I’ll be the first person in the world to admit that I am not a morning person. It’s been a struggle my entire life. Right up until the time I graduated high school, my mom would practically have to drag me out of bed in the morning. In college I learned after my freshman year not to schedule classes at 8 am, because I would frequently talk myself into sleeping through them. Even now, it’s embarrassingly difficult for me to get up in the morning. And I have a real job to get to! More often than not I turn my alarm off without even really waking up, then wake up 15 minutes to Dave’s alarm (or Dave telling me to get up). Plus I have a terrible habit of laying back down after I’ve started getting ready, which makes me late as well. I’m constantly trying to improve my morning routine with minor (or major changes). Here are some changes I’ve made (and that others can make!) for how to make mornings easier for you too!
Get enough sleep.
This one seems so obvious, but I guarantee a lot of you aren’t doing it! I know how difficult it can be to go to bed at a decent hour. You’re binge-watching an awesome show on Netflix and you keep telling yourself that you’re just going to watch one more. Or you’re working on an awesome new project that you can’t seem to put down (I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning when I was redesigning my blog, because I was just so excited working on it!). But it’s important to fight those urges! Sleep is so important and I guarantee morning won’t be quite as painful if you get a healthy amount of sleep. I’ve learned that I need at least 7.5 hours to function normally the next morning.
Move the alarm clock.
If you’re anything like me, you hit snooze too many times to count in the morning. Well, don’t give yourself that option! There are a few things you can do. I shut off the snooze option on my alarms. So when I go to swipe, I know that I’m actually turning the alarm off. Often times this means I wake up way too late because I turn off the alarm and go back to sleep, but that’s a different story. A better option would be to move your alarm clock. Make it so you have to get out of bed to hit that alarm. Chances are once you’re up, you’re more likely to stay that way.
Establish a routine.
Dave and I have a morning routine that we usually stick to. I wake up around 6:40 to take a shower. At 7 Dave wakes up and we eat breakfast together. We take our time and watch the news. By 7:20-7:30, we get up to finish getting ready. This is when I style my hair, get dressed, do my makeup, etc. Having the routine helps, especially when we do it together. I know if I wake up late for my shower, Dave will be waiting on me to eat breakfast. It won’t just throw my schedule off, but his too. Plus we enjoy eating breakfast together, and we’d miss that if we didn’t force ourselves out of bed on time.
Pick out your clothes the night before.
Getting dressed is 10000000x easier for Dave in the morning. He basically wears the same polo in a different color everyday. Basically he takes 1.5 seconds to grab some clothes and he’s good to go. It’s way more work for me! I always think about what the weather is like, what I’ve got going on that day (am I the only one who saves my favorite outfits for days I’ll be seeing a lot of people?), etc. There’s always indecisiveness. It’s so much easier if I pick out an outfit the night before and it’s just waiting for me in the morning.
Pack a lunch the night before.
This isn’t just for efficiency purposes, but financial purposes as well. I don’t have time to make lunch built into my morning routine. If I were to make lunch in the morning, it would throw off my schedule and make me late. But what’s more likely is that if we don’t have lunch prepared already, we’ll just go out to lunch. We’re trying to save for a house, so every dollar saved makes a difference. I would rather limit the money we spend on lunches. When we cook, we almost always have leftovers, For when we don’t, we do keep some food in the house to throw together for lunch (but do it the night before).
Are you a morning person? What are your tips for a seamless morning?
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