I was not a morning person. Never have been. I would set four alarms in 20min intervals to make sure I got up. The sound of the alarm beeping. Consistently, was my enemy. Seriously!! Was it time to get up already!!! Then I hit the snooze button. Over and over again.
Recently my work hours changed. I needed to be in the office at 6.45am. This thought horrified me.
The first few weeks were incredibly hard. I just could not get out of bed at 4.45am. It was dark. I was incredibly tired and started dreading the day ahead. I knew I would need copious amounts of coffee to keep me going.
I needed to make this work. I tried many different strategies. Most didn’t help. Then my life changed when I placed my iPhone in the kitchen. Such a simple move. With a massive impact.
I was in a bad habit of checking emails, online chats and social media before going to sleep. I would often fall asleep with my iPhone in the bed. I’ve heard many millennials fall asleep with their phones, I just didn’t think that would happen to me. This was ridiculous. One morning I woke to find I had slept on my phone. I had the corner of the phone imprinted on my face!! I could not believe it.
Having the iPhone in the kitchen prevented me from engaging. It felt incredibly liberating.
I hate the sound of that annoying alarm. I would drag myself out of bed to switch the phone alarm off. Then I was up. Physically up. Next, to the iPhone I had a note “do not go back to sleep, time to get going” Then turn on the kettle. The day has now started.
It took a while to get used to waking up so early. I then decided to implement some other routines to complement the early morning rise. The results were remarkable.
It’s incredible how your life changes when you implement seven key tricks. I now consider myself a morning person.
Remove your iPhone from the bedroom
With the constant flow of media, online chats and emails, it is far too tempting to check your phone all night long.
I found I didn’t realize how much time had passed looking at online chat conversations or social media. Scary!!
Place them all in the bathroom or kitchen. Increase the volume so that you can hear the phone calls. Turn off notifications so the beeps do not wake you or entice you to have a look.
Put the alarm outside of the bedroom
All alarms need to be placed in another room. Then you have no other option than to get up, get moving and turn it off. This prevents you from hitting the snooze button. The key is to make sure you stay up.
Write a note to yourself or place your to-do list by the phone. Any prompt to keep you from going back to sleep.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time
This is essential as it will set your body clock.
I have friends who claim they do not use an alarm!! Really!! No alarm!! Their bodies just naturally wake up. They must have the blinds up and wake naturally as the sun streams into their bedrooms.
When you get up before sunrise and it is dark. Having an alarm will remind you to get up.
Open the blinds
I sleep with my blinds half open. This helps to balance the serotonin in your brain and for you to realize its time to get up.
To get your body moving it is ideal if you exercise first thing in the morning. Then there is no excuse for skipping it.
I wake up extra early so that I can either get to the gym for a class or walk to work. I find that I’m much more alert, happy and switched on after I have exercised.
Try to get moving in the morning, you will be amazed at the results.
Eating breakfast is imperative. If you don’t eat breakfast, your body remains in famine mode. Breakfast will help curve the hunger and fatigue throughout the morning.
After I have exercised, I sit down to a bowl of porridge. Then I don’t need any more food until lunch.
Write down the goals for the day
As soon as I arrive at work. I have exercised, eaten and I’m on time. I then think of my goals for the day. Both personal and for work.
I list one thing I am grateful for. It only takes 5mins and really makes me think about how I am going to utilize this precious day. I find this motivates me to get the items completed.
To be a ‘morning person,’ it is essential to set up a sustainable routine. Go to bed on time, put all iPhones and devices in the kitchen, ensure your alarm is not in the bedroom, exercise and eat breakfast. Then you can think about your goals for the day and what you are grateful for. It’s amazing how different you will feel.