These days, you can’t read an organizational or productivity blog without stumbling upon the advice to become a morning person. I used to hate it. I’m such a night owl, and couldn’t imagine waking up before my kids absolutely made me wake up for the day. Maybe it’s an age thing, or maybe the chaos of my life just finally got the best of me. Because as it turns out, I’m now a morning person. I still can’t believe it most days, but I am. My days just don’t go as smoothly if I don’t wake up and enjoy some peace and quiet in the mornings. Mornings set the tone for your entire day, so waking up early can have a huge impact on your life.
Why I Love Mornings
Before I tell you about how I became a morning person, you should probably know why I love them so much now.
I’m not going to lie. The transition wasn’t an easy one. I love sleeping in. However, when I do, I end up waking up to kids that already miss me and need me. My inbox is already full with messages from customers and friends. I wake up to a list of tasks with urgent deadlines. I’m plunged directly into my day of serving everyone else.
The next time I’ll get a moment of peace and quiet is 9 pm when everyone else is asleep. I’m exhausted, mentally, physically, and emotionally by that time of day. Being a mom is hard. It’s rewarding, but it’s really hard. It’s even harder when you decide to start a business from home. Your family needs you, your business needs you, your customers need you, your kids’ school needs you. But it’s important to remember that you need you, too!
I love my kids and my husband, but being such an introverted person in a house full of talkers can really wear me down sometimes. Take a minute, before your chaotic schedule and mile-long to-do list begins, and take a minute just for you.
There are several reasons why I love mornings, including:
- I get to drink my coffee in peace.
- There’s plenty of time to prep and plan for my day.
- I get a chance to focus without being fatigued.
- There is no need to rush to start my day.
Learn How to Love Mornings
This habit didn’t just happen. I can’t lie to you and say that I just decided to wake up early. It’s been a slow transition, and if I’m honest, it’s not totally over. Sometimes, I hit snooze on my alarm clock one too many times. Some days, I don’t want to do anything but drink coffee until 11, which I’ve always considered an appropriate time of day to start anything.
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The only thing that gets me out of bed this early is my reward for waking up on time. I love my me time before my days get too busy, and that’s what my mornings are now. The house is peaceful and quiet. My coffee pot is on a timer, so it’s done brewing by the time I wake up. (No, I don’t have a Keurig, and don’t want one). When I wake up, I’m able to immediately pour myself a cup of coffee and enjoy waking up slowly.
Sometimes I do yoga, or I check my emails and update my blog. Other times I just journal and enjoy some inner peace. The important thing is, this is my time. It’s the only time of day where no one else needs me, and that has become my bliss.
So, How Did I Become a Morning Person?
When you’re not naturally a morning person, the idea of becoming one seems impossible. I’m here to tell you it’s not! When you wake up early, you have more control over your day. There are a few things you can do to help get in the early morning habit.
The first thing I’ll recommend is to start small. I didn’t start out waking up an hour before my kids. It started with 15 minutes of peaceful, coffee-filled bliss while I stood in the kitchen and prepped lunches. Once I realized what a difference it made, I started adding a little time to my mornings each week. So I bumped it up to 30 minutes, then 45, and now an hour.
My second tip is to find something to reward yourself with if you wake up. My reward is that I get my coffee in peace, and time to write while it’s still quiet and my mind isn’t tired. Yours might be writing in a journal, or fitting in an early morning workout. Whatever it takes to make you want to wake up a few minutes earlier!
Keep a Routine
Thirdly, try to keep a routine that you can look forward to each morning. I know that when I wake up, my coffee will be ready, and I’ll have a good 45 minutes to wake up and greet my day without having anything pressing to deal with during that time. Once the kids get up, it’s time to hustle, so the earlier I can manage to get up, the more time I have to do what I want!
Maintain the Habit
Finally, it’s important to maintain this routine all the time. It’s so tempting to take the weekends to sleep in, I know. I’m still guilty of this myself. However, I still try to wake up before my kids, even on Saturday. If I don’t, I’ll have a harder time on Monday when it’s time to start all over.
Go From Night Owl to Early Bird
When you use your mornings well, you’ll learn to look forward to them. By waking up and taking a minute to set your intentions, you can improve the flow of your entire day. You’ll have more time to get things done, feel less rushed, and have more time to focus on your priorities. Learning to become a morning person has truly transformed my day. I feel less stressed and I’m much more productive. It was a struggle learning to go from night owl to early bird, but I can’t go back, now!
What about you? Are you a morning person? Or do you like to stay up late? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!