“I am just not a morning person.”
You can say this over and over again, but unless your job or business is on the night shift, you will need to wake up at a certain hour in the morning. It’s really all a matter of attitude. Embrace the morning with these helpful tips:
Adjust the light. Light has a powerful effect on your brain. Keep your room dark at night so that you will sleep deeply. In the morning, swing open those window curtains and let the light in so that your grogginess will disappear.
Meditate before bed. Meditate or pray before bed. Think grateful thoughts for what has happened during the day, and project hopefulness for the next day. Tell yourself that you will dream pleasant dreams. Do the same in the morning for a positive day ahead.
Skip the snooze button. Situate your alam clock (or phone, for most people nowadays) farther than an arm’s length so that you woukd actually need to get up to turn it off. Staying in bed an additional five minutes may tempt you to stay in bed for an additional hour. Just get up already and start the day!
Play music. Jennifer Hudson’s “All Dressed Up in Love” or Meghan Trainir’s recent “Me Too” can get you all energized and pumped up for the day. Put a playlist together to help you prepare in the morning. If you have something important coming up for the day, say a job interview or a market pitch, gentle instrumental music will help soothe the nerves and keep you calm.
Download a podcast. Continue your education during your commute. Find a podcast that will teach you more about the industry for which you work, or about Greek mythology, or about the fundamentals of someone else’s religion… anything that will help you with your profession, or anything that simply interests you.
A few simple strategies can turn you into an early bird or at least make your initial hours happier and more productive. Enjoy the morning and start it on a positive note always.