Sometimes, it sucks. I’m not going to sugarcoat it.
There are many mornings where I wish I could hit the snooze, go back to bed, and just do nothing with my day.
Once I get up and moving, though, that mood changes. I feel energized, productive, and as if I am already winning at life.
And that’s because I am.
If you can train yourself to wake up earlier in the morning, you WILL accomplish more over the course of your day. That is a promise that I am willing to make.
There are many studies that go into detail about the benefits of waking up earlier in the morning and how it can lead to you being far more productive, but I don’t necessarily want to go into detail here.
If you are interested, feel free to check out the studies here: Happy as a Lark: Morning-Type Younger and Older Adults Are Higher in Positive Affect
Make Mornings Less Dreadful
So, how can you make your mornings less dreadful? What can you do to wake up in the morning with excitement instead of constantly waking up wishing you could go right back to sleep?
Set Your Desired Time
I used to wake up at 5 am every morning, and I actually enjoyed it. I would wake up, go workout, come home and write, and would then read for an hour on the bus before work. By the time I got to work at 9 am, I knew that I had already accomplished more in the day than the majority of others.
Then the pandemic hit. My hour-long bus ride was cut, I didn’t have to get ready for work any longer and simply found myself with too much time on my hands in the morning which was causing me to be just as unproductive as when I didn’t have enough time.
So, I decided to push the alarm clock back to 6 am. For me, 3 hours in the morning was the perfect window of time to get stuff done without crashing in the late afternoon due to being tired.
While I do think it’s beneficial to wake up at 5 am, it’s also important to remember that everybody is on different schedules.
Being productive isn’t defined by the time you wake up in the morning. It’s defined by how much you accomplish in the time you have. Some people may tell you to wake up at 5 am, but know your schedule and know what’s going to contribute to you being more productive. Set your desired time.
Set Your Alarm Away From You
Part of the reason why so many of us continue to hit the snooze button is because it’s easily accessible. There’s no question that waking up in the morning and leaving your warm bed can be a challenge, but if you could just find a way to force yourself to get out of bed, you will find instant energy to get on with your day.
Setting your alarm clock as far away from you as possible is the solution to your problem. It’s a forcing function — the fact that your alarm is going off on the other side of the room or in a different room literally forces you out of bed to turn it off. Nobody can sleep with an alarm clock going off, and when you get up to shut it off, you’re probably not going to want to go back to sleep.
Viola, problem solved.
Set Yourself Up For Success The Night Before
Part of the reason why mornings are a struggle for so many is due to the fact they are constantly running around like a chicken with their heads cut off. One way to solve this is by taking all of the decision making out of your morning.
Lay out your clothes the night before so that you aren’t spending 10 minutes trying to decide what to wear. Pack your lunch and have it in the fridge waiting so you don’t have to waste time preparing it in the morning. Have your coffee pot set on a timer so you don’t have to wait around in order to get your morning cup of energy.
There are so many things that you can do the night before to ensure that you are as productive and efficient in the morning as humanly possible. Make your mornings less dreadful by setting yourself up to have a successful morning, and do this by setting yourself up for success the night before.
Get Your Body Moving Right Away
Personally, I like to either go on a 4-mile run or walk in the morning. It’s a good way for me to get my mindset in the right place, but it’s also a good way to get the blood flowing through my body. I have found that I am much more energized once I get my body moving and much more ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Aside from feeling more motivated and energized, you get your exercise out of the way and can move on with your day.
How many times have you told yourself you will go workout after work and then get too busy or don’t have enough energy to do so? We all have. So eliminate the possibility of not getting your exercise in by getting it done first thing in the morning.
Have Clear Goals
Goal setting is an important part of life, especially if you are struggling to find motivation. Setting goals give you a clear purpose. It helps you to remember why you are doing whatever it is that you are doing.
Sure, we can all agree that waking up at 5 am may not be the most pleasurable thing in the world, but when we set goals, we are reminded of why we are waking up at 5 am in the first place. It makes the whole process of getting out of best at such an early hour a little more manageable.
Before You Go
Quit waking up in a bad attitude. Wake up and be blessed that you get to see another day. If you are struggling to put yourself in a good mood right away in the morning, use these tips to help you wake up with excitement so that you can make the most out of your day.
These tips will not only help to make your mornings less dreadful, but they will also help you to be more productive and find more success throughout your day. Try them out for yourself and see how much more you can achieve.