When you work from home and for yourself, it’s easy to fall into a routine where you don’t set an alarm (or hit the snooze button a zillion times) and take your sweet time getting going in the morning. I really enjoy working for myself and setting my own schedule, but the problem is no one’s there to scold you when you’ve slept in for half an hour later than you should have. I’ve wasted enough of my precious early mornings to realize that we all need a plan…and I want to let you in on my best tips to make yourself a morning person!
The thing is, however you begin your day sets the context for the rest of your day. Putting off waking up can make you feel more sluggish and less motivated than if you rise at a reasonable time. When you wake up early you feel as though you have the whole day ahead of you, giving you the desire the get things done! When you wake up later, on the other hand, you’re more likely to feel as though you’ve wasted a chunk of the day and often feel less inspired to do all the important things you have planned.
From creating a calming sleep environment to planning out your day the night before, check out 5 awesome tips to make yourself a productive morning person.
1. Plan Your Day the Night Before
This is something I always love to do. It makes me feel so much more organized in the mornings so I can get straight to work. Before going to bed I write down everything I need to do the next day and number it in order of importance. Then, when I wake up I know exactly what I need to get started on, and I check off things as I go. Other things always come up, but having your plan written down allows you to fit them in and make effective alterations.
2. Get the Right Amount of Zzz’s
You would think this is so obvious, but when you don’t have to go into the office every day, you’re more likely to allow yourself to watch the next nail biting episode of How to Get Away With Murder (do they seriously have to end EVERY episode with a cliffhanger??) or have another glass of wine when you’re out with your friends. Forcing yourself to bed at a reasonable hour, and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep can do wonders for your early morning self.
3. Stick to a Schedule
Waking up at a different time each day is likely to make you feel much more tired on earlier mornings. If you stick to a schedule, eventually you won’t even need an alarm, as your internal clock will just do its thing. Also, try not to sleep in on weekends if you can help it. It can throw off your body’s rhythm.
4. Create a Calming Sleep Environment
My goal is to read for at least 30 minutes before I drift off to sleep. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does I feel so calm and relaxed and it helps me to get a better nights rest. Maybe you’d like to take a bath, drink tea, or meditate before bed. Whatever it is, if you want to feel nice and refreshed in the morning, make sure it’s calming and conducive to a good sleep.
5. Breakfast Strategy
Just like I plan my day’s schedule the night before, I also do my best to plan my breakfast. Sometimes I need to take a trip to the grocery store or sometimes I’m stocked for the week, but planning a healthy breakfast ahead of time ensures that your day is off to a good start, and also gives you something to look forward to when you wake up! Some of my faves? Coconut yogurt with fruit and high-protein granola, toast/banana with organic peanut butter, oatmeal with berries and avocado toast with a hardboiled egg.
Are you a morning person? What does your morning routine look like? Sound off in the comments below!
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