I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I had never really been the early-morning type until I acquired more responsibility and felt the need to become that person that woke up early to get things done.
Becoming a morning person is mental-play. You have to like it and want to do it, whether you have plans or not. So today, I’m going to share with you my mostly successful journey to being up and on-the-go by 9am even on the weekends.
Figuring out what was keeping me up was key. Apart from the few days I would spend studying, most of my late nights included online shopping, reading blogs and writing for blogs, things I could have done in the daytime.
Set a goal and Prep
Start low, go slow. My goal was to be up and productive before midday, then I slowly worked my way down to 8am (this was on the weekends).
If I was going to get out of bed without feeling sleep deprived, I had to be in bed by midnight. Meaning preparing to sleep at 10pm.
Retire the snooze button
The snooze button is very misleading y’all. You’re basically tricking your mind into going back to sleep and right as it does so, it gets a startling awakening. Set your alarm to wake up and wake up. If it helps, place your alarm in walking distance, because not even the warmth of your bed can tempt you into leaving a loud annoying alarm ringing.
Have a morning ritual that will open those sleepy eyes
Most of my Instagram feed is filled with inspiring bloggers and every morning I look forward to catching up on what they’ve been up to. Yes, scrolling through my timeline has replaced my snooze-button.
Keep your sleeping space tidy
Have you ever woken up, looked at the mess around your room and felt very unmotivated to start your day? Waking up to a room that looks like it is ready and waiting for me to start my day makes me want to wake up.
Nothing makes for a lovely morning like some great music. Check out my FabsCulture Ultimate Morning Playlist on the YT
My mornings have become less dreadful, I sleep early, get a good rest and wake-up feeling ready to start my day.
Enjoy the week…B.
We just followed each other on twitter and i decided to check out your blog. It looks gorgeous by the way.
I agree with you on the snooze button thing… i used to set my alarm to start ringing bhe y 4.30 in the morning so that i would get up at 05.45… I did this for a year fam…let me just say it was a bad idea.
Finally moved my all my alarms to 5.15 and it really helps. i a not as tired when i wake up anymore. but I think i will have to actually get rid of the snooze forever.
The whole trick is to sleep early = winning.
Hey there, you had me cracking up on your 45 minutes of snoozing. Lol you must have been tired by the time you actually got to waking up. Definitely right about sleeping early.
Thanks for coming by the blog, glad you like it.
Ron | Nearby Wanderer says
I’ve recently just made changes to my sleeping and waking habits. I usually went to bed at 3 am or sometimes even later. I am still suffering a little bit from sleep anxiety and sometimes just anxiety: I think that I wouldn’t be able to sleep, or I wouldn’t get enough sleep.. That causes me to be more anxious before I even try going to bed.
Keeping a journal of my worries and writing on it during the day helped me set aside my worries so that I don’t have to think about it at night.
You are right! Setting a goal works! Also, that snooze button is very misleading indeed. I try to just wake up once my alarm rings.
Thanks for your insights! I hope you’re well and happy birthday!
Ron | Nearby Wanderer
Hey there Ron, thank you for coming by the site. The high stress I go through in school sometimes makes me loose sleep at night too. One thing that has always seemed to work for me when I feel worried and stressed-out is a simple and short workout session. 10 minutes on an elliptical machine a few hrs before I sleep helps me blow off some sweat and stress. Not only does it help me calm down, by the time I’m ready to sleep my body gives in easily and I’m out in minutes.
I love this post! I’m an early bird for sure. I start at 4:45 am and I’m out by 10:30-11:00pm if I can help it!
I love the way you include the video let flow…. Go stead and slow! Great post
Thanks for stopping by and kudos to you girl, there’s no way I’m waking up at 4-something am for anything.