Sunday, January 8, 2017

5 Ways To Master The Morning (Even If You're Not A Morning Person)

I am pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say that the morning alarm just totally sucks.

Why does it always seem to interrupt us when we're having a wonderful dream or all snuggled up? Ugh. Am I a morning person? That's an interesting question... I'd say that depends on the day. If we're talking about a normal work day, then the answer is absolutely not. If it's the weekend or morning of an event, then the answer is always yes. I feel like a lot of you probably share this feeling.

Regardless of whether you're a morning person or not, there are a few things you should try to do each day to make waking up a little easier. I personally love my mornings to start slow and relaxed - think drinking a cup of tea or eating breakfast on the couch while catching up on an episode I missed that week. How can this happen more?

Make Time For Breakfast

There have been times where I've skipped this step, and the result is astonishing. How do you expect to make it to lunch without a little bit of energy? PSA: Coffee does not count as breakfast. My go-to choices are always a hearty cereal or granola, scrambled eggs and toast, acai bowl or an antioxidant-packed smoothie. Opt for protein and good carbs rather than foods loaded with sugar.

Wake Up Around The Same Time Every Day

When you start your days off at all different times, it kind of throws your body out of any sort of rhythm - 5 a.m. one day and 11 a.m. the next means your body won't be able to adjust to a specific time. When I was in college, I spent my first 2-3 years with a schedule like this sometimes, and I felt it. It wasn't until my junior year that I started to wake up around the same time each day, and I was always able to get to it easier. Nowadays, I can't sleep in past 8:30 or 9 a.m. (unless I'm up VERY late the night before) and I like it that way. The chances of me oversleeping are slim to none, I have time to tackle my to-do list and keeping my schedule is much easier. 

Cross The Hard Stuff Off First

I am a to-do list FREAK. With that, I always note down little things to do and larger projects that I need to finish. Take it from someone who works off of lists for a living - cross off those big things first. Being able to knock those out and finish up the little things later usually leaves extra time for you to be able to enjoy what you want to do. Plus, is just feels so damn good to cross those bad boys off the list.

Use Your Time Wisely

The most basic tip there is... but it is so true. Got an extra half an hour? Get ahead on one of your tasks, finish up some cleaning or make a plan for later. The worst thing you can do with your time is avoid what you need to do. Or even worse, do nothing. We all want to have lazy days, but if you have this mindset all the time, your list is going to keep growing until you're overwhelmed. 

Be Active

If working out isn't built into your weekly routine, I'd say this is one huge change you need to make. Working out is a great stress reliever, energy booster and routine regulator. I honestly start to feel like absolute crap when two or three days go by and I haven't gotten to run or workout as I wanted. Now I'm not saying you have to try and workout every day like my weekly goal. But, just a little activity each week goes a long way. 


It's surprising how such little adjustments to our routines can make a world of a difference. Here's to hoping we can all kick some butt this week! 

x, B



  1. amen! my problem is that set too many alarms and snooze too many times. love the suggestion for doing the hard stuff first!
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  2. Great Tips!! I am starting off by being active and getting those endorphins going!

  3. all great stuff! I just need to get up early to get to gym!! Getting better ; ) xo, Kristi

  4. I am SO not a morning person - especially having chronic fatigue :( These are amazing tips that I really should start doing!!!

    I LOVE that sweater and your all black look. So chic!

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  5. I can't even function must in the morning, but I have been working to make sure that I have breakfast and prepare things the night before so that I have less to do and/or remember to do.

    Iesha aka Lesh

  6. I have gotten into the habit of sleeping until the little guy wakes me up. He doesn't sleep at night so I am sleep deprived. Yet, I think your advice of getting up at the same time each day might make a difference in my day. Going to give it a try this week.

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  8. Oh my gosh, I'm the actual worst at mornings. These are great tips! Thankfully I work from home or else I'd never make it to the office on time.



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