Learning how to become a morning person has been truly life-changing to me. I am naturally a night owl, even at four years old I was already falling asleep after the rest of my family. I’ve been struggling during all of my school years because waking up in the morning felt like hell to me. Waking up before 11am on weekends wasn’t even an option.
A couple of years ago, I finally found a way to become a morning person and I now wake up before my alarm even rings.
But most importantly, I love it.
I love being able to wake up early in the morning feeling fresh and ready to face the day with enthusiasm and positivity.. I love the quietness that only mornings can offer. Being able to do so many things, and spend time on what matters to me.
By learning how to become a morning person, you could use this extra time in the morning to get better at something you love, read a book you’re passionate about, or work on your own projects maybe? It will allow you to be so much more productive.
It took me YEARS to learn how to become a morning person. I read books, tried several methods, I even tried to go to sleep at 8pm -which is something that never happened to me, even as a kid- in order to be able to wakeup early and be at my best. But nothing really worked. I was following these methods and routines for a week or two, then I was going back to my good old night owl habits. That was until I realized that in order to become a morning person, there is only one thing you really need: you need to love you mornings.
I think the reason why I (and a lot of people) was unable to follow the methods I was reading in books was because they were not mine. They were telling me to do things like working out, meditate, or drinking a glass of cold water as soon as I wake up. Each of those things was like “THE” thing you absolutely need to do if you ever want to become a morning person.
The problem was, I do not like working out on a daily basis, I have never been into meditation, and I don’t think anything in the world repulses me more that a cold drink as soon as I wake up, as I am a hot drink kind of gal. Even if those tips have probably proved their efficacy on a lot of people, they didn’t work for me because they are nothing like me.
I believe you cannot maintain a routine that requires you to do things that are nothing like you and that you don’t even like. You need to love your morning, you need to be excited about it.
Otherwise, why would you even want to get up?
Here are some things you can do to make your morning worth waking up for, and become a real morning person.
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The night before:
Prepare an exciting breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s the one that gets you started. Preparing it before going to bed is not only an incredible gain of time, it is also a great way to get excited about it. Pick the things you need to make a tasty breakfast that will make you feel excited about it.
Pick out your clothes
You can also prepare your clothes in advance. Once again, it a gain of time, and it will make you feel like you actually got you shit together in the morning like “Omg I picked out my clothes the night before, I am such an organized person”. This will make you feeling confident and ready to face your day. That’s how it makes me feel at least. Plus picking out my clothes in advance allows me to choose clothes I really like and feeling pretty the next day, instead of just taking the first thing I find in my closet.
Write down your morning routine goal
Chances are that it will not be your definitive routine since you’ll probably have to make adjustments along the way. But having an exciting routine goal as a base will help you to actually get up the next morning feeling positive and excited for the day ! That’s better than hitting snooze four times in a row and hating the universe for being so cruel with you. I know that feeling too well !
Make a to-do list
The to-do list will help you get your priorities straight. I can’t count how many times I got up in the morning knowing I had tons of things to do, but not knowing exactly how many nor where to begin. It’s like moving forward in a dark place; you don’t know where you are, nor where you’re going. Having your to-do list ready will be a huge help in the morning: no need to think about what you have to do for 30 minutes, just follow the list. How easy is that??
In the morning:
Wake up 15 minutes sooner every day
Or every other day if that’s too hard for you. That way you will reach your goal in a couple of days without even noticing it!
Do the thing you like the most first
Is it reading, working out, meditating, writing, eating breakfast? You need to find something that will make you feel happy to get up. I personally start my day by making a cup of tea and turning my laptop on to read my favorite blogs. If you’re not sure about what you’d like to do, do just five minutes of things you think you’d like. You will soon be decided on what makes you the happier.
I don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating something in the morning will get you energized for the rest of the morning. It will be longer than usual since you woke up sooner. If like me you’re having a hard time eating anything as soon as you wake up, eat your breakfast later and remember that it doesn’t have to be huge. I just start with a cup of tea when I wake up, then when my cup is empty, I make another one with a fruit and a cookie. That’s basically all I can eat in the morning. If you enjoy cooking, you can have fun making a colorful healthy breakfast or anything that makes you happy. This is your routine, do whatever makes you feel good !
Maintain your routine, even on weekends
Once you’ve reached your perfect wake up time, wake up everyday at this hour even on weekends. It’s the only way you will actually maintain it for more than a couple of days/weeks. If you stop following your routine on weekends, chances are that when Monday comes, you will never get back to it. Been there, done that.
Be positive !
Even if the perspective of getting up when your alarm rings isn’t the most pleasant, keep in mind that starting your day with positivity will always make you more willing to get up and be productive. Write down three positive things about your upcoming day can help you see the bright side.
Becoming a morning person will not happen over night, it takes a few weeks to get used to this new routine.
But it’s definitely worth it! ♥︎