Typically people distinguish themselves as either a morning person or night person as if it is something etched in stone. Many people can switch from being a night owl to become a morning person.
I noticed recently that I was unhappy with my productivity. My productivity was by no means horrible, but I knew there was room for improvement.
During my last quarterly review, I decided it was time to start waking up earlier. I knew if I could get my quiet time and workout done before going to work I would be more consistent. There was one little issue; I needed to get up before 5:30. Now you may be a morning person, and that may sound like a breeze, but that was not the case for me.
Set yourself up for success, and make it is easier to wake up in the morning by following a few key things.
Before you go to bed:
1. Wind-down time. A few hours before you go to bed, give yourself some wind-down time. It is helpful for me if I eliminate technology for an hour or two before bed.
2. Set out your clothes out the night before. If I am going to the gym the next morning, I set my gym clothes out the night before. If you are married, and your spouse is still sleeping, they will appreciate less noise in the morning.
3. Get to bed earlier. If you keep doing the same thing, you are going to get the same results. You will still need 7-8 hours of sleep, so plan accordingly based on the time you want to get up.
4. Place your alarm away from you. If you put your alarm next to your bed, you are more likely to use the snooze option. Instead of setting yourself up for failure; place your alarm somewhere out of reach so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Once you are up:
1. Drink a glass of water. After sleeping for 6-8 hours, your body needs to be hydrated. Drink sixteen ounces of chilled water when you get up. It boosts your metabolism by almost 25 percent.
2. Turn on some lights. Darkness cues your body that it is time to shut down, while light tells your body it’s time to wake up. I get up before the sunrises, so I turn on the bright lights in the living room. If you wake up after sunrise, step outside for a few minutes.
3. Get moving. I start my day off with my quiet time with God. If I start the day off by laying down while praying, I will go back to sleep. So I start the time off on my feet listening to worship music.
For you, it may be something different, but get your body going – stretch, go to the gym, or on a walk first thing in the morning.
I can’t tell you the extent that becoming a morning person has been a game changer for my life and level of productivity. You can have these same results, with a little discipline.