Let’s be real: mornings can be hard! Some folks are morning people & some aren’t! If you’re reading this, I’m going to guess that you fall in that last category. Well, I’m here to turn that around! (Yes, even if you hate mornings as much as I did)
I have never been a morning person. Mornings & I have been known to have a few run-ins in the past. I was born & bred as a night owl.
But I’m working on how I view the morning.
Because I’m tired of feeling like I have no control over my life. I’m constantly chasing my tail, so to speak; always trying to keep ahead of the clock and failing.
I’m a mom, a housewife, a small biz owner, a perpetual student, an active church member, & a writer. How do I juggle it all?
That was the problem. I couldn’t do it.
After having E.K., there came a point where I just had to take a raw, hard, honest look at myself & how I was conducting my day-to-day life.
I went on a researching binge as I usually do when I get fixated on a problem & discovered a common theme among successful people: they wake up early.
I began implementing the methods listed below & I now not only wake up much earlier than I ever have (willingly), I feel less zombie-esque when I wake up!
My Morning Method
Sit Down & Write Your “Why”
Becoming a morning person starts before you ever set your alarm.
It starts by sitting down with a piece of paper & a pen to write down why you want to become a morning person!
Is it to feel better? To get more done? Move forward in your career? To have more time to yourself? Whatever it is, write it down.
Why is this so important?
If you actually see your reason in front of you, it motivates you. Something in your mind clicks when you have a visual!
And you need that visual motivation because this isn’t going to be easy! You have to remind yourself of your why each and every morning when you want to hit snooze!
That’s the key to actually becoming a morning person versus becoming a person who’s just able to get up in the morning: motivation.
Put Your Motivation Somewhere You’ll See It
Now that you know your why, put it somewhere you’ll see it!
Set your phone background to a motivational quote, a photo of your ultimate goal, or even a shot of the motivation paper you just wrote!
You can also make a motivation board!
Fill it with things such as inspirational quotes, photos of places you want to go, goal lists, & reminders of what you’re working for!
Ease Into It
You know how it takes time to form new habits? This is no different.
Start moving the clock back gradually! Don’t jump from waking at 10 to trying to get up at 6!
It just won’t work.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll fail horribly, get discouraged, & give up immediately. Don’t do this!
Set your clock back 30 minutes from normal time & do this for a week!
Repeat every week until you reach your desired wake up time!
Set Yourself up for Success the Night Before
Notice a theme here? Preparation, preparation, preparation!
Have an evening routine to help make the morning ahead as easy as possible!
To prep for my coming day, I lay out my clothes, pick up around the house, place a bottle of water on the nightstand, & go to sleep as early as I can!
I have an infant, so my bedtime revolves around her. She goes down for the night around 10:30 pm & I lay down immediately after.
But my baby still wakes during the night!
I feel you! Mine does too. So I make the most out of my awake time by reviewing the next morning’s to-do list, double-checking my alarm, & reading motivational books on my Kindle.
Also (listen up because this is important), go back to sleep as soon as you’re able to!
Don’t stay awake for 30 minutes after the baby is back down scrolling through social media.
Get Out of Bed Immediately!
When the alarm goes off, get up!
Do not scroll through Facebook (guilty!!). Don’t lay there for 10 minutes wanting to go back to sleep (because you usually do).
Don’t talk yourself out of it!
Just. Get. Up!
Have a Morning Routine
Having a morning routine is important to use your time wisely!
You know exactly what to do as soon as your feet hit the floor even if you’re still half asleep.
Have a nice mix of enjoyable things & non-enjoyable essential things on your routine.
My morning routine looks a bit like this:
- Wake up at 7a
- Fix my bed
- Drink a bottle of water
- Wash my face & do my AM skincare routine
- Start 1 load of laundry
- Do AM yoga routine
- Read 2 chapters in my Bible & pray
- Go over my planner to prep my mind for the day
- Write down 1 thing I’m going to do to reach my goal
- Think of 1 thing I’m grateful for & record it in my planner
Download the morning routine printable, fill it out, & tape it somewhere you’ll see it every single morning!
Give Yourself an Incentive
Whether it’s a cup of good coffee, reading your favorite book, or doing some writing, set aside a bit of time to something you love before anyone else is awake!
I personally listen to a good podcast while working on my blog!
After the morning routine is finished, take some time, whether it be an hour or just until the kids are awake, & enjoy the quiet while doing your thing!
If you’re motivated, want a change, and you’re ready to move out of that stagnant place you’re in, you’ll be well on your way to morning happiness in no time!
You’ll feel like you’ve gained hours in the day! Although I am awake roughly the same amount of time as before, I get so much more done now because I’m refreshed, prepared, & don’t have the weight of an entire day on my shoulders when I tackle my projects.
Do you have your own morning strategy? Share your secrets with me!
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