Becoming a morning person has so many benefits. You may ask yourself “Why would I want to wake up earlier and what kind of benefits does it have?” The answer is, becoming a morning person will ultimately improve your productivity as you’re starting off your day on the right foot! By getting up early, you give yourself a lot more time to get things done in a calm and peaceful manner as you go about your day, without having to rush. Not to mention the added energy and enthusiasm to start your day instead of snoozing the alarm and hiding underneath the duvet.
You’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment because by waking up early and tackling tasks straight away, you’ll soon realise that you’ve achieved a lot more by midday than you used to. This ultimately improves productivity and leaves you more time to do the things you enjoy e.g. spending time with family in the evenings rather than using that time to catch up on tasks.
So, how do you become a morning person and literally seize the day? Here are a few tips!
Contrary to popular belief, your early mornings don’t start once you wake up, but rather the night before. Before hitting the sheets, ideally, you should know how your morning should be. This is important because when you don’t, your sleepy brain might tell you to snooze for another 10 minutes. Make a list of things you want to get done first thing in the morning and set the intention to achieve all those things.
Most of us need at least 7 hours of sleep a night to feel well-rested. If you want to be up by 6 am, calculate the hours you would need to get a good night’s sleep and go to bed accordingly. Start unwinding at least an hour before it’s sleepy time (that includes putting your phone away!). Research shows that electronic devices emit blue light which interferes with our sleep and thus, can alter the quality of sleep we get. Instead, you can use that technology free time to sit down with a cup of chamomile tea and read a book or set your intentions for the next day. Small lifestyle changes every day can do wonders in your journey of self-development.
Having a productive morning routine is key. Essentially, the reward of performing an action is the thing that will make us do it again. If you don’t really know where to start, why not try reading a book, meditating or even getting a workout in. Whatever it is you want to focus on, you just have to find a meaningful reason for yourself, a driving force that will keep you motivated.
Just like exercising, a healthy breakfast in the morning will keep your energy up throughout the day and it’s helpful to plan your meal in advance (so you don’t have to think in the morning!). Trying to decide what to make when you’re half asleep can be difficult as decision fatigue is a real thing. This can make you feel more sluggish rather than giving you an energetic start.
When we consistently perform an action, it will form a habit and motivate us to do it again. Thus, staying consistent in your efforts and waking up early on a regular basis will eventually feel automatic and tends to get a lot easier.
Some people believe that others are just meant to be morning people, and some are night owls, but such beliefs are not set in stone and you can achieve absolutely anything when you put your mind to it. If you’re a ‘night owl’, it may not be an easy transition to become a morning person – but you can do it! In fact, it can be quite challenging to step out of your comfort zone but that’s where all the magic and growth happens. Transitioning successfully will boost your self-discipline as well as your confidence to achieve more in all other aspects of your life.