Most people are not morning people. I’m not a morning person myself. I don’t wake up raring to take on the day. As a matter of fact, I wake up groggy, irritable, and sometimes, downright ugly. If you ask anyone in my house, they’ll tell you the same thing. All my kids learned at very young ages that anything said before Mommy has had coffee is met with the same words…”after I’ve had my coffee.”
That said, work is stressful, parenting is stressful, and now that I’m trying to get the blog back in gear, that’s stressful too. So by the end of the night, I’m spent. My most productive time is in the morning, whether I like it or not. I’ve learned to make the most of it. I still don’t wake up with a big grin on my face, but after about a half hour, I’m good to go.
Here are some tips for being a morning person even if you’re not.
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- Use a coffee maker with a timer. No one wants to get up and then wait for the coffee. Get a coffee maker you set the night before and set it to brew a half hour before your alarm goes off. You’ll thank yourself in the morning for taking that extra 5 minutes to set it up before you went to bed.
- Get a good night’s sleep. If you don’t sleep well, you’re not going to wake up well. A good night’s sleep involves a quiet and dark environment. If you live in the middle of a city, consider getting blackout curtains to keep the light out. Instead of a television in your bedroom, which is very stimulating, consider using a white noise machine to drown out the sounds of the city. Tip: don’t choose the ocean setting – it can make you want to get up to use the bathroom several times during the night!
- Put your alarm clock across the room. I recommend using the good old fashioned kind of alarm clock with a dimmer on it– not your phone. The reason for this is because a phone in the bedroom can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Yes, you can put it on silent, but then your alarm may not work. I suggest leaving your phone off altogether, but if you need it on for emergency purposes, be sure to turn off notifications for social media and texts.
- Go to bed at the same time every night. Your body’s internal clock is easily thrown off, so if you want to get up early, you need to go to bed early, too. “Expert” recommendations vary, but the general consensus is that an adult should get at least 6 hours of sleep and not more than 10. Obviously, the more active you are, the more rest your body will need, and your general health will make a difference. Personally, I do well at about 7, but there are times when I need 10 hours, like if I’m getting sick. If you want to get up at 5, start by going to bed at 9. If after about a week you feel like you don’t need that much sleep, stay up a little later. Individually, you’ll need more or less.
- Plan what you need the night before. Every night, I go over a list of things to do the next day. I check the weather and put out an outfit for the kiddo. Then I check her school calendar to make sure that I didn’t forget about “wear red day” or something else. Then, I pick out my own clothes. I put the next day’s lunches together for the most part – juice box and snack in the backpack, lunch snack and drink in the lunchbox. I do make the sandwich in the morning so it doesn’t get soggy. Most days, I just encourage her to eat in school. The $3 it costs me is well worth it. Planning your day the night before saves time, aggravation, and headaches!
- Get up with a good attitude. This is the biggest key to being a morning person. If you wake up and decide to be miserable, that’s just what you’ll do. If you see mornings as a new chance for a great day, you’ll have many more great mornings.
PS – I wrote this post at 5:51am and I’ve been up since 3:45. I’m awake and functioning, but I’m still not running any marathons! However, I’ve written two blog posts this morning and half the world isn’t even out of bed yet. I’d say that’s a great start to my day!