How to Be a Morning Person
If we inhabited an idyllic world, we would all be morning people. The alarm clock may never have needed to be invented, and there wouldn’t have been any such thing as the all-too-familiar morning grogginess. Instead, the Internet is rife with practical suggestions on how to be a morning person.
This may not be surprising for most of us reading this article (you’re probably reading this because you’re not a morning person), but being a morning person is much, much harder than we’d like to believe. Because perhaps it is true that some of us are hardwired to be night owls. How do people like us start looking forward to the unpleasantness of the alarm clock every morning?
Let’s take a step-by-step approach to how you can be a morning person.
Why should you be a morning person?
This is the first question that you should be answering for yourself.
Here are some reasons for why you should be a morning person:
– You truly get to spend time with yourself and take things nice and slow. Mornings help you get a head start on the day. With a few hours to yourself before you’re faced with your to-do lists, you can take time to mindfully decide what you would like to do with your day.
– The virtues of being on time (whether it is for work or for a job interview) are much extolled, and for good reason. Getting an early start will ensure that you’re always on time.
– Most things function in the daytime (unless you have a BPO job). Another very big reason why you should consider being a morning person is because most places—offices, banks, and corporations— work during the daytime. Being a morning person ensures that you’re in step with the working hours of these organizations.
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How you can do it
First and foremost, make a list of the reasons why you want to be a morning person.
Will it really give you more time to do the things that you want to do?
Will it help you be on time?
Will it make you feel more productive through the rest of the day?
The key to becoming a morning person is to ask yourself how it will change your life.
Once you have your reasons in place, you’ll find that you’re embracing your mornings with a lot more conviction than dread.
Some tips to have a better morning
Set a routine:
Focus not on your bedtime but on your wake-up time. If you wake up at the same time (whatever your idea of early morning is) every day, you will naturally fall asleep at a reasonable time at night.
Wake up to light:
In addition to (or besides) an alarming tone of choice, you should let in the natural light (or otherwise—depending on how early you choose to wake up).
Eat that frog:
In his book Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy builds upon Mark Twain’s wisdom to suggest that attending to the most unpleasant and difficult task (i.e. the frog) first thing in the morning makes way for a more productive day.
Limit your screen time:
Just before bedtime and right after waking up is when we spend a fair bit of time on our various screens. Resist the urge to look at your phone, laptop or TV.
Have something to look forward to:
Whether it’s the ritual of making yourself your favourite cup of coffee or a long walk in the park, having something to look forward to in the morning is essential to waking up better.
Here’s another thing to consider:
Mornings become dreadful not only because we’re low on sleep, but also because we rarely look forward to the day that lies ahead of us. The first step to becoming a morning person is to discover your passion and do what you love.
We’re all looking to be better versions of ourselves. But with several day-to-day tasks taking up our time, we forget to look at the larger picture. MeraJob’s ‘How to Be a Better You’ is an eight-part series of self-improvement articles to help you enhance your performance at work and be successful at whatever you choose to do.
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