For the Early Riser Who is Not a Morning Person

Jan 5, 2017, Written by Ashley D'Aubin


Many business owners have to be up early, it’s easy to assume that they are automatic morning people. That they rise with the sun and start their day with a smile. However, this is not always the case.

Whether you are a morning person or a night owl is truly woven into the fabric of your being. The truth is that some people operate more efficiently during the morning hours, while some thrive in the evening.

For those of us who aren’t natural early risers, we don’t always get the luxury of managing our work schedules around our sleeping/waking patterns.

Depending on the type of business you own, you may have to wake up early to keep the wheels of your business turning. However, being a morning person doesn’t mean that you wake up early. Being a morning person means you enjoy waking up early. There’s a big difference there.

I, for one, am not a morning person.

I desperately want to be, though. I want to get the worm. I want to awake feeling energized and refreshed. I want to wake up with ample time to prepare for the day ahead.

It just doesn’t come naturally to me.

10 Tips to Help You Become a Morning Person

But, I figured that if I have to wake up early, why not try to enjoy the process? So, one of my 2017 New Year’s resolutions is to try become a morning person.

I recently posted a Facebook status asking my “morning person” friends their secret(s) and received some really great responses. I thought that I would share some of them with you!

  1. Wake up at the same time every day. Consistency will help your body adjust to the early morning schedule.
  2. Open your blinds or curtains right away. Letting the natural light in will automatically make you more alert.
  3. Have your coffee ready. If you are a coffee person, set your coffee maker to Auto-Brew the night before. This eliminates a morning step and gives you something to look forward to.
  4. Get active.Walk your dog around the block. Go for a run. Do some stretching and light exercise. Hit the gym. Getting active in the morning helps you to wake up and start your day off on the right foot.
  5. Go to bed early. This sounds like a no-brainer, but according to Dr. Matt Walker, head of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, your sleep quality changes as the night goes on. Walker says that when it comes to bedtime, there’s a window of hours, roughly between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., during which your brain and body have the opportunity to get all the non-REM and REM sleep needed to function optimally.
  6. Turn off your sound machine. Any device used to increase your comfort and the ease of falling asleep at night must be turned off in the morning to help wake you up.
  7. Prepare for success the night before. In order to help make your morning routine go as smoothly as possible, you may want to eliminate extra tasks such as picking your outfit or packing your lunch by doing them the night before.
  8. Eat a good breakfast.Start your day out with a healthy, high-protein breakfast, such as Greek yogurt, eggs or granola.
  9. Read “The Morning Miracle” by Hal Elrod. I have not read this book, but it is on my to-read list for this year! Several people mentioned that it changed their perspective on waking up early.
  10. Spend time with Jesus. Set the tone of your day by spending some quality time with the Lord. Whether you’re praying, listening to worship music, journaling or reading the Bible, you will feel refreshed and energized by choosing to make this a priority.

Keep in mind that these are just some suggestions. Take this list, do your own research and figure out what works best for you. Your morning routine will probably change depending on your season of life, the amount of time you have in the mornings and your personality type.

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely going to incorporate some of these into my daily routine this year.

Another one of my New Year’s resolutions is to give myself some grace. I know there will be mornings when nothing goes according to plan. I know that not every morning will be ideal. When that happens, I am choosing right now to give myself grace and remember that there’s always tomorrow and His mercies and new every morning.

Are you a natural morning person? If so, share your secrets with us!

Are you a brand-new morning person? How have you managed to conquer your alarm clock and enjoy your mornings? 

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Ashley D'Aubin

Ashley graduated from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. She began work at Crossroads full time in June 2015.

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