You might be a night owl but the world is built for morning people and you don’t want to miss out on opportunities because you were sleeping. So what do you do?
You use these strategies to become a morning person:
- Make a list of all the reasons why you want to be a morning person
Most of the tips on this list are physical ways to get yourself into bed early or out of bed in the morning but this all important tip is about giving yourself the mental motivation to keep going when you’re struggling to adjust. We all know you’re not trying to become a morning person because other people said you should—you want to be able to do things in the morning, so write them all down and put the list somewhere that you’ll see it every day.
- Move your alarm
If you have to physically get out of bed and walk across the room to turn your alarm off you’re more likely to actually stay out of bed. After all, you’ve already lost all the warmth from the blankets.
- Try the incremental approach
The typical approach is to do an extreme switch and then go to bed and wake up at exactly the same time every day until the habit sets in, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Instead, each week go to bed half an hour earlier and wake up half an hour earlier than you did the week before.
- Test different alarms
Some people do better with loud beeping alarms that jolt them out of bed. Other people prefer to wake up to the sound of a bell, their favorite song or the radio. Test different things out(give each one a week) until you find something that gets you out of bed feeling good about your morning.
- Get rid of all excuses
Are you too lazy to make yourself coffee in the morning? Get a programmable coffee maker and set it up to have coffee ready every morning. Do you stay in bed to enjoy your luxurious blankets? Get an equally luxurious house coat and slippers(which also conveniently gets rid of the excuse that the bedroom is cold). Make it ridiculously easy for you to get out of bed and start your day.
- Make your mornings more enjoyable
While you’re adjusting to waking up early go out of your way to make your mornings enjoyable. Eat your favorite food for breakfast. Treat yourself to a cappuccino or espresso instead of your regular coffee. Read a few pages of a fantastic book with breakfast. Find a small way to reward yourself for every day you get up at the new time successfully.
- Have a visual record of successful days
Put a big calendar on your wall and draw a giant check mark on every day you successfully wake up to your new alarm. This helps you feel proud of your accomplishment and makes you want to avoid breaking the chain.
- Challenge your negative thoughts about mornings
Whether you’re a night owl or just somebody who associates early mornings with an unpleasant high school experience, you probably have some mental baggage concerning mornings. Write down all your negative thoughts about mornings and then a countering positive thought about mornings for each one. Every time you have a negative thought about getting up in the morning immediately counter it with a positive thought. Eventually it will become easier to think positively about getting up early.
- Refuse the “5 more minutes” urge
If you wake up 5 minutes before your alarm goes off, don’t try to go back to sleep until it wakes up. You’ll only put yourself into a deeper sleep cycle and make it harder to get out of bed when your alarm actually does go off. Just get up 5 minutes earlier.
It may take several weeks or even several months but if you’re persistent about using these strategies you can train yourself to become a morning person.
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