I struggled for years trying to fit in my blogging after a busy day at my day job. It was so difficult trying to post regularly and balance my work and family commitments. One morning I was lying in bed waiting for the alarm to go off when I realized I should just get up and make better use of my time. That was the changing point for me. Since then I’ve been setting my alarm to wake early and get some work done before my day job.

We spend one third of our lives in bed. Just imagine how much more you could accomplish if you didn’t sleep so much. Of course we all need sleep to function properly, but what we really should be striving for is quality sleep. This guide will show you how to wake early and get stuff done while still getting the amount of quality sleep you need.

Eight Tips to Help You Wake Early and Get Stuff Done

Go to Bed When You’re Tired

From childhood, we’ve been programed to go to bed at a set time. As you’ve got older your bedtime has probably crept towards, or even past, midnight. The best thing you can do is ditch your bedtime and go to bed when you’re tired. Don’t force yourself to wait until the end of the movie or until you’ve finished reading the next chapter of your book. If you feel your eyes getting heavy, that’s your body telling you it needs sleep, and unless you want to feel terrible in the morning, you should listen to it.

Get up at the Same Time Every Day

Yes, even weekends. What better way to confuse your body than sleeping twice as long on two days of the week? Set an alarm clock for the time you want to wake up and stick with it seven days a week. Sure, it will be hard at first, but soon your body will adjust to the routine and you’ll settle into a natural rhythm of going to bed when you’re tired and waking at the same time every day feeling refreshed and well-rested.

How much earlier should you wake? I like to get a good solid hour’s work done before the rest of the house starts to wake, so I set my alarm 75 minutes earlier than the rest of my family. If you think that’s going to be too much of a shock to your system, try waking just fifteen minutes earlier for few days, then another fifteen minutes until you reach your target wake-up time.

Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

The snooze button is your enemy. Sure, it feels good to lie in a comfortable bed delaying the inevitable or even catching a few extra minutes sleep. But it isn’t going to be quality sleep, and lying there thinking about how warm and comfortable you are is only going to make it harder to get up. So, as soon as your alarm goes off, sit up slowly, swing your legs out, stretch, yawn and get out of bed.

If you find your alarm clock is shocking you out of sleep, leaving your head feeling abused, I’d recommend a sunrise-simulation clock which switches on 30 minutes before your desired wakeup time and gradually gets brighter, waking you gently from sleep.

Getting out of Bed Is the Hardest Part

Once you’re out of bed, you’ve won. Give yourself a pat on the back. The next thing is get out of your bedroom. Your bed’s still warm and cozy and calling you back, so get away from it as quickly as you can. I put my clothes in another room the night before so I can get dressed without being tempted back to bed and without disturbing my wife who doesn’t want to wake early. Taking a cool shower or just splashing your face with water is a good way to banish any sleepiness.

Get Moving Straight Away

Don’t make a cup of coffee then sit down in your most comfortable chair. You got out of bed to get stuff done, so get on with it. Get the coffee brewing and switch on your computer. See if you can get an outline of your next blog post drafted before the coffee’s ready. If it’s a nice day, open some windows and let the fresh air clear your sleepy head. Even better, take your laptop out into the garden or on the balcony and work outside. For me, there’s no better time than early in the morning when the only sounds are the birds and the wind in the trees. It’s like you’ve got the whole world to yourself for an hour or two.

If you really want to get stuff done, why not use Freedom internet and website blocker to keep your morning time free of social media and other distractions.

Have a Morning Routine

Your head’s going to be a bit fuzzy when you first get up, so give your morning self a break and get your things ready the night before. Layout your clothes, get the coffee things ready, tidy your desk and prepare your morning to do list. I’d also advice including a little incentive in your routine to make things easier. Buy the premium coffee you like and save it just for your first cup of the day for example.

Plan the Enjoyable Tasks for Mornings

Let’s face it, getting out of bed is hard enough, but if you’ve got to do a really unpleasant task, it’s going to be even harder to wake early. Give your morning self a break by planning something interesting or enjoyable for the morning. I often find that if I have set myself the task of drafting a blog post I’m really interested in, I’m up and out of bed before the alarm goes off just because I can’t wait to get started.

Revel in the Fact You’re Ahead of the Competition

I love the feeling of knowing you’ve got a head start on the competition by getting a little work done in the mornings. Even an hour planning and drafting a blog post gives me a sense of achievement that carries me through the day. As an added bonus, it leaves me feeling like that hour wasn’t enough. I want to get working on the blog post some more, get it polished and get it published. Being able to wake early improves your productivity for the whole day, not just the morning.

What are your tips for waking early and getting stuff done? If you have any tips on how you win the daily battle with your bed and wake early, please share them below!

About The Author


David is the founder and editor of Blog Cogs, a blog about making a living from blogging. Learn more about him here.

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9 Responses

  1. Chrissy

    Really great tips! Like you I struggled finding time for my blogging after a long day at work and a family that has needs.
    Getting up at the same time is crucial for me and sticking to my morning routine. I do allow myself to hit snooze once, but set the alarm 9 minutes earlier counting them in. I need that one snooze for my inner peace. haha

  2. Amanda

    Great tips! My husband is notorious for hitting the snooze button over and over in the morning. It’s never a good idea and usually results in him being late! ha!

  3. Leslie Soto

    Great tips! You are so right, the hardest part of the morning is getting out of bed. Once i’m up I love mornings! I find that putting my favorite music on softly helps me so much and as silly as it sounds, if I know I have something new to use that day-coffee mug, coffee, beauty product, clothes it really helps me get up and get excited, too!

  4. Shatreka

    Waking early has never been a problem for me…it’s getting out of bed that’s the worst.


  5. Vaishnavi

    Great tips. Loved the point on “Get Moving Straight Away”. Completely agree. Mornings are precious cos that’s time we are at our creative best.

  6. Jocelynne Flor

    Thank you so much for these tips! Ever since I could remember, waking up early has been the ultimate struggle with me. I’m a chronic snooze-button-hitter and I even set multiple alarms just so I can snooze them. Tomorrow morning I’m definitely going to try to get moving right away without hitting snooze. It’ll be a challenge but I’m determined!

  7. rowena supan sembrano

    aww.. I hate waking up early specially if I went to bed late.. but being a mom.. looks i don’t have the right to stay long on bed.. ūüôĀ this ideas of you motivates me.. thanks a lot..

  8. Jennifer L

    Great tips for waking up early! I like to also keep my phone away from my bed so that when my alarm buzzes in the morning I have to physically get up to turn it off, hence waking me up.

  9. Jamie

    Thanks so much for the tips! The get moving part is where I need to focus. I wake up early but wait until I have to get up to get moving.