Becoming morning person isn’t at all difficult. But once you master your mornings, you will see benefits that will make you look forward to getting up every morning. The challenge is getting started and figuring out your routine. You will be tired in the beginning but if you stick to it, your body will adjust.
Being a morning person isn’t at all difficult. But once you master your mornings, you will see benefits that will make you look forward to getting up every morning. The challenge is getting started and figuring out your routine. You will be tired in the beginning but if you stick to it, your body will adjust.
I used to wish that I could just get up early in the morning and get things done and instead I would end up staying up late to get things done. My days were always occupied with my day job and other responsibilities and I would rely on staying up late to pursue my ventures and projects. I would go to sleep around midnight to 1 a.m Staying up late just to get things done and wake up in the morning and continue on like a machine. However I started to notice that in the evening I would become so tired that I was completely useless. I would sit there with my laptop open and I would just stare at the screen. It was a waste of time and very frustrating because I would be working like crazy during the day to get my work obligations done and look forward to the night time to focus on the things I wanted to do.
After reading an article in Entrepreneur Magazine, I received the inspiration to start getting up at 5 a.m. It was very hard to do at the time but eventually I did finally figure out how I could get up early and still be a productive person during the day but it’s not easy to start doing and yet very rewarding if you do. So here are a few tips on how you can become a morning person.
- Drink a glass of water – according to the article, we are very dehydrated when we wake up so keep a large glass of water near you and when your alarm goes off, drink away. It will refresh you and wake you right up. Also, another trick I found useful was drink a glass of water before bed so that I would have the urge to go to the bathroom in the morning, also forcing me out of bed as well.
- If you are going to hit the snooze button…. – I am the person that will hit the snooze button 3 times before finally getting up. The trick for me was to move my alarm to the other end of the room so you have to get up to hit the snooze button. but after a while, I would just lie down again so the solution was to have 2 alarms at opposite ends of the room and the extra walking and panicking to snooze 2 alarms did the trick.
- Listen to your body – To adjust to my newfound early morning zen time, I started going to bed at 10 p.m. But there are times where you need to sleep so I would also either try to take a nap during the day or “sleep in” till 8 in the morning once a week. Some successful people like Tony Robbins say they the day take a 20 minute power nap each day because after 20 minutes you will feel groggy and sluggish.
- Add variety to your morning routine – Some days I will get right down to work and others I will go for an early game of ice hockey. On the weekends, I prefer to still get up so I will read. The variety and consistency help me to look forward to waking up each day ready to go.
- Maximize your time – if you find yourself wanting to check email or Facebook, don’t! You will end up losing this newfound productive time and getting up early will be all for nothing. Instead, reward yourself with time for that later in the morning when you take a break.
The benefits I have found from getting up early are immense. I discovered that I was able to get 3 good hours of productivity time each morning before having to start my day. Those 3 hours of silently working away, or reading a book or getting my aggressions out on the ice allow me to be ready to face the challenges that we all face every day.
So there you have it, 5 tips for becoming a morning person so go out there and get ready for bed!
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