How I Became a Morning Person

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My morning productivity trio: my planner, to-do list, and cup of coffee. Photo by McKenzie Floyd.

It’s safe to say that I’m a minority on my college campus – and not for any of the reasons that you’d think. It’s because I’m a morning person.

It’s a rarity on a college campus, but I love that it gives me time to myself before the rest of the world is awake. I use the time to have a relaxing cup of coffee, hit the gym, or get some work done ahead of time to free up my afternoon. I now depend on this time to center myself.

However, I haven’t always been a morning person…it isn’t easy to become a morning person on a college campus where late nights and late starts to the day are the norm. I’ve found that it is essential to my happiness and wellbeing, so it has become a priority.

Want to give mornings a shot? Here are some of the strategies that I’ve found to be helpful to make this transition.

Set an alarm…for the night before. Give yourself a reminder of when it’s time to start winding down. Put the work and phone away, get off of social media, and get in bed. Experts believe that electronics before bed can decrease our sleep quality, which makes it even harder to get out of bed in the morning.

Separate work and relaxation. Whether it’s school or a career, creating separation between the two is essential. Do work in the library, in a coffee shop, or anywhere outside of your room. It will make it that much easier to drop your backpack and hit the sack right when you get home.

Keep your phone and alarm across the room. Getting out of bed is the hardest part. Turn the lights on, while you’re at it.

Plan something exciting. I’m one of the most excitable people in the world – and coffee happens to be one of the things that I get the most excited about. I love waking up knowing that I have a pot of cold brew iced coffee waiting for me to get out of bed. It makes getting out of bed just *that* much easier.

Make it a routine. I can admit that getting up at 7 am on a Saturday isn’t my favorite thing, but it’s the only way your body will get used to it. You’ll learn to love it. I’ve heard that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit, SO JUST KEEP GOING!

How I Became a Morning Person

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