Becoming a morning person requires more work than setting your alarm for 5:00 A.M. and hoping for the best. People who've decided to make the most of their mornings not only have a routine for when they wake up but before they go to bed as well. By making small sacrifices you can be on your way to becoming a morning a person and squeezing the most out of your day to be more productive.
When I started my marketing agency in 2012, I was anything but a morning person. It wouldn't be uncommon for me to stay up until 2:00 A.M. binge-watching whatever television series I was addicted to at the time. I'd then wake up tired around 8:30, and mosey to the office at my own speed.
I was constantly drained.
And I was systematically allowing it to happen. I used to think people who got up early were crazy and that I'd never be able to do it based on my energy levels throughout the day. I was half-right, my morning would never be productive unless I was setting them up to be.
That set up started the night before.
1. Remove your TV from the bedroom
You need to reverse engineer your spaces to best fit your desired outcome for spaces. For me, my bedroom was a place to sleep not watch television. Remove your television and minimize your phone time before bed. Charge your phone away from your bed so you're not able to pointlessly browse for 30-minutes before going to sleep.
2. Put out your gym clothes or outfit before you go to bed.
This is a two-minute exercise that will save you energy in the morning. Some successful people wear the same thing every day to save their decision making power for more important decisions in the day.
By putting out your clothing the night before you save energy the next day. If you exercise in the mornings it will be tough to skip out on a workout when your gym clothes and trainers are sitting at the foot of your bed when you wake up.
3. Set an alarm to go to sleep
If you have an alarm to wake you up why wouldn't you have one to tell you to go to bed? Getting consistent sleep is one the major parts of having an effective morning.
Set an alarm to go off 30 minutes before you'd like to be asleep. This will be what signals you to get ready for bed.
4. Settle any unresolved issues
You will want to start your morning off stress-free with the ability to get right into your routine. If you have issues outstanding from the previous evening, not only will they have your mind racing before you go to sleep but you'll also wake up stressed out.
It's better to spend whatever time is needed to resolve any issues you can before you go to bed. This will help your focus as you get into your morning routine.