When beside each other, two words that I absolutely hate. They’re the definition of restless sleep, alarm clocks, quick showers and contemplating whether or not to eat breakfast in the morning. Which if you didn’t know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you skip that then you aren’t doing yourself any favour.
As much as the majority of the population dreads “early mornings”, we all have to get through them at some point in our lives.
Here are some of the things I do to make my early morning routine run as smooth as possible.
1. Get enough sleep
This one is pretty much a given, but getting enough sleep the night before is essential to stay awake for the next morning. Not only will it do that but, it’ll make waking up in the early hours so much easier.
I personally always count how many hours of sleep I’ll be getting if I go to
bed sleep at a certain time. Going to “bed” for me usually means laying in bed for 1 hour on my phone checking social medias and texting. So I have to remember to take that into consideration when I plan my night.
I usually aim for a solid 7 hours of sleep now and that usually keeps me going the whole day, without getting tired. Sometimes I do take naps in the afternoon after I’ve completed everything that I planned, because I like to “reenergize” for the evening. Even if I’m not that tired I still enjoy laying down for a bit. PLUS, if you take a nap you can stay up a little later at night!
2. Set up your breakfast the night before
Whenever I have an early morning, I always set up my breakfast table the night before. Anything that can be put out on the table the night before, I put out. The cereals, cereal bowls, plates, cutlery, glasses, etc. I have a little O.C.D when it comes to stuff like this, so that’s why I also have to have everything be placed out the same every night.
If you have the breakfast table set up the night before, it saves you a lot of time in the early morning. Might only be five minutes, but I promise you 5 minutes is a lot of time in the morning. Trust me.
Also, I just find that the morning runs stress-free when I have everything set up for breakfast. I have one less thing on my mind I have to worry about.
More about breakfast…
Eat a healthy one to wake your body up. Artificially flavoured cereals or Nutella on toast probably isn’t the best choice for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Maybe an earl grey tea with fruit, yogurt or granola? I’m not a fan of coffee so that’s why you’ll notice that I don’t have that as a tip.
3. Pick out your clothes
I know this is what your parents did for you the night before or the morning of. Then you started doing it for yourself, and the early morning got more stressful because you have no idea what you should wear, and no time either. So you then leave the house late, or in my case usually in clothes that don’t match/look good.
So, solution is to spend about 15 minutes before you go to sleep, taking a good look through all you clothes and placing them out the night before on a chair or desk in your room. Again, it’ll save you the time and stress you don’t want in the early mornings.
If you want to save a lot of time throughout the week, plan a weeks worth of outfits the Sunday night before the week starts. Take 5 hangers, put all your outfits on them and hang them back up in your closet. If you want to get real fancy, label them Monday through Friday!
I personally don’t do that because I change my mind all the time… AND the weather forecast changes too. However, if you know how the week will be and don’t change your mind often, then plan away!
4. Pack your lunch the night before
I’m noticing a night before trend starting. Seriously though, anything you can do the night before will make your early morning so much quicker. If you want, you could even use that time to sleep in later.
Pack your entire lunch the night before. It only takes a maximum of ten minutes, and like I said you can use those ten extra minutes to sleep in, in the morning. Place all the foods in your lunch bag and have it all ready to go in your backpack, or right next to your backpack. And just put anything that needs to be kept cold in the fridge over night and take it out right before you leave. But don’t forget it!
5. force yourself out of bed
If you struggle getting out of bed because you continue to hit the snooze button, keep reading.
I suggest you turn up the volume of your ringer really high and place your phone or alarm clock out of arms reach. Maybe even on the other side of room, making you have to walk a couple of steps.
This forces you to get up and out of bed to turn the clock off, which wakes up your body. You just have to force yourself not to turn off the alarm and head back to bed.
Make your favourite song your ringer on your alarm clock. It’ll be less annoying than the default Marimba ringtone that the Apple devices set.
6. Put on your favourite songs
Going along with the tip above about music: Put music on in the morning while you get ready. It’ll help you get ready faster, especially if you’re listening to songs that’ll “pump” you up. I honestly love listening to music in the shower and then I usually watch some videos while I’m eating breakfast.. if I’m alone.
I’m obsessed with Spotify premium and don’t know I survived without premium for 4 months. Usually, I listen to the Daily Mixes they make for you, because most of the time they create good playlists that have music I enjoy listening to. If you’re a student you can get half off of Spotify premium on UNiDAYS which offers tones of discounts for students. Sign up here, to get tons of discounts like me!
If you like Apple Music better then you can get a discount for it on UNiDAYS too.
7. Wash up the night before
A lot of you reading probably do this already, but if you don’t here’s a tip for you: Take your showers the night before. It’ll save you some time in the morning, which means you can sleep in a bit longer.. or take more time getting things done like hair, makeup, clothes, etc.
BUT, if you’re like me and take showers in the mornings to feel extra fresh for the day, then you should turn the water to cold for about 10-15 seconds at the end to really give yourself a wake up call. I don’t know if it’s just me, but if I’m really tired and get under hot water, I get even more sleepy and could fall right back into bed. Plus, once you get out of the shower it won’t be as cold.
Essentially, anything you can do the night before will be a big advantage to you in the mornings. You’ll either have more time to get ready or you can sleep in longer. I usually opt for the more time in the morning, because I enjoy eating breakfast slowly and watching Youtube videos while doing so. Just don’t get to caught up and end up being late.
What time do you usually get up in the morning on a school/work day? If I have to be there by 9AM, then definitely 7:30AM at the latest!