How To Succeed As A Morning Person
You may or may not be one of the perky people — the chosen few who arise at dark-thirty with a smile and go-get-em attitude. Perhaps you hail from the other camp, the folks who bury their heads in the covers, smack the snooze button with desperate gusto, and ignore the brightening of yonder horizon.
Either way, it takes practice and persistence to be a morning person. Let’s be honest, some mornings are worthy of exuberance, and some prompt us to stick our heads in the sand and slumber on. There is hope, friend. If I can conquer my sleepyhead syndrome so can you. It takes due diligence, but it’s worth it in the end.
Three Steps to Becoming A Morning Person
- Rise Early — earlier than normal; earlier than the rest of your family; maybe even before dawn’s early light.
- Hydrate — a glass of water; then a cup of coffee, tea or your favorite morning brew for clarity.
- Seek Inspiration — I prefer the Bible, a devotional and then an item of choice (poem, book or magazine)
Caution: DO NOT turn sleepy eyes to the computer first thing in the morning!
Our computers/smart phones/mobile devices have become a ball and chain around our brains. Kicking the habit is extremely hard, but the freedom is absolutely amazing.
As a habitual and recovering computer addict, I can assure you the World Wide Web will not provide the gentle awakening you seek. First, you’ll turn to Facebook and immediately become involved in someone’s drama. Then you’ll plunge head-first into the maelstrom of world news or politics, and then … your day goes downhill before it even began. Avoid the computer until you’ve accomplished the three tasks in your ‘morning person’ routine. I promise you’ll be better for it. So will the rest of your day!
Before you can realize your full ‘morning person’ potential, you have to master the art of evening preparation. You can’t succeed as a morning person if you don’t discipline yourself the night before.You know what I’m going to say, right? “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
To be a morning person you have to start the night before.
- Complete tasks and organize items for the morning rush (that may include the rest of your family)
- Review tomorrow’s deadlines and to-do lists
- Wind down and slip into a peaceful, easy feeling
“How on earth do I find ‘peaceful’ and ‘easy’?!” you ask me with panic and disgust.
Baby steps, of course — and also a slightly frantic defense mechanism. You will have to fight the urge to check in, check it out, and make one last pass through social media and your e-mail inbox. We practice nighttime routines with young children so why, as adults, do we ignore common sense? Babies need time to ‘wind down and be calm’ before falling asleep. Don’t we all! Turn off the television or close your browser at a decent hour. Again, HYDRATE. Water helps your body work while you recharge. Not interested in gulping a big glass of water before bed? Try tea — it’s magical. I’ve recently discovered Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra Tea. No kidding, I drink it nearly every night about 9:30. By 10 p.m. I can’t keep my eyes open. It’s the only thing that gets me to bed on time.
When is the last time you had eight hours of sleep? Try it — make time for it. It will rock your world! Yes, I’ve said the same thing: “Eight hours of sleep? Impossible!” And I’ll admit I don’t get eight hours every night, but I try. And trying is half the battle to succeeding.
You can become a morning person.
You can face the day with firm resolve and calm determination.
Find your Morning Person and let her [or him] rise and shine!