How to Wake Up Earlier (& Actually Love It) in 5 Simple Steps

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Do you ever have the intention of waking up early and getting a fresh start on the day and then… you go back to bed?

You’re not alone. Tons of people intend to do the same but fail to follow through.

It’s definitely not easy to break the habit of hitting the snooze button or justifying to yourself why you need a little more shut eye. But it is possible.

A few years ago I made a conscious decision to wake up earlier every day. I discovered a step-by-step system that helped me completely change my morning routine.

Related: The One Thing Every Real Estate Investor Should Do Each Morning

How to Wake Up Earlier in 5 Simple Steps

It all comes down to six simple words: don’t let your brain make decisions. 

Instead, if you want to wake up earlier consistently, do these five things:

  1. Set out your clothes the night before. Eliminate as many choices as possible in the morning.
  2. Write down your morning goals the night before. Define why you need to wake up early so there’s no question about the purpose of it.
  3. Get enough sleep. The more sleep you get, the better able you’ll be to accomplish your goal of waking up earlier.
  4. Move your alarm clock across the room. This forces you to stand and move, eliminating the choice of getting up and out of bed.
  5. Make your first task incredibly easy. The easiest ones for me are drinking a glass of water or brushing my teeth. Now that you’ve accomplished at least one task, you’re officially up and can move on to the next one.

Waking up doesn’t take a massive amount of control, the right genes, or an incredible super power. You just need to arm yourself with the right tools.

Why do you want to wake up earlier? What’s standing in your way? 

Leave a comment below.

About Author

Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast. He began buying rental properties and flipping houses at age 21, discovering he didn’t need to work 40 years at a corporate job to have “the good life.” Today, with nearly 100 rental units and dozens of rehabs under his belt, he continues to invest in real estate while also showing others the power, and impact, of financial freedom. His writings have been featured on,,, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media. He is the author of The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down, The Book on Rental Property Investing, and co-author of The Book on Managing Rental Properties, which he wrote alongside his wife, Heather, and How to Invest in Real Estate, which he wrote alongside Joshua Dorkin. A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie) splits his time between his home in Washington State and various destinations around the globe.


  1. Andrew Schrader

    I “have to” wake up at 4:45 for work and I choose to wake up at 4:15 every day. I do 5 minutes of yoga, read at least one page in a book, make my bed, and write down a goal for the day in my journal. It has made noticeable improvements in my mental state, motivation level, and accomplishments made during the day. Win your morning, win your day, etc.

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