Although all people are different, there are some things that everyone on earth hates – Mondays, bills, taking out the trash, and, of course, getting up. Things get even worse when you need to get up for work and the whole thing gets twice more despicable if it is winter. Drowsing in the warm soft bed and knowing that you need to get out in the cold and go to work can be quite the demotivator, but you won’t have to worry about it if you read and follow our five ‘get up for work in the winter’ tricks below.
Trick No. 1 – Sleep!
And by ‘Sleep!’ we mean ‘sleep enough!’ If you go to bed earlier, your body will be able to relax and receive all the necessary energy that comes with the right amount of sleep. The best thing you can do is have a regime – go to bed at about the same time every night and try to get up at the same time every day. If your bedtime hour is early enough (8 hours of sleep would be great!), your body will get used to getting up early even in the winter.
Trick No. 2 – Drink!
Before you go to bed at night, drink a good amount of water so when it is time to get up, you will feel the need to use the toilet and won’t feel comfortable enough to sleep. When your alarm goes off in the morning, immediately drink some water to get your body processes going. Speaking of water, you can splash some on your face to chase off the remains of sleep. A good idea is to go straight in the shower (but don’t go back in bed with your gown afterwards, or you risk being late for work). If you are a coffee drinker, make sure to get your coffee as soon as possible after the alarm goes off. You can try using these new coffee machines that get the coffee ready for you – the smell of it drifting through the room along with the alarm clock ring will surely motivate you.
Trick No. 3 – Don’t look for excuses!
When you are sleepy, especially in the winter morning and before work, you will find thousands of reasons why you don’t have to get up. You may even convince yourself that you shouldn’t get up and it will be for the best to keep on sleeping. Just ignore this reasoning and get up when you hear the alarm clock. If, however, you reach the point of arguing with yourself, try to convince your drowsy self that you have important things to do that cannot wait!
Trick No. 4 – Use some additional motivation!
You will be able to get up for work in the winter more easily if there is something you are looking forward to. For example, 20 minutes in front of the TV or on Facebook, a chapter of your book, a donut on the way to work – anything that you enjoy doing will help you motivate yourself out of the bed. Think about it before you go to bed – this will make you look forward to doing it in the morning.
Trick No. 5 – Use a special mobile alarm app!
If the above 4 tips don’t help then you will just have to be more creative. Fortunately, there are a lot of apps for people who don’t feel like getting up (especially in the winter). For example, there is an alarm that requires you to take a picture of something while you are setting it – it can be the bathroom door knob, your shoe or something in the attic; when it goes off the next morning, you need to take the same picture again to switch it off. Another app asks you to solve puzzles or math problems, play chess, etc. – things that are sure to wake you up. Afterwards, it will be easier to get up, just remember that if you can’t perform the required action, you will have to stop the device in order to switch the alarm off. In other words, your significant other, the kids and the neighbours may get up and switch it off before you!
We recommend implementing these five ‘get up for work in the winter’ tricks as soon as possible so you can get back into a routine that will motivate you and benefit you both personally and professionally.