I don’t like times that start with an “s.” The downfall is that mornings are always really rushed, and it sets a grumpy tone for the whole day.
My husband has been getting up at 6:00 to start the day out right, so I decided that since it’s a new year, I would get up at the same time so that mornings would be a little smoother. I have to admit that the days have gone a lot better, but it’s been really hard to get out of bed.
Here are my tips for the not-so-early riser to get your butt out of bed and start the day the way you want to:
- If you have someone to wake up with you, ask that person to wake you up. I even told my husband that he could tell me he wouldn’t love me anymore if I didn’t get up. He refused because he knows how I am in the mornings, and I wouldn’t see the humor in it. It is helpful to have him get up at the same time.
- Schedule your coffee pot to start brewing 5 minutes before you want to get out of bed. The smell of coffee is enticing and a great way to wake up. And it’s even better when you get to enjoy it by yourself and you don’t need to reheat it 5 million times.
- Have a routine. I start off with some prayer time/quiet time over my cup of coffee. Then I start a load of laundry, make my bed, wake my daughter, and get everyone’s breakfast ready.
- Ask a friend to hold you accountable to getting up early. It’s helpful to have someone check in and see if you’re accomplishing your goal.
- Give yourself a free pass on the weekends to stay in bed longer. That way, if it’s really brutal to get out of bed, you can count down the days until Saturday.
And if none of this works, then pick a different goal. I won’t judge. I promise.
Note: if you have a kid that doesn’t sleep/crying baby, sleep when you can. Sleep deprivation is truly torture.