I loved Stephanie’s post about how she prepares the night before to make mornings easier, and how she’s sort of become a morning person since then. I drafted this post back then, and finally finished it off when I saw Kristin’s post recently. I totally related when I read these because I’ve been trying to do something similar this year. I don’t always succeed in waking up early, but I do always feel better when I do.
My Journey to Become a Morning Person
I used to sleep incredibly late because I would stay up incredibly late. During college, I’d be up until 2 AM watching shows on Netflix. I didn’t have class until 11:00 AM on most days, so it was perfectly fine for me to then sleep from 2 – 10 AM and get ready for class then. I wasn’t reading back then, like at all, so it was easy to get lost online for hoooours without feeling like I SHOULD be reading.
My journey to becoming a morning person definitely started when Chris and I moved into our current apartment. His hours at work are much different from mine (7-3:30 vs. 9-5) so he gets 1-2 hours of alone time every night after work, before I come home. I determined that I deserved some “me time” as well, so I started trying to go to sleep earlier and waking up earlier. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way.
1. You don’t really NEED to stay up late, ya know.
I loved being up late for some reason. Always peaceful, just watching shows or reading before bed. I found that the longer I stayed up, the more I would fall out of my “tiredness” and catch a second wind. No one needs a new burst of energy at midnight. Letting yourself sleep earlier when you’re actually tired – before that refreshed/wide awake feeling happens – is so much better on your body. Seriously.
There’s so much less to see on the internet after midnight. I used to read a lot or watch shows, but I’d still find myself reaching for my phone to check social media a million times. So many unnecessary LuLaRoe purchases have happened after midnight for me!
2. You can do all of your late night things in the morning.
I started to think, what is the benefit of sitting here in the dark while Chris is asleep? I have to be extra quiet to not wake him up, feel bad if my light is on too late, and hate the noise of the TV happening too loudly in the background. WHY do all of this at night when I could do it in the morning, FREELY, because he’d be gone? I can watch TV and read books in the morning very easily. In fact, even easier. I can use my light to read. I can listen to the TV with higher volume and no subtitles on. I can do allll of those things while sipping my coffee.
3. Alone time in the morning is the best way to start your day.
I hate feeling like I have to jump out of bed and get ready for work right away. It’s the worst. I want to wake up and start my day on the right foot… by doing something for me. This could be catching up on a show or reading my book or doing stuff in my planner. You know how they say your attitude forms your life? Sending bad vibes into the world only brings bad vibes back to you. I tend to believe the same is true about how you start your day. Starting it in a way that makes YOU happy is the best way to have a good day. Because it just makes sense!
My Morning Routine, In a Perfect World
My goal is to always give myself AT LEAST an hour in the morning. There have been some times I’ve pushed it and only had a half hour (which I loathe) and other times I get up at 5:00 and have TWO hours (the dream). If I give myself 1-2 hours, I can usually squeeze in everything I want to do without problems.
Coffee first. I will always have coffee before anything else. I may browse my phone for five minutes if I’m feeling cozy, but I will pretttty much get out and get coffee before touching another object in the morning.
Read a book. I know that starting with a TV show will lead me into a binge-spiral on Netflix. I can never stop watching if that’s what I start with. I have to read first because usually, unless the book is flawless/addicting, I’ll be able to set the book down to enjoy a show or two.
Watch a show or two. I like to leave 20-40 minutes for 1-2 shows right before getting in the shower. I also can never stop in the middle of an episode so I have to make sure there’s enough time to get the whole thing in before having to hop in the shower.
Daily planning with a casual show in the background. Depending on need or timing, I’ll spend a little time working on my planner while Friends plays in the background. I can’t really focus on writing/planning when there’s a show I’ve never seen on in the background. It needs to be an repeat I can half pay attention to.
Shower and get ready while listening to my audiobook. Once I finally vacate the bed (worst feeling), it’s time to get ready for work. I always do this with an audiobook playing because it helps keep me focused on something a little more fun than putting my makeup on.
What do you think? How do you start your day?
If you’re in the mood for another post similar to this, you can read about my ideal weekend here!