How to Be a Morning Person: Are you a person? Is it before noon? Congratulations! You’re officially a Morning Person!
Okay, sorry for the lame joke, I couldn’t resist.
But, that is something that’s true. Being a morning person isn’t about how early you get up necessarily, it’s about the mindset you have about getting up earlier. I consider myself a morning person even though I don’t usually get out of bed before 7 A.M. (honestly, it’s usually closer to 8 but who’s counting?) But, I am someone who gets out of bed with a smile on their face. I hear that first alarm and I start to get excited about all the opportunities that the day holds. That’s what makes me a morning person.
Today, I’m going to help you get to that place!
1. Change Your Alarm Sound to Something that Makes You Happy
This step is vital. We all have that one alarm sound (or dozens of them) that we absolutely despise. Why would you want that sound to be the first thing you hear in the morning? Will it motivate you to get out of bed? Probably not.
Take the time to find an upbeat song that you like and set that as your alarm. I have two alarm sounds: The violin part from Rather Be and the beginning clapping sequence from On Top of the World. I set them to different alarms a while ago and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. (Okay, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve made a lot of good decisions, it’s hard to pick a best one.”
Don’t use your favorite song cause you’re gonna start resenting the song after a while…
2. Have a Reason for Waking up Earlier
It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be something as simple as having time to eat a healthy breakfast or read 5 pages of your favorite book. Or, it could be to get a workout in before work. Or work on your side hustle. Whatever it is, it needs to motivate you to want to get out of bed and work on it!
3. Change Your Mindset Towards Mornings
I heard someone say once that “Our thoughts dictate our actions and feelings.” (Or, something like that.) And, this is so true. If you think negatively about mornings, you’re not going to want to get up and start your day.
Think about why you want to get up earlier. Tell yourself that you are a morning person. If you say it enough, you’ll start to believe it.
4. Drink a Glass of Water as Soon as You Get Out of Bed
This will hydrate your body, start your digestive system going, and wake you up.
If you drink coffee in the morning, make sure you have water first because the caffeine is a diuretic and it naturally dehydrates you.
5. Try to Not Use Your Phone Right When You Get Up
Or, if you do, make sure you’re looking at positive things that lift your mood and motivate you. Try to not check the news cause we all know the world is messed up and looking at that in the morning is not going to help you get out of bed any faster.
6. Plan Your Day the Night Before
That way, you won’t wake up and start stressing about everything you have to do. It’s all already planned out and you can get to work on the first task right away.
7. Make Your Bed
I saw an article probably 5+ years ago that said you should make your bed first thing in the morning and basically every day since then, I’ve made my bed before I do anything else in the morning. It’s great because it actually gets me out of bed and keeps me from going back.
Do this if for no other reason than it’s really hard to get back into bed once it’s made.
And, that’s all the tips I have for today! What is your number one tip for getting up earlier? What tips did I miss? Let me know in the comments!
Also, this post is the second one in a 2-part series on mornings and getting up earlier click here to read the first one: 7 Reasons to Be a Morning Person
Soli Deo Gloria,