Being A Morning Person Is Easier Than You Think
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” -Benjamin Franklin
6:40am. Snooze. 6:53am. Snooze. 7:00am. Snooze. 7:05am. Snooze. 7:15am. Shower.
Find yourself in a panic with 12 minutes to get ready every morning? Before you break your alarm (and inevitably your phone), learn how to rise and shine with the sun.
Develop a mantra
“I think I am a morning person, therefore I am a morning person” – Rene Descartes. The beginning of your journey to becoming a morning person is all about your mindset. If you think you can wake up early, you can. Repeat after us: I LOVE MORNINGS. I LOVE MORNINGS. I LOVE MORNINGS. Say it enough times, and you’ll start to believe it.
Ease into it
Waking up early isn’t as easy as flipping the switch on your nightlight. Instead of “biting the bullet” and dramatically changing your wake up time from 8:30am to 7:30am, assume your new identity incrementally by setting your alarm clock 1 minute earlier every day.
If you feel like the 1 minute rule is a piece of cake, set weekly benchmarks and build up. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier, resisting the snooze button, or even just making your bed. Author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin writes, “picking one little task to improve your situation, and doing it regularly, can help you regain a sense of control. Making your bed is a good place to start. It might help you build momentum to keeping other, more significant resolutions”. You need to properly build a foundation for success, or you’ll slip back under the covers in no time.
Don’t make the snooze button your enemy
While the snooze button can seem like its on your side by allowing you to sneak in a few more minutes of precious shuteye, it is also an accomplice to our all-too-familiar foe, sleep inertia. Your alarm clock often jolts you awake without syncing to your sleep cycle, and the snooze button only heightens your grogginess. Sleep inertia makes you a living, breathing zombie in the morning. Seriously, you might as well join the cast of The Walking Dead.
We’re not saying you can’t hit snooze, but you should get out of bed when you hear the first chimes of your alarm ring. Use the time in between your first and second alarm for “you time.” The only requirement is that you do it on the couch. Need some morning inspiration? Do yoga, meditate, watch the news, Facebook stalk, make coffee, or chow down breakfast.
Work for it
Put your alarm clock on the opposite side of your room, program your coffee machine so you can wake up and literally smell the coffee, set an early morning breakfast date, or sign up for Classpass (there’s a $20 no-show fee so now you might actually have to follow through on that exercise class). Whatever it is, just make sure there is something that will incentive you to peel off your covers, leave your mattress behind, and open your blinds to usher in a brand new day.
See? That wasn’t so hard.