Getting up early isn’t a pleasant experience for many people. And until very recently the very thought of having to get up early could ruin my whole day. I feared alarm clocks and setting them before I went to bed was sometimes so stressful that I couldn’t fall asleep after that (knowing that I have only 5 hours until the alarm turns on). And I wouldn’t even start writing about the snooze button…
The thought of becoming a morning person had passed my mind several times and I’ve even read a few articles on that topic, but for a very long time none of them did the trick. Recently though I was having such a hard time organizing my day, that I was desperately searching for a solution to how to do all those things that I want to do. I felt frustrated and unsatisfied because at the end of the day I hadn’t accomplished even half of what I had planned. Something had to be done. And it had to be done fast, because… well, because when I decide to do something it just can’t wait 🙂
It was time to become a morning person.
My one-year old son is usually getting up around 8:00 – 8:30 and until now he was the one who used to wake me up and drag me out of bed with his screams. I would go into his room, take him out of his baby cot and let him play around while I doze a few more minutes (or as many as he allows me) on the sofa. At some point he would come and start pulling me towards the door. So I get up again, change his diaper, put him in his chair and still half-asleep try to fix him something for breakfast. And it went like that for a very long time… Even though I’m grateful for having my son to wake me up, it just didn’t feel like a very refreshing way to start the day.
Recently I’ve read a lot of articles about how important it is to have some quite time for yourself every day. Jennifer Roskamp from The Intentional Mom also talked about it on her Periscope broadcasts. So I thought that maybe if I try to squeeze some quite time for myself before my son wakes up, I would feel much more energetic and happy to greet the day.
I also started to set clear goals in my life. And clear priorities. In my case those are my family, my blog, cooking and learning a new language. Every day I work for those priorities and make sure to cover each one of them. For example: spend efficient time with my son, try a new recipe, learn a new word, etc. It doesn’t have to be much, but at the end – it adds up. And my day has had a purpose. It has been lived intentionally.
The goals that I’ve set and the time that I’ve decided to devote to myself are the two main things that get me out of bed in the morning. Well, actually, those are the things that first of all, get me into bed at night. I used to stay up until 2 a.m. Now I try to go to bed around 10:30. I get up at 6 or 7 (depending on how well I’ve slept through the night) and I feel so much better! The best thing about it is that I can say a cheerful “Good morning!” to my son when he wakes up.
I hope that the following 3 simple steps will help you find your motivation to get up early every day and what’s more – to feel good about it.
- Establish a bed-time routine. Try to prepare your morning the night before. In my case that includes washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, placing my laptop, diary and books I currently read on the table where I can access them right away and prepare my clothes for the next day. This saves me a lot of time in the morning and I feel really good knowing that I wake up to a tidy and clean house 🙂
- Establish a morning-routine. Don’t start your morning with your to-do list. Start it with something that you enjoy doing. For me that is showering, reading, preparing my tea or coffee, writing in my journal, etc. Doing what you like to do will inspire and motivate you for all the challenges that await you in the course of your day.
- Set goals. And keep them realistic. Knowing that you have clear goals to achieve will give you a reason to wake up in the morning. They will also help you on your way to a more intentional life and will give you satisfaction at the end of the day/month/year, when you look back at what you have accomplished.
Don’t forget that getting up early isn’t supposed to deprive you of your sleep. Set your bed-time according to the time you want to wake up in the morning. And be consistent.
There’s only one thing that you’ll need before going through those three steps and that is your desire for a change – desire to arrange your day in the best possible way that works for you.
If you still have difficulties arranging your mornings in the way that you would like them to be, I can recommend you Crystal Paine’s online course Make Over Your Mornings. It is probably the best one out there which can really do miracles 🙂 Well, it did for me. She explains everything so easily and in only 15 minutes per day, in the course of two weeks, she can turn you into the cheerful and content morning person you never thought you could become.
How do you spend your mornings? What are your tips for a promising start of the day? Share with me in the comments below.