Many of you probably know this by now, but I’ve never been a morning person. Like ever! I thrive more at night, and had a habit of sleeping in until 8 or 8:30. That’s when Josie wakes up too, so it was getting complicated to juggle her morning routine, plus trying to get myself ready for the day. So I knew something had to change. In this post, I’m sharing how to become a morning person (from someone who was definitely not one before).
How to Become a Morning Person
Before adopting this new morning routine, I was using Tim as my alarm clock. As a side note, Tim is very much a morning person. He gets up early, gets his workout in and ready for the day before he starts his work day. One day he told me I needed to be disciplined on my own and start using an actual alarm clock, and I realized he was probably right. 🙂
Reading Miracle Morning Book
The first thing I did was read the Miracle Morning book. The subtitle of the book is: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8am). I was intrigued just by the title. Then, I looked at the reviews on Amazon, and then I was really intrigued.
The book gives you a detailed process of what to do (and not to do) in the morning to set your day up for success. It’s an easy read and digestible information to get you ready to become more of a morning person.
One of the biggest takeaways from the book was that I didn’t need to have a long, drawn-out morning routine to feel productive. I can do a 5-quick minute meditation, read 10 pages of a book I’ve been wanting to read, and a 20-minute workout and set my day up for success.
Having An Accountability Partner
With anything new, it’s always best to have some sort of accountability in place to hold you to your new routine.
My accountability came in the form of all my IG friends and of course Tim. When I started waking up at 6am, I announced it on IG, so that all of you could keep me accountable. I started my morning posting a little IG story with the time, and that was enough to hold me accountable in the early phase of this new routine. Tim was also a great motivator to continue repeating the process of waking up early.
If you live by yourself, have someone that you know, who is a morning person, send them a quick AM text for the first few weeks of this new routine. That way, you have someone keeping you accountable.
Setting My Intentions
The third thing I implemented was setting specific intentions. I wrote down what I was going to do each morning, so I wouldn’t have to think about it when getting out of bed. When you have a plan in place, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Change your Attitude
If you’re not a morning person.. you’ve probably said that to yourself time and time again (guilty). If you want to become a morning person, you have to act like one! First, you have to stop telling yourself that and using it as an excuse. If you have a bad habit of staying up too late, your body will start adjusting to an earlier bedtime once you start waking up early. I used to stay up till after midnight, but now that I wake up earlier I’m falling asleep by 10 naturally. There are plenty of days when I want to keep snoozing and sleep in, however, I know I will feel much better if I demonstrate discipline and get out of bed to start my morning early.
A Look Into My Morning Routine
Here’s an example of what my morning routine looks like. What’s really helped me is to be phone-free for the first hour of my day (minus the mediation app – see below). That helps keep you focused and in the zone to do your morning routine. Plus I always feel more productive when I stay off my phone.
Drink 8oz of Water
The first thing I do is drink 8oz of water. Instead of chugging coffee first thing, water helps to rehydrate you after a night’s sleep. I recently bought the 40oz Stanley cup, but they already sold out of them. Here’s the 30oz tumbler if you’re interested in that one.
Mediate for 5 Minutes
Next, I like to meditate for 5 minutes. There are several apps you can use to help guide you through a mediation or you can simply lay in a quiet room. You can also search on youtube for one, too! This is a weird habit to get into at first, but I really notice a difference when I take these 5 minutes to myself each morning.
Read a Self-Help Book
After meditating, I get a cup of coffee and read 10 pages of a self-help book. Some of my favorites are below!
Do a 20-Minute Workout
I round out my morning routine with a quick 20-minute workout. This amount of time is attainable to do in the morning. It’s just enough time to get those feel-good endorphins going to start the day.
Or sometimes I’ll wait, and we will do a family walk when Josie wakes up. It’s so nice to get some fresh air in the morning, especially when it starts to cool down.
Another option besides doing a 20-minute workout or going for a walk is doing some postural stretching. These stretches improve your posture, and are great for someone who does a lot of computer work.
If you’re interested in seeing my postpartum fitness plan, I wrote a blog post about that HERE.
I didn’t think I’d ever be a morning person. But after implementing this routine, I look forward to the morning. It helps start the day on a positive note, and allows you to feel like you’ve already accomplished so much (before 8am). 🙂 Commit to 1 week of waking up early and compare how you feel waking up earlier vs sleeping in, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Do you have a morning routine? If so, what’s one thing you do during this time? Let me know in the comments below!