Here are five simple ways to save your energy and have a very productive morning!
1. A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
First things first. For you to wake up early and fresh you need to pamper yourself to a good night’s sleep. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and on the cool side; declare an electronic-device—TVs, cell phones, laptops, Kindles—ban at least one hour before you turn lights out; and finally, climb into bed at a reasonable hour. If you aspire to wake up at 6:30, your head needs to hit the pillow by 11 p.m.
2. NO PHONES FOR ALARM
One drawback about relying on phone alarm was that it is kept next to bed where the vibrating and chirping would interrupt the sleep; making you tired and, thus, making it harder to get out of bed. The other problem: On an iPhone, it was way too simple for me to tap snooze. Even when moved the phone across the room, it still took only a few seconds to walk over, touch the screen, and climb back into bed. Now the benefit of using a clock radio tuned to an all-news station (and in this presidential election year, the headlines are usually enough to jolt you awake) is going to keep you awake.
3. GO OUTSIDE AS SOON AS YOU CAN
Becoming a morning person isn’t just about adjusting your alarm clock; it’s about re-setting your body’s own internal clock. To do this, you need to expose your eyes to bright morning light. Throw on a robe, sit in your yard, and drink your first cup of coffee there; get dressed and go for a walk; or put on your gym clothes and go work out.
4. DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN A NIGHT BEFORE
Part of what makes mornings tortuous is having to complete all those obligatory activities that are either not fun to do, or not fun to do under time pressure. I enjoy picking out what to wear and trying on different options, but I get stressed out when I need to figure it out quickly in the morning. Same goes with packing my lunch. But when I began completing these tasks the night before, it meant I didn’t have to race around before work.
5. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Take any show on Netflix you’ve earmarked for later, and treat yourself to view it in the morning. If TV isn’t your thing, indulge in the current trend of adult coloring books, read a great book, or tune into a popular podcast you haven’t had time to listen to. The key: Turn your mornings into fun time, not run-around-like-a-headless-chicken-doing-chores time.