You guys, I’m a morning person now! Me, the person that you literally had to pull out of bed every morning to get up. Well ok, let me rephrase that. It’s still hard to wake up but now I actually look forward to it.
Let me give you a little backstory on my morning dilemma. Ever since I was little and all through my teenage years and into my adulthood, it has been incredibly difficult for me to get up and out of bed in the mornings. Obviously when I stayed up late it was even harder, but even when I would sleep early and get a full 8 hours or more I could still not get my butt up on time. I always thought that I was just lazy and lacked discipline to wake up early but I’m really not lazy or undisciplined at all. I think I work hard and I just couldn’t understand why every night I would say I am going to wake up at 7am and just couldn’t in the morning. My roommates can testify that all through college I would wake up maybe 30 minutes before I actually had to be in class and just waltz right in at 8:01am.
Every year my new year’s resolution included, “Wake up an hour earlier” and I never actually went through with it. Finally last year I was really craving a good solid morning routine instead of cramming my devotional or my Bible reading in the evenings etc. I wanted to wake up calmly instead of rushed, have prayer and reading time first thing in the morning rather than an after thought at the end of the day. I also heard great things about working out in the morning rather than at night and I was a little hesitant on this because I loved a good work out after a tough work day to wind down for the night. Most importantly I wanted to become a morning person, whatever that meant.
When I was trying to figure out a good time for me to wake up I kept thinking 6:30am. I go in to work at 9am and I thought 6:30am would give me plenty of time to wake up, read and pray, work out, eat breakfast and do whatever other things morning people do in the mornings. After all 6:30am was the crack of dawn compared to when I was waking up (which was 8am!!).
Raymond and I both agreed on this goal to wake up earlier and have a morning routine and spend more time together at the beginning of the day. So we both listened to the the Audiobook The Miracle Morning: The Not-So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (before 8am) by Hal Elrod to help us come up with a plan and a schedule.
We ended up LOVING the book and 100% recommend it if you’re wanting to wake up earlier, be more productive, and have more time in the day for what you want to get done. Basically, the book teaches you that waking up early and having a morning routine can change your life! Most successful people wake up early and have a solid daily morning routine that sets them up for the entire day. It teaches you to start waking up at 5am cold turkey. I was so concerned about this, for obvious reasons. I was think, “Geez I can barely get up at 8 how in the world am I going to wake up at 5am!”.
I highly recommend the book. It’s short and super interesting. He talks about creating habits and how to do that with waking up in the mornings. He says that you have to give yourself 30 days of waking up at 5am, and then you will not want go back. Raymond and I gave it a shot back in September and it’s now February and we have been waking up at 5am ever since! If we ever sleep past 5am we feel completely discombobulated throughout the day. If we have a bad day it’s almost always a day when we did not have our morning routine. Crazy right?
The first week was surprisingly easy because it was more of a fun experiment we were trying out and as the days passed something crazy happened. Every night before going to sleep we both looked forward to waking up and having our routine in the morning! I was shocked because I always, all my life, dreaded waking up early the night before. I am a huge believer in sleep. I think sleep is the best thing on earth, so now that we wake up early we are both asleep by 9pm and try our best to get 8+ hours of sleep a night. Let me share with you what helped me wake up early and what turned me into a morning person.
Tips for Waking Up Early
- Set your alarm across the room – Do not set your phone on your nightstand where it’s easy to hit the snooze button.
- Turn on the light when you get up to stop your alarm – This one totally works. It’s a little rude but it wakes you up fast.
- Sleep earlier – You are setting yourself up for failure if you go to sleep at 1am and plan on getting up at 5am.
- Get out of your bedroom – It is way too tempting crawl back in bed when you are in your bedroom so move to the living room or to the dining table.
- Put on a sweater or robe when you wake up – I found that when I was cold in the mornings it was so much harder to get up. So now I grab a cozy sweater right away until I warm up.
- Do not rationalize with yourself – Just get up. Don’t think about it. If you need to, count down from 5 and get up on 1.
- Have a good reason to get up – This is by far the number one thing needed to be able to get up. You need something motivating to get you out of bed. Maybe it’s reading a book you’ve been wanting to read or get your work out done before your kids wake up or work on that project you just haven’t had any time for. Find a reason to get up early.
My Morning Routine
4:55am: Alarm goes off.
4:55-5:10am: Get up, let the dogs out, drink 12oz of water, make coffee.
5:10-6:10am: Listen to worship music, pray, read devotional for the day, read 3 chapters of the Bible.
6:10-6:20am: Plan my day and look at my calendar.
6:20-6:40am: Change and go to the gym or set up my area for an at home work out.
6:40-7:30am: Work out. Usually a run of 2-4 miles or a 45 minute HITT work out. See my work out routine here. On days that I don’t work out I work on the blog during this time slot.
7:30-8:10am: Feed the dogs, shower and get ready for the day.
8:10-8:25am: Make breakfast, pack lunch, and leave for work.
I love my morning routine! I have 4 hours a day before work to do all of this and start the day with intention, gratitude and peace. It has made me so much more productive and alert throughout the day. When I get home I have nothing to do but eat dinner and relax before bed. I am in bed by 9pm and asleep by 9:30pm every night. It has made a huge difference in my life.
In the book, the author recommends waking up at the same time everyday of the week even on the weekends or on off days. We give ourselves a break and wake up at 7am on the weekends since we normally go out and stay up later. On off days we lounge around, start the day slow, and then get started on the same routine.
I made this guide for you to save so you can start a morning routine. I promise after 30 days you will feel amazing. This is what I started with until it just became a habit. Feel free to use it for yourself and share it with your friends!
Thanks so much for reading today gals and let me know if you have a morning routine you love or if you’re going to give it a shot!