How I became a morning person – I will be honest, it took a lot of work!
In an effort to become a better blogger and business woman, I make sure that I read as many articles and watch as many videos about growing my blog and myself as I can. Lately, I seem to be seeing a lot of authors talking about the habits that they have incorporated into their lives. One theme I keep seeing is becoming a morning person.
In my many years, I have never been a morning person. Here is a little story to show you just how bad of a morning person I used to be. My daughter, when she was about 4, would get up in the morning and turn on my coffee pot for me. I had set everything up the night before, so all she had to do was flip the switch and the coffee pot started. Please don’t worry, she never touched the pot when it was hot. She would then come in bed with me, snuggle up close and tell me, “Mommy, I made your coffee.”
The first 15 or 20 minutes in our house were usually pretty quiet. Once I had a cup of coffee, the tickling and silliness began. To this day, my daughter, now 24, likes about 20 minutes of quiet time!
So, here are my 5 simple steps to how I became a morning person:
- Wake up earlier
- Stay in bed for a few minutes
- Enjoy the first 15 minutes in silence (or almost)
- Get exercise
- Shower and put on “real” clothes
Here is How becoming a morning person looks like for me:
- Wake up at 6 a.m.
- Lay in bed for 3 – 5 minutes before I put my feet on the ground. I stretch, rub my eyes and just breathe.
- I have a cup of coffee, pet the dog, chat with Big (if she is home) and don’t look at my phone or computer! I do this for about 15 minutes
- Walk the dog for 15 minutes, do 15 more minutes of exercise, say affirmations while exercising. Studies show that you are more motivated and alert after some exercise.
- Eat breakfast, shower and put on “real” clothing. I don’t mean sweats. I mean slacks or a skirt, a top or blouse. You will feel like you are really going to work and will have a different attitude when you are dressed for success.
I am then ready to start my day. I feel refreshed, my mind is clear and I am ready to work. I feel confident I can tackle anything that comes along.
I am typically in my office by 8 or 8:30 a.m. I will admit, there are days when my visits with Big last a little longer than 15 minutes. I work hard at keeping to my schedule.
The hardest thing for me to change has been to stay away from my phone. I used to wake up and check it before I even got about of bed! I can promise you, there was nothing that was so important that I needed to know about it at 6 a.m.
One more thing before I let you go and you begin to become a morning person – studies show that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Give yourself time. Don’t expect miracles in a few days. It took me longer than 21 days to get here!
How do you start your mornings? Do you feel productive? Are you ready to seize the day? I would love to know. Please leave a comment and I promise I will respond to it.