5 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Tips & Tricks I use to get a better start to the day
onestly out of all the people that could be writing this post, the fact it is me is extremely surprising. I am possibly the worst person in the world when it comes to getting up and getting ready for the day when I’m supposed to. I certainly don’t get up and have the energy to make myself look presentable and not like a complete mess. I know i’m not the only person in the world who struggles with getting up in the morning, we all do really. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those people who can wake up at whatever time and just instantly begin their day without having to go through at least half an hour of anger and depression that it’s finally time to get out of bed… I envy you.
If you’re like me and usually spend half the time they needed to get ready in the morning, repeatedly pressing the snooze button on their alarm to grab an extra five minutes sleep…. You’ve come to the right place!
Set your alarm earlier
I’m going to start off with the tip that’s helped me the most, setting my alarm earlier. As I explained before I have a habit of lying in bed repeatedly hitting the snooze button on my alarm and doing everything possible to try and sleep during the brief time in between. If you’re like me and this is one of your bad habits, try setting your alarm about fifteen or twenty minutes earlier than when you’re supposed to be getting up. As horrifying as it sounds, this does mean that you’re going to be a lot more prepared and awake to actually get ready in time.
Get to sleep earlier
Humans naturally are supposed to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, and that’s a number which can also vary depending on age. If you’re not getting that amount of sleep every night, or even if you are, and you are struggling to get up because you’re still really tired. Get yourself to sleep earlier and hopefully getting up the next morning will become easier!
There’s two halves to this point really; Manage your caffeine intake at night to ensure you can get to sleep properly, don’t have a cup of tea or coffee late at night if you know it’s going to keep you awake. Drink a nice cup of coffee in the morning when you get up to give you that little extra boost you might need to get going for the day.
Move your alarm clock
Having your alarm clock on your bed stand is inevitability setting you up for disaster, if you’re like me the urge to hit the ‘snooze button’ is a little irresistible and that ‘extra five minutes’ turns into ‘oh no I have five minutes to get ready and leave.’ Put your alarm somewhere which will require you to actually get out of bed to turn it off. Actually getting out of the bed makes such a difference and you’re going to be much less likely to get back into bed.
Keep it up
Once you’ve gotten in the habit of getting up early and effectively, try not to let it slip (with the exception of weekends of course.) If you allow yourself to sleep in till mid-day on Saturday and Sunday, it’s going to make it more difficult for you to get up on the Monday. Try and keep yourself in a good routine as much as possible.
Do you have any tips for improving your morning routine? Is there anything you do which you feel is really paying off?
We all work and process everything much differently from each other so it would be great to hear some of your perspectives and ideas and to even try them out. Feel free to leave them in the comments or contact me on social media @jaacobblackwell
I apologise for the slow / lack of posts recently, I’ve been swarmed with college work and it’s been hard to actually get my posts formatted and uploaded (well to my fussy standard anyway.) As I said in my last post, I am going to try my best so just bare with me!