Do you hate mornings? Want to learn how to become a morning person or at least hate mornings a lot less? These tips and tricks can help. Plus you can get a free morning routine checklist!
When booking a massage one time my massage therapist, who 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 I set out to learn how to become a morning person.
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 their 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.
How to Become a Morning Person
Go to Bed Earlier
You should try to 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 over time.
Doing some things that help you relax can make it easier to fall asleep. Some activities that you may want to try out before bed include-
- Reading a book.
- Listening to soft music.
- Listening to a relaxing audiobook.
- Working on a puzzle.
- Take a warm bath or shower.
These activities can really help you feel more calm and ready for bed. It may still take time to adjust to going to bed earlier but they can help.
Have an Evening Routine
Setting up an evening routine can really help make the mornings easier. 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.
You should also add some of the relaxing activities from above to your evening routine to help you relax and feel ready for bed.
Make Time for Self-Care in the Morning
Set aside time for yourself in the morning. I like to start my day with journaling and yoga. These things are calming and set me up for a good day. I also like to sip a cup of tea while watching something on YouTube.
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 used to think I should work out in the afternoon since I didn’t enjoy mornings but that often led to me not working out at all because I’d be tired and just put it off more.
Now I get it out of the way in the morning. This also means if I don’t do much the rest of the day I still got one of the biggest tasks off of my list and can feel good about that.
I also like to look over my to-do list for the day and knock out the things I don’t want to do. For me, phone calls are one of these things. 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. This is called time-blocking and is a great method for some. Others like to have the rule of only having a set number of things on their to-do lists. People with ADHD may find only one task is best to make sure they actually finish that task. Find what works for you.
And 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 room. (Note to self: no one sees your cleaning supply cabinet, it does not need to be organized before you finish the big pile of laundry!)
Give Your Morning a Makeover
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. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will see a link to get the free day.
Create a Morning Routine
Once you finish the above steps you will want to create a morning routine. This can be something very structured or more flexible. You have to find what works well for you.
You can also check out my homemaker morning routine for ideas on making your own. And be sure to use the morning routine checklist below to make it even easier.
Morning Routine Checklist
Creating a morning routine checklist is a great way to stick to your routine and create good habits for having a better morning. You can create your own morning routine checklist with this free printable.
Simply sign up below and the morning routine checklist will be sent to your inbox so you can start using it right away. Just fill out the things you want to do each morning and start using the checklist.
Need accountability? Join the Retro Housewife Goes Green Community and check-in each morning with your to-do list and routine. It’s 100% free and private.