7 steps to becoming a morning person

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For most of us, it seems like there’s never enough time in the day.

This is especially true for those of us who enjoy our sleep and have difficulty dragging ourselves out of bed. But if you want to make more time in your day, you need to get up earlier.

So what’s a habitual snooze-presser to do?

There’s no other way around it:

You’ve got to become a morning person. Yikes!

It’s not as difficult as it sounds, though. You can, if you commit, trick your brain into thinking that early mornings are the best part of the day.

With these seven steps, you’ll forget that you ever listed sleeping in as your top goal for the weekend.

1. Let There Be Light!

Since the days of hunting and gathering, people have seen light as a signal to wake up.

It’s a biological process: As soon as your brain registers daylight, it lets the rest of your body know that it’s time to start the day.

But with blindfolds and light-blocking window shades, it has become easy to ignore the sun.

Morning people don’t try to fight the light. They embrace it willingly. Some people get up even before the dawn breaks! (I know, can you believe it?)

You, too, can use this natural biological process to help you in your journey to becoming a morning person.

As soon as you awake, turn on the lights. The light source tells your brain that it’s a new day, and therefore time to get to work.

As you wake up earlier and do this more consistently, your brain will get in the habit of automatically waking you up at a certain time.

2. Create a Schedule

Schedules can be hard, especially if you’re someone who prefers flexibility over routine. But to transition into a morning person, a schedule is essential.

Give yourself a loose morning routine at first, rather than a strict schedule. This allows for more compromise and flexibility.

But, loose procedures don’t mean that you have carte blanche to take as much time as you please. You still need to stay on track.

You can hold yourself accountable by using a time tracking app on your phone. These apps remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing and call you out on your time-wasting activities.

So, if you spend too much time lying in bed, looking at social media, the app will alert you. It’s like having an accountability partner connected to your hip!

3. Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To

When you have a busy schedule, one of the first things to fall by the wayside is your me-time. As our responsibilities start seeping into our day, it’s human nature to put ourselves…
 
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