I have never been a morning person. One of my gifts in life has always been figuring out how late I can sleep and still manage to make it to wherever I need to be on time.
Lately, though, I’ve been finding the constant rush and worrying about getting everything done in time to be extremely stressful and draining. Last month, I decided to try and change all of that once and for all. I started implementing steps to help me wake up earlier and get more done in the morning.
Problem 1: The Snooze Button
The first problem that I needed to address was finding a way to wake-up immediately when my alarm goes off. There have been times where I snoozed at five-minute intervals for over an hour, so this was obviously a big issue. At first, I tried to tell myself that I just wouldn’t hit snooze, but my bad habit won over in my groggy state. So, I decided to try something new.
Fitbit lets you set an alarm that gives you a couple vibrations on your wrist to wake you up without jolting you awake, like an alarm sound does. Even better, there is no way to snooze!
Problem 2: A Morning Routine
Now that I could finally get out of bed at a decent time and stay upright, I wanted to find a way to do something in the morning besides just getting ready for work. To feel like those morning hours or minutes were actually put to good use, rather than just being the precursor to the rest of the day.
It would be great to work out in the morning, I considered, (especially with workouts at our fingertips), but I know I don’t work out well in the morning. I decided instead to take time every morning and work on my journaling. Having something like this—something peaceful, something just for me—to look forward to every morning also made getting out of bed even easier.
Not quite a morning person yet, but…
At the end of this I still don’t think that I can refer to myself as a “morning person.” I don’t spring awake with the songbirds and smile through my breakfast. But maybe I could say I’m a morning-tolerant person now. I’m finally able to see the benefits of getting up earlier and I’m enjoying the time in the morning I used to sleep right through.
If nothing else, it’s easier now to go to work knowing I’ve already done things for myself before having to go and do work for someone else.
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