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10 Morning Hacks for the Non-Morning Person

I didn’t get the nickname “Little Bear” in college for no reason. In the morning it takes me about 1 hour, 1 cup of coffee, 1 giant plate of breakfast, and a whole lot of self-encouragement to start feeling like a human. In fact, I love my mother, but my biggest complaint about her parenting was that she talked to me in the morning- the horror!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of being a morning person, and I actually find myself enjoying the quiet mornings to myself if I have a day off. It’s the pressure of having a schedule to keep that causes me to roll out of bed with my hair a mess and grunt to myself as I struggle to don my big girl garb and start the day. There just never seems to be enough time in the morning, and no matter how hard I try, I still find myself consistently running 5 minutes late. One might think that I could simply wake up earlier, but your girl loves her sleep. Therefore, I can offer these helpful tips that might help- excuse my French- unfuck your morning as well as they did mine.

  1. Pick out your clothes.
    • I tend to take this tip to the extreme. Every week as I am putting away my laundry, I put together my outfits for the entire week (or more if I’m feeling extra adventurous). This way, I can just pull something ready-to-wear from my closet. I’m not suggesting that anyone take things to that extreme, but it is a huge time saver to have an outfit prepared. I also notice that I always feel better if I’m wearing something I like, and I rarely create an outfit I like if I save the task for the busy morning.
  2. Prep your lunch.
    • I like to make this part of my nightly routine. Before I go to sleep, I’ll my lunchbox together, so I can just grab it out of the refrigerator before I leave in the morning. Not only does this save time in the morning, but it also gives me time to make sure I’m packing a healthy and well balanced lunch.
  3. Have a routine.
    • Part of making the morning easier is not thinking-just doing. Having a good routine in place can save time, increase productivity, and increase a sense of accomplishment. For those like me who used to forget her lunch, office keys, etc. at least once a week, it can help to ensure you’re not skipping over any important morning tasks.
    • There is truly not much to say here that I haven’t said already. If you want to catch up on my reasons behind religiously adopting this hack, you can read all about it here!
  5. Stretch in bed.
    • The hardest part of the morning for me is peeling myself away from my cuddly cat/sleeping buddy and unraveling my cozy blanket burrito. After doing research on stretches that can be done in bed, I found that not only did this satisfy my desire to stay in bed longer, but it helped my body feel more awake and motivated to get my morning routine going strong.
  6. Make your bed.
    • It may seem small, but making your bed can set the mood for the entire day. Starting off with completing a task can lead to a sense of accomplishment that can only snowball into a bigger form of motivation. Coming home to a tidy area can also decrease any residual stress from the work day.
  7. Save scrolling for later.
    • Anyone who has read my previous posts already know my view of social media and cell phones- if you allow it, your electronic device can be a giant waste of time. So, save the scrolling for later and minimize anything that might distract you from a productive morning. The memes will still be there after you’re all dressed and ready to start the day with, hopefully, time to spare.
  8. Look forward to food.
    • Okay, this one might me more tailored to me, but it works. I find it way easier to crawl out of bed if I know I’ve planned a breakfast I can look forward to. (Even better, I’ll meal prep it, so I can go straight to the rewarding part).
  9. Make your morning more enjoyable.
    • It may seem like common sense, but it’s easy to lose ourselves in the rush of getting ready for the day. We can’t forget about our needs. Whether it’s yoga, a morning walk, or reading a chapter, take a little bit of time and engage in an activity that will make your morning feel like yours! It doesn’t even have to be the same activity each day.
  10. Listen to music.
    • I. Love. Music. In my 28 years of existence, nothing has been able to captivate me as much as music. It has been, and probably always will be, a huge part of my life (but that’s a post for a different day). For me, and maybe for some of you also, there’s no better way to wake up the body than to start by waking up the soul.

Although weekday mornings are a struggle, I am really focusing on making them effective and productive. It simply makes me happier and more energetic when I feel good about my mornings. I am always trying to make Rise and Shine Time easier and less hectic, and I always love to hear feedback and start a conversation. What are some of your go-to morning hacks?

17 thoughts on “10 Morning Hacks for the Non-Morning Person

  1. Some of these I use, the only difference is rather than have my garments together in the wardrobe to just pull out, I have mine instead out on the chair ready the night before, for the morning.

    1. Awesome! I have a big hanger (itโ€™s supposed to hang multiple pairs of pants), and I drape outfits over each bar. It has helped me so much!

      1. They are good types of hangers.

  2. Some of this stuff I do already, but seeing it from another perspective, it makes sense.

  3. Is depression a “caught and taught” behavior or are some born depress while others are not?

    1. There are a variety of different reasons that depression might occur. It can be genetic/chemical, or stem from trauma, life changes, stress. The answer surely isnโ€™t simple, but youโ€™ve inspired me to do a longer post on this question!

  4. Not sure if I will ever like mornings but good ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am nominating you for the Sunshine Blogger Award in my post Tuesday August 27 no obligation but gives you some promo ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. โค๏ธ you made my day!! ๐ŸŒž

      1. Happy to ๐Ÿค—

  5. I totally agree I always feel like itโ€™s a good day when I make my bed in the morning!

  6. Picking out my clothes helps me a lot. I come home for lunch so I don’t always know what I am having the night before. I like your reasoning for making your bed. I just do it to keep the cats off the sheets. ๐Ÿ™‚ My cats help motivate me out of bed. I get up before I really need to just to visit with them.

  7. I am a night owl by nature, but ha e learned to adapt to mornings by accepting that it is not my favorite time. I have used many of your tips – lately the stretching has been very helpful! I also give myself permission to feel grumpy and disgruntled when I really feel it. It usually only lasts through my first coffee and then I can appreciate the morning without feeling fake.

  8. Iโ€™m 41 and am never ever (ever) gonna be a morning person. But I endorse your tips. ๐Ÿ˜ Sticking to a routine and staying ridiculously organized are essential for me to get out of the house before noon.

  9. Kel, well said. As an old fart, one of mine is the night before, try to go to bed at roughly the same time. I have not used an alarm clock for years as I wake up around the same time as a result. The morning routine is key as well. Thanks, Keith

  10. These are great tips, can’t wait to give them a try and see what sticks!

  11. Thank you for the reminders… 30 year old night owl over here, have constantly been trying to improve my.morning game x

  12. These are really helpful tips, I particularly liked the one about doing something you find enjoyable, as you’re right, it is too easy to get swept up in the rush. This morning I paused to read a chapter of a book I’m enjoying and I did feel less stressed afterwards x

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