6. Keeping You On Track

1. Refuse to break the chain.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the productivity hack “break the chain,” where you consider each day you accomplish your new habit a “chain link.” If you miss a day, you break the chain. It’s a great (and simple) way to stay motivated and push through the mornings you’d rather bathe with a toaster than wake up early. That said, when you stumble, just try and get back on the next day. If you're having issues, reach out and we will do our best to help you along the way.

To do: print yourself off a one month calendar and get yourself a sharpie to cross off the days you get up.

2. Keep track of what you’ve accomplished.

A huge motivator to continue waking up is keeping track of what you accomplish when you first get up. For us, having all of our major work accomplished by 9AM, when the rest of the world was just getting started feels unreal. It brings a sense of calm to the rest of the day and we don't have to worry about interruptions or distractions preventing us from accomplishing our goals – because they are already met. Checkmate.

To do: decide how you're going to keep track of what you've accomplished (journal, to-do lists, note pad, etc.)

3. Eliminate excuses to sleep in.

As you continue to adjust your sleep cycle, some days will be harder than others. There will be mornings where you’ll do everything to justify shutting off your alarm and going right back to sleep. Sometimes it will work, and you’ll want to slap yourself later for letting it happen.

During this rough patch, do what you can to make your mornings easier. If you’re so tired you even dread making coffee, program your coffee maker. If your home is cold in the morning, leave your housecoat and slippers beside your bed. If your mind flat lines when you try to decide on breakfast, decide the night before and prep the ingredients. Better yet, prep the entire week. Eventually, your abilities to wake up early and function will happen at the same time, but for now, throw yourself a bone.

To do: write a list of all the excuses you know you'll come up with. Keep adding to it as you go.

Julian DeSchutter