I’ve never thought of myself as a morning person. Just the other day, during one of the #BloggingCollege chats, when asked whether I was a night owl or an early bird, I said “night owl” without even thinking about it. And then, I read other people’s answer. I then realized that maybe I wasn’t as much as a night owl as I thought I was.
I wake up at around 7 AM every day (yes, even when don’t have any morning classes or work), except for a few exceptions. I used to wake up a lot later than that when I was in high school, but ever since I’ve gotten to university, I’ve started enjoying waking up early and start my day as soon as I wake up. I feel much more productive now that I am a morning person! Want to become a morning person too? These tips should help you become one!
GET ON A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE
Adopting good sleep habits will definitely help you become a morning person! If you sleep well, you’ll be more willing to wake up in the morning. Keeping a regular sleep schedule (yes, even on weekends) helps to maintain the timing of the body’s internal clock. Meaning, you will fall asleep more easily and waking up will not be as hard!
Even if I leave for work an hour later than I do when I have to go to class, I still wake up at 7 AM. It gives me more time to get ready in the morning and I enjoy not having to rush. I also go to sleep more or less at the same time every night, because I need my 8 hours of sleep to be able to go through the day!
GO TO BED EARLY
It seems like a given, right? In order to wake up early, you have to go to bed early. I normally go to sleep at 10:30 PM, because I know I need to wake up at 7 AM the next day. I know pulling all-nighters and going to bed past midnight because of homework and studying seem to be a popular college trend, but trust me when I say that it will do you no good. I’ve managed to get straight A’s during my first semester at uni and only stayed up past my bedtime twice (and both of them were because of group projects). If you manage your time correctly, you won’t need to stay up late to study for that exam. Staying up all night will not help you get a better grade. Getting some sleep will actually be more beneficial for your brain that studying none stop until the sun rises!
Pro tip: If you normally go to sleep past midnight, I suggest scaling back your bedtime. Otherwise, you might not be able to fall asleep at 10 PM if you normally go to bed at 2 AM! Try to go to bed 15 minutes earlier every night until you hit your desired bedtime.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you know you won’t have the time (or motivation) to do a lot of things in the morning, prepare the night before. Check the weather for the next day and plan your outfit. Prepare your lunch for the next day and leave it in the fridge. Make sure your bag is packed and ready to go. Do all of the things you know you’ll need for the next day so you won’t have to run all over your room because you forgot something! Being already prepared for the next day before you go to sleep will make your morning less hectic and you’ll have more time to enjoy your morning!
Pro tip: Write down your to-do list the night before! Make sure all of the tasks you need to accomplish during the day all written down. That’ll help you be more productive when morning comes! You’ll know where you’re headed and what you need to do, which will help motivate you to get stuff done!
I honestly cannot go on with my day if I don’t eat breakfast in the morning. It’s actually one of the first things I do when I wake up! I usually gulp down a bagel (or some other bread) with peanut butter on it and a glass of orange juice and I’m ready to go! Eating at least a little bit will fuel you and you’ll have much more energy to go through your day!
Pro tip: Make sure you have some proteins to help you go through your day! It can be some type of meat, nuts, or anything, but proteins will sustain you longer and give you more energy to accomplish your tasks.
DON’T HIT SNOOZE
I know how tempting it is (#beentheredonethat), but hitting snooze is actually the worst thing to do! Not only does it kill your motivation for the day, but it also throws off your internal clock. You’re falling in and out of sleep, which shocks your system. All of that means that you won’t be awoken naturally and it will actually make it harder for you to fall asleep and stay sleep!
Pro tip: Make sure you cannot reach your alarm from your bed! Put it on your desk or somewhere in your room that will have you need to get up to reach it. That will make it harder for you to go back to bed because you’ll already be up!
TURN THE MUSIC UP
One of the things that motivate me to get up in the morning and be productive is listening to some music. Create a playlist with your favorite upbeat songs and get the day started! Catchy tunes that make me want to dance help motivate me to get stuff done. I love listening to my favorite songs of the moment (right now it’s Alive by Sia, Let Me Love You by Justin Bieber and Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake) while I’m getting ready in the morning. Sometimes I even sing along and dance a little bit! It puts me in a good mood and it helps starts my day on the right foot!
CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE
One of the things that help me make the best of my mornings is having a morning routine. Repeating more or less the same motions every morning helps kick off the day right and I always feel better once it’s done. You can include a workout, skincare routine, meditation… do what works for you! Having a routine will make you feel less rushed in the morning and will help kick off your productivity!
Pro tip: If you don’t already have a morning routine, I suggest trying out a few differents things to see what works best for you. I used to shower at night, but ever since I’ve included a shower in my morning routine, I feel much more ready to take on the day! Your routine doesn’t have to be stagnant and can vary from time to time, it doesn’t have to be boring! If switching things up is what makes you want to get up in the morning, then do just that! The important thing is that you have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?