Strengthen Your Routines

The answer to your ‘waking up early’ struggle

February 21, 2022
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A recurring theme in my sessions with inspiring founders and startup leaders is their struggle to wake up early. Particularly during the darker and gloomier winter days. Here’s what I often hear from them:

“I keep snoozing the alarm and going back to bed.”

“I’ve even tried having my phone in the other room so I have to get out of bed. But I keep coming back to bed! It’s so warm and nice.”

Do you want to wake up earlier too? There’s a fairly simple way out.

A quote to keep in mind

“A year from now, you may wish you had started today.”

– Karen Lamb

How to honour your intention of waking up early

The first question I ask my clients is – “What time do you go to bed?”

If you want to wake up earlier consistently (the key word!), you can only do that if your brain and body feel rested by your target wake up time. So you really need to work backwards:

💡 To wake up at 6.30am, what time do I need to be asleep by?

💡 To be asleep by 10.30pm, what time do I need to be in bed by?

💡 To be in bed by 10.00pm, what time do I need to have started my ‘getting ready for bed’ routine?

💡 … what time do I need to have finished work by?

You see, your morning routine starts with your evening routine. And your evening routine starts much earlier than you realise 😉.

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Mica Vaipan

Performance & wellbeing coach, entrepreneur. Formerly startup founder, tech startup COO and investment banker.

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