Setting Your Goals to Wake Up Early

In this article, we’ll be focusing on setting your goals to help you wake up early. Sounds simple enough, right?

The point of setting your goal to wake up earlier is to keep you (1) motivated and (2) give you the opportunity to check your progress as you make small incremental changes each day. Setting your goal also puts priority on the choices you make and improves the success rate. For example: are you going to browse the web for another 30 minutes or choose to go to bed 30 minutes earlier instead? By having a clearly defined goal, the right choice becomes much clearer.

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OK, I set my goal to wake up earlier, is that it?

The answer should be an obvious no. If you don’t commit to waking up earlier and work at it systematically, nothing will happen. It's necessary to set goals, but just setting your goals is not enough. You'll have to implement them.

So what are the problems I might encounter when setting my goals?

One of the most common goal-setting mistakes is not being specific enough. If your goal is ‘I want to wake up earlier’ or ‘I want to become an early bird,’ your goal too broad, which leaves you with less incentive and urgency to accomplish your goals and thus when you don’t have a clearly defined goal, you’ll be more likely to give up at the first hurdle.

So what is the solution?

The solution is what I call the Goal + Timeline + Benefits (GTB) goal setting method. With this method, you’ll write down what time you want to start waking up, when you want for this to happen by and the benefits you’ll gain from changing your waking up habits.

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Step by Step Examples

In this example, let's assume James is struggling to wake up at 8:00 am everyday and is usually late to work and never has time to eat breakfast.

Step 1: Write down when you want to wake up.
James might say: "I want to wake up at 6:30 am every weekday"

Step 2: Write down your timeline you want to complete this goal by.
James might say: "I'll consistently wake up at 6:30 am in a month"

Step 3: Write down the benefits you'll get from reaching your goal.
James might say: "By waking up at 6:30 am every weekday, I'll have time to exercise and eat a nutritious breakfast, which will help improve my health and well being. I'll not have to rush my mornings which will help me be in a much better mood at work."

Step 4: Combine everything together.
"I want to wake up at 6:30 am every weekday consistently within a month, so I'll have time to exercise and eat a nutritious breakfast before work without rushing, which will keep me feeling good."

So, let's get to it and create your personal goal. Make sure you write down your goals and place it where you can easily get to it when your motivations wane.