How I Became a Morning Person
Let's be honest, most mornings we would rather snooze the alarm and get more shut eye. Some mornings I would rather turn my alarm off entirely and wake up whenever I want to, but that's not possible. Most of us aren't morning people, but getting up in the morning is a hard thing to do when you have no idea what you want to accomplish that day. But if you want to be the most productive, it's best to start your day off early. Lately I've been waking up between 6AM - 6:30AM, however, I have a goal of waking up by 6AM, period. Getting up in the morning was never that hard for me, but here are certain habits that are helping me make it easier:
1. i Spent one week waking up at 7AM
Although I couldn't stand waking up at 7, but now that I have a day job and a fiance, I honestly wanted to be more productive during the day and realized most of my free time is in the morning. So, for an entire week I decided to prep myself by waking up at 7AM. This tricked my body into having to wake up at such an early time and also helped me get into the rhythm of waking up at 6. Along with waking up at 7AM, I went to bed earlier than usual. I can find myself up until 1AM, but to wake up at 7, I needed to go to bed around 10:30PM/11PM.
2. Prepare the night before
Instead of going straight to bed, I prepped for the next day. I used to wait until the next morning to prep for the day, but I noticed that it wasted more of my time prepping the day of. Now, before I go to bed I will clean up: sweep, dust, wash the dishes, tidy up the bathroom, living room, dining room table, etc. I then get my clothes out for the next day. I decide on everything that I'm wearing from my shirt down to the socks and underwear. Once I know what I'm wearing, I do my hair for the next day and right before I go to bed I make a to do list of what I need to get done when I wake up. This puts me on autopilot and not wondering the morning of as to what to do.
3. Created a morning routine
Getting up early for the sake of it does nothing. To say you woke up at 7AM and still managed to waste most of your morning doing nothing isn't productive. Instead of simply waking up at 6, I created a morning routine that goes something like this:
- Alarm goes off at 6 - 6:15; 6:30 at the latest if I went out the night before.
- Get up and go to the bathroom
- Drink cold water (a tip that I got from Mattie James of Mattieologie.com
- Stretch lightly
- Spend 5-10 minutes journaling; I dedicate a word of the day and write my thoughts on it
- Pray to GOD
- Make breakfast
By 8AM I'm already sitting down at the computer getting my day started. Although this is my morning routine now, I plan to incorporate exercise, possibly morning yoga. But so far this routine has helped me in preparing my mind and body for the day ahead.