My alarm goes off every morning at 4 a.m. Like every person in the world, young and old, the first word to pop up in my brain is, “FUCK”. It’s the worst moment of the day. I blindly reach for my phone, eyes crusted over with those nasty ass eye boogers, and now I have two options, to start my day off productive or lazy, at my fingertips. 

Here are my options:

Option 1 is I hit that snooze button, allow myself to return to the comforts of being suffocated by my mountain of blankets and slip back into my dream world of hundreds of Emma Watsons feeding me grapes.

Option 2 is I shut off my alarm, slide my feet to the edge of the bed and start my day.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love option 1. Option 1 is the most comforting experience around, but… Option 1 is a drug. It’s addictive and it is taking away precious time that can be used to get shit down.

Let me put it this way. If you averaged 8 hours of sleep every night and live until you are 75 years old, you will have slept for 25 years. 25 YEARS! (Like holy shit.)

Tack on that extra hour of sleep if you would hit that lovely snooze button, and now you are pushing close to 35 YEARS! 

Now I love option 1 as much as the next guy but if you want a happier and more productive life, option 2 doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

The first 30 minutes of your day is the most precious minutes of your day. They honestly, make or break your type of day. So… right here, right now, I am going to give you three tips I use to get my lazy ass out of bed to start my day off productive (queue Rocky music).

Tip Numero Uno:

Write down your objectives for the next day, the night prior.

Often, people wake up in the morning and have no idea where to start their day so they decide, “Why not just start later”.

By organizing your thoughts and setting up a plan for the next day, the night before, you are taking a step towards productivity.

Also after completing each task, give it the ole check mark for completion. This is a visual indication that you completed your task and it releases a small dose of dopamine in your brain. Yea, I’m breaking out science.

“But Austin, how do I know you aren’t just bullshitting me by telling me something that you heard off of a TED Talk.” Well, single person in the audience here is an example from my personal notebook:

 

 

And as you can see, I do watch TED Talks….. but that is beside the point single person in the audience.

This works, and if you want a more productive morning, I would incorporate this little cheat code into your daily routine.

Tip Numero Dos:

Put that alarm clock at literally the furthest point from your bed as you can. I am dead serious. I cannot tell you how many times I have turned off my alarm while in that weird half-awake, half-asleep bullshit and turned off my alarm clock.

Personally, when I first decided to start waking up early, I put my alarm clock under my desk. When I hear that annoying high-pitched beep pierce the silence of my room, I would have to hop out of bed, get on my hands and knees, and turn it off.

It’s irritating and it works. This is a simple tip that is generally common sense, but still some of us, including me, forget the little things.

Tip Numero Tres:

GO TO BED AT A REASONABLE TIME DUDE!

I remember countless nights of hopping into bed and deciding to watch a quick youtube video to send me to sleep.

However, one video turns to two, which will eventually turn into six, and then you catch yourself watching a video of, “How 2+2 can be the linking factor in time travel to help prevent the assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand which would have made Limp Bizkit the greatest band to ever live” at 3 a.m.

As interest as that video might sound, it is not worth it. Here is a tip inside of a tip. Leave all of your electronics outside of your room and turn off that TV an hour before you plan to go to bed.

Unless it is a dire emergency of the president wanting your research to prove life on Mars, then it can wait until the next day.

The blue LED lights being emitted from the screens of your devices convinces your brain that it is still day time. Boom, more science.

So leave the techno gadgets away from the bed and catch some ZZZs.

The key to success is your productivity. It’s fact, dude. Plus life is short, so why spend 35 years of your life dreaming about Emma Watson, when you can conveniently meet her at Starbucks because you woke up early. 

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