Over the last few months I found myself in a bad rut when it came to getting up early and being an over-all morning person. However, I recently started a new routine and it has worked to get my sleepy bum out of bed and ready for the day. I wanted to share with you my tips for becoming a morning person, in case you’re in the same boat that I was.
Set a schedule for the week. On Sunday nights, I have been making a schedule for the upcoming week that way I know what mornings I need to be up earlier than others, and what days I can afford to sleep in a little bit longer. By doing this, it helps me to be ok when the alarm goes off at 5am because I know that the next morning I may not have to get up that early.
Find an alarm that works for you. I have mentioned this app before but the only alarm I use is the Sleep Cycle App. This app allows you to be gradually woken up by the time you need your alarm to go off– instead of being startled to death, shaken out of deep sleep, terrified that you’re going to be late for work, etc, like the traditional alarm clock awakenings.
Just get up. Yep, just get up. When you hear your alarm off, whip off the covers and make yourself get out of bed! I can’t count the number of times that I’ve said “well I’ll just lay here for a few more minutes” and then I end up waking up an hour later. This may be the hardest part of the morning, but if you can will yourself out of bed–you can do anything!
Take your time and don’t rush. By getting up, moving, and setting a routine for myself in the morning, I have found that I’m not rushing around as frantically as I used to. By setting a routine, you too can enjoy your mornings before heading off to a hectic, busy day at the office.
Have a cup of coffee. This probably should have been the first tip, haha! I cannot function very well at all until I get some coffee in my system. My friends and family know that the pre-coffee Amy is totally different from the caffeinated Amy, i.e. not being able to have a conversation pre-coffee (sorry y’all). I also really love having some time just for drinking a cup of coffee in the morning and not having to drink it in the car.
Stick with your routine. I think it takes about a month for new habits to be formed and so once you find a routine that works for you, stick with it! If you can have a productive morning and then have evenings with more free time, I think it is totally worth it!