How to Train Yourself to be a Morning Person
I can’t really tell you when I started being a “morning person”… I really don’t remember.
I didn’t used to be one. I was actually a “vampire” for a lot of years, being stuck working 11p-7a for quite some time. I never slept well during that time, even though during the summer months, I miss being in the shop while it’s not so darned hot.
Becoming a morning person took some work, at least for me. I had to consciously force myself to get up just a little earlier, do just a little more. Now, even though I don’t have to get out of the house until 6:30a, I’m up and awake (and PRODUCTIVE) at 4a.
1. Set your alarm to go off 30 minutes earlier than normal.
I know, this sounds awful, and you just KNOW you are going to hit the snooze button a gazillion times before you actually get up. My alarms (yes, two) are not close to my bed. I have 2 dressers in our bedroom, and the regular alarm is on one dresser, and the alarm on my phone is across the room charging. My regular alarm is a series of beeps; the one on the phone is “Gentle Waves”. (Here is the app I use.) I’ve found that the initial blast of the first alarm wakes me up just enough, that if I do happen to lay back down (it doesn’t happen often) the second one going off with a gentle noise makes me happier to get up to turn it off. Once I’m awake and have a cup of coffee in my hand, I’m good to go. Although, lately, I’ve been waking before even the first alarm goes off. I really don’t want to start waking up at 3:30a every day. LOL
And a quick note for you coffee drinkers, (like me) invest in a programmable coffee pot. (I have this one.) The smell of the coffee brewing while your alarm goes off will help motivate you to get out of bed. Once you have that cup of coffee in your hand, you will just innately know that your day has begun, and automatically wake up the rest of the way- even before your first sip.
2. Create a “routine” for yourself.
Routines are everything in my house. Let one single thing get out of whack, and I about go ballistic trying to get back on track. With the holidays, our trash schedule changed (it normally runs on Friday) to Monday, and I’m having all kinds of issues adjusting to getting things sorted and gathered and cleaned. I clean out the refrigerator on Thursday night every week to accommodate the day that the trash runs. I don’t like the thought of stinky stuff sitting in the garage all week getting even stinkier.
Each morning looks like this for me:
4a: wake, get coffee, go outside to smoke (ok, I know, gross habit. Obviously I know this as I refuse to smoke inside my own home, but it’s a vice I just can’t seem to beat yet.)
4:30a: sort and dump email
5a: work on to-do list and calendars for the day
5:30a: shower and get ready for work; wipe down bathroom & clean toilet (if needed)
6a: breakfast and pack work bag; empty dishwasher & other kitchen cleaning tasks
6:30a: out the door
Even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes a day, plan out what you want to accomplish in that time
3. Stick to it.
It’s going to take a few weeks before you get comfortable with all this, especially if you just can’t seem to EVER get up. Don’t give up!! One day, you’re going to wake up before the alarm even goes off. You may never get to the “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” feeling of a natural morning person, but the point is that you are getting things done. You are accomplishing things before you even leave for work. The more you repeat it forcefully, the deeper the habit becomes. It’s not unnatural to get up so early. As much as we want to believe it is, farmers, homesteaders and our forefathers were all up before dawn taking care of the livestock, doing chores, etc. Nature is to rise early. Just ask Benjamin Franklin!!
4. BE a Morning Person
Give it probably a month to settle in with your routing. Soon you will notice how nice it is to have a certain list of tasks accomplished before you head off to work. I know I would rather do a lot of my things before I have to get into a state of frustration at work. I do not write or work as well on things (both at home and on the blog) when I’m just worn out and aggravated after working with the people I deal with daily. Morning has become almost as relaxing as a weekend to me. I know I can do whatever I truly want to accomplish for that day in the couple of hours that I set aside for ME. The house is quiet, and the time feels like it’s just about me. It’s peaceful, and I love it. I know it seems like it’s work, but honestly, since I’ve become accustomed to it, it’s one of my favorite times of the day.
Have any of your own tips on how you get your daily to-do lists accomplished? Are you a morning person? Do you disagree with becoming a morning person at all??
I would love for you to comment with your own thoughts!!