The mornings set the mood for the whole day. If you have a good morning, you’ll be set up to have a good day. But if you’re running late and are angry that you’re rushed in the morning, it will bleed over into the rest of your day as well.
Set yourself up to be a morning person, and the rest of your day will fall in line with your mood in the morning.
I was born a morning person, but after years living a second shift life, I was thrown off of my 6:30am natural wake up time and into a 9am alarm. It was painful initially, but after a while I started to enjoy my 7am alarm. Here’s what I did that worked to get me out of bed more than 2 full hours earlier than I was used to.
1. Wake up
Do it. No snooze, just go for it! Yes, it’s hard. But this is the best thing to do. When the alarm goes off, sit up and put your feet on the ground. It’s harder to go back to bed once you’ve gotten out from under the cocoon that you have in the blankets. After a few days, this won’t feel quite so painful anymore, I promise!
2. Get everything set out the night before
When you know that everything is there waiting for you, you don’t have to worry about fumbling around looking for everything. It helps give you some motivation to make it happen. It also helps to do all of the chores at night so that when you wake up, the house is clean and ready for the day.
Setting clothes out the night before helps eliminate the “but it’s going to be cold when I get out of bed” dilemma. Plus, it’s dark early in the morning. So you won’t have to fumble around looking for everything.
All the coffee, all the time. I love my coffee maker. I had to make sure that I got one that can not only brew my coffee strong, but I can also set up the night before so that I wake up to a hot cup of coffee. I set my coffee the night before, 15 minutes before my alarm goes off. That way the heavenly aroma of coffee is enough of an incentive to get me out of bed.
Anything else that you’ll need
Do you need to have your breakfast prepped overnight? Do you need to make the kids’ lunches? Do you like fruit in the morning? You can do all of this prep the night before when you still have the energy. I hate making myself breakfast in the morning, so I started getting everything ready for the next morning so that all I have to do it crack the eggs in the skillet.
3. Sleep with the curtains open to let in the natural light.
Your body is programmed to wake up once it starts getting light outside. By leaving the blinds cracked, this helps to wake your body up even before you consciously wake up. If you don’t like the idea of leaving your curtains open, there are actually alarm clocks that light up slowly to imitate the sun rising.
4. Have a plan
When you wake up, have a plan for what your morning will look like. I’m a list-maker, so this is my favorite. A schedule can look like:
- 7:00 – Wake up
- 7:15 – Go downstairs and start breakfast
- 7:30 – Eat breakfast while reading a chapter of book for Bible study
- 7:45 – Catch up on emails
- 8:00 – Make sure that everything is ready when the family gets up
Or you can have a check list of things to get done between a period of time, which can look like:
- 7:00-7:30 – Get up, get dressed, make breakfast, read book for Bible study
- 7:30- 8:00 – Catch up on emails, finish getting ready for the family to come downstairs
Do what works best for you!
5. Have an incentive to get up on time
Having an incentive is a powerful motivator. For me, my incentive is having quiet time before the kids get up. That is a powerful motivator for me! Alone time is like gold for me. So I have to make sure to get out of bed and get downstairs before the boys wake up. Maybe your incentive is quiet time to read, or eat your breakfast alone, or anything else that would give you an incentive to wake up in the morning.
Being a morning person doesn’t have tome you’re up before the sun!
Sometimes just changing your morning routine so that you’re not playing catch up all day is enough to change the way that you feel about mornings. If you still struggle in the mornings, Crystal Paine has an AMAZING online course called Make Over Your Mornings that is truly going to change your life. I don’t say that lightly. It helps you change the way you think and feel in the mornings. And, the best part, it’s not about getting up earlier!
What do you do to get going in the morning?