Mornings are hard for some of us, they are for me. I have trouble getting enough sleep and I’m just not a morning person. I’d be really happy if the day could just start at around 11 a.m.
Unfortunately the world is not set up in such a way that I can just skip mornings. That being said most of us don’t get enough sleep and it’s destroying our health. Sleep has to be a priority for our health and wellbeing.
Being productive in the morning is helpful to having a good day but ditching much needed sleep to have more time in the morning isn’t good for us. Depending on your job or if you are in school you may have to get up pretty early but there are ways to be more productive without setting the alarm clock even earlier. You may even be able to set it a bit later.
Ways to a Better Morning Without Getting Up Earlier
Have a nighttime routine.
If you have prepared well the night before you can get a little bit more much needed sleep and be less rushed when you wake up. This is key if you are more of a night person, take advantage of that and make good use of your nights.
Be a planner.
Even if like me you aren’t naturally organized and a planner you can become more of one. Research planners both paper and electronic and see what you think will work best for you. You may have to try a few ways but don’t give up. Nothing is worse than remembering last minute that you needed to have something done. If you plan ahead you will reduce a lot of stress and make your mornings more peaceful.
Have a morning routine.
If mornings are hard you don’t want to be rushing around trying to figure out what you need to do. Get in a routine so your mornings can run on autopilot.
Eat the frog.
Mark Twain said “if you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Don’t dread something all day, get it over with. It’s a good way to have a more positive outlook for your day.
Write shorter to-do lists.
You have 24 hours in your day and 7-9 of them should be spent sleeping. Don’t make a to-do list that will take you 20 hours to finish.
Make Over Your Mornings.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for what you can do to have a better morning and more productive day. I highly recommend checking out the 14-day Make Over Your Morning ecourse. You will learn more great ways to have a better morning.
Mornings still aren’t my favorite but by doing these things they are a little easier. I’m also getting to sleep a little bit more but getting more done.