Let me start out by saying I am a social, sane and pretty optimistic individual, BUT every time that darn alarm goes off in the morning, I have the hardest time dragging myself out of bed. These winter months seem to make it especially difficult … its dark, its cold and nothing is sweeter than hitting the snooze (if even for the fifth or sixth time), rolling over and burying myself under my heavy, warm comforter.
So, what’s the problem you ask…? No children, right? … “you might as well enjoy it while you can!” While you are right and I realize I have it easy in that respect, I’ve ultimately found myself with too much to do and not enough time to do it. While cloning myself would help, it’s highly unlikely to happen in the next decade … or two. And if it did, it’s highly likely to drive my hubby up the wall. I’ve determined I need to make my days longer and the only way to do that at this point in time is to get my ass out of bed earlier.
And this I’ve tried… tried and failed morning after morning. After months of failure, I’ve finally realized I need a solid plan to initiate change. Here are some tips I’ve found, along with some of the trials and tribulations on my journey to becoming an early riser …
1. Be realistic. Don’t make drastic changes… you’ll only set yourself up for failure.
Baby steps it is! And like a big baby, I’m able to make an excuse for not getting up.
2. Go to bed with a plan and STICK with it. Don’t talk yourself out of getting up early.
That means no more “just another 10 minutes.” Unfortunately that evil, sleepy voice wins… every. single. time.
3. Go to bed early to make sure you get enough sleep.
This is a work in progress for me. Some nights are better than others. Despite my best intent, there is always something to do. By the time I realize it, it’s already “time for bed.”
4. Get Moving
One site I read recommended breathing exercises in bed upon the sound of the alarm. All this did for me was put me back to sleep. Another suggested simply putting your alarm clock across the room to force you to get up and out of bed. I hate to admit it, but this may be my next step. Ultimately, my goal is to get in the habit of working out in the morning like my counterpart, Audi. I guess I just need to find the right inspiration OR purchase a treadmill and DVR for the basement!
5. Have a good reason for getting up early… and make it part of your routine.
This could be anything from planning a yummy breakfast to creating a morning to-do list for yourself so you feel energized and productive in the mornings.
As you can tell, I’m definitely not a morning person and as my 30’s rapidly sneak up on me, I’m finding the night owl side that helped me through my college days is slowly fading away as well. In the last few weeks, I’ve had decent success by following some of the advice above. Inevitably, there are mornings where I’ve fallen back into my old habits. Here’s to hoping the warmer, brighter mornings to come in the next few months will help put a “spring” in my step out of bed.