When I was a child, I hated mornings. Mostly because of school. I hated that too. So I made some sort of a promise to myself, that I will work my ass off to be able to wake up whenever I want when I’ll grow up and still make money. Meanwhile, I grew up – sort of – meaning I ended my businesses with school for good a.k.a. graduating and got a couple of jobs. But I still wasn’t a morning person. Just yet.
To become a morning person, you must have a reason to wake up in the first place.
It sounds some sort of morbid. I know. But let me explain. When I was in school (including Uni) I hated it (the whole concept of schooling), so of course, I hated to wake up and go somewhere I didn’t want to do. Realised this when I got my real first job; or a little after. I didn’t like it, it was not for me, it was not the right environment. So I really struggled waking up in the morning but also going to sleep in the evening.
So, basically I was waking up for the entire wrong reason my entire life.
I know that there are people out there who rush you to be grateful because you woke up. And I totally agree with that. That fact that you are healthy (all your limbs are in place) and you have where to leave and eat is enough to be grateful and happy. But let’s face it we won’t appreciate something until we lose it.
A quite intense experience made me realise that I was doing things wrong (a subject of a different story). I was waking up to go to work, to go to school, to finish my homework and my assignments, to get Mum to work and so on.
I was always waking up for something or someone else beside myself and my own interest. Don’t do that!. Please
The fun part is that I didn’t realise it until I got my dream job – another subject for another time. That’s when it started to happen. I started to wake up earlier and I was doing it for myself. Because I wanted to get a full breakfast and a morning routine; because I wanted to be healthy and happy.
My Dad is always waking up super early. I never understood why he did that when I was a kid. But when I grew up, I realised that was his Einstein window of the day. The Einstein window represents a couple of hours of each and one of us when we take care of the 20% of things that will bring 80% results. Like planning your day to avoid chaos, catch up on things you didn’t manage the day before without being disturbed.
The Benefits of Becoming a Morning Person
Waking up early in the morning (6 a.m. for me) is the best thing you can do to improve your productivity and health. Being a morning person also has health benefits.
1. The peace and quiet
If you ever woke up by yourself early in the morning, you probably noticed how peaceful it is. There’s no traffic, no screaming kids outside. Pretty much no sound. And it is not creepy to be surrounded by complete silence. It is the most peaceful and calming moment of the day.
I am very productive if I wake up early. That’s probably because I know I started ahead of pretty much everyone else. Working in an empty floor for a couple of hours is amazing. But coming late at the office, or even at 9 a.m. makes me feel tired and unproductive. Why? Because everyone is already there and there’s a lot of buzz and chaos.
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So use your early, quiet morning hours to take care of the most difficult tasks, for example. Or plan your day, work out or enjoy a nice and full homemade breakfast.
3. Become healthier
Larks are seen as people who work out usually. As Sarah Klein said in her article for HuffPost – “7 Things Morning People Do Differently“, a morning person is happier.
Why? Because waking up early and having enough time to plan your day, will spare you a good amount of stress. Also using those early hours to work out will show results. Switching routines is also something you can do. For example, don’t do early in the morning to the office every day, go for a jog a couple of times, or spend 30 minutes reading a book.
Routine is killing us inside, so avoid it by taking advantage of those extra hours in the morning.
From my point of view, because they have time for themselves makes the larks happier.
4. Clear mind
Planning ahead will give you a lot of peace of mind. You will know what your day should look like so you will have extra “space” on your mind to take better decisions and be more productive. I think it’s best to write down your plans throughout the day. In this way, you won’t make your mind a gathering point – everything you should keep in mind is written down and you can focus on memorising more important things.
5. No rush
Don’t you feel dizzy all day when you’ve started your day in a rush? Everything doesn’t fit right and you feel like you’re always losing the train. That is quite unlikely to happen if you wake up early enough. If you see that you’re running late you can cut something from your early morning routine, but that won’t affect your mojo too much.
I like to wake up early in the morning, but this doesn’t mean I don’t get lazy every now and then. A lazy morning is more than welcomed sometimes. You already know I’m quite a lazy person, so I do over sleep. I’m not that perfect Mary Sue who has everything in her life sorted out. Life would be boring without some chaos in it. 🙂 Anyway, my best days (in most cases, except the morning when the car broke down) regarding productivity and overall feeling are the days when I wake up early.
If you are not sure if you are a morning person or not, here’s something that might help (also it will put a smile on your face. I hope):
Related: 10 Signs You’re Not a Morning Person
But there is one thing I skipped. We talked so much about how amazing it is to wake up early in the morning, making a habit out of it and becoming a morning person, that we forgot the most important thing needed to become a morning person: enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, there is no way you’ll benefit from waking up early in the morning. That means (simple math) if you want to get up early, go to bed early enough to give you at least 7 hours of good sleep.
Arriana Huffington learnt how important enough sleep is the hard way. I’ll leave you her short TEDTalk about it.
You could say I failed the promise I made to myself about working hard to wake up whenever I want. I enjoy waking up early in the morning now. Sort of. Some days are simply not made for early mornings. How does your best morning routine look like? I’m very looking forward to
How does your best morning routine look like? I’m very looking forward to discovering new routines and hacks to make mornings even more amazing.