When booking a massage a few months ago my massage therapist, she is also a good friend, only had a morning opening. She told me to not bother to get dressed up or anything, just roll out of bed and come in. It seems most people have picked up on the fact that I’m not a morning person.
Not being a morning person would be fine if the rest of the world was set up for night owls but it’s not. Sadly, most of us night owls end up having to deal with mornings.
I’ve felt stressed and behind for the last, well year or two, maybe more? And I’m tired of it. If I want to be able to enjoy evenings with my husband I need to be done with work and housework by the time he is done with work and the gym. So the last couple of months have been all about me finding a schedule and ways to deal with mornings better.
You will find lots of articles about having better mornings out there but it seems like a lot of them come from people that are naturally morning people. And morning people may need help with there mornings as well but night owls have a special hate for mornings and we need more help! So here are some tips to make your mornings better from a night owl.
Stop Hating Your Mornings
- Go to bed at least 7-8 hours before you have to get up. This is hard for some of us but just keep at it. It gets easier overtime.
- Set up a nighttime routine. Who wants to get out of bed when they know they will be greeted by a messy house and sink full of dishes? At least pick up and wash the dishes. If you have a lot of energy at night also consider prepping your breakfast, setting out your clothes, and maybe a few other chores.
- Set aside time for yourself in the morning. My new favorite thing is to take a cup of tea outside, read Simple Abundance and spend a bit of time on myself. This may not be something you would enjoy but find something that makes you happy. It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. When you are happier and less stressed everyone around you will benefit.
- Do the hardest thing first. I hate talking on the phone so when I have phone calls I try to make them first thing in the morning. If you have something you are dreading, get it over with. It will relieve some stress and make you feel like you have already accomplished a lot.
- Write shorter to-do lists. We only have 24 hours in a day and 7-9 of them should be spent sleeping. Putting 50 things on your list is setting yourself up for failure. If you need to, put times next to each item to make sure they don’t add up to more time than you have. Consider making a running to-do list with non-time sensitive things. DON’T look at it unless you end up with some extra time after doing the time sensitive things on your list. Your family does need clean clothes but they will survive just fine without you painting the living.
- Take the Make Over Your Morning course. This has been key to making my mornings better. I didn’t think it would make a huge difference but I had heard so many people raving about it. When I saw you could try out day one for free I knew I had nothing to lose. The moment I finished day one I bought the whole course. Try out the free day and see if it’s the right fit for you. And don’t worry the course is not about waking up early! *scroll down to the bottom of the page to get the free day* You can also check out my homemaker morning routine for ideas on making your own.
These are the things I’ve been finding helpful. I’m still on this journey of not hating mornings but I’ve made a lot of progress. I’m getting so much more done and it’s really helping my stress levels.
I’d love to hear what you do to make your mornings better. And are you a night owl or morning person?