We all know that feeling of dragging your feet in the morning, bemoaning your life and the fact that you have to get up with the sun. It’s frankly terrible, but I’ve recently started to become (cue doom music) a morning person… or at least a facsimile of one. If I, a total and complete night owl can do it, so can you, and here are my tips for flipping your schedule around.
- Force the card one morning. This sounds unpleasant… because it is. I did this, after falling asleep around 2:30 in the morning, I made myself get up at 5:00 am and go through the motions of the day with no opportunity to nap or rest. By the time 10:00 pm rolled around, I was out like a light and able to get up earlier the next morning. Sometimes all it takes is a swift kick in the butt.
- Have a routine. For me, I like to get up, throw on my workout gear, and hit the gym. It’s not super enjoyable in terms of early hours activities, but I knock out something from my day’s to do list, and at this point it’s an ingrained habit.
- Reward yourself for getting up. It may seem strange, but make getting up a worthwhile experience. I like to treat myself after the gym by grabbing an iced coffee from my favorite local shop. It makes the whole process less terrible and less traumatic.
- Try not to let it slip on weekends. If you’ve spent all week getting up at 5:00 am and then sleep until 11:30 am on the weekends, your next week of getting up early is going to be rough. I recommend letting yourself sleep maybe two hours later than you normally do during the work/school week and limiting yourself to that.
- Try to be busy earlier in the day. I use the early part of the day as my most productive hours, and that makes the rise and shine process less painful. For example, if I know I have a conference call in an hour that I need to prepare for, I’m significantly more motivated to get myself moving because I have something I have to be doing.
I know the wee hours smart a bit when you’re not used to being up so early, but I’ve actually come to really like it. In fact, most mornings I’m up around 4:30 am, with or without an alarm clock! Let me know what your best tips are in the comments!
Rise and shine, my pretties,