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Tip #11. Have Important Things Planned For The Morning

Having something important planned for the morning can be that pushing force that will make you get up. Things that you really enjoy doing work best, but sometimes the things that are really pressing on you work just as well. The key is to have strong reasons to get up early in the morning.

When I started my first blog, I felt so inspired I would jump out of bed at 5am to see how my blog is doing, how many visitors I’ve got, what comments they posted, and then I would sit to answer comments and write my next post. So the main idea is to have something important to do that is worth taking yourself out of the bed. Check what important tasks are in your today or tomorrow plans and schedule some of them for next morning. Or maybe you have hobby that lately you can’t find time for. Or you’ve got to finally do that coursework… The more important is some thing for you, the better the chances it will push you out of the bed.

We often have some important or extremely interesting things that we couldn’t do during the day, so we try to do or finish them in the evening. Good tactic that I want to recommend you is to postpone it until the morning. For example, you need to answer that important email from your boss. It doesn’t really matter if you do it at 11pm or 6am next day – your boss will see it only in the morning. But knowing you have to do it before he writes you his another “reminding” email will make you stand up and go to computer as soon as alarm goes off.

Another example is what I usually do when I start reading some good book and then keep reading it until midnight because it’s so interesting I just can’t stop. What I do is I stop reading at some interesting point (yes, you need will-power to do it!) and put the book near my bed. And instead of spending another hour late in the evening I wake up to read the book one hour early in the morning. It’s not really “important thing" to do, but curiosity definitely works here just as well.

Added: 6/21/2007 10:15:58 PM

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