The Definitive Guide on How to Wake Up Early

In 2013 I was depressed and jaded. I started waking up early and that changed everything. I wrote this book to share how I hacked my mornings and learned how to be happier, more motivated, and more productive.

Introducing Wake Up

The morning routine that will change your life.

Stop trying to find the time to do all those healthy habits you want. Make the time!
I woke up early for a year and put together everything I learned about happiness, habits, and personal growth. This is it.


More than just waking up early

“​It’s about tapping into that inner energy. The stuff that motivates you to enrich your life, be productive, feel better, and just reflect on things that you’re doing.” – Leandra Vane, Blogger and Author

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With Wake Up, You Will Learn How to:

Find Your Purpose

We each have a purpose for being on this planet. Learn how to follow your joy and curiosity, then find the courage to show it to the world.

Stop procrastinating

Procrastination is a symptom of a deeper problem. Sometimes we just can’t keep a good habit going or we just can’t get started. Learn why.

Feel Better

Overcome fear, anxiety, self-doubt, and even depression. Put the power of your life back into your hands and create the life you desire.

Gain clarity and peace

Create a sacred morning ritual that embraces silence and deep thinking. Start your day in touch with your inner self and genuine desires.

Table of Contents:


Why did I write this book? And what the heck is personal development anyway? It sounds kind of lame, I know. But this will set the stage for the rest of the book.

Chapter 1: Waking Up

  • My Story
  • What Does it Mean to Wake Up?

Chapter 2: How to Build Habits

These life-changing habits are so easy to do, but also so easy not to do. This section will teach you how it doesn’t have to be hard. You can become a person who changes things. A person who takes daily steps toward a joyous and fulfilling life.

  • Mistakes and Excuses
  • Change Your habits, Change Your Life
  • The 3 Keys to Habit Change
  • Keystone Habits
  • Wake Up Early With Ease
  • Mornings Should be Fun
  • Just a Little Every Day

Chapter 3: Create Your Ideal Morning Routine

  • Morning Routine Basics
  • Finding Clarity and Inner Peace
  • Cultivating Self Knowledge
  • How Gratitude Leads to a Better Life
  • You Really are Amazing
  • Move Your Body

Chapter 4: Overcoming Challenges

I answer the most common excuses and challenges that people face when trying to build a wake up early habit.

  • ​I’m Not a Morning Person
  • Not Enough Time
  • The Willpower Problem
  • I’m Too Tired!
  • Snooze Addiction
  • How Much Sleep Do I Need?
  • Bedtime Matters
  • Brain Fog and Grogginess​
  • How to Kill Procrastination
  • Overcoming Resistance
  • Staying Motivated
  • Dealing With Burnout
  • But I Have Kids
  • Experimenting with Seasons
  • It’s Easier With Friends​

Chapter 5: Always Be Learning

  • Life-Changing Reading Habits
  • Listening to Podcasts
  • Watching TV, Movies, and Videos
  • Growth Through Direct Experience

Chapter 6: Final Thoughts

If you get this far, you’ve made it! By now you should have been able to start the waking up early habit and infusing your morning routine with inspiring activities that feed your soul.

  • Resources for Personal Growth
  • About the Author

Bonus Content:

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Get more videos like this one to help you overcome procrastination and destroy all your lame excuses for why waking up early is so hard.

In addition to the videos, you get community support and real-world examples from how other readers are building their epic morning routines.

See below for what you get in the VIP Package:

bonus videos12 Bonus Videos

I get into some of the finer points of waking up early, habit change, and my own personal story.

Wake Up Early for 30 Days email course30-Day Coaching Program

Join over 5,000 other early risers and get daily tips and videos as well as community support from

Hal ElrodInterview with Hal Elrod

The “guru” of morning routines Hal Elrod wrote a book called The Miracle Morning. Some amazing insights in this 37 minute interview.

Case Study3 Real-World Case Studies

Sometimes it’s just easier to see how other people do their morning routines.

Journaling68 Journaling Prompts

When you’re stumped and need some inspiration! These suggestions will help self-awareness and uncover fears and blocks.

SkillshareOnline Video Class

Join over 3,000 other students in my Skillshare class on creating the perfect morning routine.

Routine Quickstart Guide

Create your perfect routine in minutes! Knowing your routine improves your likelihood that you will actually get up and stay up!

Shirt sold outOfficial T-Shirt (sold out)

Show off your Wake Up mantra! Printed on American Apparel Tri-Blends – the comfiest tees around.

What People Are Saying

Wake Up completely altered how I see my habits and routines. It helped me to realize that my actions matter and that most of all the power is in my hands to create happiness for myself. Such a fun and easy read — will forever be one of my favorites!

Jake BryantMusic Producer

After I read his book front to back I felt like I had woken up! It really did change my life! I’ve tried a handful of Jeff’s suggestions in the book for ways turn off my brain before going to bed and ways that I can prepare for the morning that motivate me to get up and get going!

Ian BaldwinDesigner

There were times when I felt like Jeff Finley’s Wake Up was written specifically for me. The story echoed a lot of what I had been going through, my disillusions with procrastination, and my inabilities to keep a habit longer than 30 days. It’s an inspiring view and motivated me to start a new habit: treating myself right.

Bryan GarvinWeb Developer

If you want to live with a deeper sense of purpose, presence, and peace,Wake Up will teach you the daily habits and mindset to make it happen. Jeff provides you with a behind-the-scenes look at his own journey to build a life-changing morning routine and how he overcame the common struggles, excuses, and challenges that hold us back and keep us feeling stuck.

Jay DelaneyFilmmaker

Jeff Finley’s Wake Up gives you the permission – and power – to take control over your own life. The practical wake-up early habit advice was only the tip of the iceberg. Insights on how to accompany that awakening, spiritually brought the book full-circle. I turned the last page fully refreshed and inspired – ready to go out and do.

Heather SakaiEvent Organizer

I came away with a greater understanding of my own motivations, faced judgments I hadn’t realized, and acquired cool strategies to keep it fresh and forgiving. This is a great idea for anyone intent on busting out of the grind and reclaiming their sense self. What an accessible, practical, thought-provoking and fun read!


It’s honest and refreshing with no hype. This book really resonated with me (pg. 86) I felt as if he was talking straight to my true authentic self, slowly awakening it with every page. The early bird will go hungry tomorrow because I will up before him.

Todd SapersteinEducator

Jeff understand that the #1 key to success is waking up and dedicating time to becoming the person you need to be to create the most extraordinary life you can imagine. He walks his talk as he weaves together his story of how a few simple habits led to massive life change.

Hal ElrodBest Selling Author

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  • Wake Up eBook edition
  • 3 Real-world case studies
  • Morning Routine Quick Start Guide
  • 12 Bonus Videos (over 90 min)
  • 68 (wow!) journaling prompts
  • 37 minute interview with expert Hal Elrod
  • Online Video Class (Skillshare)
  • 3 Alarm Ringtones for iPhone/Android
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  • 1-on-1 Goal Coaching (30 min) with Jeff Finley
  • Wake Up eBook edition
  • 3 Real-world case studies
  • Morning Routine Quick Start Guide
  • 12 Bonus Videos (over 90 min)
  • 68 (wow!) journaling prompts
  • 30-Day Early Riser coaching program
  • 37 minute interview with expert Hal Elrod
  • Online Video Class (Skillshare)
  • 3 Alarm Ringtones for iPhone/Android
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Jeff Finley

About the Author

Jeff Finley is an artist, designer, writer, musician and creative entrepreneur. As a partner at Cleveland design firm Go Media, Finley founded the wildly popular Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in 2010. In 2006, he authored Thread’s Not Dead which helped thousands of up-and-coming t-shirt designers launch their clothing companies.

In 2013, despite having achieved many hallmarks of success, Finley admitted he was mired in depression. By waking up early, he discovered a deeper awakening, giving him a greater sense of purpose. Finley was inspired to forge a path focused on personal growth and fulfillment. He blogs about his journey at