Now, I have not always been a ‘morning person.’ I honestly used to sleep extensively and eat breakfast happily at the crack of noon. However, as time passed and ambitions sparked, I noted that getting sh*t done first thing in the morning sets you up for success and happiness. Now, instead of setting my alarm around time commitments that external parties set for me, notably work or school, I have taken control of how I spend my first few hours awake. Let me run down how I transitioned and maintained my life as a morning person.
10 Minutes Earlier Formula
The start of your journey is figuring out timing. I am going to assume most of us are aspiring for a perfect 8-hour sleep. Therefore, you need to work backwards and determine the ideal time for you to go to bed and wake up. For example, my ideal situation is going to bed at 11 pm and waking up at 7 am. To get there, go to bed and wake up 10 minutes earlier than usual until you reach your goal. This might take a week, or it could take a month, but small changes will leave you almost unaware that you will be up an hour earlier in one week. Immediately I know you will notice the benefits.
Make a Morning Commitment
What will you do with it once you have all this extra time in the morning? Work, spend time outside, exercise, self-care, meditate, meal-prep? Select what is most important to you and commit to productively utilizing your morning time for you! Also, remember this commitment can change. Sometimes working out in the morning is great, other times not so much… Be flexible with this one!
Avoid Screen Time
Attempting to become a morning person, you will most likely have some negative feelings towards, let’s just say, 7 am. However, what is driving you to get out of bed is a larger goal to be more productive, but a small reward most days is a necessary extra push. For me, this is a no technology zone breakfast and coffee. For others, a relaxing skincare routine does the trick. While this sounds boring, trust me, not looking at your phone first thing in the morning is a game-changer in boosting your mood.
Curated with love,
Taylor Hannah Curation