Longing For a Longer Day

by DavalosMcCormack on February 7, 2011

I have a problem. It’s pretty basic stuff. You see, while I like to be up early and enjoy the quiet of the early morn, I hate getting out of bed. Once I’m up and moving I’m fine. It’s just getting to that point that’s difficult.

Just five more minutes. Please!

So, when I came across an online column by self-described ‘social media entrepreneur’ Peter Shankman about why he likes to get up early – and by early I mean really really early, almost yesterday – I started reading to see if what works for him could work for me. And I found that his tips could actually work for everyone.

Up and at ’em

Now, I have to warn you. Shankman is not a modest chap. His column is filled with self-flattering references – such as when training for an Ironman while others were getting out of bed at 6am he was out at 3am and on his bike in Central Park by 3.30am so he got a head start on everyone – but it’s also rather funny and has some great ideas.

But best of all it has some great tips on how to actually drag your sorry carcass out of bed at a time when you’d much rather hit the snooze button and pull the blankets back over your head.

So, check them out. They may not change your life but they will certainly change your morning.

6) DRINK! Keep a giant glass of water by the bed. As soon as the alarm goes off, BEFORE YOU SHUT IT OFF, drink the entire glass of water. Water is the most awesome wake-up tool for your body ever. Drink the water, it opens up brain cells, rejuvenates your eyes, allows you to come out of sleep. Drink water!!

5) MOVE! Set the alarm clock somewhere you can’t reach it. Get out of bed to shut it off (after you’ve drank your water) and you’re up and mobile.

4) FEED SOMETHING! Get a pet. Seriously. Feed the pet ONE DAMN TIME at 5am, and you’ll never sleep through 5am again for the entire life of the pet. Trust me on this.

3) THERE IS NO TRY. Don’t think, just do. It’s amazing what we can rationalize at 5am. “Oh, I’ll just sleep for an extra hour, then do the treadmill at double the speed for half the time so I can still make it into the office. You know that’s BS, you know you’re not going to, and you know there will be no working out for you today. Don’t think. Just get your ass out of bed. Think later.

2) GET OUT! The Bedroom is for sleeping and sex. Once you’re awake, get your ass out of it. Go to the kitchen for your coffee. Go to the living room or your home office for your computer. You’ve slept. Now get out of the bedroom.

1) SLEEP! Hands down, the number one way to get up earlier? Get to sleep earlier. I know, I’m blaspheming here. How dare I waste a perfectly good night where I could go out and be a drunken idiot, or go to a boring party? End result, I LIKE going to sleep earlier because I know what it’s going to do for me on the flip-side. I still go out, but I limit it. Remember when you were a kid, and your parents made you go to sleep early on a school-night? There’s a reason for that. Go to sleep earlier. Countless studies have been conducted showing that lack of sleep is hurting us, causing us to lose money, hell, even making us ugly! – Chances are, not sleeping enough is the root of a lot of your problems.

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Peter Shankman February 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

I don’t think it’s self-flattering. It’s simply truth – I did what worked for me. You do what works for you – Like copying and pasting my blog onto your blog. See? Everyone wins, and we all get to stay modest. 😉


Davalos/McCormack February 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

Gee Mr. Shankman, we just thought you might like the idea that we wanted to share some of your great tips! (of course we did link to your fab blog too!)


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