Being a morning person is not easy, but luckily for me, I can definitely be one when I need to be. Growing up though, my mom would always have to pester me to wake up to get to school on time… and even now, there are days when I just don’t want to wake up when I have to! 5 am call times are not forgiving, but it’s actually quite rewarding when you force yourself to wake up early and get the day started. Personally, I feel so accomplished when I start the day early because by the time noon rolls around, I would have already gotten so much done! Over the years, I’ve discovered some life hacks that have helped me make my early mornings immensely easier. If you’re looking to change your lifestyle and make an effort to wake up earlier, consider the following tips that I swear by!
PUT TOGETHER YOUR OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE
There is literally nothing worse than waking up in the morning, in a rush to get out the door, with no idea what to wear for the day. I’ve saved myself so much stress by taking my time on putting together a nice outfit the night before, considering the weather of course. I like to iron everything as needed and then hang them up nicely, with accessories within reach so I can just get up the next morning, put everything on, and out the door I go!
PLAN A TO-DO LIST
I find it more exciting to wake up in the morning when I know I have a lot of things to accomplish. It’s also nice to have a reminder of all the tasks that need to be done for the day, so having a to-do list never hurts.
PREP YOUR HAIR THE NIGHT BEFORE
Just like with my outfits, I like to be able to just get up and keep things easy in the morning. I prefer my hair wavy rather than straight, so if I want my hair wavy the next day, I like to curl it the night before, hair spray it in, and go to sleep. When I get up, the curls look relaxed the way I like them, and I can touch up if I need to (usually I don’t though). It can take 30 minutes to do my hair sometimes, and that’s 30 extra minutes I can sleep in!
This one is a no-brainer — how do you get up early and feel ready to tackle a day? Well, the most important thing is getting enough sleep. I find that if I go to bed at 2 AM, there is literally no chance of me waking up at 6 AM feeling awake because I just simply am drained. To functionally get up at 6 AM, I have to try to sleep at 11 PM at the latest to make sure I am well-rested.
I’ve found it to be quite difficult to get up when the room is constantly dark. My body naturally will wake up if the sun shines through the curtains, so this is actually the best way for me to start my mornings. I don’t have to rely on an alarm clock or disturb any of my sleep cycles. It’s so much easier to wake up to a bright room and beautiful day!
SET YOUR THERMOSTAT TO TURN ON HEATER ONE HOUR BEFORE YOU WAKE UP
This one is just for the winter (or when/if your apartment or home is constantly cold). Growing up, my mom would always set our thermostat to turn on the heater one or two hours before we had to wake up, making it all the more easier to part our cozy warm blankets when it came time to eat breakfast and get dressed for school. Thanks, mom!
SET TWO ALARMS
Setting one alarm can sometimes not be enough, especially if you’re feeling dead tired after the first ring. Sometimes, I’ll even turn off my alarm unconsciously (not sure how that happens, but it does), and I’ll get up way later only to find out that “the alarm never went off.” More like, it did… but I just snoozed it and totally forgot about it! Having a second alarm 15-20 minutes before you have to actually get up is really helpful. I usually set my first alarm for 45 minutes before I have to get up.
EAT A HEARTY BREAKFAST
For a productive morning, eating a good breakfast is essential. I find that if I’m working with an empty stomach, it’s harder to focus on my work because I’m subconsciously (or consciously) thinking about how hungry I am. Anyone else out there with me on this one? In short, I find that setting aside some time to even eat a bit of cereal before getting the day started really helps me concentrate.
Are you an early bird? If you have any tips on how to consistently be a morning person, I’d love to hear them!