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As a life-long night owl, there's nothing I love more than easing into the day... I just don't get how people can leap out of bed each morning like it ain't no thang (*ahem* Mr. AiF), but if I'm being completely honest, I so wish I were one of them. Most mornings I can barely hear my alarm go off, let alone get up without hitting snooze 13 times, so to say that I have a ways to go before I actually enjoy early mornings is a bit of an understatement. Now don't get me wrong, I'm usually at my computer by 8am most days, but I want to be one of those 6am go-getters who have the whole day ahead of them... now that's a group of people who have their shizzz together. By some miracle, I actually forced myself to get up at 5:30am yesterday (mainly to make up for the fact that I didn't roll out of bed until 10am the day before), and I couldn't believe how much I got done in addition to reading, enjoying coffee and catching up on my favourite blogs — what the what?! I felt super productive, but I know that elusive 5:30am wake-up will be sporadic at best... how can I sustain that sweet, sweet earlybird lifestyle? Clearly I need help.
So instead of sleeping through alarms and feeling perpetually behind, I'm vowing to get up, get dressed (booties and all) and get moving by 6am each morning. Can it be done? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Luckily for me, the Internet is currently aflutter with tips for becoming a morning person, and I for one plan on benefitting from all that free advice... like mama always says, never look a gift horse in the mouth. Here's my plan:
1. STOP BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL
It's so basic, but getting to bed at a decent time each night will be the biggest challenge for this night owl. But taking some screen-free time to unwind before bed each night will hopefully help me get to sleep faster (I usually think about my to-do list, then stress rather than sleep), and hopefully, wake up earlier... baby steps!
2. ENFORCE OFFICE HOURS
To my first point, if I can somehow establish strict(ish) work hours, hopefully I can do more within that timeframe and give myself a chance to actually get to bed earlier each night. I honestly think my problem is more that I stress myself into insomnia than anything else, so hopefully by injecting a little balance back into my life, I can get the rest I need to hit the ground running each morning.
3. PLAN AHEAD
To make life as easy as possible, I plan on prepping coffee the night before, setting out clothing, basically whatever it takes to get me moving faster come 6am... hey man, waking up is hard to do.
4. REWARD MYSELF
I think the real appeal of the early-morning rise for me is the extra time it affords me to ease into the day. As a reward for beating the odds and getting my butt out of bed nice and early, I plan on giving myself some time to read and relax before getting down to business... otherwise I may as well be sleeping, right? (Totally wrong, but humour me here guys).
Thanks for reading friends, and let's hope this whole morning-person business sticks — 2016 is our year! And if not, hey, what's one more snooze past the alarm? Uh oh, I think I'm already in trouble... xx
Photos by Team AiF
Photos by Team AiF