I’ll be the first person in the world to admit that I am not a morning person. It’s been a struggle my entire life. Right up until the time I graduated high school, my mom would practically have to drag me out of bed in the morning. In college, I learned after my freshman year not to schedule classes at 8 am, because I would frequently talk myself into sleeping through them. Even now, it’s embarrassingly difficult for me to get up in the morning. And I have a real job to get to! More often than not I turn my alarm off without even really waking up, then wake up 15 minutes to Dave’s alarm (or Dave telling me to get up). I’m constantly trying to improve my morning routine with minor (or major) changes. Here are some changes I’ve made (and that others can make) for how to make mornings easier for you too!
Get Enough Sleep
This one seems so obvious, but I guarantee a lot of you aren’t doing it! I know how difficult it can be to go to bed at a decent hour. You’re binge-watching an awesome show on Netflix and you keep telling yourself that you’re just going to watch one more. Or you’re working on an awesome new project that you can’t seem to put down (I have on plenty of occasions stayed up most of the night working on this blog). But it’s important to fight those urges! Sleep is so important and I guarantee morning won’t be quite as painful if you get a healthy amount of sleep.
Move the Alarm Clock
If you’re anything like me, you hit snooze too many times to count in the morning. Well, don’t give yourself that option! There are a few things you can do. I shut off the snooze option on my alarms. So when I go to swipe, I know that I’m actually turning the alarm off. Often times this means I wake up way too late because I turn off the alarm and go back to sleep, but that’s a different story. A better option would be to move your alarm clock. Make it so you have to get out of bed to hit that alarm. Chances are once you’re up, you’re more likely to stay that way.
Establish a Routine
I’ve gotten pretty good about my morning routine, and I think this more than anything has helped me to get up in the mornings. I don’t leave myself a lot of wiggle room in my routine, so I know waking up late will cause me to be late for work, which I certainly don’t want!
Pick Out Clothes the Night Before
Getting dressed is 10000000x easier for Dave in the morning. He basically wears the same polo in a different color every day. He takes 1.5 seconds to grab some clothes and he’s good to go. It’s way more work for me! I always think about what the weather is like, what I’ve got going on that day (am I the only one who saves my favorite outfits for days I’ll be seeing a lot of people?), etc. There’s always indecisiveness. It’s so much easier if I pick out an outfit the night before and it’s just waiting for me in the morning.
Pack a Lunch the Night Before
This isn’t just for efficiency purposes, but financial purposes as well. I don’t have time to make lunch built into my morning routine. If I were to make lunch in the morning, it would throw off my schedule and make me late. But what’s more likely is that if we don’t have lunch prepared already, we’ll just go out to lunch. I would rather limit the money we spend on lunches. When we cook, we almost always have leftovers, For when we don’t, we do keep some food in the house to throw together for lunch (but do it the night before).
Are you a morning person? What are your tips for a seamless morning?
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