"You wake up in the morning, and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the magic tissue of the universe of your life. No one can take it from you. No one receives either more or less than you receive. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt. You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you."
Now whilst the above poem is very beautiful, inspiring and demonstrates exactly why we should get up and embrace each new day and passing moment, if, like me, you're not a morning person, then no matter of imaginative incitement will drag you out of bed when dawn breaks and the sun starts to rise.
I'm just not a morning person, I confess, and I probably never will be. For some reason my creativity, brain, body all seem to come alive in the evening - usually around the time when I should be going to bed, and hence a night of poor sleep usually endures. Yet whilst at times I give in to the temptation to work through the night and sleep through the day (purely because I'm lucky enough to do so working for myself) it's generally not a great routine to get into, and in reality we all need to face that early morning alarm clock and get up and make the most of our working and daily lives.
So bearing this is in mind, and if you're like me and have a profound dislike for the early morning alarm, I've gathered together a few ideas to help you trick yourself into getting up easier in the morning and prepare for the day ahead. So without further ado ...
THE RISE AND SHINE STAPLES
1. Pre-prepare for the following day. I covered this before in my Back To Work Blues post. Making sure that you prepare for the following day may seem like a chore when you're tired and just want to hit the sack, but it really does make a huge difference. Lay out the following days clothes, pack your bag, put together any notes, work required for the following day, prepare lunch, your gym bag - whatever it is that you know you're going to need and that will inevitably slow you down in the morning otherwise.
2. Go to bed when you're tired. Don't feel pressure to go to bed at the same time every night just so that you have a good 'routine.' If you go to bed before you're ready you'll just end up staring at the ceiling for hours on end feeling anxious. Of course there are times when if you have to be up particularly early then it might well pay to try and balance that by getting to bed earlier - in order to try and get the right amount of sleep. However trust your body to tell you when it's time to sleep and listen to it. The only side angle to this is that it can of course be easy to get distracted late into the night doing other things. For me it's writing blog posts and tinkering around on social media, which is great but counterproductive to a bright start the following morning. In this instance try setting your alarm to remind you when it's time to go to switch off and think about bed. Allow yourself time to wind down before getting under that duvet!
3. Make sure you're getting good quality sleep. We all know this can be easier said than done but do your best to make sure the sleep you are getting is the best and most productive. For some help in this area try reading this article from Entreprenuer.com - 10 Ways To Make This The Year You Sleep Better plus you may also enjoy some of my previous advice here - Can't Get No Sleep!
4. Lose the snooze! Set your alarm across the room. Why oh why do we all fall for the temptation to hit the snooze button time and again only to deliver us a few minutes more of poor quality, interrupted and completely inefficient sleep! I know it's hard but hitting snooze does you no favours. So remove the temptation and invest in a proper alarm clock without a snooze function - or set your alarm up somewhere across the room from you. Forcing you to wake from your slumber and get up to turn it off!
5. When you wake, don't overthink. Once you have finally stirred into consciousness it can be all too tempting to start to dwell on the day ahead of you. Allowing your potentially huge to do list overwhelm you before you've even stepped foot out of bed can be exhausting and you haven't even started yet! Don't overthink the day ahead, put your feet on the floor, lift yourself up and get on with the simpler tasks. Perhaps plan to use a new favourite shower gel or make your favourite breakfast. Something small, energising and motivational that will get you going without getting bogged down in the days forthcoming duties.
6. Drink a glass of water. Most of us get a little dehydrated during the night so a great tip is to take a minute to drink a glass of water. This helps to rehydrate and reminds the mind and body that it's time to get up and on with things.
7. Let the light shine in! Simple but effective. The sooner you face the daylight, the sooner your brain will start to get it and kick into gear. So pull back those blinds and let the light shine in - of course this can be a little tricky depending on the season and on where you are in the world!
8. Make the bed. The final insult to your brains desire to curl back up and shut out the world! Make your bed, straighten the sheets, fluff the pillows and mentally show your mind and body that the nights sleep is over and the day must begin. Once your bed is all nicely back to its tidy state you'll know that there's no creeping back into it until the night-time beckons again!
So rise and shine everyone and if you're finding it hard to face the day then give the above tips a go. I hope they come in useful plus if you have some of your own great ideas then please share them in the comments section below.
Together we can face the day and get the most out of it - no matter how much we wish to curl up and sleep some more! As the poem above says each new day is full of opportunity and life is short so let's try our best not to waste it. Plus once you master the art of getting out of bed you'll find a wealth of time and opportunity lies before you - a productive morning can bring a great sense of completeness and achievement so give it a whirl and see how you get on.
For some fun further reading you may enjoy this post by Leandra over at Man Repeller. I can certainly relate to some of this - The Thought Process of Waking Up and Going to Work!