You want to be that bright, cheery person who wakes up happy every day. Does a cartwheel out of bed. The one that is stoked to mediate, do yoga and kick ass all day.. every day.
But you are not. You are currently the person that hobbles out of bed, groggy and achy. Moans all morning.
If the task seems difficult, that because it is. Waking up earlier, is not as easy as you think. Accomplishing this seemly small habit feels like a mountain to scale. There are many more tasks to tick off besides setting your alarm clock to 5a.m.
Keep reading to tackle all your early to rise obstacles, and become the morning person you always wanted to be.
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Finding Your Reasons
If you’re not a morning person, then why are you bothering to become one? What is The Rose you want to plunk? Why are you bothering with task?
- To have time to yourself without your (roommate, partner, children).
- To have extra time for self care.
- To take a shower and get ready.
- To mediate.
- To exercise.
- To read and respond to emails.
- To read a book.
- To catch up on current events.
- To work a side hustle.
- To get ahead at your current employment.
- To study for a big test.
- To pay bills.
Is NOW a good time to start this new routine?
Are you going through major life events that would keep you from establishing a new habit?
- Do you have children that do not sleep through the night?
- Are you experiencing insomnia?
- Do you have any outstanding health problems?
- Are you in the middle of moving jobs or homes?
- Are you in the middle of a big change in your relationship or family?
Consider those this new habit with effect.
If you have a roommate you share common space with or partner that you share a bed with, then you maybe waking them up early too. If someone in your home is a light sleeper, then you want your new routine to not inconvenience them.
- Explain to anyone it effects why you are getting up earlier.
- You may need to change your alarm ringtone or get in habit of lowering ring volume before bed.
- You may need to shower in a different bathroom.
- You may want to leave the home as soon as possible to not wake everyone.
- Try not to do the dishes, or other loud activities.
Having a Plan
As the old saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Write down exactly how you are accomplishing your goals in the morning, otherwise you might spend the whole time on social media not really accomplishing anything.
- What time are you getting up? How much time do you realistically need to accomplish your goals? Set your alarm for all days of the week you are getting up earlier.
- Design the type of routine you want to accomplish. What kind of meditation: affirmations, visualizations, conscience breathing, vision boards? What type of exercise: weights, HIIT, running, yoga? Are you joining a gym, working out at home, or going to a class? Have a weekly plan printed. Post next to your bed or on the bathroom mirror.
- If you have extra expenses incurred from your new morning routine, do forget to add them to your budget.
- If you’re interested in working out from home, check out these workout videos by Jillian Michaels I have enjoyed.
Preparing the Space
What do you have to do to prepare your morning “work” space to a permanent installation in your home?
- If you want to mediate, then you will want to set up a focal point, altar or pillow to sit on.
- If you are exercising from home, what equipment do you need? Weights, kettlebells, yoga mat?
- If you’re planning to work in the morning, what will you need? Do you have desk, or do you need to clear the kitchen table? Laptop, pen, paper, bills to pay? Collect everything you need to create a nice and functional work environment.
Preparing the night before
Little did you know that creating a kick-ass morning routine, requires diligent night time routine too. What kind of things can you do the night before to prepare yourself and your space?
- Grab your exercise clothes including underwear, socks, shoes and put them in your gym bag or the bathroom.
- Prepare your food for the next day.
- Check off all that you accomplished that day from your to-do list. Take a moment to appreciate how you slayed the day!
- Review your to-do-list and prioritize your tasks for tomorrow.
What might you need to sacrifice to accomplish these things? There are only 24 hours in the day. If you are getting up an hour or 90 minutes earlier, then what are you not doing with this time? What bad habits would you like to swap out for good ones?
- Less TV watching?
- Less reading?
- Less time on social media?
- Less time with your partner or children?
- Going to bed earlier, so that you still get 8 hours of sleep?
- Sleeping less hours in total?
Using Nutrition to Support Your New Habit
If you find that you are just exhausted when your alarm goes off in the morning, perhaps you should also work on your nutrition.
- Do not drink caffeine in the afternoon.
- Do not drink alcohol in the evening.
- Eat a lighter dinner.
- Eat protein in the morning to balance your blood sugar during the day.
- Consider supplements like a daily, whole food vitamins.
- Consider swapping your coffee infused sugar for an energizing drink like green tea or smoothie.
Expect The Struggle
If you get up early 2 out of the 5 days last week, consider that a WIN! New habits take time to develop. Keep trying everyday and realize 100% compliance is not necessary for you to accomplish your goals. Write down the reasons why you failed, and keep working on those obstacles.
- Did your child wake you up in the middle of the night?
- Did you fail to put out your workout clothes the night before?
- Did you drink the night before and did not want to get up?
Once you realize that waking up earlier is much more than just setting your alarm an hour ahead, it gets easier. Once you realize that you face real obstacles before achieving this seemly simple task, you can hurtle them. Once you start accomplishing your goals in the early morning, you will realize you should have done this years ago.
Leave a comment and let me know what you like to do early in the morning?