How to Become a Morning Person

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.

How to Become a Morning Person

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!

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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!

EAT BREAKFAST

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!

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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?

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  • Molly O’Connor

    I always try to avoid hitting snooze and turn on my lamp as soon as I hear my alarm! I’ve always been a morning person, but it has become more evident as I’ve gotten older. Drinking water in the morning helps too!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • Oooh, those are great tips! I’ll definitely try them out as well!

  • I love the days when my roommate has to leave before me because then I can blare music while getting ready! Also, I’m obsessed with Can’t Stop the Feeling too! It’s my jam.

    • I love doing that too! And that song is so amazing! I just cannot listen to it without dancing or singing along!

  • I’ve actually always been a morning person which is great! 🙂 Although, a majority of the world are/is night people thus, I am sort of the odd person out at times. But oh well, I OWN my morning person title! 😉

    • I’ve only recently started enjoying waking up earlier! Now, I am proud to say that I am a morning person, and I love it!

  • These are so good! I’m a morning person, but lately because of being on duty at night, I’ve been hitting that snooze button more and more. I’m going to have to move my phone across the room! I cannot agree more with the whole going to bed early thing. I think that’s the most essential part in being a morning person. You can’t function without sleep! And I also prepare everything the night before. Like I said, AMAZING tips!
    -Abigail
    livingthegraylife.com

    • Wow, thank you so much Abigail!

  • Emily Gannon

    These are such great tips! I’ve always kind of been a morning person (I just enjoy the morning more than any other time of the day), but these tips are still really helpful! It’s still not always easy for me to get up and get going, so I will definitely try these out!

    xx emily
    baublesandbrunch.com

    • Thank you! And yes, I can relate with the “it’s not always easy to get up” part! Even when you’re a morning person, there are those mornings when you just wish you could sleep a little bit longer.

  • Jamie

    Love these tips! I feel the same way, going to college really made me a morning person. Ever since I graduated I am by 7 most days, even weekends. I love getting things done right in the morning, it just makes for such a great start to the day! Love the tip about going to sleep early, I think that’s what I struggle with the most. Can we make more hours in the day?

    xx, Jamie
    theblonderlife.com

    • I love getting things done early in the morning too! And I definitely agree, we need more hours in a day!

  • Jannine

    Those are all great tips. I really need to work on not hitting the snooze!
    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

    • Thank you, Jannine! I used to hit the snooze button a lot, but once I’ve started going to bed earlier, it definitely made things easier! Now, I wake up almost as soon as the alarm goes off. 🙂

  • Great tips!! I think a routine is what really helps me.

    http://moosmusing.com

    • Routines are so important! They definitely make mornings easier for me!

  • All very good tips 👌