Waking up at 5am on weekdays just because it “feels good” isn’t really my thing. Neither is working out at 6am, conversing before 7am, or meetings at 8am (unlike some of the early birds here:). But, the world doesn’t always work the way we want it to, and thank the caffeine gods we have coffee for that. Recently, my schedule has become a lot busier, and waking up at 9am just isn’t an option anymore. For those of you who are in the same boat as me….I have a few suggestions that have been getting me by. And if I continue to follow them, I just might transform into that early bird I have so dreaded becoming.
Tip 1: Pick out your outfit the night before.
This one is crucial for me. I started doing it when I was about 17, and now its as natural as brushing my teeth at night. Every night, I always check the weather forecast for the next day (I’m a huge fan of the iPhone’s weather channel app) and decide what type of outfit would be best. If you’re crazy like me, you can even check hour-by-hour to see if you should bring a jacket, umbrella, or change of shoes:). This preparation cuts down a huge amount of my “getting ready” time in the morning since I can be very indecisive on what to wear. This way, I can think about my outfit for hours and still get a few extra minutes of sleep!
Tip 2: Set a timer on your coffee pot.
My name is Katie and I’m a coffee-holic. Yes, I’ll admit it. If I don’t have coffee before 10:30am, the day isn’t going to be a pretty one. If you’re not as addicted as I am, you could also opt to make yourself tea or a smoothie. I find that drinking something in the morning allows me to relax a little and prepare for my day. Then, once my drink is gone, I’m ready to get busy. Making coffee isn’t a huge time-consumer, but it can be an extra hassle when you’re having an off-day. So setting a timer for your coffee to automatically brew at a certain time definitely helps. It also fits perfectly into my “planned day”, which feeds my obsessive need for planning.
Tip 3: Plan out your breakfast the night before.
Again, another planning tip, which you will find I’m a big fan of. Another tip that cuts down on the “can’t decide” time and allows you to sleep a little longer. If you know what you are going to have for breakfast (and you should ALWAYS have breakfast, its a sure way you’ll have a chance of having a good day), you can get right to making it once you get up. And you probably already know this, but try to eat something energizing (for example..say no to donuts or pastries), because it will give you that much more energy…..helping you survive the morning. Try to opt for a green smoothie, oatmeal and fruit, or an egg-white omelette. Lately, I’ve been making these delicious strawberry-banana no-butter/no-oil muffins that are great for on-the-go. Check out the recipe here.
Tip 4: Shower the night before.
I know some people like to shower in the morning to wake them up. But for me, that just means I have to blow-dry my hair, actually take the shower, and well…that’s really all, but it seems like a lot to me. Instead, I could just get a little more sleep! Showering the night before also allows me to let my hair air-dry (which is better for it) and I just feel cleaner getting into my sheets. In the morning, a nice cold face-wash is a enough to give me that little wake-up call I need.
Hope these tips help you like they do for me! And if you’re already an Early Bird, more power to you….the rest of us need to catch up:)
Cheers to sleeping in on weekends,