Early mornings are my favorite time of the day… and I mean really early.
I relish those fleeting moments of quiet before everybody wakes up and the grind of the day starts.
Personally, I have always been a morning person. Thriving when my day starts early, I find myself being more productive and overall accomplishing so much more.
Do you find yourself on the opposite side of the spectrum? Struggling to wake up early and start your day? Try implementing the following 10 steps into your routine and finally become a morning person.
THE NIGHT BEFORE MATTERS
How you end your night the day before determines how your day will start tomorrow. Establish good nighttime habits and have an evening routine in place.
First, a healthy evening meal is crucial. Take care to eat a few hours before bedtime, and consider having a protein-rich meal, in order to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Also, it’s important to make sure your evening routine includes intentional time set aside for rest and relaxation. Click here for simple self-care ideas to incorporate into your evening routine to set the tone for a great morning.
Finally, make sure that you are getting enough rest. The ideal number of hours needed varies from person to person. Some people do fine with less sleep, while others require significantly more. Determine how much sleep you need and adjust accordingly.
EASE INTO IT
If you are naturally a night owl, don’t expect to become an early bird overnight. For lasting results, ease into your new routine.
First, set a “goal date” for your new morning routine. Ideally, allowing for several days before.
Next, decide what your new wake-up time will be. With this time in mind, start waking up 15 minutes earlier each morning, until you reach your goal.
STOP THE SNOOZE
Do you have multiple, morning alarms? Unfortunately, having incremental alarms in the morning may actually derail your early waking efforts.
When you hit snooze, you aren’t actually getting any additional rest. In reality, those extra ten or fifteen minutes are not long enough to reach the necessary level of deep, restorative sleep. Instead, the only thing you accomplish is to wake up feeling more sluggish and tired.
Set one alarm and avoid hitting the snooze button!
STICK TO THE SAME TIME
It’s important to stick to the same wake-up time each morning.
Consistency allows you to fully reap the benefits that come along with an earlier morning, including: feeling more rested, improved productivity and having a greater overall sense of well-being.
LET IN THE LIGHT
Light does wonders when it comes to waking up early in the morning. If possible, immediately let in some natural light. Otherwise, make sure to turn on your bedroom light. This will help you wake quicker and avoid the temptation of going back to sleep.
BUT FIRST, WATER.
Splashing some cold water on your face will help energize and wake you up quickly in the morning.
Also, before coffee or any other morning beverages, make sure to hydrate with a glass of water. Personally, I drink 32 oz of room temperature water first thing in the morning. This helps me wake up and start the day off properly.
KNOW YOUR MOTIVATION
What is your motivation for waking up earlier? Is it to have alone time? Get more work done? Trying to fit in the time for exercise? Whatever the reason, make sure it’s good enough to get you out of bed!
KEEP IT POSITIVE
A positive morning will lead to a positive day. One of my biggest priorities in the morning is personal time set aside for devotions and reflection. Having quiet time helps prepare my mindset and sets the tone for a good day.
Also, consider including other positive activities such as exercise and a good breakfast into your morning.
AVOID SOCIAL TEMPTATION
In order to gain the most out of your early mornings, put your phone away. Do your best to avoid all social media and email. Turn of any alerts, except for any urgent phone calls or text messages.
In all honesty, those emails and comments can wait until later. Using your time wisely will help you better value the effort of waking up early.
NEW HABITS TAKE TIME
New habits take time and effort to become a reality. Give yourself grace along the way and realize that even small changes will make a huge difference. Everyday wont be easy, but eventually it will be easier.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to become a morning person, just start. Utilize these tips, change your mentality and reap the benefits of being an early riser.