I am so not a morning person, but lately I’ve been trying to take control of my day and force myself to get up earlier so I can be more productive. I’ve found a few different tips helpful (thanks, Pinterest) so I thought I’d share them with you guys as well 🙂
- Plan an exciting breakfast, or set your coffee maker to brew a few minutes before you want to get up. I’m not a coffee person myself, but I imagine that the smell of coffee brewing would be enticing enough to get someone out of bed. As for an exciting breakfast, I know that looking forward to some apple cinnamon pancakes or fresh chocolate chip muffins is a great reward for actually getting out of bed on time.
- Put your alarm clock across the room. You’ll have to either live with the sound of your alarm (this tip especially helps if the alarm is loud and annoying) or get up and turn it off. By that point, you’re already out of bed, so you might as well go eat that exciting breakfast you planned.
- Exercise. You may not feel like you have enough energy for a morning workout, but just try it! After getting yourself out of bed, a few jumping jacks, squats, and crunches can help improve your circulation and get more oxygen to your brain, making you feel more awake. Additionally, exercising in the morning can relieve any stress you have, so you feel rejuvenated and ready to start your day–after a shower, that is.
- Spend a few minutes the night before planning out your day. If you’re not naturally a morning person, you’re probably not going to remember absolutely everything that needs to get done the second you wake up. If you have a nice to-do list or even an outfit laid out, you’ll be able to move through your morning routine with ease.
- Make your bed as soon as you get up. This pretty much prevents you from climbing back in, and the tidy look of your room will encourage you to get started with your day.
- Ease your way in. You’re not going to become a morning person overnight. Change your bedtime and waking time in fifteen minute or half hour increments until you reach the waking time you want. Don’t force yourself to go from getting up at 7:30 to getting up at 5:30 in a two-day span. Give your body time to adjust.
- Intentionally plan your morning routine. Get into the habit of doing the same thing at the same time every day, and it will start to come naturally. You won’t have to drag yourself out of bed, and you can start checking off items on your to-do list before you even go to school or work.
- Get motivated. Push yourself to stick to a routine and actually use the tips in this article. Without motivation, you’re just going to be stuck hitting the snooze button.
- Reward yourself! If you’re anything like me, you probably feel like you need to be rewarded just for hitting the snooze button less than usual. Make a solid goal and, when you reach it, reward yourself! Whether that means taking an extra-long shower or wearing your favorite comfy shirt that day, you deserve to be rewarded for your progress.