Monday, November 27, 2017

How to Become a Morning __________ Person

A few months ago I felt really deprived of time. I was trying to figure out how to make time to do all the things necessary to keep up with a healthier and more productive lifestyle. I felt like I didn't have the capacity for an-y-thing. So I decided I need to make changes to my daily routine. I evaluated what I could change and what I could not. It was after that that I discovered it'd be beneficial for me to become a morning person! I was trying to cram grocery shopping, meal prep, working out, keeping up with my shows, talking to loved ones, and other activities all after work. Not to mention I have a commute that's between an hour and hour and a half. Something had to give. So I decided to to try working out in the morning before I go to work. I knew it would be a challenge because I really like sleep. But my goals had become a little more important to me than sleeping later because I could. Now you can use the morning to do whatever you want, hence the space in the title. I chose to use that time to workout. Here are the steps I took to do it.


I know I function much better as a human when I get 7-8 hours of sleep per night (6 hours is possible but it's not the best for me). So knowing I still needed to get that much sleep I decided to move my bedtime up. I had to sacrifice staying up to watch my shows on the nights they first aired and any other unnecessary things and start going to sleep earlier than I was at the time. You will have ZERO desire to get up if you are tired. There's a difference between just wanting to sleep and being tired. So set yourself up for success by making sure you go to bed the night before. Catch up on your shows on a Friday night or over the weekend. Personally I multitask at the gym and watch my shows LOL


It's not very comfortable getting up super early when your already not that type of person. So don't feel like you need to jump out the gate and get up two hours earlier than you normally do on your first try. I suggest working in 30 minute increments. Start the first two days off waking up 30 minutes earlier than you already do. Everyday going forward get up 30 minutes earlier than the next until you reach goal waking hour.


Consistency is key. You must be consistent if you want to build a habit. If you're going back and forth on your time it will be uncomfortable and non-habit forming. Worst of all, you just might be more tired than you were to begin with! So keep it up, you'll never know how you do until you try.


Remembering your "why" is what's going to get you out of the bed in the morning and help you combat all the excuses. In the morning after I perform my built in snooze time (yes I snooze, no I'm not perfect lol) I go ahead and get up because I know getting up is helping me towards gain traction towards my why. Your why may be because you need to get to the gym before the day starts or you'll never make it. Your why may be because you need some alone time before you deal with the kids and your mate. Your why may be because you just want to beat rush hour traffic. Your why may even just be because you want to be a morning person. It doesn't matter, just remember your why!

I am not a doctor and none of this is backed by medical or professional studies. This is purely what I've done myself to become a morning person, take my advice at your own risk. But I believe it's great advice! Try it out! I'd love your feedback, comment on how this works for you! Let me know your why!

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