We all wake up. Some get up right away, others need some extra time lying on the bed, usually checking their messages and social media. The question is what makes you get up from your bed? This may sound an easy question but the more time you spend thinking about it, the more you understand about yourself and your future.
Why get up from bed?
Have you noticed how soon you get up from your bed if you are about to travel? You are excited for the upcoming trip and you get up before the alarm ever rings. You may have slept just a few hours but you feel super energetic. On the other hand, if you have to go to work, you feel tired and want to stay in bed even if you have slept 8 hours.
Did this ever happen to you? If yes, did you ask “why”? It’s time to answer this question. Take a second to think about it. Why did you get up from bed today? Or the day before. It is useful to know the reason behind your motivation to start your day.
If you are looking for answers, here are three common patterns:
- You get up because you have to do something or you have to go somewhere, for example to work.
- You get up because you want to do something
- You get up because you are bored staying in the bed (and playing with your phone)
Be honest with what happens now
No matter what is the answer to the question, it is important to be honest with it and admit why you get up.For example, if you get up because you want to catch the train to work or to be on time for the morning online meeting, you admit that. You do not need to mask it with the reason you work for this company. For example, you may work in a company because of the salary or because they help stray dogs.
When you got up from the bed, what were you thinking? If you were thinking that you should be on time for work, then you give that as a reason. If you had your salary in mind, you admit that. If you were thinking about saving stray puppies, you give that as a reason. It is important to be honest and don’t select the best looking answer. You can do that the next day if you want.
Reconsidering the “why you get up”
Once you know the reason you get up most of the days, then you can work towards changing that for a better reason. This is not an easy feat to do. When you wake up, your body is prone to do the same thing that it did the day before. And the mind may still be sleepy for some time. That means a certain effort is required if you want to make a change.
Most importantly, you want to find a good enough reason that is relevant to you personally. This means you can try not to be too general. For example, you want to avoid statements like: “I get up because I am excited for what the day will bring”. As good as it may sound, it will most probably not have a positive effect to you more than one or two days in a row.
The great thing about this matter, is that you can experiment every day! Before you go to bed, you remind yourself the reason you will get up tomorrow. This will help you remember it when you wake up. If it works, you will sleep less and get up faster than usual. This is how you can judge every reason you give yourself for getting up until you find the ideal motivation for you.
- Take a second to think about this question: Why did you get up from bed today?
- No matter what is the answer to the question, it is important to be honest with it and admit why you get up without making up things.
- If you want to change the reason you get up: Before you go to bed, you remind yourself the reason you will get up tomorrow. This will help you remember it when you wake up.