Let’s be clear… I’m not a morning person by any means. Not that I’m cranky. It’s just easier for me to stay up late than to get out of bed in the mornings.
A couple of years ago, I learned, to my big surprise, that I am way more productive when I wake up between 4:00-5:30 in the morning.
The increased productivity allows me to check off more things on my to-do list – which make me more satisfied with the day. When I’m feeling satisfied with the day, it adds to the feeling of success and progress.
The only flaw in all this is, I’m not a morning person. Just the thought of getting up between 4:00-5:30 in the morning makes me go yuck! 😖😖😖 Still, I’m getting up because I know it makes me feel better at the end of the day, like working out even when you don’t feel like it.
The trick is getting your ball rolling from the morning, getting as many tasks crossed off the to-do list as possible.
The Early Hours are Quiet.
One of the things I love about the early hours is everything is so quiet. I’m living in the city, so there is always some sort of buzzing, but that isn’t something I’m noticing so much.
The quietness I’m talking about is the peace!
The entire house is sleeping.
No noisy machines for roadwork…
and even more blissful… The phone is quiet.
No buzzing on social media.
The inbox is quiet.
It’s waaaaay too early to turn the TV.
The early hours are just you and your barely awake mind.
When the Mind Sleeps – the Ego Sleeps.
You’ve probably heard before that the best time for praying or meditation is just before you’re going to sleep. You’ve probably also heard that whatever you think about or focusing on 15-30 minutes before you’re going to sleep would most likely affect what you’re going to dream about that night.
Another common thing is dreaming about deceased loved ones or receiving messages, ideas, and guidance during nightly dreams. This happens because, when you’re at sleep, your ego is at sleep too. The invisible wall between you and the spiritual world doesn’t exist (because it’s created of your fear-based mind) when your ego is sleeping. Therefore the divine communication flows to you more easily.
There is a direct pathway to your subconscious mind when you’re at sleep. When you wake up early in the morning, the ego (or the fear-based mind) is still at sleep and will stay quiet until something is triggering it. By staying away from social media, emails, or another form of communication with other people, you can keep the ego quiet until it wakes up naturally.
I use the quiet hours where my ego is at sleep to write articles for the Resource Hub. It’s too much for me to start writing on my books that early. It’s easier for me to ‘connect’ with Seraphim and the Source when my mind is quiet, my phone is quiet, and everything around me is at sleep.
How to Get Into the Practice of Waking Up Early.
First, you would need a passionate reason for why to get up that early. Because your ego would do anything it can to keep you in bed, trust me!
This is where preparation gets into the picture.
Make a to-do list in the evening, so you know exactly what to do in the morning. For me, it works best to do the ‘fun’ things first, like writing articles. For others, it works best to take care of the boring stuff first, so they don’t procrastinate throughout the day.
The next step is to have your favourite morning beverages ready. I’m going with some green tea or white tea. I would avoid caffeine until 9:00 because caffeine wakes up the mind and thereby the ego.
Then set the alarm to when you want to wake up. I prefer a music alarm, so I have my Google Home speaker hooked up to my Spotify account. It automatic start playing by 4:00 on a very low volume.
Then we have bedtime… I would LOVE to say that I’m in bed at 22:00! But that would be a lie… well, I am in bed, but I’m not sleeping before 23:00, maybe even first at midnight. I’m most likely watching a show or movie on Netflix. I’m also guilty of scrolling Instagram before bedtime.
I don’t want you to be all too tough on yourself. Discipline is fine (I’m a former dancer, I know the importance of discipline), but if you’re beating yourself up with all sorts of rules to follow, it would cause you stress and maybe even depression. It’s important you’ve fun in what you’re doing, especially if it’s something you don’t really like.
When the morning comes, and the alarm goes off – don’t expect yourself to be ready to jump out of bed right away. You will probably think that getting up right now is a terrible idea. That’s is when you must remember what your goal is. WHY do you want to get up in the first place?
For me, it’s because I know I’m most productive, and I want to get my writing done before my ego wakes up. Usually, I am finished working around noon. That means I have the rest of the day to go to meetings, do the boring stuff, spending time with my friends and family, babysitting Diva… etc.
The end goal, the award at the end of the day, your WHY should be so appealing that it’s easy to shut the ego down in the morning.