If waking up yesterday after Spring Forward left you feeling sleepy all day, you’re not alone! Although I’ve always been one to LOVE sleep, learning how to wake up early is truly something that takes a few solid weeks or even months of doing so before it sets in. However, I’ve found that I am most productive in the morning so it’s crucial for me to get an early start and then have some leniency in the afternoon beacause my mind is pretty much on OFF. Even as I write this post in the late afternoon, I am kicking myself for not completing it earlier in the day. I touched base on my nightly routine here, so now I want to share my morning routine and some key tips to get outta that bed (so hard sometimes, I know!). Here’s what I’ve learned:
- Don’t hit snooze– We’ve all heard this before and while some of us commit to it for a New Years resolution or during Lent, not everyone can get started. At first, I set two alarms, one a 6:00 am and then one at 6:15. This broke my habit of immediately hitting the snooze option but also was a safety net in case I feel back asleep (which always makes me nervous anyways). After a few times of my first alarm going off, I’d open my eyes and snuggle with the dogs for about 10 minutes or until my second alarm went off. The key is not to re-close your eyes, but to wake up slow instead. Now, I am in a routine and it’s habit for my alarm to go off and for me to stretch a little and then snugs with the dogs before putting my feet on the floor. It sounds funny but it totally works for me!
- Skip sleeping in on the weekends- Mack loves to workout and he always gets up early, even on the weekends. Due to this, he helped me get into a routine on Saturdays of waking up at about 7:00 am or so. This is mostly because I am a light sleeper anyways and once he’s awake I just want to get up too! But you’ll be amazed at how sleeping until 7:00 am feels like you’ve slept for ten more hours. We are to the point now where we just wake up without an alarm most of the time on Saturdays.
- Enjoy some quiet time- Just over a year ago, I started to complete a devotional each morning. My routine consists of the following; wake-up, feed the dogs and then sit down and do a devotional. It takes about 15-20 minutes but it helps me to reset before my day. I also commit to not check any social media, emails, etc. until my devotional is finished. I like this because it allows my mind to focus on what really matters, first thing. I’ve mentioned it on here before but I use the First 5 App. You simply read a passage from the Bible and then read some commentary on the passage which helps me to understand the context and application. It’s honestly my favorite part of the day!
- Get moving- After I eat breakfast and drink coffee of course, the dogs are usually barking (aka begging) to go on a walk. They’re so funny in the mornings because they get SO hyper! To calm them down and get them some exercise before we head out for the day, Mack and I like to take Rebel and Tiger on a walk. They’ve learned to expect this so there’s really NO getting out of it haha. It’s a refreshing way to jumpstart the rest of the day. I always feel really thankful on our morning walks and it’s the simplest thing ever.
- Catch up on the headlines- After this series of events, I am ready to finally take in some morning news haha! I personally like to watch the Today Show because I feel like it’s a good mix of news, happy happenings, and lifestyle content. I feel informed but not enjoy the array of topics covered. Furthermore, I love their new Style Today series and Sunday Today with Willie Geist before church. Also, it’s something Mack and I watch together (even though I think he would prefer Sports Center haha).
With all of this being said, I allow myself two hours to get ready in the morning. This may seem excessive but it’s how I operate- I love the feeling of starting my day slow as opposed to rushed and chaotic. Usually by 8am, I am on my computer responding to emails or completing a blog post. I prefer this as I like to accomplish my to-do list as early in the day as possible, oftentimes before work even starts. I find that waking up early on a consistent basis has helped me to maintain productivity but allows me to still stop to smell the roses each morning when I wake up!
How do you like to start your day? Let me know in the comments! Happy Monday!