Creating a morning routine for anyone who isn't a morning person is rough.
And I know. I am a total night owl. I love the night. For some reason, it’s when I feel the most creative and have the most motivation. Yet despite being a night owl, I also enjoy getting up early. Even though night is when I feel most creative and motivated, earlier in the day is when I tend to be most productive. Creating a morning routine was not something I would ever be doing.
It hasn’t always been like this. I did NOT used to be a morning person at all. I loved to sleep in. I would hit the snooze button as many times as I possibly could, but after so many years of sleeping the day away, I got tired of it. (Pun only kind of intended)
Waking up later made me feel like I was missing out on the day.
It got harder to reach my goals the later I slept in. I started losing that motivation that came late at night so one day I decided to change that. I decided to become a morning person and create a productive morning routine for myself.
Now, becoming a morning person is not an overnight thing. It takes a lot of small changes that happen over a period of time. I still sometimes struggle with getting up early but it's worth it.
Here are some simple tips I followed that helped in creating a morning routine and helped me have a more productive day.
Setting My Alarm Earlier
Now this must seem like a no brainer, but the first thing I did to change my morning routine was to set my alarm earlier. I used to set my alarm so that I would wake up with only enough time to get ready for work because I wanted to sleep for every possible minute.
Once I decided I wanted to start getting up earlier I started setting my alarm earlier. Again, this isn’t something you can change drastically overnight. I started setting the alarm 10 minutes earlier, then 20 minutes earlier, and eventually I worked my way to 2 hours earlier. It took some time to get used to the change but I have noticed a difference. Even if I don’t work in the morning, my body has been naturally waking up earlier which makes it that much easier to start my day productively.
Getting Out of Bed
Waking up is one thing. Getting out of bed is a whole other thing. Part of the reason I struggled for so long with being a morning person was forcing myself to actually get out of bed. I told myself I had to get out of bed as soon as I woke up which was not working for me.
So I cut myself some slack. I give myself about 15-20 minutes to just lay in bed and adjust from being asleep to being awake. I’ll use that time to listen to music or browse on my phone. Once that time is up I get out of bed.
If I need to wake up at 8:30, I’ll set my alarm for 8:00 (because you know I still hit that snooze button) so my official wake up time will be about 8:15. The next 15 minutes will be my adjustment time. This allows me to take some of the pressure off myself so I’m less likely to self-sabotage.
Creating a Ritual
Before creating a morning routine my only ritual was to wake up, get ready for work, and leave for work. I didn’t do anything for me, I didn’t do anything to take care of business which made me feel like I had to pack so much in later and I felt less productive at the end of the day.
After implementing the first two changes, I was able to add a good chunk of time to the beginning of my day. I started eating a healthier breakfast, I was getting more work done. I wasn’t always rushing to get ready for work and it felt good to get something done that was for me.
The important thing about this ritual is that it is all things that are for you. These are aren’t chores, or business tasks. These are self-care rituals. Some things I like to do include a nice cup of tea, read a little bit of the latest book I’ve picked up, or maybe even do some morning yoga. I do a few things for me before I start my official work day.
So there are some simple ways I adjusted from being a total night owl to a somewhat morning person. I still like to sleep in every once in awhile. I still hit the snooze button when I can, but overall my morning routine has significantly improved. Creating a morning routine has also improved the rest of my day. I’ve noticed that even though I am getting up earlier I’ve had more energy because I have time to properly hydrate and eat a healthy breakfast. Even though I’m awake the same amount of hours I have always been, those hours are now being used more efficiently because my day is started in a more efficient way.
What are some ways you get your day started? Do you struggle with getting up early? I’d love to hear from you!
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