You know the drill by now. Alarm goes off. You hit snooze. Again. And again. By time you finally haul yourself from the bed, you’re running late and running around like a mad woman to try and get out of the door on time.
I get it. I LOVE sleep. Even though I’m generally a good sleeper, I always feel like I could always do with a little more. I’m sure you and most other adults will agree!
I’ve gradually started to get better at getting up in the mornings and found that waking up just a little bit earlier can make a huge difference to my day. I’m generally more productive and organised, and yes, I actually get out of the door on time.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you become a morning person and set the right tone to start the day.
WAKE UP EARLY
Right, OK. I know I’m stating the obvious but you need to wake up and get out of bed if you”re going to achieve anything. If you usually rise and shine at 7.30am but decide that to tomorrow you’re going to wake up 6am, realistically it isn’t going to happen. Not for very long anyway.
The trick to waking up early is doing it gradually. Try setting your alarm just 5-10 mins early each day or two so that it doesn’t feel like you’re losing a huge amount of sleep. Try to put your phone/alarm on the other side of the room so you’re forced to get out of bed.
START THE DAY BY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
Knowing that you’re going to start the day doing something you enjoy means that you’re more likely to get out of bed. It can be anything that makes you feel good or gets your blood flowing such as exercising, meditating or reading.
Personally I love jumping in the shower as soon as I wake up. It’s the small things. It completely energizes and forces me to get ready as soon as I’m out. I find that if I don’t have a shower first thing then I’m more likely to slob around on the sofa or worse, get tempted to go back to bed!
Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. As busy as you might be, try to avoid missing breakfast. It provides the brain and body with fuel after a long nights’ sleep. It doesn’t have to be anything substantial. Just grabbing a banana on the way out of the house will make a huge difference to your productivity in the mornings.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
Over the years I’ve established a morning routine which really helps me to get things done in the morning. I found Crystal Paine’s Makeover Your Mornings Course amazingly helpful for helping me to create a routine that works for me. Generally my routine looks something like this:
- Wake up as soon as the alarm goes off
- Jump in the shower
- Do my hair and make up
- Get dressed
- Feed the dog
- Have breakfast
- Walk the dog
- Leave the house
My routine is super simple and yours can be. Once I’ve completed the above, I’ll spend the spare time doing something on my list for later in the day such as putting a load of washing in or putting the clean dishes away.
Establishing a routine has really helped me to focus in the morning on the things that need doing, meaning I’m more likely to sit around and waste time.
ALLOW YOURSELF A DAY OFF EVERY NOW AND THEN
We’re only human. We all need a day where we just lie under the duvet and do nothing. That’s fine. It’s important to not beat yourself up for breaking the habit and failing to get out of bed every now and then. What is crucial, is that you don’t allow one day off to completely knock you off track. Have the one lie-in and start again the next day.