I have never been a morning person. I have always wanted to become a morning person, but instead, I’ve been a night owl and a get-out-of-bed-twenty-minutes-before-I-need-to-leave person. And then I got a dog. Now, my dog wakes up at 6:30 every day (including weekends) and even when she doesn’t I’m usually up at 6:29 even without an alarm. I knew this was a strong possibility when I was thinking about getting a dog, and it was actually part of the reason I wanted one.
Morning people seem so much more productive. The day feels longer and (if you use it right) so much more productive. When I leave for work at 8:30 and the dishes are done, the dog is walked, and I’ve been fed- I feel like I can conquer anything that day. When I get to see the sunrise while walking along the beautiful Niagara escapement, the 6:30 wake-up time doesn’t seem so bad.
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So, how did I become a morning person when I’ve always been a lazy night owl? With these five simple steps to become a morning person:
1. Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off.
This is HARD, especially when you’ve been hitting snooze and setting three different alarms for the last twenty some odd years. I tried this before having a dog, and it never worked. I just went back to bed no matter what. Even after adopting Penny, there were still many, many days where I got up, took her outside, gave her breakfast, and then lay down and cuddled her on the couch until it was time for a walk.
Now I try to stop myself from getting back into bed or napping on the couch by making sure I stay up and moving. It’s a good idea to start the other items on the list NOW so you prevent yourself from wanting to go back to sleep. Just think of how much you can get done in even the first nine minutes you would have slept through after hitting snooze!
2. Have a morning coffee.
Much like being a morning person, I have never been much of a coffee drinker. I was for a short while but would drink too much and get little to no result from it, and eventually, it started to really hurt my stomach whenever I drank even the tiniest sip. So I cut it out completely (along with apples, sugar in my tea, and tomato sauce) for about 2 years, which I think helped to ‘heal’ whatever issues it was causing.
These days, right after I give Penny her breakfast I make myself a cup of coffee and drink it while I browse Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook on my phone or watch an episode of whatever show I’m binging right now- it’s just enough relaxing + the jolt of caffeine to really start my day. I bought a small + cheap (only $12!) single serve coffee maker that comes with a reusable coffee filter and even a mug!
3. Do a small, quick chore.
Bonus points if it’s a chore you really, really don’t like doing- for me, it’s the dishes. I am terrible for letting them pile up until the sink is full and I have to wash a spoon or use my hands. Having this one chore done before my day even starts makes everything so much simpler when I get home from work because I don’t have to worry about it. Doing it every day also keeps a number of dishes way down, and it makes it take much less time to complete.
You can try to do the chore in the time it takes you to make that morning coffee, and then you’ll keep moving and be less tempted to crawl back in bed. If you need some ideas, check out this list of 40 Things You Can Accomplish in 10 Minutes.
4. 30 minutes of exercise
I had always heard this one but being the lazy person I am, I never, ever wanted to follow it. If exercise is what it takes to become a morning person, count me out. Then I got a dog, and dogs need to go for walks. Twice a day.
After a few weeks, I started to really enjoy the morning walks! Even in the winter, it’s nice to be out early in the morning before most people are even out of bed. You can clear your head, plan your day, enjoy the weather – all in peace and quiet, without the hustle + bustle of tons of cars and people around you on the roads. Plus, you get to see some killer sunrises:
If a view like that doesn’t want to make you get out of bed to see the sunrise, I don’t know what will!
5. Eat breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I feel like all I hear about breakfast lately is ‘Oh, I don’t have time to eat breakfast’, or they pick it up in the drive through on their way to work. When I sit down and eat breakfast (whether it’s a bowl of cereal or toast and scrambled eggs), it changes the entire tone of my day.
I don’t spend the morning starving, waiting anxiously for lunch time to roll around and I’m not distracted by thoughts of dancing granola bars and hamburgers. It really does make a difference in your day and helps to wake you up in the mornings.
Are you a morning person, or a night owl?