Morningness is a term used to describe the characteristic of being most active and alert in the morning. In colloquial terms, we would call a person who fits this characteristics a ‘Morning Person’. It has been reported that morningness correlates positively with agreeableness and conscientiousness. Consientoiusness is defined as the tendency to be organized and dependable, show self-discipline, act dutifully, aim for achievement, and prefer planned rather than spontaneous behaviour. All of this is to say that developing a good morning routine is a good and important habit to build. While we may not all be blessed with morningness, it is still possible for us to develop a productive morning routine.
Want to develop a productive morning routine? Read on:
- Get More Sleep
Duh??? Lets start by stating the obvious. If you want to be a morning person and get your day started right, the first thing to do is to get more sleep. Jeff Sanders, a productivity coach and author of The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast states that “the most effective way to wake up early is to go to bed early”.
I am sure you can agree that this point is much easier said than done. Who has time to go to bed early when you have a checklist full of things to do and half of them have not been completed?
Simply stated, you have to set a time for yourself to go to sleep. There is no way to get around that. If you want 8 hours of sleep and you know that you have to wake up at 6am to have a productive morning routine, set an alarm to remind you to go to sleep at 9 pm. Stop everything that you are working on, say goodbye to your daily to-do list and turn off all electronics. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour to do your night time routine.
If you are interested in learning how to get more done each day without breaking a sweat, you can read more on this previous post.
2. Stop Hitting Snooze
One survey found that more than half of us do just that every morning. That extra 10 or 20 minutes of sleep will only leave you feeling groggier than ever. You quality and quantity of sleep that you get in that time is simply not restorative. You are simply biding time and not taking advantage of the time you have in the morning to be productive.
3. Wake Up To Natural Sunlight
Natural sunlight is natures way of telling your body that it is time to wake up. Listen to these sweet cues from nature and use them to propel you to start your day.
4. Wake up To A Soothing Sound
Contrary to popular belief, having loud alarm tones does mean that you wake up faster. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Do you really want to start your day startled and frustrated by the loud beeping?
I like to add a bible verse to my alarm. It reminds me to start the day with a spirit of gratitude. You can also add an inspirational quote or wake up to some motivational music.
5. Move your alarm clock
For most of us, our alarm clocks are our phone, so this may be not as practical, but worth trying anyway. If you have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm, you are more likely to stay awake.
6. Do something positive and productive first thing in the morning
A few months ago, I shared on social media how one simple habit of reading my bible first thing in the morning has helped my morning routine. That small changed has allowed me to start my day on the right foot and I find that I am not rushing to leave the house each morning. It really helps to set the tone for the rest of my day. What is that one thing that you can do? It may be a workout, a devotional or a mediation session. It could also be as simple as making a hot cup of coffee.
7. Create a routine
The best way to have a productive morning routine is to develop a routine. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. The more you do this, the more your body gets used to it and the easier it becomes to wakeup to a productive morning routine.
Do you have trouble waking up early or setting a morning routine that actually works? Hope you found these tips useful. If you have other tips, leave a comment and let us know. Big or small, we would love to know what works for you 🙂
Until Next Time,