I am not a morning person by any stretch. I have read countless books on how to become a morning person, I admit that my day gets off on much better footing when I do wake up early, but mornings just are not my forte. Even with the knowledge and feeling of prosperity when I do manage to knock things out early, it isn’t enough to sustain it into a habit. So now what? Well, I’ve managed to find a few things that work for me. I hope you’ll find one or two of them useful for yourself too.
1. Carve out your “me” hour
Books that I have read on becoming a morning person, suggest that I wake up early to do things like reading, journaling, exercising and meditating before I tackle my day. These are things that definitely set the tone for my day and I want to do them, but I can’t promise you I will be waking up at 5 am to get them done. So I’ve decided to carve out the hour between 8-9 am when I get these things done. Thankfully, my prior job didn’t get going till 10 am so this was a luxury I could afford. As a WAHM, this still applies. After I get the kid ready and out the door, it’s me time and I make good on bettering myself during this hour. If you work a 9-5 then the next tips may work better for you.
2. Start with just 10 minutes earlier
5 am is a startling time for me to wake up. It’s a big difference from my usual 6 am which even that often gets pushed back to 6:30 am. How about then, setting your alarm just 10 or 15 minutes earlier. This way, you can at least slow down the hectic pace of your mornings and take the extra time to do things you enjoy. Maybe for the extra few minutes, you’re taking a longer, more luxurious shower while thinking about the tasks you’re tackling for the day. Or with the extra minutes, you’re preparing breakfast that you usually skip or reduce to sugary cereal because you don’t have the time. You could even do 10 minutes of jumping jacks or reading a chapter from your favourite book. Whatever it is, I bet you’ll find those extra few minutes very helpful.
3. Find pockets during your mornings that you can steal away
My mornings go something like this: wake up, put on the kettle for breakfast (oatmeal and tea) prepare breakfast then wake up munchkin when breakfast is ready. At which time, I sneak away while she’s eating breakfast to meditate or write in my journal. Now this time may not work for you since many people use the time at the table to connect with loved ones before rushing them through the door. I take this time for myself however since the kid and I get that valuable time during the commute to school, when I pick her up from school in the evenings and later again when we’re preparing dinner.
4. Prepare from the night before
This one is a no-brainer but sometimes we need that reminder. Do some things ahead of time that will clear the way for other things in the morning. Things like half preparing breakfast, selecting your outfit for the day and ironing or cueing up your workout tape, podcast etc that you will watch or listen to in the morning. Coupling this tip with your extra 10 minutes finds you a lot more pockets during the morning where you can steal away. It all goes hand in hand.
5. Double duty activities
Find moments where you can do two things at once that will leave you with a little extra time for those moments where you need to just stop and be in the moment. If one of your morning productivity items include listening to a podcast then put it on while you’re preparing breakfast or exercising. Read a few pages while you’re eating breakfast. Write in your journal while you’re putting on your clothes. Some morning activities require you to sit and be still with a clear mind, some you can multi-task. Only you know what activities fall into which category for you.
A bonus tip for my 9-5ers, what are you doing with your lunchtime? Please, please, please step away from your desk and reclaim your lunchtime! Go outside, breathe fresh air, go for a walk, do a quick workout if you can. But take yourself out of office or at least pry your eyes away from the screen during lunch. It’s for the best.
Hopefully, this article was helpful and you found a new trick to having yourself your best mornings ever. If it was helpful to you please let me know and if you have any tips yourself please share in the comments! I am always looking for ways to improve my mornings so I can have my best day ever!
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