My Hack For Waking Up Early Every Morning

I love the early mornings – especially when there’s time between waking up and the first thing I actually have to do.

However, waking up early enough to have that free time in the morning is really hard. For most of college, I was never able to discipline myself enough to get it.

Instead I’d always wake up with just enough time to get to my job or my first class. Maybe I’d have enough time to quickly eat, though I just skipped breakfast on a lot of days.

Fast forward to today. Now, I wake up every single morning (Mon-Fri) at 5:50 AM and start on an efficient morning routine.

How did I do it? I explain my entire process in this video. Being a geek, it’s quite tech driven – but it’s easy enough for anyone to set up.

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

Video Notes

How to wake up early without fail - tips from a recent college grad

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I actually wrote about this method in my post a few months back on my Buffer wake-up system. I wanted to make a video on it, however, so here it is. It’s also an update: it’s now been 6 months since I started using this method to wake up early.

The results? I’ve never slept in since starting it.

Have you found any other methods for waking up early that work well? Share yours in the comments!

Also, part of my morning routine is to quickly check the CIG guild on HabitRPG. If you want another reason to wake up early, join the guild and post in the chat room when you’ve woken up at your target time. I’ll be there to give you some props 🙂

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Thomas Frank is the geek behind College Info Geek. After paying off $14K in student loans before graduating, landing jobs and internships, starting a successful business, and travelling the globe, he's now on a mission to help you build a remarkable college experience as well. Get the Newsletter | Twitter | Instagram

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  1. I am also such a real morning mustache. In the past, I always pressed the snooze button at least three times. But that does not make waking up any easier …

    I have found a good way for me by combining several things. However, going to bed early enough is also part of it. 😉

    Every person has his own individual need for sleep. For me, it’s a good 7:30 h sleep that I just need. So, if I want to get up at half past eight, I’ll see that I’m going to bed at 11:30, so I’ll be able to sleep around 0:00.

    The blinds are also slightly open with me, so I get to know when the day begins. Unfortunately this does not work so well in winter. Friends of mine use one of these sunrise simulation lamps and have had good experiences with it.

    And here comes the per-tip: I usually do not set an alarm clock.

    Of course, because of the fact that I go to bed early enough, I naturally wake up at 7:30. This is early enough for appointments from 9 clock. And I try to avoid earlier appointments as much as possible. 😉 If there’s no other way, I’ll set an alarm clock for security.

    The advantage: The fact that I’m not torn by a nasty alarm from a deep sleep phase, but just wake up when I’m done sleeping, eliminating the snooze button torture and the awakening loses its terror.

    Ah, I have another Pro-Tip that fits your tip 2: a programmable coffee machine! A pleasant coffee smell is also a great wake-up agent. When he starts to walk around the apartment at 7:30 am … hah …

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