On Becoming A Morning Person

I have been fighting this tooth-and-nail because I like to sleep. I don’t necessarily even sleep in or sleep extremely late, but I like to give myself exactly enough time to get myself dressed, then leave in the morning.

That’s right– I don’t even leave time for breakfast as it, too, can interfere with my precious last few minutes. This habit, however, appears to be completely the opposite of what science and all those motivational career sites say is effective for a happy, healthy and productive life.

Also, quite frankly, I just don’t feel that great in the AM. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around snapping at coworkers and having temper tantrums, but I son’t see a boost in energy until around 9, even with coffee.

So I decided to do some research. I came up with waking up one hour earlier as my goal. This will allow me time to….

…well I don’t know yet. I’m going to take this time to work on crafting a morning routine I can live with. I’m thinking making my bed, breakfast and journaling to start. From here, I will assess how I’m feeling and possibly add to my routine.

In case you’re wondering about the benefits of a morning routine or how to create one, I’ve compiled a little bit of research from various sources on morning routines below:

Here, I gleaned the breakfast trick I’m going to try– the same thing every day until I hate it.

This one really gave me perspective on what others have to go through to even get to work. Dr.      Robinson has a two hour commute! I’m grateful for my 40 minute drive.

I love the idea of “eating frogs,” it’s a strategy I’ve always used, but I never had a name for it!

Adm. William H. McCraven frames making your bed as an accomplishment, which I think is awesome!

This article provides realistic ways to help with the feeling that I experience in the morning– I’m totally willing to try.

 

Do you have a morning routine or are you struggling like me? What do you do or what would you like to do with your mornings?

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