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Over the next few weeks, I want to share a few posts from “uber” blogger Leo Babauta. I am at the point where I need to start over on my New year’s resolutions. This means it is time to visit Leo on his blog- Zen Habits. This is a place I go from time to time when I need an idea or two to get on track. Here is Leo’s post on how to develop the habit of rising early.

Sunrise

“I’ve found that waking early has been one of the best things I’ve done as I’ve changed my life recently, and I thought I’d share my tips. I just posted about my morning routine, and thought you might like to know how I get up at 4:30 a.m.

For many years, I was a late riser. I loved to sleep in. Then things changed, because I had to wake up between 6-6:30 a.m. to fix my kids’ lunches and get them ready for school. But last year, when I decided to train for my first marathon, I decided that I needed to start running in the mornings if I was to have any time left for my family.

Here are my tips for becoming an early riser:

  • Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm.
  • Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back in bed an option.
  • Allow yourself to sleep in once in awhile.
  • Make waking up early a reward.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time
  • Enjoy the break of dawn! As much as you can, look outside (or better yet, get outside!) and watch the sky turn light. It’s beautiful. And it’s quiet and peaceful. It’s now my favorite time of day. Getting up early is a reward in itself for me.”

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