Have a Reason to get up in the morning

Have a specific pursuit(*mission*) to drive you towards getting out of bed. For most people, this means going to work/school.

This may work well depending on what you’re studying/working as. Getting up for work is extremely difficult.

Get un-stuck by clinging to the 4 Pillars of Ikigai:
a) What you're good at

Practicing something that you’re good at allows it to become a habit. When things become habits, they are easier to do in your subconscious.

Procrastinate getting out of bed less. This will be easier, to do when you first get up in the morning.

“What if I’m not good at anything?”

Choose something you can see yourself succeeding in. We are motivated by positives. Find that you don’t have a skill/natural talent. Then do something that comes easier to you. Whether that be writing, reviewing videos drawing, etc.

Making improvements and having a chance of being great at what you do is motivating. A reward.

b) What do you love?

This is the best rule to shoot out of bed. Regardless of how stuck you feel.

- Would do this for free and/or pay to do it
- Can focus on it for long periods of time
- Spends spare time researching/learning about it: e.g.Podcasts, Documentaries, TV shows, etc.
- Makes you fulfilled after completion.

c) What you can be Paid For?

This is a tough one for people to understand. We need to realize that being paid for many things is possible. Even if you don’t think so.

Now is the time to be optimistic.

To find out if you can be paid for it follow one rule! Are people making money off that thing? Then you can be paid for it.

Try to be flexible at the beginning as well. For example, a logo graphic designer, making art for a website.

Even though, those are two different lanes. They still relate.

d)What the World Needs?
‘Need’ is a subjective word. Your Ikigai doesn’t need to save the world from destruction or extinction.

More so if there is a demand for it. Getting off that bed is easier knowing that people are relying on what you do.

Have a Short-term reward:

Give yourself a little treat, whether that be your favorite snack, a cup of coffee. Just something that helps you start the day off right.

Just makes sure the reward is far enough away from your room. Just so you don’t take it and then go straight to bed.

My favorite is coffee.

Have a Personal Obligation

Whether it be walking your dog or making breakfast for your partner every morning. Having somebody rely on you puts pressure to get going as soon as possible.

2.) Use an Alarm Clock

Keep your Alarm clock out of arms reach, aka sleep’s reach.

Rule of thumb; Feet need to be on the floor to hit the snooze button.

Setting Alarms:

Stop setting multiple alarms, then repeatedly hitting the snooze button. Just set the alarm at a later time. Research at Cleveland clinic shows, sleep in between snoozes isn’t restorative sleep. Meaning it doesn’t energize you.

Instead, get that extra hour of sleep with no interruptions. It goes a long way.

3.) Clean Room

Many psychologists suggest that a clean room equals a clean mind. Giving a fresh start at the end of the day.

Tidying your room also saves you time. Stops you from scrambling to find your stuff. Prepare the Day before

Can’t wake up. Maybe your body is dreading chores, that should be done the night before:

- Keep your coffee made
- Clothes Ready
- Bag/papers packed.
- Shoes cleaned
- Driveway shoveled.
- Shower the night before (depends)
4.) Setting Sleep Temperature

Ever woke up shivering, or sweatier than Lebron James in the fourth quarter of the 2015 NBA finals? Room Temperature could be holding you back.

The optimal temperatures for sleeping are 60-67degrees Fahrenheit(15.5C°-19.44C°).

This stops you from waking up too early. Which can disturb your sleep cycle? Either forcing you to get out of bed early, or going back to sleep, and slumbering past your wake-up time.

Waking up

Waking up Early When Cold

People struggle with waking up and feeling too cold to
get out of bed! Especially in the winter. Waking up and feeling cold is difficult. Because, leaving your bed, equals leaving your warmth. The solution to cold:

Face, Head, and upper chest are most sensitive to temperature changes. Try wearing a hat, as soon as you wake up.

We lose heat based off of the exposed surface area. This means, that you can lose more heat from an exposed limb (leg, arm) than your whole body. cover your body fully. Don’t just layer up, cover up! -()

Are your feet and hands cold? Maybe you have poor blood circulation. This can be treated with exercise, quitting smoking, etc.

Have you tried fixing your thermostat schedule? You can actually heat up your home at the time when you wake up. Till your all set in. Then when you’re out to work turn it off.

Some of us don’t have access to our thermostat, whether because we’re renting, or doing, or don’t pay the bills. The thermostat alternative is a portable heater. You can plug it into your wall and use remote control. This heats up your room without even leaving your bed.

Try purchasing a snuggie for only 22$ It’s like a blanket that you can wear. Now you can roll out of bed. Then technically still be in bed.

Don’t have grandma to knit for you? Get some wool socks.
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Author's Bio: 

Stephan is an anxiety and Procrastination Specialist. He coaches other people to help them get out of their own way and overcome mental obstacles. He’s a blogger, podcaster and life coach. His audience lovesto catch him at stephantoure.com