Mornings are a nemesis of mine. If I had my way I’d sleep until 9 every morning.
Unfortunately, I don’t get my way. And so I’ve had to become a morning person.
When you have two kids you’re sort of forced into being a morning person. For me, I like to have some time by myself each morning BEFORE the kids get up. So I force myself to wake up at an unearthly hour. (To me at least.) It’s not always easy (sorta like never) but it helps the rest of my day go smoothly and by the time the kids are awake I’m ready to handle them and have gotten at least one cup of coffee down me, a blog post completed, more antiques listed for sale, graphics created, or a world conquered.
Dare I say it, I’m actually starting to enjoy getting up early! (Gasp!)
Early mornings have become the most productive time for me.
(Good thing my 17-year-old self wasn’t here to see me say that.)
I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but I have found some ways to make it easier on me.
Also for a good read about the power of a good morning: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
Become a better Morning Person:
1. Set out your clothes the night before.
My brain doesn’t function well first thing in the morning. (Some say it doesn’t function well anytime. Be that as it may.) Because of this, I tend to make poor wardrobe choices in the early morning hours. It inevitably turns into a fashion crime. Some people may never face this struggle, but I do. And so I find that if I decide what to wear the night before it takes away room for a bad decision on my part.
2. Set your alarm across the room.
When you have to get out of bed your chances of staying up rise 90%. This is not a real statistic but it should be.
Anytime I leave my alarm within arm’s reach I manage to hit the snooze for an hour. If I have to trip across the room in the dark to turn it off I’m generally more awake.
3. Quick Breakfast
Breakfast is important for your health according to all the experts. Doesn’t mean I have to like it. So if you’re an anti-breakfast person like me or need to get to work in a hurry, then you probably want simple breakfasts that you don’t have to make every morning. If this means you do some meal prep than great! Look for some good meal prep breakfasts. If you’d rather just eat an apple and some yogurt- have that on hand. What I’m trying to say, is keep it simple.
4. Coffee timer
I love my Mr. Coffee coffee pot. It’s so archaic and generic yet wonderful. I know there’s just about a bazillion different ways to make coffee and good coffee at that. But Mr. Coffee hasn’t treated me wrong yet. First off, let me say, it’s not fancy. This isn’t a delicious cup of coffee you can’t resist drinking black. No, this coffee needs cream in it. And if I’m going to drink a cup of coffee black I prefer it from my french press. But…..Mr. Coffee has a timer on it. An option that I can set to brew my coffee at a certain time in the morning. I simply get my coffee set up the night before and then hit delay brew and I’ll have hot coffee waiting for me by the time I get to the kitchen.
And do you know what that is? Do you know what it is to have hot coffee waiting for you in the morning?
5. Get Moving
Don’t run a marathon every morning. Please don’t. You’ll show up us lazy bums. But it DOES help your brain if you get moving ASAP in the mornings. If you like to do your full workout in the morning go for it. If it’s simply doing some stretching or a gentle yoga routine- go for it. By moving your muscles you will help your body get going for the day and wake up your mind.
Go to bed with a clean house. This one sounds a little strange, I’ll admit it, but for some reason, I can get up waaaaay earlier if I know my house is clean. Maybe it’s knowing that I don’t have to get out of bed and clean first thing; I don’t know. Maybe it’s an overall peace of mind that you are in a well-ordered space. Who knows the reason behind it, but it helps immensely!