For as long as I can remember, I have been a morning person. I drag myself out of bed even if I am tired because I can’t stand the thought of wasting my morning. At least that what it feels like to me…wasting. For some people, sleeping is a great use of their morning. It differs for everyone. Not only are mornings great because of the beautiful sunrises, but also because there are so many things that can be accomplished before the busy day begins.
Though no morning is exactly alike, I try to keep some consistency to my mornings. When I was in high school, classes were scheduled pretty early, so my mornings weren’t as flexible as college or post-college life. Therefore, I would spend my afternoons doing the majority of my hobbies, activities, and school work. Once I went to college and had more schedule flexibility, I was able to either choose classes early in the morning or spend my morning however I desired. I find that my mind is clearer in the morning and I have more energy overall.
Nowadays, my mornings look a little something like this:
6:30am: Rise and shine!
6:45am: Catch up on overnight news, blog posts, promote my own blog posts, and read through emails.
7:15am: Eat breakfast. I love mornings because I love breakfast. Put any type of breakfast food in front of me and I’ll eat it.
8:00am: Start or finish a project (for school or work). My focus is sharper when the world is quiet and people are still sleeping so I try to do my more challenging tasks during this time.
9:30am: By this time, it almost feels like the afternoon. I’ll switch gears and work on another task, take a little tea break, and check my social media channels.
Want to improve your mornings? If you don’t do these already, try them:
1. Eat breakfast. When you wake up, you haven’t eaten for 8-10 hours. Eating will give you the energy you need to power through the first half of your day.
2. Tackle your most difficult task or top priority. Again with the focus and the quiet environment. Take advantage of the silence when your roommate or family are sound asleep.
3. Personal time. In addition to accomplishing a task, take some time for yourself. The rest of your day will be spent studying, in class, or working, so you might as well do something to boost your positivity. This could mean going for a run, practicing yoga, reading, or skimming new blog posts.
In 2012, author Laura Vanderkam wrote a book called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but the book provides steps on how to be more productive in the morning. By making little changes here and there, she shows us that we can change our overall behavior, better utilize our mornings, and further enrich our lives. Even if you are already a morning person, there might still be some interesting points that you can implement into your daily routine.
Are you a morning person? What is your morning ritual?