How to be a morning person

How to be a morning person
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I’ve definitely always been more of a morning person than a night owl. In fact, come 9pm it’s not uncommon to find me tucked up in bed doing my last insta-scroll of the evening during the week. I hate being tired and working 9-5:30 means my bodyclock has most definitely adjusted to early starts, to a point where I rarely sleep past 8am on weekends. Let me tell you, it’s a killer when you’re hungover.

Being a morning person definitely doesn’t come naturally to everyone but having a solid morning routine 100% makes life easier. In fact as I write this, it’s 7:12am on a Wednesday morning. Here are my tips to making the most out of your morning.

1. Get up earlier than you need to. I have my alarm set for 6:30am despite not needing to leave for work until 8:30am, meaning that I have two whole hours to get up. This means I never feel like I’m rushing and by the time I’m at my desk at 9am, I don’t feel frazzled from my morning.

2. Use the time productively. Getting up earlier means you can get things done before work that you can’t be bothered to do when you get home. By getting up early, it means that I’m writing this blog post at 7:12am, but I can also do a load of washing, make breakfast and tidy round my flat before my working day starts. Starting the day feeling like you’ve already accomplished something is the best.

3. Prepare the night before. Wash your hair before bed, leave your breakfast out ready, make your lunch the night before – all these kinds of things mean you don’t have to do it in the morning so you’re less stressed.

4. Start getting up earlier in the spring. It’s so much easier getting out of bed when you can open the curtains and it’s light outside so make the most of this time of the year to get into a routine before winter hits. And once winter does hit, think of it as an opportunity to see the sunrise and about how you’re seeing every hour of the limited daylight.

5. Use a sunrise lamp. I’ve talked about my Lumie lamp a lot on here before but I wake up every day to a simulated sunrise and I time it so that it’s at a brightness that will wake me up about 10 minutes before my alarm. I can’t stress how much better I feel for waking up ‘naturally’ every day rather than to the sound of an alarm.

6. Eat breakfast. Whether you save time at home by having it at work or use the time you have on a morning to make it then, breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day to set you up for your morning.

7. Stick to a sleep routine. Trying to stick to a similar sleep pattern on a weekend means you’re less inclined to ‘binge sleep’ which in actual fact isn’t that good for you. By getting the sleep you need both during the week and then into the weekend, you’re less likely to have a shock to your system every Monday morning. Making early plans for the weekend, whether it’s getting up and going to the gym or going for breakfast means you’re less likely to entirely lose your routine.

So they’re my tips on how to be a morning person – what are yours? Let me know in the comments.

1 comment

  1. I'm definitely a bit of both. Some nights I can easily spend my time tapping or scrolling on the laptop, to look and see it's 1030pm.. Then in mornings, we have an early rising little boy - 6am, so you have no choice but to be up!

    Great tips though and I definitely agree with being productive. It really does set you up for the day, having achieved something, regardless of how big or small. My husband always says to remember the 5 or 6 p's :
    Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.