In the past, I’ve always struggled with mornings. Prior to the last few months, it took everything I had to drag myself out of bed in the morning, and my mood was less than pleasant for the first couple of hours. In college, I planned my class schedule so I never had early morning classes, but I, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury with my full-time job. Recently, I’ve gotten a lot better about mornings. I’ve learned to get out of bed earlier and more energized (partly because I’ve started going to sleep earlier), and I’ve developed a morning routine that is not only energizing, but also productive. In this post, I want to share a few tips with you on how to become a morning person!
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Go To Bed Earlier
It should be no surprise that this is tip #1 on the list. If you want to start getting up earlier in the morning but don’t want to lose out on precious sleep time, the math says you’ll have to start going to bed earlier. Start small by going to bed 15 minutes earlier this week. If you’ve found that you can adjust to that, push it up another 15 minutes the following week.
I used to stay up way too late most evenings, and then I would be a complete zombie in the morning. When I decided that I wanted to start getting up earlier and using my mornings more productively, I knew going to bed earlier would be a big step. Now, instead of watching TV or a movie until late at night, I start winding down much earlier and try to disconnect from technology earlier, instead reading in bed before I go to sleep.
De-Stress Your Evenings
Though part of the equation has to do with going to bed earlier, the other part has to do with making sure the way you spend your evenings is more conducive to a good night’s sleep. Try to wind down things like phone and computer awhile before bed so your brain can have to destress before hitting the hay.
Create a Bedtime Routine
I think a bedtime routine is a super effective way to make evenings (and therefore mornings) easier. It doesn’t have to be rocket science, just something that your brain can do on autopilot so you aren’t flustered before bed. I mostly go through the same evening routine every night, which includes taking a shower, making my lunch for the next day, and getting my things ready for work the next day.
Just as we discussed with going to bed earlier, you’ll want to start small. Considering we’re talking about a change that’s likely going to benefit you for years or decades to come, there’s no reason to change your sleep pattern all in one morning! Set a very small goal for yourself at first, and continue to push that wake-up time up earlier and earlier until you’ve ultimately reached your wake-up goal!
Skip the Snooze
Ahh, that snooze button. I’ve been a fan for years. Here’s the thing, though. You know that extra few minutes of sleep you get between hitting the snooze button and the time the alarm goes off again? Well, that’s not actually quality sleep! And half the time, I swear I’m more tired the next time the alarm goes off. Who wants to roll the dice like that??
I found that I was hitting the snooze button way too many times in the morning, so instead of using my phone alarm, I purchased an alarm clock and put it on the other side of the room. Now that I actually have to leave my bed to turn it off, I’m far more likely to stay up.
Create a Morning Routine
A huge step to improving your mornings and learning to actually enjoy them is creating a morning routine. Knowing that I wanted to make a change with my mornings, I read and LOVED the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I listened to a podcast ages ago where Hal was interviewed and talked about the book and just finally got around to reading it. I’ve noticed a huge difference both in the way I feel in the morning (I’m enjoying my mornings a lot more) and in my level of productivity throughout the day since I started implementing the tips in this book.
In the book, he talks about getting up early and using that extra time to incorporate some really positive activities into your day that you’ll be able to carry with you the remainder of the day. After reading this book, I was able to incorporate yoga, meditation, journaling, and readings into my morning routine.
If you’re interested in improving your mornings (and really your entire day) by creating a morning ritual, then I seriously recommend you read The Miracle Morning!