As I rolled into work putting my mascara on in the car, with my hair wet for yet another rushed day 13 years ago, I never would have imagined how much I would come to love my early mornings. And while having a baby (or 4) and being a stay at home mom, played a role in establishing a morning routine, it was you who pushed me to become a productive morning person and love it!
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Could I ever be a morning person?
I know the notion of being a morning person baffles you. You ask yourself all the same questions I use to. “How can I force my feet to hit the floor?” “Why can’t I just get up?” “Why does it seem I can never get enough sleep?” “What is the secret to getting up before I absolutely have to?” Why would I want to get up before I absolutely have to?”
I understand those questions and I understand your struggle. I want to share with you, why it is that YOU are the reason I came to love my early morning routine. I’m certain by the end of this post you’ll either be ready to become a reformed night owl or stop trying to be!
A First Attempt to Become a Productive Morning Person and Love It
When my firstborn arrived, I was determined to create better morning habits for him than my own. I began his sleep training when he was 6 months old and it worked! It worked really, really well! Read more about sleep training here.
It worked so well in fact, that to this day (over a decade later) it does not matter what is going on in life, that kid pops up out of bed like toast from a toaster at 7:30 every day.
Since I wanted him to be up at 7:30, and I didn’t want to spend my entire day in jammies and greasy hair, I had to get up before that. Getting up at 7 – even though I wouldn’t get fired if I didn’t – was a huge accomplishment for me.
Fast forward a handful of years, and I had 3 children with great morning habits. I had trained them all to get up, get themselves ready for the day, and be ready for breakfast. Unfortunately, my own morning habits had started to wane.
I found that because the children were accomplishing these things on their own, I allowed myself to hit the snooze button a few too many times. I had essentially trained myself out of a job.
For several years after this, I tried a few things to get up before the kids, but none of them worked long term. The truth was, I didn’t HAVE to get up before them anymore, so I didn’t. I got up when they did.
A Second Attempt to Become a Productive Morning Person and Love It
In September of 2017, I told the world about A Family Meeting. I had been working on it behind the scenes for a few months and was ready to share it with everyone.
The longer I work and spend time getting to know you, the more I love and long to do both. However, finding extra time to fit in a new passion is difficult. Truth is, there are only 24 hours in a day.
How we spend those hours is completely in our control, be that as it may, there are indeed only 24 to work with!
Shortly after sharing the blog with everyone – I knew that in order to have a beautiful place for you to come hang out, read, and gain knowledge – I would have to give the blog my freshest self.
I began setting an alarm for 4 a.m. so that I could have a few hours to work before the kids woke up. Know what happened? I was so happy and excited to be doing something I loved so much, that I found myself getting out of bed without any trouble!
Then, after some time, 4 a.m. wasn’t enough. I decided to see what would happen if I got up at 3 a.m. or if it was even possible. Not only was it possible, but I felt, even more, refreshed the rest of the day!
The Secret to Become a Morning Person is Something Worth Getting Up For.
When that first baby of mine was born, training him great habits was vital to me. It was a top priority. And I was proud to be doing it.
The same goes for the rest of my children. Once that task had been accomplished, I didn’t have a compelling enough reason to get up before them anymore.
The truth is, for many of us, life itself isn’t riveting enough to miss out on sleep. Sure, there are those annoyingly productive morning people who we all admire.
They get up before the sun… just because. They love the alone time. Or perhaps, they long to see the sunrise every single day.
But that’s not you. I get it. It’s not me either. Alone time, a beautiful sunrise, and hot coffee in the brisk morning air are merely bonuses I get for getting up to do something else.
For folks like you and I, we will always have to have a pretty-darn-good reason to get up before we absolutely have to.
Find Your Reason to Get Up in the Morning!
You want to get up earlier in the morning. You really do. But how do you stop hitting snooze? How do you stop being tired in the morning? How can you force yourself to get out of bed?
You’re going to have to find a reason to get up in the morning. You need something you are so passionate about, you just can’t wait to do it!
For me, those things are my children, this blog, and you. What is your “love it so much, it gets me out of bed in the morning” thing?
Some possible answers could be; exercise (such as running,) worship, prayer, or writing/journaling. Stop and ask yourself what gets you really excited, or spun up! Find a way to do that every day, and mornings will take on a whole new meaning for you.
Make It Easier to Wake Up in the Morning
There are many ways you can make it easier for your body to get up in the morning. I’m a moderate to severely crunchy mommy, and sleep is one aspect of health I feel strongly about.
You can’t stay up until midnight, and then wonder why you have trouble getting up early. Your body needs 8 hours of sleep. I don’t care what you’ve been told to the contrary.
Four Simple Steps to Make Waking Up Easier
1. Go to sleep.
Your body must have adequate sleep to stay healthy, last throughout the day, and function properly.
Decide what time you want to get up and count backward to 8. Whatever time you land on is your new bedtime. Do whatever you must to go to sleep at that time!
For me, that means going to bed when my kids go to bed. I don’t watch TV. I don’t clean house. And I don’t dink around. I go to sleep. The children and I do what needs to be done in the house throughout the day so that when bedtime hits, all there is left to do, is go to sleep! Read more about training your children to do chores here.
2. Have something hot as soon as you get up.
Jump in a hot shower, drink a hot cup of coffee or tea. These things will get your blood pumping, providing more oxygen to your body and a shot of energy.
I began drinking coffee before the Keurig was popular. So, I bought myself a coffee maker with a programmable feature, like this one. The machine started making coffee before I was awake. Smelling that coffee when my alarm went off, was a major plus!
After that, I upgraded to a Keurig like this one. Now, it only takes 30 seconds to make my cup of coffee. However, I must say, I miss smelling it as I am waking up!
3. Use two alarms.
I need a double shot of wake up pizazz to stir myself awake. I use the alarm on my phone to provide an audio alarm and a vibrating alarm like this for extra wake-up punch!
4. Have a general plan for when you wake up.
Once you manage to get up, you don’t want to find yourself confused or wondering what to do first. If so, you may end up crawling right back under those cozy, warm covers!
Can You Change From Being a Night Owl to a Morning Person?
If you really want to become a morning person, it’s possible. Even so, are you sure you want to be a morning person?
When not being able to get up in the morning negatively effects your life, you should make changes. There’s no good reason not to create habits that will benefit you.
Having said that, if being a night owl has no negative effects on your life, why do you want to change? Are you thinking about creating a morning routine just because you think it’s better or the right thing to do?
Going to sleep earlier provides better sleep than going later. However, for people who have the hardest time getting up in the morning, you’re going to need a pretty compelling reason to get up!
Are You Ready to be a Reformed Night Owl?
Maybe it is healthier to get up early in the morning. Perhaps you would be better off. It could be that life will greatly improve once you start forcing yourself out of bed in the morning.
Nonetheless, you have to have a way to get from the habits you have to the ones you wish you had. What’s that way going to be? What is it that is going to make your feet hit the floor when you hear that obnoxious alarm?
Take the necessary course of action to get up earlier in the morning. Or don’t. Keep on sleeping. Either way, you are in charge of your mornings. Whether or not you get up is ultimately your choice.
There are steps you must take in order to look forward to mornings. There is no magic switch, believe me. Decide how much you want it and go after it accordingly. CLICK HERE TO READ ANOTHER POST LIKE THIS