8 Ways to Become a Morning Person
We all want to be morning people.
Even the major night owls I know wish they had the discipline and willpower to get up in the morning with a pep in their step and GET THINGS DONE.
That can be you.
Also, I wanted to mention that yes, it takes discipline, but even more, it takes habit. Once you get into the habit, you won’t go back.
1. Go to bed early(er than you think you need to)
If you’re waking up at 6:00 in the morning, you better be in bed before 10:00 if you wanna get eight hours of sleep.
Seriously, if you expect yourself to feel ready to go in the morning going to bed at 1:00 in the morning, you’re not setting yourself up for success.
Sleep has to happen at some point, and if you’re cutting it off in the morning, you need to add more at night.
Most people have a rough idea of how much sleep they need-- for me it’s usually 8-9 hours, depending on the quality of the sleep I’m getting.
However much sleep you need, get in bed at least a half hour + that amount of sleep before the time you’re going to wake up.
For example, if I’m trying to get eight hours of sleep and I’m waking up at 6:00, I want to be in bed by 9:30 so that I give myself plenty of time to wind down, relax, and fall asleep.
If you’re getting in bed at 10:00, unless you fall asleep right when your head hits the pillow, you’re not going to get your precious eight hours.
2. Be consistent
Try to be consistent in waking up at the same time and going to bed at the same time. I’ve found that my body is pretty smart and starts to recognize this.
In fact, I’ve started waking up at 6:00 most days, and I’ve noticed that my sleep quality has gotten drastically better. Of course, this could be from something else, so there’s no guarantee this will happen to you.
Consistency will help you get into a rhythm, and we all know that once we get into a groove with something, it’s much easier to be consistent.
3. Exercise in the morning
Ya, I know you don’t want to.
A lot of people can barely fathom the idea of getting out of bed early in the morning, let alone going on a little jog before the rest of the world is awake.
It’ll get easier.
Exercise, although it can be physically tiring, gives you mental energy and helps you focus better (at least in my experience) - I even find that I feel more physically energetic after some workouts.
What I try to do every morning is a five minute ab workout. Yes, it’s short, but I like to make sure that I’m keeping my core strong, and doing just five minutes every morning helps me to be consistent, more so than doing a ten minute workout every few days… the routine helps me be consistent.
Some days when I have a little more time I like to do a longer workout in addition to the ab workout.
Find something that will be fairly easy to be consistent with, so that the thought of getting out of bed and doing it in the morning doesn’t make you hit snooze and go back to sleep.
You don’t have to do the same thing every day. You can do longer or shorter workouts on different mornings-- some days it might be a ten minute walk, some days it could be a 45 minute weight lifting session.
Find what works for you.
4. Go outside in the morning
Get a good dose of morning light to refresh yourself, wake yourself up, and tell your body that it’s MORNING!!
You can drink your coffee outside or eat your breakfast outside, you can exercise outdoors, or you can pull a Jillian and listen to a podcast while pacing around in your backyard.
5. Give yourself something to be excited about
Whether it’s a good podcast, a great playlist, or a delicious breakfast, being excited about something makes it much easier to get out of bed.
Think about Christmas morning (especially when you were younger)-- you don’t just go back to bed when you wake up, you JUMP out of your bed to check under the tree for presents!
Similarly, I want you to JUMP out of your bed and drink your coffee, eat your delicious breakfast, and listen to your fabulous podcast.
I’m always excited to eat my oatmeal in the morning because I LOVE oatmeal-- I also listen to a podcast or music, and I’m excited to go to school (yes, I’m one of those kids).
And if it seems like there’s nothing to be excited about, just wake up and be overwhelmingly grateful that YOU’RE ALIVE!!! This day is something to celebrate and be excited about.
6. Front-load your day
Most people like the idea of being a morning person because morning people are so dang productive.
Start with just getting something done. It can be a tiny little task, but you can build on it, and the next day do TWO little things.
Plan the night before which little thing(s) you’re going to do in the morning. The more productive you can be in the morning, the more you’re going to feel like this morning person thing is really worth it.
Plus, at the end of the day it just feels so nice to have gotten so much done earlier in the day.
7. Create a morning routine
When you wake up in the morning, especially when you first start waking up earlier, you’re probably going to be a little bit tired (or a LOT tired).
Be ready to tackle that morning tiredness with an amazing morning routine.
Your morning routine should include things that will help you to wake up, be more energetic, and get EXCITED for your day.
Here are some morning routine ideas for becoming a morning person:
Put some of these together that will help you wake up in the morning. Make a routine out of it, and stick to it. Eventually, it becomes second nature that when you get out of bed, you go on a run outside while listening to some hype music, shower, and then eat your breakfast (or whatever your routine happens to be).
8. Create a Nighttime routine
While the morning routine part seems pretty intuitive, you might be wondering, how will a nighttime routine help me become a morning person?!
The answer comes down to two things: habits and sleep.
Getting into a regular nighttime routine will help you get in bed at the right time, wind down, and get a good night’s sleep.
In turn, this will make getting up in the morning MUCH easier.
For more on this topic, make sure to check out my blog post on the benefits of having a nighttime routine (and how to make your own).
While we all aspire to be that productive, energetic morning person, it’ll take discipline, motivation, and habits to be able to do it.
With these tips, you’ll be able to form the habits that are necessary to transform you from a night owl to a morning person.
I find that when I wake up early and tackle the day, I feel much more productive. Plus, the early-to-bed, early-to-rise sleep schedule makes things like school and work sooo much easier.
Sooooo you might want to start getting ready for bed now… it’s gonna be an early morning tomorrow!