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Do you use Timehop? I do, and I often look back at posts where I say something like “It’s so early, I can’t believe I’m up!” I look at the post time, maybe 6:30AM, and I laugh. I’m definitely a morning person, but it hasn’t always been that way. When I was 19 or 20, I thought having to be at work at 8:00AM was terrible. Five or six years ago, waking up early was a struggle, even though I was doing it more consistently. How to be a morning person.
Fast forward to now. I very rarely sleep past 6, and most mornings I am awake around 4:30AM. I became a morning person out of necessity, but over the past year of consistently waking up early I have realized that I am far more productive. I firmly believe that waking up early leads to a productive day. Here are the lessons that I have learned in how to be a morning person.
How to be a morning person
- Drink some coffee. – Or tea, or water with lemon. Whatever gets you going in the morning. For me, it’s definitely coffee! It isn’t just the caffeine (although caffeine certainly helps) but also the routine of doing the same thing, first thing every morning.
- Have a morning routine. – Start a morning routine that works for you. My routine starts with coffee, but there are a few other things that I do. I always make my bed. It makes my room look better and it’s a great habit to get into. I pick up anything out of place in our room, take laundry to the laundry room, and pick up the kitchen if anything is out of place. I usually do those things while I am making coffee. After the coffee is ready, I might check my e-mails, blog comments, or social media.
- Move your phone/alarm away from your bed. – Moving your alarm away from you bed will force you to actually get up to turn it off. Hopefully the act of actually getting out of bed will motivate you to keep moving! I rarely set an alarm anymore, but when I do it is on my desk on the other side of the room.
- Turn on some lights or open the curtains – Our bodies are wired to be awake during the day and asleep at night. Turn on some lights when you wake up, and open curtains if the sun is already up.
- Set yourself up for success the night before. – A successful morning begins the night before. If you know that having your coffee ready on the counter or clothes laid out will help motivate you, do those things! Figuring out how to become a morning person is all about realizing what works for you.
- Watch how food and drink affect your sleep. – Caffeine within a few hours can negatively affect how well you sleep at night. I generally try to avoid caffeine any time after the early afternoon. Alcohol can also have some pretty bad affects on your sleep. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but sleep quality will go down and you will probably find yourself waking up a few hours later.
- Limit screen time in the evening. – If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, try limiting your screen time before bed. This is a tough one for me, and to be honest I don’t follow this very well. My mind goes 1000 different places at the same time whether I limit screen time or not, but turning off the TV and putting your phone away at least 15-30 minutes prior to going to bed is very helpful for some people.
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier every day. – If the idea of waking up very early seems daunting, start setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier every day.
- Wake up at the same time every day of the week. – This can be a tough one, but try to wake up at the same time each day of the week. Sleeping in on weekends can completely de-rail your progress if you aren’t careful. I don’t use an alarm on most days, but I still try to wake up around the same time every day of the week.
- Don’t go to bed late. – This should go without saying, but sleep is important. If you want to become a morning person, you’re going to have to go to bed earlier at night. Waking up at 5AM isn’t a good idea if you don’t go to bed until 2AM. If you start waking up 15 minutes earlier every day, your body will start adjusting and you should find yourself getting tired earlier.
It isn’t always easy, but I believe that becoming a morning person has made my days far more productive. I hope that these tips can help you if you’re trying to wake up early for a more productive day. Do you have any tips on how to be a morning person? Are you struggling with waking up earlier? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.