How To Survive The Soul-Sucking Mornings And Roll Through The Day

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Every day I encounter a soul-sucking morning that destroys my motivation.

They are a daily part of my life and I can imagine that a lot of people feel the same way, so I have to elaborate how I get past them.

1. Plan and hustle your way up from the bed

I can imagine some poor bastard mouthing the question already:

“Why should I wake up in the morning if I don’t have anything to wake up for”

There are two important reasons:

  • You will feel better about yourself (proud, even)
  • You feel more productive during the whole day

You don’t wake up for “something”, you wake up for yourself.

I had an irregular sleeping schedule for over a decade and I could have never guessed how huge effect waking up has on my life.

If you are like me, you won’t do it unless:

  1. You have a good reason to wake up
  2. You don’t have any self-discipline
  3. You either don’t use or use wrong tactics
  4. Your mind is conditioned to automatically shut the alarm clock and keep on sleeping
  5. You start “rationalizing” (= justifying your lazy ass.)

I’m not going to lie to you: There wasn’t a secret pill that I took to start waking up early.

It was back when I started to gain some momentum in my life and started being more and more active daily. I was still high on the first burst of motivation.

So I decided to start waking up early.

For the first few times I was still burning with passion and waking up was easier than ever… Until the burning passion faded away, like it always does.

How to do it my way

me waking up

One thing that helped me was

Memorize this simple rule: if you want to wake up fresh, you have to sleep so that your sleep time that can be divided by 1,5 hours. So if you have to wake up at 9:00am, you have fall asleep at either at 10:30pm, 12:00am, 1:30am, 3:00am and so on.

It takes 30-15 minutes to fall asleep, depending on the person. Usually if I miss the mark I just get up and do/watch something. Then I either go to sleep when tired enough or 1 hour has passed.

Use my plan

Sleeping the correct amount isn’t enough, so this where the tactics and self-discipline comes into play. I often put my phone somewhere where I have to get up to shut it down and then I’ve resolved not to lie down again.

I usually just sit down on my bed, half-asleep for as long as it takes to summon the power to go wash my teeth.

You are on the right track when you start feeling so guilty about going back to sleep that you don’t want to do it anymore.

For me it was like I was skipping school for the first time, just because I knew how horrible it is to have an irregular sleeping schedule.

2. I have only one goal every morning

My mornings suck ass.

During the days I’m hustling and pushing forward with great intensity, but in the mornings I have the feeling like nothing in the world is possible.

It’s a mini-depression.

Even though I’m feeling like a zombie, there’s still the light of wisdom that is pounding in my mind saying “you know better”.

I start every morning by looking for motivating material: it can be anything, videos, articles, books or audio. Sometimes I find something inspiring and my day gets an easier start, but like 50% of the mornings I don’t.

Then I just resort to the basics: I force myself to be active. Whatever comes to my mind that I have to do, I will do it no matter what.

And sooner than I realize, I’ve got the ball rolling.

Self-discipline is a habit. It will feel like shit for the first month or so, but your brain is getting constantly rewired.

During that time you will choose procrastination at least a couple of times over working, but in my case I got so guilty about it that in the end it worked to my favor.

It’s a challenge every morning and will be for the rest of our lives.

I feel excited about it just because the more challenging and demotivating the morning feels, the bigger my momentum is when I overcome it.

It’s all about getting the ball rolling and not believing your temporary feelings. They don’t reflect the reality, but rather the current chemical mix that your brain is producing



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