Let’s get one thing clear right away, I have never considered myself a natural morning person. In the past, I was not someone that heard their alarm clock and jump with joy out of bed. My mornings usually consisted of me pressing the snooze button at least 5 times. I absolutely love being up in the morning but unless I had something like school or work it was hard to get myself up before 9:30 in the morning.
The thing is whenever I am up earlier and take some time for myself, my whole entire day is better. I feel brighter, happier, and more motivated. I did a few tests on myself and noticed that if I got myself up before 8:30 am that I would usually get all of my hard tasks done by noon. On other days it would take me until late afternoon to finish these tasks or sometimes they wouldn’t even get done if we’re being honest here. I now make it a point to get up earlier at least a few days a week so I have a few little tricks that I use in the morning! These are just a few things that I’ve learned that make getting up a little bit easier..
You just have to get through that first little barrier
For me, there is this little block of time after getting up that I am super groggy and so close to just getting back in bed. Once I’ve been up for 5-10 minutes I am good to go, I just have to get through that little barrier. Sometimes, those first 5 minutes after getting up feel like an absolute eternity but I know once I get passed them that I’m ready to take on the morning. Figure out your barrier time and honestly just like stay strong. Know that you just have to get through this 5 minutes (or hour for some of you) and you’ll feel better after. Especially with these next few tips.
Get excited about being awake/your day
Having something to look forward to not only helps you get up in the morning but I also think it helps your overall quality of life! Whether this be reading a book, going on a morning walk, watching TV, or writing in your journal, it is important to take time doing the things you love. Carving out some extra time in the morning means that you’ll be able to do these things. Starting your day doing some things you love is a pretty rad way to get yourself up and going.
Know that taking the time for yourself is going to improve your day tenfold.
Having some time for yourself is something that I’ve learned is a key to a balanced life. I have recently started taking time every morning to meditate for five minutes. There are many different types of meditation and you can even get guided ones online. I like to sit in silence and try to clear my head. I am not exactly a pro at it just yet because I do get sidetracked a lot but I just refocus on clearing my thoughts. I have noticed when I take the time to do this that I’m a lot more grounded and calm throughout the day.
Make a freaking amazing breakfast
Honestly, I can be very motivated by food. So I started making breakfasts that I could look forward to such as avocado toast or breakfast sandwiches. It’s is a very simple trick that I find makes my mornings a bit more enjoyable. Or maybe instead of breakfast you treat yourself to a coffee or tea! Whatever makes your morning more enjoyable!
Create a routine
Every morning I have a routine that I do when I wake up. It isn’t exactly the same every single day but there's essentially an outline for what I do after I wake up that includes writing, exercising, and a few other things (I’m going to write a post all about my morning routine soon). I loosely based it off of the book The Miracle Morning which I wrote about in my Books That Have Changed How I Think article. Having a routine and knowing what to do when you wake up can make the process of waking up easier and more effective for you.
Well, that’s it for today folks!
I hope that you take some of my morning motivation tips into consideration! Please feel free to leave any of your own tips or comment if you tried any of these!