I love getting up early in the morning and having quiet time with God. However, I do not love getting out of my bed early in the morning. Can I get an Amen?! Here are a few things that help me break through the pain of becoming a morning person:

1. Go to bed on time

The problem starts here. Listen: If you do not go to bed on time, you will not get up early.

I can't tell you how many times I've had “good intentions” about getting up early, but then I look at the clock before bed and it's around 1:30am. If you are trying to get up around 5am-6am, this is painful. Good luck! Becoming a morning person starts with going to bed on time. (Oh and drink 8 ounces of water before you go to bed. See #4 below)

2. Put the alarm clock across the room so you have to get up to turn it off

If your alarm clock is right next to you, you can just smack it and turn it off in a half-awake daze of morning grogginess. If your alarm goes off on the other side of the room and you are forced to get up and walk across the room to turn it off, you have a much better chance of staying up.

3. Get out of your room immediately

Okay! Now you are standing up, don’t turn off your alarm and get back in bed. Immediately leave your room. The longer you stay in your room, the higher the chances are that you will get back in bed.

I have even said to myself, “I’ll just sit on my bed for a few minutes.” No you won’t, you’ll end up falling asleep. Who are you kidding?! Get out of your room fast (you probably have to pee anyways, am I right?!)

4. Drink water

Now that you are out of your room, immediately drink at least 8 ounces of water. Drinking water in the morning can help you wake up and quenches your overnight dehydration. I also like to drink water before I go to bed. I've noticed that I get out of bed much easier when I'm not super dehydrated when I wake up.

5. Take a shower or work out

If I'm not working out in the morning, I try to get in the shower immediately after drinking some water. Nothing wakes you up faster than dousing your face and body with water.

For those that like to workout in the morning, weight training and/or cardio will get your blood pumping and your heart racing. This greatly increases your focus and alertness throughout the day.

Takeaway: Quiet Time

These are the 5 strategies that I have used to conquer the mornings. Once I walk through theses steps, I can have dedicated quiet time with the Lord. I usually try to read my Bible, spend time in prayer and/or read a devotional.

What do you do to conquer your mornings? Let me know in the comments below.

Ryan Maher
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