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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 LOVE working for myself and setting my own schedule, but the problem is, you don’t get in trouble when you’ve slept in for an extra half an hour, so it happens more than it should sometimes. I’ve wasted enough of my precious early mornings to realize that I need a plan…and if you’re in the same boat as me, I want to let you in on my best tips to make yourself a morning person!

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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 motivation to 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 will sometimes come up, but having your plan written down allows you to fit them in and make changes as they come.

My best tool for planning out my day the night before has to be the Day Designer! You’re provided with a to-do list for each day and your day is split up hourly, so it makes it incredibly easy for you to plan out what you need to get done, and how much time you’ll devote to each task on your list. Plus, the designs are gorgeous! I love carrying mine around with me and it makes the perfect addition to my desk!

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 binge on the next nail-biting episode of Stranger Things, or have another glass of wine when you’re out with your friends. But getting into good sleep habits is key to becoming a morning person.

Forcing yourself to bed at a reasonable hour, and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep can do wonders for your early morning self. I find that even if I get 8 hours but I went to bed super late, I don’t feel rested when I wake up. On the flip side, when I go to bed early and get the same about of sleep, I always feel great!

3. Stick to a Schedule

Waking up at a different time each day is good way 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. Try your best to go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time each day and night. Also, try not to sleep in on weekends if you can help it. It can throw off your body’s rhythm.

Related Post: Why You Need a Morning Routine (Make Yourself a Morning Person!)

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. I’ve also started using the Rogue Wood Supply Hibernate Bedtime Spray with vanilla, lavender, jasmine, tangerine and amethyst. It is soooo soothing and really does calm you right down. 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.

The times I feel like I didn’t get a good rest are usually when I was scrolling Instagram too late at night. Looking at bright screens can actually stop your body from producing melatonin, which is essential for a good, restful sleep. I know it can be tough, but try to stay away from screens for at least an hour before you go to 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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20 thoughts on “5 Tips to Make Yourself a Morning Person

  1. Numbers 1 and 3 are my strategies. With 3 kids, I have to start the day with some night before prep. Awesome tips Kate. Thanks

    Posted on February 3, 2017 at 3:14 am
    1. Thanks Kami! That’s makes total sense, especially with 3 kiddos! I love planning the night before, it makes the next day so much clearer and productive!

      Posted on February 3, 2017 at 10:02 am
  2. These are brilliant tips, I work from and have to stick to a strict routine or it’s far too easy to find myself procrastinating!

    Posted on February 8, 2017 at 4:49 am
    1. Thanks Lauren! I totally feel you! If I don’t stick to a strict schedule and routine, productivity is out the door! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Xx Kate

      Posted on February 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  3. I’m not really a morning person well….. Sometdays i do wake up @ 4 only when I don’t sleep at night and most of the days i wake up @ 8 or 9 and all I do throughout the day is take nap gaps. I really need help.
    Loved the above article tho!!

    Posted on May 3, 2017 at 8:16 am
    1. Aww, I hope you can get your sleep schedule on track! Thanks for reading and commenting, I hope you got some good tips 🙂 <3

      Posted on May 4, 2017 at 10:50 am
  4. I’m still working on becoming more of a morning person, but planning ahead and setting out my clothes the night before definitely helps get my day started!

    Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    1. Yes!! Such great tips! It definitely takes some “practice” but doing little things like that can make becoming a morning person so much easier!

      Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:41 pm
  5. This is so ironic! I always plan out my day first thing in the morning, but yesterday, I did it last night, and I’m now having such a productive morning! Definitely might have to be something I start doing from now on! I’m also totally with you on my day going much better when I get started early! As always, thanks for sharing, Kate! 🙂

    Andrea | Hustle and Hearts

    Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:16 am
    1. Thanks Andrea!! It makes such a huge difference, doesn’t it! I started doing it a while back and now I can’t not do it! Hope you have an awesome Friday <3

      Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:49 am
  6. These are great tips! I can always use a little help to become a morning person!!

    Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:47 am
    1. Haha I think we all can sometimes 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great Friday!

      Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:50 am
  7. Great tips, especially taking time the night before to prepare for the next day! I’m definitely infamous for not getting enough sleep and could take more time in the mornings for a decent breakfast. Such a great reminder!

    Nichole //

    Posted on November 10, 2017 at 10:50 am
    1. Thanks Nichole! I always feel so lousy in the morning if I don’t get a good sleep, especially if I’m starting at screens! I really want to get in the habit of reading more before bed, it’s so relaxing!

      Posted on November 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  8. Nice tips for people like me who are night owls. Shared this with my Facebook group too.

    Posted on November 12, 2017 at 9:51 am
    1. Thank you so much! And glad you find the tips useful 🙂 Xx

      Posted on November 12, 2017 at 8:01 pm
  9. Love these tips!! I’ve never been a morning person but there are definitely ways to make it easier!

    I’ve improved my nighttime routine (meditation, light body stretches, reading in bed, limiting screen time.. still working on that last one haha) and then I’m slowly figuring out a morning routine that I look forward to – either do 5-10 minutes of yoga or meditation, having a glass of water with lemon and apple cider vinegar… and the trick for me is to have everything ready so I just have to get out of bed and go do it without setting up or thinking about it (otherwise I’ll most likely not want to do it!)

    Posted on November 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm
    1. Ooooh I love this, Seppy! Your nighttime and morning routine both sound so relaxing and I love how your morning routine gets your so ready for the day ahead!! I love chugging a glass of water when I wake up, and I love your addition of lemon to the mix!!


      Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm
  10. I never used to be a morning person but I’m slowing getting better with it and it all started with getting enough sleep so that I wasn’t as tired first thing in the morning

    Jess |

    Posted on November 17, 2017 at 4:37 am
    1. Yes! Getting enough sleep is definitely key! Makes early mornings so much easier! Thanks for stopping by! xx

      Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:35 am