I wasn’t always a morning person. I remember in high school I remember sleeping in till noon during the summertime, granted then I didn’t have a job that I had to go to all the time (other than occasional babysitting gigs). Now that I am going into my senior year of college there is so much more I have to accomplish during the day and the only way to feel like I can get all of that done is by waking up early.
I’ve taken on a lot this year between a new job position, full-time credit hours, extracurriculars, and an internship. Because I have so much to do, I have to get up early every day to make sure it all fits in the 24 hours I have.
Waking up earlier I just feel like I am off to a great start to my day and like I can conquer the world! Like I said, it takes time to become a morning person and I definitely wasn’t able to do it right away; however, with a few changes in my everyday routine and habits, I was able to wake up earlier and have a productive day.
Go to bed Early
Now you don’t have to go to bed as soon as the sun goes down, but making sure you get a full night of sleep will leave you feeling refreshed and energized to conquer the next day.
Plan out what you’ll wear the next day
When I don’t think about planning my outfits in advanced the only image that pops into my mind are the girls in movies who throw every item in their closet out looking for something to wear. Even if you don’t lay out what you’re going to wear, picking out an outfit can help ease the stress of the morning as well as limit the time you take to get ready.
Dress in what makes you feel confident
Dressing in an outfit that makes you feel like you can rock the world helps kick your morning off to a good start. I’ve noticed the days I’m in an outfit that I feel great in I have more energy. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many days I just throw on some yoga pants and a t-shirt and I’m off the class. But the days I’m in some stylish jeans and a nice shirt I feel so much more confident in myself and it rubs off on my mood.
Avoid social media and work first thing in the morning
When you first wake up the last thing you want to think of is how much work you have to do or worrying about what other people are up to. Take a few minutes to meditate or relax with a cup of coffee and just focus on yourself and your day. If you begin your day by looking at what some girl you follow is doing on her vacation, you won’t be as focused on what you need to do to be successful.
Have a to-do list
Once again, don’t start your day stressed out running around like a chicken with your head cut off. By writing down everything you need to accomplish that day and any other notes to yourself everything you need to be successful that day is in one place.
Keep a routine
Having a good morning routine is yet another way to set your morning off right. Basically, just keep the consistency. My first fear with the idea of keeping everything the same every morning was that I’d be burnt out sooner or later, but that’s not the case. Having a set routine ready to go helps me get through my mornings quickly and stress-free.
Not only is a set routine important, but consistency in when you wake up is important too. If you sleep in every other morning, those mornings you wake up early will make you feel miserable. Of course, take those few days on the weekend to sleep in a little extra, but try not to go from getting up at 7am every day to sleeping in till 12, trust me, you’ll thank me down the road.
Waking up earlier has genuinely changed my life. I feel like I have the ability to accomplish so much more during the day and that I’m adding value to my own life. I still have lazy days where I lay in bed as long as possible or never get out of my pajamas, and that’s okay, but becoming a morning person has been one of my favorite things I have done this summer.