You’ve heard the old cliché “the early bird gets the worm” for as long as you can remember and yet you consider the snooze button your best friend in the morning. She’s actually a really bad friend. You should break up with her.
Researchers believe hitting the snooze button repeatedly can make you groggier and less productive later in the day, and that frantic race out the door isn’t doing anything good for you either. Become a morning person. It may sound drastic, but it’s not impossible and is the best way to feel like you woke up on the right side of the bed all day long.
“It gives you time to get a jumpstart on the day and it dictates the tone for the rest of the day,” said Erik Cline, a certified life coach on Long Island.
Time to ditch the snooze button and get the worm.
Envision Your Perfect Morning
Cline is a firm believer that if you want something different, you have to do something different. “It’s good to make a plan, take some quiet time, think and plan out and create that morning person you want to become,” Cline said. Think about how you would like to improve your mornings, such as not feeling rushed and getting in a 30-minute jog, and plan out an itinerary.
Have a System
Get organized the night before by laying out clothes, and make your Tuesday work to-do list before you leave on Monday. Having an organized closet and cabinets helps too. Last year, Bill Corbett, Jr., president of Corbett Public Relations, Inc., who started waking up at 5am about two years ago so he could work out, organized his sock drawer by color. “I can just reach into the drawer and grab a black sock. If you know where everything is, it’s a no-brainer.” This is especially clutch when you’re in a pre-coffee fog.
“Your morning starts when you go to bed,” Corbett, Jr. said.
Though it’s going to vary person to person, Cline recommends logging at least eight hours per night and keeping cell phones and tablets away from your bed. “These things stimulate the brain, making it harder to wind down at night,” he said.
As for that NCIS episode, “That’s what DVRs are for,” Corbett, Jr. said. “We live in an on-demand society.” If you notice an article you’d like to read, like it on Twitter or email it to yourself and read it in the morning.
Annoyance-Free Wake Up Call
If your first thought when you wake up in the morning is that you’d like to hurl your iPhone across the room, that’s not a good thing. “Try to find something you don’t dislike to wake you up, a good song or sound that doesn’t remind you of a fire drill,” Cline said. He and his wife opt for the ripple iPhone sound, which they find soothing.
Make Time For Yourself, Then Your Phone
You haven’t been hurling your iPhone across the room because you need to scroll through your work e-mail, Twitter and Instagram before getting out of bed. Try using those precious few moments of your day to get in the right frame of mind. “Stretch, get that blood flowing, maybe a little bit of deep breathing, meditation, prayer, whatever you might be into that will get your mind going as well as your body…before you jump into things like work,” he said. Get tips on how to start meditating.
Have a Reason to Get Up
Giving yourself some motivation to get up can make mornings more blissful. In addition to working out, Corbett, Jr. enjoys spending some moments with his kids and having time for a good breakfast. “And I don’t have to rush,” he said.
Eat a Balanced Breakfast
Experts are mixed as to whether or not breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s still good to eat something healthy in the morning. “Eating a healthy breakfast helps jumpstart your day and gives a positive energy boost,” Cline said. He recommends something with lean protein and veggies. Pressed for time? Try a smoothie.