Sunday, 26 July 2015

5 Tips For Becoming A Morning Person

I never used to be a morning person, I used to drag myself out of bed at the last possible second and then it'd take me a couple hours of 'quiet time' to perk up completely. But then, things changed. As soon as I made up my mind, I made five simple changes that helped me turn my morning blues into successes and I haven't looked back since. 




It all started when I read all these books and articles about how successful people were maximising their mornings, using the time when most people were still slumbering to progress things, learn things, work out, enjoy some alone time...no matter what it was, they were getting ahead whilst others were asleep. So, I decided I wanted a piece. Why should everyone else be in on this secret morning society and not me? 

It's easier said than done though, and it didn't come overnight, but being a fully fledged member of the 'morning persons society' now, I've realised that the following five things were what helped me change my morning tune. 

1. Being in bed by 11pm
Obvious I know, but crucial. Dan and many others take the piss out of me for this, making comments like 'getting early nights' or calling me 'grandma Lowe' but who cares - I'm kicking ass whilst they're in bed; I get up at 5:30am and I've run 5k and done by usual gym routine by 8am - if I'm not getting a decent nights sleep, then I'm not on top form. Plus what's really going on at the start of the week past 11pm? These night owls don't know what they're missing.

2. Preparing so there is no time for procrastination
Whether I'm getting up to go to the gym, or just to go straight to work, I get everything out the night before so that there is no pause for consideration. My outfits picked out, my lunch is made; therefore it's get up, get on, get out as fast as possible with no pause for consideration.

3. Proving people wrong
Even if its yourself, there will be some voice that says 'you'll never do it, you love bed too much', but sod them! If you wanna get up and do it, do it! Prove to them it can be done and not only will you be flying high knowing you can do what you put your mind to, but you'll also get a buzz off the fact you've proved them wrong - you can, you did and it felt awesome. 

4. Feeling like you're part of a secret society
There is a different type of person you meet in the early hours before 6am in London. There are those that are just heading home and can't help but wear the walk of shame all across their faces, the paranoid workers probably over worked and underpaid who nervously tap their feet and grunt when the tube doesn't go 'straight away' and then everyone else, a bunch of businessmen, tradesmen and gym goers who all just get on with it, nod at one another as if its a common 6am greeting and go about their business. Everyone is weary eyed and some fall asleep on your shoulder, but it's totally fine because you're all part of the early risers club and it's kinda fun to watch the world go by at this time in the morning.

5. Getting it over and done with and avoiding FOMO
The main reason I get up so early, is so that once I'm done, I'm done. I've tricked my mind into not having time to think about what I'm doing until its too late, and it's over and done with, without my missing out on a cheeky trip to the bar after work, or impromptu dinner with the girls. Getting it over and done with means there isn't an excuse to get on with the rest of my life, I don't have to hold anything back or turn down opportunities because I need to stay and finish work or get to the gym, it's already done, so heck, I can do what I like. The smugness of it all feels so.damn.good. 
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