Do your Monday mornings start off with feelings of nostalgia for weekend sleep-ins, or an elevated craving for coffee (immediately), or simply a little extra grogginess as you dive into a fresh week?
There’s no better person to give us tips on becoming more of a morning person than a baker, right? Today, our friend Jenna Huntsberger of Whisked! – who has had to wake up everywhere from 2am to 6am over the years – is sharing eight simple but highly effective tips to help you make those mornings go much more smoothly.
How To Be a Morning Person:
1. Go to bed on time (duh).
This is so obvious, but it’s the hardest habit to establish. I always aim for 7-8 hours of sleep, so I start getting ready for bed at 9pm and have lights out by 9:30pm.
2. Get everything ready the night before.
I like my mornings to be calm and serene, so I get everything ready for the day the night before. I pack my lunch, lay out my gym bag and purse, I even get my coffee measured out so all I have to do is turn on the pot in the morning. Knowing that I’m prepared for the day makes getting out of bed easier, and means I can spend my morning psyching myself up for the day, not running around looking for my keys.
3. Set two alarms – and put one on the other side of the room.
I set the alarm on my clock radio next to my bed and set a second alarm on my iPhone on the other side of the room. I used to be a huge “hit the snooze a million times” person, but now I have to get up right away to turn off the phone alarm. I also used to have trouble falling asleep because I was afraid I’d sleep through the alarm, but now I never worry about that.
4. Get your phone away from your bed.
I live in a studio, so we can’t have an electronics-free bedroom (although I think that’s a great idea), but I make sure that our computers and my phone are on the other side of the room when we go to sleep. When I see my phone all I want to do it pick it up and scroll through it. I have entrepreneur friends who say they pick their phones when they’re lying awake at 4am to check their email, and I think that’s totally crazy!
5. Limit the cocktails.
I stopped drinking a couple years ago and one of the first things I noticed was how much better I slept. Alcohol really interferes with your ability to get REM sleep, so even if you’re asleep you don’t wake up feeling refreshed. Obviously, going cold-turkey isn’t for everyone, but limiting your alcohol consumption during the week should help you sleep.
6. Write down all your anxious thoughts.
I used to have a hard time falling asleep because I was constantly thinking of all the things I had to do the next day, or I would remember something I needed to do and was afraid I’d forget it. Now I keep a note pad and pen next to my bed and write down any “to do” items – that way I get it all out, and don’t worry about forgetting anything.
7. Don’t obsessively check your email before bed.
Okay, so I don’t always follow this one, but I try to stop checking my email an hour before I get ready for bed. I get emails about work at all times of the day and I find that if I keep checking it I never get out of work mode.
8. Take some time for yourself in the morning.
Getting up early is much easier if you don’t have to immediately worry about rushing out the door. I give myself enough time in the morning to make breakfast, meditate for ten minutes, and write out my priorities for the day. This puts me in a much better state of mind to tackle the day, and I’m much more productive.