I prefer morning to evening, breakfast to dinner. And even though I am an early riser, it doesn’t mean I wake up every morning with a big smile on my face thinking “Finally, 6 am!”.
From time to time I have hard times parting with my bed. The tendencies of such events increase on colder months of the year. The following are a couple of routines I practice on such days in order to get my morning started.
GO TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME
Having a defined sleeping pattern is not only good for your body, it’s good for your mind too. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time will not make you feel less sleepy in the morning, but it definitely will take a shorter time to fully wake up.
LET IN FRESH AIR AND LIGHT
First thing I do in the morning is opening windows to get in some fresh air. Usually, after the night the room is feeling stuffy and it makes me drowsy. Another thing that helps when it comes to waking up early – letting in some sunshine. Unfortunately, in winter time it is not as effective since mornings are usually dark and gloomy.
DRESS UP FOR THE DAY
Weekday or weekend, out of bed – out of sleepwear. If I launch around at home in my nightgown I am more likely to procrastinate. I subconsciously think the day has not started as of now. That is why I prefer changing into home or work clothes immediately after leaving the bed. And in the best case scenario, I do all my getting ready at this point too.
MAKE TIME FOR BREAKFAST
Making a proper breakfast meal will not only help to kickstart your day but will also save you from nibbling on snacks that are not too good for you. On weekdays I usually have an oatmeal with a little bit of peanut butter, and of course, coffee. I find, that taking extra time to prepare breakfast is somehow therapeutic too.
If morning is not the most productive time of the day for you, start with smaller tasks to get your brain working. Before I dive into task(s) of the day, I plan out my day, answer emails, do research on things which might be useful later on that day. Take your time, be kind to yourself, but also be honest – once you notice you are procrastinating, slowly bring attention back to the tasks you have to complete.
Different things for work different people. In the end of the day, only you know what helps you to wake easier.