9 Steps to Become a Morning Person

I'm NOT a morning person.

My kids seem to think I am.  This is simply because I am usually up in the morning.  That doesn't make me a morning person. It just makes me what I am  - a mother who has a whole lot to get done in a day.  But mornings are never easy. They have no clue how I loathe getting out of bed and how tempting it is to hit that snooze button (and how often I actually do).

Yep, this photo from Pixabay represents my early mornings....sleepy, cranky and not all that happy.
Yep, this photo from Pixabay represents my early mornings....sleepy, cranky and not all that happy.

However, I find that to keep my stress levels down - I need to get up in the wee hours of the day and be as productive with those first few hours as I can.  It seems to set the rest of the day in motion and is sometimes the only time I have to do certain things...like work on this blog, make a Facebook post, bible and devotion time, a load of clothes, etc.  I tried getting up at 5:00 or 5:30 for a while.  That became unrealistic.  I need 7 hours of sleep which means I had to be asleep by ten.  That's just not always possible for me with my late night kids and husband...  so.  While I might occasionally strive for the 5:00 rising, 6:00 or 6:30  is my current alarm time.

I've run into quite a few articles about being a morning person over the last few days.  My favorite was another Michael Hyatt post titled How to Become a Morning Person in which Michael says you can learn to become a morning person and listed a number of steps to take to enhance your ability to become one.  I already follow a number of them (use an alarm, determine the reason, drink coffee... well, sometimes I drink coffee, sometimes I drink tea.  But there are several he mentioned that I don't do at all or at least I don't do consistently such as:  set out your clothes, change your story ( if you say you're not a morning person, you won't be), and enlist an accountability partner.  You can read the rest of his post (see link above) to read the rest.

The post got me thinking.... maybe there's more I can do to make my mornings successful.

I found several great posts including a pretty good one from Wikihow.com!

How To Be a Morning Person

How to Become a Morning Person

How to Have a Great Morning

9 Benefits of Being a Morning Person

http://www.flylady.net/d/br/2011/08/15/peaceful-morning-routine/hoto by Pixabay
Photo by Pixabay

I have a few favorite thoughts on how to become a morning person that I'll share with you here.  Some of them I already do , others I'm going to attempt!

  • Believe (or at least create a new thought pattern) that you ARE a morning person.  If you say you are not, you won't be.  If you tell yourself you are, the chances increase!
  • Sleep Well!!  That means get to bed at a decent hour (no, midnight is NOT decent....sorry) and cover all those good guidelines for healthy sleep - no screen time for an hour before bed, lights off (even a lot of alarm clocks are too bright!), and schedule your bedtime and awake time to get in the right amount of sleep- you know what you need.  If you need 8 hours, schedule eight.  If you only need 7 and want to get up by 6:00, you must have lights out and be in bed by eleven!
  • Enlist an accountability partner.  I like this idea.  If you have someone that understands the importance of you getting up by a certain time in the morning and they share that goal- you can call each other or keep tabs somehow to ensure you help each other in this goal.  My husband works night shift and doesn't want to be a morning person, so..... this one won't work for me.  But I still think it's a great one and wanted to share it.
  • Drink coffee or tea with caffeine.  Only you know if your body can handle the caffeine, but if it does, drinking it in the morning may help.
Photo by Pixabay
Photo by Pixabay
  • Plan Ahead & BE READY TO GO - have a list of what you need to accomplish and have the things ready that you will need to make the morning successful.  If you want to go to the gym, have your bag ready to go.  If you want to exercise at home, have the materials you need ready to go.  Have the coffee on the counter.  Have a healthy breakfast planned.  Have your writing materials next to the computer.  Whatever it is you plan on doing in the morning, make sure your materials are ready to go.
  • Do things first that keep your mind alert and won't let you get sleepy.  I added this one myself.  When I was attempting the 5:00 wakings I was coming downstairs and trying to read the bible or a devotional.  It didn't work.  I was too sleepy.  It took me forever to get through and then I wasn't feeling drawn in to His word and wasn't productive.  I find I need to at least do a few other productive things first (wash my face, unload the dishwasher, feed the dog) and then I might be able to do the quiet devotion time with my hot cup of coffee or tea in hand. 🙂
  • No Distractions!  If I look at my phone before I get my morning routine list done, I'm doomed.  Chances are I'm going to look over Facebook or get caught up in email or reading other blog posts....  so I'm making a new rule that after I post my morning quote ( I always post a prayer, bible quote or quote from a saint on Facebook each morning) I will turn off Facebook, my phone, etc. until the moring routine list is complete.  And that's the next thing....
  • Morning Routine List -  I got this from back in my Fly Lady Days.  Yes, I use to follow Fly Lady. It drove my husband and kids nuts.  🙁   But it really did help.  It got to be a bit overwhelming though and I strayed away.  I still keep a lot of the things I learned there though and the morning routine is one of those. I really do not do well if I don't do my morning routine.  Here's a post about creating a peaceful morning routine on Flylady.
  • Reward Yourself!  What a great idea!  Besides that inner satisfaction of accomplishing those morning tasks, why not let yourself have a reward for actually getting up in time?  Maybe it's that cup of coffee with a little extra sugar?  Maybe a piece of chocolate? Hmmm..... I'm still thinking on this one. What would be a good reward to help crawling out of my warm cozy bed worth it?  (If you think of one, tell me now!!! )

Do you have any favorite tips on how to be a morning person?

 

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13 thoughts on “9 Steps to Become a Morning Person

  1. joyofdawn

    Neither of us are morning people... I hate very few things but alarm clocks are definitely one of them. 😛 When I do have to get up early I start counting my blessings and look forward to whatever day is sleep in day. 🙂 It also helps to wake up to music.

    1. orthodoxmom3

      LOL! Yes, alarm clocks aren't fun. I use my I-phone so I can have a certain song play, and it's less obnoxious that way but doesn't necessarily motivate me. Maybe I need a new song. Counting your blessings in a wonderful thing to do! But wait- I think I might name my bed as one at 6 AM.....hmmmm.... lol

      1. joyofdawn

        That is one of the best things about new tech as far as I'm concerned! 🙂 The right song makes the biggest difference.
        But yes... It is hard not to give my pillow one last long hug before I get up. ;D

  2. writersideup

    Carol and Joy, I've never really been a morning person because I've been a night owl since I was a teenager. I had jobs that worsened that, too, and then when I had day jobs and then a baby, my night owl-ness didn't change so I got less sleep when forced up in the morning. I've never been successful at changing this, but over the past few years I've learned so much of what going to bed too late AND not sleeping enough does to the body and mind. I have a LOT of health issues and I know this has helped to exacerbate all of them, especially my weight problems.

    For a few months, once I finally set my mind to things, I was doing my best to get to bed earlier (never early enough) and start my better habits of exercise and eating well. I did very well for that time and was falling in love with the morning, which was good. The biggest probem is falling OUT of love with pushing the envelope at night because there's always too much to do and never enough time, plus the utter quiet and peace in the wee hours. I'm still trying to get back into that because the truth is, as an early riser, I got much more accomplished in those hours because many things you HAVE to do when other people are awake. Also, it helps with how I felt physically and mentally, AND with the losing weight, etc.

    When you have a family who's not willing to go to bed early, that makes it virtually impossible to do it yourself, so I really feel for you. That's no longer an issue for me 'cause my parents don't stay up TOO late, though a bit later than what would help me change, and my son is married. Anyway, I'm trying and plan to be successful with it again. I hope you do, too!!! And it was only a couple of years ago, when I was working for over 9 months virtually non-stop with a lot of pressure organizing a writer's conference that I was barely sleeping. We got a Keurig machine and this enabled me to have one big mug of coffee in the morning. Until then I never used coffee as a morning "wake up" aid, but I've been drinking the Paul Newman's brand. It doesn't make my heart "race" as does most caffeine and does help my brain wake up. We all have to figure out what works 😀

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I'm not in love with morning, but I'm not in love with night either. LOL. I've always been more of an afternoon person. That's when I can accomplish the most IF left on my own to get those things done. That's harder when you homeschool and have kids undertow, but I try. That's the time I like to write if I'm able. When I was younger I could stay up later and sleep in. Now, after mommy hood, I 'm exhausted after dinner and need to get to sleep in a timely fashion because I'm still trying to straighten out some sleep issues I've had since being pregnant with my youngest. I do sleep much much better than I did the first two years of his life, but still never know when I'll be struck with an episode of insomnia in the middle of the night. So it's best for me to get to sleep by ten or so but living in a house of night owls does make that extremely difficult. Paul Newman's huh? I'll have to give it a go. I was never a coffee drinker either until my daughter learned how to make lattes! And now we have her Keurig and um.....well, now I do like it. 😉

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I never used to be a morning person. However, I, like you, needed to adapt out of necessity.

    I have such an itinerary of things that need to be done in the day, that if I didn't get up early they would never happen. Bible study, exercise, homeschool planning, and blogging are just a few of them.

    It took me a while to adjust but I feel I'm now a morning person and I enjoy my early morning time without children.

    Know what I love the most? That I can witness the sunrise. We're usually so busy in the evening that I miss the sunsets but I see the sunrise almost every morning because I'm in a peaceful state of Bible reading and devotion at that time. What a glorious way to start the day.

    Caffeine is a biggie for me too. I have to consume at least one cup of coffee prior to when my girls get up (which is at about 8 am).

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Thank you so much Jennifer for stopping by. As a teen, I was like my daughter today- sleeping till after noon! I do enjoy it when I stick with a routine. If something happens to change that (I hit snooze, the dog makes a mess, I have more than the usual to do in the morning) then the morning is chaotic and I forget to enjoy it. I need to work on a plan to iron out those bumps when they occur.
      By the way, I just stumbled on your blog today and am totally loving it! Keep up the great work!

  4. Stephanie Volkert

    I wasn't a morning person for the longest time, but then I got a job that required I get up as early as 5:45 am some mornings. I became a morning person. I still rely heavily on coffee to get me going, but the "I can do this, it's not that bad" attitude really did help me. I've also found that I love the time in the morning when everyone - dogs included - are still asleep. It's much more peaceful than at night when the house may be quiet, but I'm wore out. I give myself that as "me time" where I have NO responsibilities to anything.

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Oh I wish the dog would still sleep!!! LOL....There are SOME mornings she does... I do love the peacefulness of the house. I need to establish the "I can do this, it's not that bad" attitude! Did you have any secrets beside needing to for the job?

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I hear you Marcia! I think if you can get up at that time and be productive, then you are definitely a morning person! That's super - with me, if I don't get up before my youngest, my morning tends to be rushed and not very productive- thus the need for the earlier hours 🙁 - maybe in a year or two 630 will allow me to do what I need to do as well!

  5. Vijaya

    Oh, man, I so get this. I USED to be a very chirpy morning bird until my kids arrived. I could understand it then because I was sleep deprived. But I've played around with my writing schedule quite a bit in the past decade ... and I found that I write best in the afternoons and late at night. But now that I have teenagers, I'm thinking ... even if I get up at 7, I'll have a couple of hours of quiet time before they are hungry. But because they are older, they can fix breakfast for everybody!

    So, I like the idea of being a morning person, but the reality is, I'm a night owl.

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I have never been a morning person; it's like a family inherited condition or something! LOL! I know that if I get quiet time, my BEST writing time is actually afternoon, between lunch and 3 or 4- but it doesn't always work that way 🙁 Really, I wasn't born being a morning person or a night person, but I can handle the nights better- which is probably why I give in to allowing my family to win when it comes to them disrupting my nighttime routine and goal of getting to bed by ten or so. I'm going to keep working at this morning thing- though it hasn't worked out well this past week with some various unexpected events, but I shall persevere!

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