It’s 9am on a Saturday morning.
I’ve already been up for an hour and half. I’ve cleaned up my kitchen, made coffee and I’m spending the morning doing two of my favorite things- drinking coffee and writing.
It wasn’t always like this, though.
I used to be a chronic snooze button hitter, waiting until the absolute last minute to get out of bed. Then I would jump out of bed in a panic, throw myself together, and get out of the door as quickly as possible, only to arrive at work without breakfast, without coffee, and without lunch.
Who wants to start their day feeling stressed and hungry?!
Or worse…un-cafeinated?! Not this girl!
I realized that I wanted to start my day feeling…better.
I do my best work in the morning and when I start my day without breakfast or coffee, it gets in the way of me doing my best work.
And having a good morning doesn’t just lead to a good morning.
It means that not only to I start my day on the right foot, but it helps me generate momentum for the rest of the day.
Having a good morning is the first step to having a good day.
In the last couple of years, I’ve made several improvements to my own morning routine and today, I want to share with you how I became a morning person.
Ask yourself, “What can I do to make my mornings easier?”
It’s too easy to assume that mornings must be hard- especially if you’ve never been a morning person. But there are things that you can do to make mornings easier for yourself.
In the last couple of years, I started trying to make coffee at home. Now, my husband makes coffee for me every morning. Dreamy, right? But if caffeine is equally important to your morning, consider investing in a coffee maker that you can program to start at a certain time each morning.
I’ve also used a wake up light alarm that wakes you up slowly by simulating natural light (check out some examples over here).
What could you do for yourself that would make mornings easier and more enjoyable?
Ask yourself, “How do you want your mornings to feel?”
I hated arriving to work feeling like I just woke up and threw myself together.
Even though I can probably get myself together well enough to be presentable in 30 minutes, I give myself at least 50 minutes in the morning to get ready so that I’m not rushed (and so that I can enjoy that coffee that I made!).
Starting the day off rushed and stressed is not ideal so I try to give myself the time that I need to move at a reasonable pace.
Use your free time wisely.
Last month, I decided to switch my evening workouts with pre-work morning workouts- a bit of a challenge, even for me!
The Sunday afternoon before I began, I organized all of my gym clothes for the week and set them up so I could easily grab a new set of clothes for each day. It took me less than five minutes to put it together.
I can honestly say that I would not have made it through that first week of workouts if my bag wasn’t just ready to go. I was so grateful that I had planned ahead. What might this look like for you?
Keep a regular schedule and get plenty of sleep.
Ask yourself how much sleep you really need. All I need is a solid 7 hours and I’m good to go. My husband needs…a lot more than that. Be honest and try to give yourself what you need. I also get up at just about the same time on the weekends as I do on the work days. Though it was difficult to give up sleeping in, this single change was actually really helpful.
Small changes work just fine.
Try getting up just 15 minutes earlier each week. In two weeks, you’ll have an extra half hour! Or try this for a full month and have an extra hour in your morning! How do you feel with that extra time?
Save work for work…or at least until after your shower.
Taking email notifications of my phone and computer (a 2015 New Years Resolution of mine) has dramatically decreased my stress levels when I’m not at work. I have found that even things that need to be dealt with urgently can wait until I’ve showered, had coffee, and gotten to work. Taking care of yourself helps you to take care of your work and you can’t expect your boss to help you implement boundaries around your work.
I think it’s so important to feel like you’re starting your day on your own terms.
If that’s a few minutes of quiet to drink your coffee or tea, or to hit the gym before work, make it happen! You deserve a morning that leaves you feel relaxed and prepared.
Are you a morning person? What does your morning routine look like? What would you do with an extra 15 minutes in the morning? Let me know in the comments below!