My whole life I've been a morning person, I've written once before about it here on Thought Catalog. It's something that has always come naturally to me. For some, however, trying to wake up in the morning is a daily struggle.
Some ways I use to make it easier to get up in the mornings:
- Don't snooze. When I set my alarm for the next day I set it to the latest possible moment I have to sleep before I have to get up. Therefore, eliminating any possibility of hitting the snooze button. If I were to hit it, my whole morning routine would be thrown off and I would be late for work.
- Location, location, location. When starting out on your journey to become a morning person I suggest keeping your alarm on the opposite side of the bedroom. I did this in high school when I found myself for the first time having to wake up at five a.m.. Because my alarm was clear across the bedroom I physically had to get up and turn the light on before reaching my alarm and turning it off. By the time I did I was already out of bed and the light was on-might as well start my day, right?
- Wind down. At night, when you're thinking about going to bed start early in your preparations. About an hour or so before I turn off some lights, turn down the TV and get into the mind set of going to bed. Little by little I go through my routine of brushing my teeth and washing my face, finally bringing myself to my bed with a few minutes left to read before turning out the bedside lamp.
- Get into a routine. Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. Do this even on the weekends for at least a week and just see progress you made.
- Start small. Don't overwhelm yourself with all you want to do with your extra morning time. Get up early just to relish in the quietness as you sip your coffee and read gossip sites. You can answer emails later and a few months from now you can start incorporating some exercise into your new morning routine as well.