How I trained myself to get up earlier

Alarm clockI am not what you would call a morning person. I’m a writer, for heaven’s sake!  But getting up early has become really important for me. When I have a lot of work stacking up and I add my blogs into my daily routine, it feels as if there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. These are the techniques that I used to make a new habit and learned to get up earlier:

  1. Decided what time I wanted to get up. In my case 6am so that I could do a couple of hours, write my blog and catch up my email before everyone else started work (and started sending me emails and phoning me).  The point is to set a time and stick to it.
  2. Set myself a goal. Initially, I aimed to get up early every weekday for a month. I read somewhere that if you can make a new routine stick for a month, it becomes a self-sustaining habit. It proved true in this case.
  3. Promised myself a reward. I always wanted to learn clay pigeon shooting so I promised myself I would book a day’s shooting if I got up early for a month.
  4. Tracked my progress using Joe’s Goals. The more I use this little website app, the more I like it. I used to track these kinds of routine, habitual things using recurring tasks in Outlook but it was a bit fiddly and, addicted as I am, I didn’t have Outlook open all the time. I also used a little Post-it note on my monitor and ticked off the days, convict-style.
  5. Get clothes, computer and breakfast ready the night before. Don’t want to trip over everything trying to do basic tasks when I’m half-asleep.
  6. Alarms. I set my beside alarm for 0600 – and this is the clever psychology – I also set my telephone to ring at 0605 but I put the phone on the other side of the room so that I have to get out of bed to stop it ringing. In the UK, you dial *55*0605# to do this. What happens is this: either I wake up and cancel the alarm or I get up and answer the call to stop it ringing. First, we’re strongly programmed to answer the phone*. Second, I’m very strongly programmed not to wake my wife up! A ringing phone will do this so I have powerful motivators at work: guilt and fear. This technique works every time but I had previously reserved it for early morning trips to the airport and things like that.
  7. Naps. Sleep is like money in the bank. If you overdraw by getting up early, you have to pay in some other time. Initially, I did this by having short naps after lunch. I suspect that over time the body adjusts to less sleep – most army people get by on less sleep than the rest of us, for example – but this seems to happen over a longer period than a month.
  8. Earlier nights. In the long run, going to bed an hour or so earlier and having lie-ins on weekends meant that I was getting the right amount of sleep. Like jet lag the adjustment is a little painful but it only took a week or two to get used to the new routine.
  9. Boast widely about your new early-birdiness. It makes feel good to tell people ‘oh I get up at 6am’. Also, my friend Stuart says ‘we are the stories we tell about ourselves.’ If I describe myself as a punctual, early-rising, efficiency robot then maybe that’s what I’ll become (when I’m not a bohemain, enterpreneurial writer genius ).
  10. Always leave them wanting more! (See my post on writing top ten lists.)

To cut a long story short. It worked! I wake up at six, feel fresh and hop right out of bed without any alarms or bribery. I get two or three extra prime working hours a day.

None of this is rocket science, but I reckon if it can turn a lay-a-bed writer into a member of the dawn chorus, it’s got to be worth sharing. Your mileage may vary.

* This is the source of the classic joke: “The phone rang in the absent-minded professor’s house at 3am and he got up to answer it. Wrong number! ‘Sorry to disturb you,’ said the embarassed called. ‘Oh, that’s alright, I had to get up to answer the phone anyhow,’ replied the absent-minded professor.” (The old ones are the best.)

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116 Responses to How I trained myself to get up earlier

  1. Richard Millington July 13, 2006 at 7:25 am #

    I tend to wake up around 6.30am now, took myself a while to get into it, about a month. I am very much a morning person, doing all my best ‘work’ before 11am.

  2. Sean Paulman July 13, 2006 at 11:54 am #

    Great project! I’ve experimented with it by wakeing up about 5-10 min. earlier everyday, until I hit my goal. Being in the Marines doesn’t always allow this, but it seems to work for me.

  3. Lynn July 13, 2006 at 12:03 pm #

    I am an early riser by nature – I love the mornings but dont like have to leave for work lol I like to study, read the paper (online). breakfast, talk with friends on the phone. I find that I wake earlier in summer than winter by about an hour and that this has been consistent for the last 20years that I have been aware of it.

  4. Stephen July 13, 2006 at 12:19 pm #

    I get up at 6am for work every day, I work freelance so there are some weeks where I don’t go to work on those weeks I revert back to being a lazy bones again.

    I can confirm that not everyone will find that getting up at 6am for a month will make a self-sustaining habit. In fact even though I do this every day it does not always get easier, some weeks it is almost impossible to get out of bed at 6am. On those days I am invariably late to work.

    Also, wait until the winter when it is dark in the mornings, for me this makes it even harder to get out of bed. In the summer with a beautiful bright morning outside it is often much easier.

  5. Jay July 13, 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    Good post.

    I was once the type of person that had to be at work at 8 so I’d wake up at 7:15 and rush. This was very stressful every morning and generally guaranteed that I would be crabby until Noon. Over the years I trained (forced) myself to get up earlier and now I am generally up at 4:30-5:15 without an alarm. The 2 hours before I head to work are the most productive hours of the day because I can get stuff done while the wife, kids, cat co-workers customers are all sleeping.

    Funny, I still go to bed at 11 so I think I’ve actually trained myself to require less sleep.

  6. Daniel July 13, 2006 at 1:44 pm #

    Those are some great tips. I personally developed an early morning habit in order to get that extra few hours as well. Improving your ability to nap will do wonders throughout the rest of your day to keep you going.

  7. egon July 13, 2006 at 1:47 pm #

    I can’t do this. I get up for work at 7 AM every weekday but on the weekends I sleep until I wake up. I know it’s bad for me but I have to catch up on the sleep. I’ve tried getting up earlier than I have to but if I set the alarm like on a weekend, I cannot bring myself to get up. I just say “I don’t HAVE to get up so I’m not going to.” I kick myself in the ass for it later, but it feels so damn good to sleep. Altogether though, I hate sleep. I think it’s a waste of time but I can’t function without enough of it.

  8. Joe July 13, 2006 at 2:01 pm #

    Try having a baby – it really gets you up in the morning (and at 11pm, 1am, 3am, 5am)

  9. spx July 13, 2006 at 2:11 pm #

    for what in hell should this be a great idea?

    “It makes feel good to tell people ‘oh I get up at 6am’.” – are you kidding me? the only thing i would think after a comment like this would be “poor guy. what a great luck i can sleep as long as it’s possible”

    sometimes i’ve to get up at 05:00, sometimes i can sleep till 13:00 – its various, and i thank god for that.

    do what you want to, but how would you think about being 60 years old, not longer working, and still getting up at 06:00 for no reason? calling the doctor one day because you couldn’t sleep any moore, guessing you trained yourself to be like a machine?

    strange, very strange which goals some people have…

    my2cents…

  10. Craig McGinty July 13, 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    I agree with setting yourself a set time to wake up and most importantly stick to it. But I go to bed when I feel tired, and can’t really do anything more or feel irritable. This has the advantage of self correcting through the week, because if you have not had enough sleep then you get tired earlier and so head off to bed. Somehow it works!

  11. Jonathan July 13, 2006 at 4:53 pm #

    Excellent tips — these make a lot more sense than Steve Pavlina’s. I have a general strategy of putting myself in the “early-rising mindset” the night before: reminding myself how important it is to get up at x o’clock. Generally I arise still in that mindset, and as long as I get up right away at that point, I’m alright.

  12. Anita July 13, 2006 at 7:36 pm #

    I loved your list. Sure hope my husband sees it!

  13. Daniel July 13, 2006 at 7:42 pm #

    6am is early? I have to get up at that time everyday to make it into work by 7:30 (1 hour commute sucks). I then get home about 5, and I’m in bed by 9:30. I’d love it if by getting up at 6 I was getting a few more hours in the day, rather than just sitting in a car.

  14. John McDermott July 13, 2006 at 7:45 pm #

    Cool! I am trying something similar with another tracking web site I use called http://trackslife.com

  15. Jill July 13, 2006 at 7:56 pm #

    I bought an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock that doesn’t have a Snooze function! Knowing I COULD NOT go back to sleep because there was nothing to wake me up again was good enough to keep me up. Plus, the bell on those things is SO loud that it took about 10 minutes for my heart to stop racing every time it went off. Nothing like adreneline to wake you up and get you going!

  16. Barry July 13, 2006 at 8:29 pm #

    Well, it is all good if you are a single person.
    I used to wake up at 7 AM. But when my gf came back, I have to wait for her……..

  17. Thomas July 13, 2006 at 9:13 pm #

    Great tips.
    I’ve found that minimizing temperature difference between your bed and bedroom also helps.
    Having a bed thats reasonably high above the ground is better than a matress on the ground, because the physical act of getting up is less when all you have to do is put your legs out of bed compared to actually STANDING UP from lying down.

  18. Ero San July 13, 2006 at 9:42 pm #

    Seems like a good way to archieve your goal. The problem is I’ve tried everything and no way works for me.

    I’m a creature of the night. It would seem like I was not designed to wake up early.

    But im going to try this. If this work, it would be quite impressive.

  19. scrapironjaw July 13, 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    With respect, getting up early isn’t really the complicated production many people make it out to be.

  20. Don Marti July 13, 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    Normally I get up early naturally, but I had to train myself to get up early in the winter when it was still dark.

    I got a fluorescent shop light and a timer. I set the timer for half an hour before the alarm clock, and put the light where it would illuminate one bedroom wall but I couldn’t see it directly from the bed. Worked on me, but maybe I’m easy to fool.

  21. fartikus July 13, 2006 at 11:16 pm #

    long ago i decided to be an early riser. i would be at the gym by 5am at the latest. bed by 11pm. if you really want to see early risers, look at people who work in financials. by 5am many have already left the gym, thats just insane.

  22. D Craddock July 13, 2006 at 11:24 pm #

    I have been trying to train myself to get up earlier for the last couple of weeks. So far I’ve not managed it once properly.

    I think a lot of things make sense, perhaps I’ve not been setting myself goals correctly. I find going to bed to be hard, always takes upto an hour to get sleep – its very annoying because I loose out on sleep.

  23. Michiel July 14, 2006 at 1:34 am #

    don’t try to live on less sleep then your body requests. It’s been proven over and over again to have serious negative effects on your body. Go to bed early.

  24. Brian Shensky July 14, 2006 at 2:51 am #

    How, after 35 years of waking up late, do you quickly and easily switch to waking minutes, even hours, earlier?

    Easy. Have a kid.

  25. Jeremy Spouken July 14, 2006 at 3:18 am #

    Sweet post :) Im going to try it. I’ve always been so lazzy when it comes to getting up early in the morning. But I need to get up early :/ for work which kinda sucks cause I’m more productive during nights.

  26. Steve Miller July 14, 2006 at 4:02 am #

    Let me share my solution. If you are a coffee drinker….even if your not…. go to your grocery store beverage aisle and pick up a few cans of Starbucks Italian Roast Iced Coffee. Keep them really cold in the fridge. As sson as the alarm goes off walk straight to the fridge, pop the can and guzzle. Not only is this the absolute best way to wake your butt up in seconds but it makes your day just take off! I know what your thinking, if I have a hard time waking up I won’t even bother getting out of bed. Well you only need to force yourself up the first day. After that you will sprint to the fridge in antisipation of that feeling of being able to conquer the world. Try it.

  27. Kent July 14, 2006 at 4:50 am #

    A slightly different take on this. . .at one point I was going to take a job that required me to get up very early – something like 4am. At that time my father was a colleague of the head of Stanford’s sleep center, and I was lucky to get a private interview, so to speak. The man described to me some sort of biochemical chain of events that starts the awakening process that is triggered by sunlight. (sorry, can’t remember the details except that it involved melatonin). So the prescription was, if you need to wake up early and quickly, look into bright sunlight for about 15 seconds, I think it was.
    Likewise, if you need to sleep late, shield your eyes from sunlight – perhaps wear a pair of those airline eye covers.
    I’ve tried both techniques and they work for me.

  28. David N. July 14, 2006 at 7:12 am #

    Awsome post, thanks for the advice!

  29. Dror Engel July 14, 2006 at 11:38 am #

    Great post,i wrote about it in my blog
    http://www.drorengel.com/Blog/TrainingYourselfToWakeupEarly.aspx

  30. Steve July 14, 2006 at 12:32 pm #

    I HATE getting up early but when I do have to be woken up before I am ready I have learned to set my internal alarm clock.

    Before going to sleep I picture a clock winding over from the present time to the time I want to wake up and then picture myself waking up.

    I don’t quite trust myself, even after years of using this method so I always set a real alarm “just in case” but this it rarely fails to wake me before the backup goes off.

    In fact, just this morning I needed to wake up and forgot to set either my body or a real alarm and slept right through. :P

  31. Bob Little July 14, 2006 at 1:33 pm #

    I don’t think Steve posted those comments. Most likely an imposter since your article is about a quite different way of getting up early than the way Steve has written about some time ago.

    And even if your advice were the exact same as what Steve wrote he still wouldn’t have any exclusive right to it.

    Great article by the way!

  32. Nate July 14, 2006 at 1:34 pm #

    I’ve read that a person’s natural sleepfulness and wakefulness cycles are not actually tied to when and how long a person sleeps but that they can be influenced by repetition and habit. Its always bugged me that such a natural behavior takes effort and concentration to get the most from. Great post, btw.

  33. Sarah July 14, 2006 at 3:17 pm #

    I doubt those comments are actually from Steve Pavlina. I’ve read his blog regularly for a month or so now and they don’t sound at all like him – he seems like a really, really nice guy, so this would be completely out of character for him. Also, in the second one, the name is spelled wrong :) Maybe some jack*ss is trying to give him a bad name?

  34. e July 20, 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    Nice one…. I am working on creating the habit… good to know that it works, just have to “put the work in” as it were….

  35. Jan August 2, 2006 at 12:44 am #

    I have to say that until I woke up one day at 4 am and just felt like staying up, I never realized the feeling that one has when the world is asleep.

    I was out on my porchswing drinking tea when I realized that I could hear the cows lowing from the dairy farm a mile away. I never knew that they all called “moooo” at 4 am.

    Rising early is GREAT!

  36. Steven August 4, 2006 at 6:40 am #

    make sure u have ur alarm clock far away from ur bed so u have to get up to shut it off. i tend to just it off and go right back to sleep if its on the nightstand sometimes

  37. Marcin September 25, 2006 at 5:41 pm #

    Another classic. “The night preceeding an exam on university a phone rang in the professor’s house at 3 am. He got up and answered it. “For god’s sake. It is 3 am and I am sleeping!” he started. “And we – on contrary – are still studying” – the voice wailed.

  38. AL December 1, 2006 at 8:54 am #

    Cool techniques. I will give them a shot.

  39. Neel January 24, 2007 at 12:11 pm #

    east or west !
    rising early is the best !

  40. Leo February 13, 2007 at 1:54 am #

    Congrats! I’ve found that the mornings are the best time of day. I personally wake at 4:30 a.m. (see How I became an early riser and it’s one of the best changes I’ve ever made. Keep it up!

  41. Andrew Denny March 13, 2007 at 11:45 am #

    What you don’t say is how to train yourself to go to bed earlier. This is what lets me down – I always feel a surge of energy and creativity after 10pm, and I can’t remember when I last fell asleep before 1am. Usually it’s 2-3am, so I’m always tired.

  42. George July 4, 2007 at 7:54 pm #

    Good ideas, I’ve been using some of them specifically #3 and #9 for quite a while. If you find that those don’t work for you try
    http://www.howtowakeupearly.com or Steven Pavlina articles on early rising

  43. EDGAR October 10, 2007 at 10:01 am #

    THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I READ YOUR ARTICLE IN WEBSITE….I THINK IT WILL HELP ME TO GET UP EARLIER…IM NLY 21 YEARS OLD..AND WRKING AS A CALL CENTER AGENT…NICE!!!!! HHEHHEE

  44. wanda huffman December 1, 2007 at 2:47 am #

    These blogs remind me that there are many types of people and needs, and various ways work for various people. If someone’s ideas here don’t work for you or don’t make sense for your situation, that’s ok! Your ideas can help someone else who functions similar to you! We are very different people, with very different needs. I think it’s great that you all want to help each other out in positive ways! wc

  45. Valbee April 17, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    How do you *not* go back to bed after shutting off the alarm that is across the room? That was my problem. ;-) What does work for me is waking up at the same time EVERY day, including weekends. Something about the regularity of a schedule works.

  46. Linda June 5, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    7am is about as early as I can manage. I’m a lousy sleeper anyway so if I got up even earlier and lost another hour I just couldn’t function

  47. KaTrina Love Abram August 26, 2009 at 5:04 am #

    I was an early riser until 12 years ago when I moved to Santa Monica, California to work for eToys.com. It did no good for me to get to the office at O-dark-thirty, when the developers and PMs that I work with didn’t stroll in until after 10am. So I adjusted. Years later, I’m back in the bible belt…my home Atlanta, and technology evolved so much that, like you, I’ve got a ton of stuff going on. I NEED to get up early…but I’m a writer. It’s 1:02am right now, and I’m up WRITING! Sigh! I tried all of your advice, but I fear that nothing is going to work but going to sleep early. How am I going to do that when my muse sleeps all day and parties all night? If you think of more strategies, let me know.

    Sincerely,
    Sleepless in Atlanta

    • Matthew Stibbe August 26, 2009 at 6:42 am #

      I remember reading a biography of Philip Glass, the composer, and it said that he had ‘trained’ his muse to visit each morning from 10am. I wonder whether there are techniques to tame and encourage one’s muse in that way. Certainly, the author Anthony Trollope used to get up and write from 5am every morning until, I think, 9am when he would stop writing – even mid-sentence. He would get to the end of a book, write ‘The End’ and then turn over a new page and write the title of the next book. He spent the rest of his time hunting foxes or something!

  48. George January 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    not sure “guilt and fear” are good motivators. if anything, being free of guilt and fear is a far better goal than getting up early.

  49. Orlene Robinson May 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    I believe getting up earlier has helped me for some years now. I breathe the fresh air before the whole community arises. So sleep I may lose at that time I try to take it in the evenings after work, which is about ten to fifteen minutes nap time which I have proven to very helpful in keeping me relaxed.

  50. Mary July 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Good morning,

    I have a question or need advice on dealing with partner/friends that likes to go out on weekends. If I had my way, I would like to be in bed EVERY night @ 10pm.

    So, here is my schedule: During the weekdays and on Saturday I wake up @ 4:45am. I usually get to bed anywhere from 9:30pm – 11pm. So I am averaging about 6 – 7 hours sleep. My partners schedule is going to bed late and waking up @ 9am (maybe 10am on weekends).
    On Friday and Saturday night we usually stay out later than normal (maybe midnight or 1am), so on Saturday I am a little tired but I make myself get up at 4:45am because I have to run before it gets too hot. After my run and during Saturday I am a little tired but I have a coffee during the day and that gives me the boast that I need. On Sunday I guess in mind I give myself permission to sleep in. I do wake up @ 4:45am – feed the dogs etc but jump back into bed until 9am. When I wake up, I usually have a headache and feel sluggish and upset that I have wasted the morning.

    I have no real problems during the weekdays getting up 4:45am it’s just the weekends that are very hard for me.

    What advise do you give to maintain the same schedule? Do you recommend getting up @ 4:45am on weekends too, and then taking a nap during the day?

    I would really like to sleep the minimum about and still feel refreshed.

    Thanks for your great articles.

    M

  51. Wayne Baker November 15, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    I used to hate getting up early in the morning. I think I am more naturally someone who goes to bed late and gets up late. However, over the years it has been necessary for me to get up early (typically around 4am) and it has become second nature. So I believe anyone can train themself to get up early if they really need to.

  52. Peter February 4, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I also have a couple of uninterrupted hours. That is from midnight to 2 or 3 am. Really, I don’t understand why being an early bird is considered good and staying up late is considered bad.

    • Dee May 8, 2011 at 12:28 am #

      Those of us who don’t get up early every day are treated as criminals. I hate that! I don’t usually have a lot pressing in the morning, so what difference does it make? I make important appointments for the afternoon. I do feel less criminal when I get up early, but I don’t make a point of announcing my get up time to my friends.

  53. ez life April 8, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    I know this is far fetched but for me I have learned when I get up the weather makes a difference. Getting up at 7 am when it’s nice outside makes me feel good. When I get up at 1 pm which happens more often, I feel groggy and when I walk outside and it’s hot I lose motivation. Although I work better under pressure, getting up late and accomplishing the days goals in only a few hours makes me feel great, but then again night comes and my progress slows quickly.

  54. Lori Hurst August 14, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I hope what you are saying works for me. I am definitely not a morning person yet when I had to get up to go to work each day I managed. Now that I don’t have,to, my self- discipline has gone done the gurgler. Maybe all I need is positive input to get me on the right track.

  55. Massi August 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Hello
    I always get up late specially when I have work or study, sometimes I tell myself at night: you must wake up earlier you have work a lot, but it don’t work unfortunately, I get up late again. sometimes I cry and I lost my work, but in the morning wake up late repeat again. i don’t know, what should I do? that I be on time every time.
    please help me

  56. Lori deWet November 15, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    Drink a big glass of water at bedtime so you need to pee early.
    You have no choice but to get up and once you are out of bed…the hard part is over!

  57. Amy Dyslex May 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Whoa! With a 2 year old and a house to manage being the early bird is the only option for me if I want to manage my blog, kiddo and house… I learnt the lesson the hard way but nevertheless a life saver. 5 am is the best time to start off with your day’s work and it is the time when I find peace and privacy to work my grey matter.

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  20. >>> quarkstar » Blog Archive » Früher aufstehen… - July 17, 2006

    [...] Trotzdem denke ich mir immer wieder, dass ich wesentlich mehr vom Tag hätte, wenn ich nur eine Stunde früher aufstehen und dann früher in die Arbeit und dann früher nach Hause gehen oder in der Früh noch etwas erledigen oder einfach nur in aller Ruhe frühstücken könnte. Matthew Stibbe hat ein sehr interessantes Posting geschrieben, in dem er beschreibt wie er es geschafft innerhalb eines Monats zu einem “um 6 Uhr früh Aufsteher” zu werden. [...]

  21. GregWoodard.com » Bad Language / How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning - July 18, 2006

    [...] Bad Language / How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning [...]

  22. Ellis Web - July 19, 2006

    Items of Interest: 2006.07.19…

    Things that I found interesting on July 19, 2006:

    Do Quit Your Day Job – Ian Landsman explains why in some situations (ie: when you are committed and can afford to do so), quitting your day job is the best thing you can do for your mISV
    How I Trained …

  23. .: Family Camp :. » Blog Archive » Train yourself to get up earlier in the morning - July 19, 2006

    [...] View the full article. [...]

  24. My Blog » Blog Archive » How to get up eariler in the morning? - July 20, 2006

    [...] This guy has the answer: http://www.badlanguage.net/?p=199 Tonight I’m going to check it up. [...]

  25. Você++ - July 26, 2006

    Como levantar mais cedo…

    Como conseguir levantar mais cedo pela manhã?
    Especialmente no inverno, eu tenho muita dificuldade pra levantar da cama. Aqui vão algumas dicas para conseguir acordar mais cedo:

    Determine o horário em que você deseja acordar
    Veja isto como um obje…

  26. ParticularAmusement.com » Blog Archive » The Internet is too Big - August 8, 2006

    [...] One thing I realize daily, is that I’ll never get bored surfing the web. Today, for instance, I did a search on my howto, that I posted earlier. My blog lik was first, followed closely by Lifehacker.org’s post which was a link to Matthew Stibe’s post on the same topic. Lifehacker also had a list of links to other lifehack sites, which I’ve not placed in the sidebar of my site, for your conveniece (and mine). [...]

  27. Offbeat News » How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning - August 15, 2006

    [...] Not enough hours in the day? Need to get some more time to concentrate on your work? Find out how a notoriously late riser trained himself to get up at 6am using Web 2.0 and psychology. If it works for a writer, it might work for a programmer (and, perhaps, offer a happier alternative to burning the midnight oil).read more | digg story [...]

  28. How to wake up alert « The Potential Blog - August 30, 2006

    [...] If you can’t train yourself into getting up at a new beep try this tip from Bad Language [...]

  29. How to wake up alert « The Potential Blog - September 1, 2006

    [...] If you can’t train yourself into getting up at a new beep try this tip from Bad Language Alarms. I set my beside alarm for 0600 – and this is the clever psychology – I also set my telephone to ring at 0605 but I put the phone on the other side of the room so that I have to get out of bed to stop it ringing. In the UK, you dial *55*0605# to do this. What happens is this: either I wake up and cancel the alarm or I get up and answer the call to stop it ringing. First, we’re strongly programmed to answer the phone*. Second, I’m very strongly programmed not to wake my wife up! A ringing phone will do this so I have powerful motivators at work: guilt and fear. This technique works every time but I had previously reserved it for early morning trips to the airport and things like that. [...]

  30. Regurgitated Revelation - September 25, 2006

    How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning…

    I’m still working on this one. I get up early because I have to. I want to get up early because I choose to.

    I am not what you would call a morning person. I’m a writer, for heaven’s sake! But recently,when I’ve had a lot of work stacking …

  31. l.p.g. - flammable gas - September 29, 2006

    An hour before the first morning coffee…

    An hour? Before the first coffee?

    Sure. Why not? But let’s take it easy. And step by step.

    First of all: This is about finding the time to do what we want to do. To do what we really want to do. And we are probably not talking about our daily ch…

  32. Bad Language / How to blog like a pro - November 28, 2006

    [...] Have a time to write.  I tend to blog first thing in the morning, usually around 6am.  That’s just me.  (See my post on how to get up early.) I know other people who write after work or in their lunchbreak. [...]

  33. 如何训练自己早起 at 仰望星空 - December 2, 2006

    [...] 作者至少在网上很自豪的称自己已经成功的养成了早上六点起床的习惯而且感觉良好。也许我也该试试。 “如何训练自己早起”–来自Badlanuage.com [...]

  34. Il Blog di Angelo Vizzarro » Blog Archive » Quando scrivere per il blog, ovvero come fare ad alzarsi prima al mattino - December 3, 2006

    [...] Per altre persone può invece essere preferibile la soluzione opposta: alzarsi prima al mattino. La seconda soluzione è quella preferita da Matthew Stibbe, autore dell’ottimo blog BADLANGUAGE, che in un suo post descrive dettagliatamente come fare ad alzarsi prima al mattino. [...]

  35. Cleaven Chia’s Edublog » Blog Archive » 2 Jan 2007: And School Starts Again! - January 2, 2007

    [...] And Matthew Stibbe at Bad Language lists down how he made waking up earlier a habit: [...]

  36. lxrichter.com » Blog Archive » Start earlier into the day - February 4, 2007

    [...] How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning. [...]

  37. SANE Fitness » Teaching ourselves how to get up on time - April 1, 2007

    [...] what this person had to say about their personal experience of dealing with their body clock and getting up in the morning. They outline ten steps that they used to change their sleeping habits. The writer says that after [...]

  38. Bad Language / How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning « Catnippet - May 16, 2007

    [...] Language / How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning Bad Language / How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning 1. Decided what time I wanted to get up. In my case 6am so that I could do a couple of hours, [...]

  39. Bad Language / What’s the first thing you do when you get to work? - July 9, 2007

    [...] How to get up early [...]

  40. Bad Language / How to be a really lousy interviewee - August 1, 2007

    [...] Arrive late. Shows disrespect and/or incompetence. Also it irritates the other person. (See How I trained myself to get up earlier.) [...]

  41. How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning « Mybloghasnoname’s Weblog - August 20, 2007

    [...] read more | digg story [...]

  42. otrops: jeff van campen’s personal blog » Blog Archive » 6+4 Week 1: Get up at 6am - October 7, 2007

    [...] Thanks to Matthew Stibbe and Steve Pavlina, who have both blogged about how they improved their sleeping habits. Their [...]

  43. Even Freelancers Have to Wake Up Early - May 9, 2008

    [...] But the question remains: How do you train yourself to wake up early? Luckily, Matthew’s got ten answers. [...]

  44. icedcoffee | words - June 12, 2008

    [...] time to radically change my sleeping habits. Up earlier. To bed earlier. I found an article on training yourself to get to sleep earlier by Matthew Stibbe which I may attempt to put to good [...]

  45. Ellis Web » Items of Interest: 2006.07.19 - August 14, 2008

    [...] How I Trained Myself to Get Up Early in the Morning – Matthew Stibbe gives the low-down on his technique [...]

  46. Unfiltered Stream :: How to become an early bird and how to fail in it - December 2, 2008

    [...] often. I’ve read all these great posts like 10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It, HOW I TRAINED MYSELF TO GET UP EARLIER IN THE MORNING and How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off. But it still doesn’t work because I [...]

  47. The best time to write — Bad Language - September 10, 2009

    [...] to stop the second one ringing. Bingo! I’m already up. For more tips on getting up early read: How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning. You’ll be in good company. Anthony Trollope used to get up at 5am and write solidly until 9am [...]

  48. 13 tips to wake up easier. | 13tips.com - October 10, 2009

    [...] * Wake up refreshed! Mornings don’t have to be hard.    * How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning    * Wake Up Naturally to a More Energized Day    * How to Become an [...]

  49. I am getting sleepy… « Operation: Grow Up - December 23, 2009

    [...] that you’re more likely to get up if  you have a good reason for doing so. And among “Bad Language” blogger Matthew Stibbe’s other suggestions (like boasting about your sleep achievements), I also plan on trying out the [...]

  50. » What goes around, comes around - Aanhetwoord.com - January 27, 2010

    [...] Het was vooral een marketing oefening. En het bleek aan te slaan. Mijn post ‘How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning’ werd in de eerste maand door 50.000 mensen [...]

  51. Concentration: tips and advice to help you stay focused, sustain flow and concentrate on writing, programming or design - Bad Language - March 21, 2010

    [...] at a different time. I write best if I get up early. (See How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning.) Just changing your routine can be [...]

  52. Marketing for freelancers and entrepreneurs - Bad Language - March 21, 2010

    [...] out). There’s are no big bangs in marketing but you can make the universe expand steadily. Getting up early can create extra time for [...]

  53. Super-Zero » The Plan - May 12, 2010

    [...] have decided tofollow some pretty handy advice I found here and hope itworks out. Some determination is required but I think that I will be able to doit. [...]

  54. Mathew Stibbe, succesvolle Britse bedrijfsjournalist en tekstschrijver | Aanhetwoord.com - January 23, 2011

    [...] Het was vooral een marketing oefening. En het bleek aan te slaan. Mijn post ‘How I trained myself to get up earlier in the morning’ werd in de eerste maand door 50.000 mensen [...]

  55. Att lära en kvällsmänniska gå upp tidigt : Gör Det Zen - August 8, 2013

    […] How I trained myself to get up earlier – Matthew Stibbe […]

  56. Christine Li Scott - August 19, 2013

    […] is my plan for waking up early this year, after thorough research and browsing of other articles, blogs, websites, […]

  57. I did it for science: Pomodoro and other time management techniques - September 24, 2013

    […] power hour, which requires finding one hour each day – this could mean waking up earlier – to focus entirely on a task that you’ve been neglecting. No phone calls, no emails, no […]

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