“Sleeping-in” never meant less.
Setting your alarm back before the sun rises is an e x h a u s t i n g idea, but very worth the result. Due partly to my job in coffee, I always have had to wake up at a time that the rest of the world (it seems) wouldn’t dare to. But, now thankful for this schedule and the extra time it has rewarded me, I think you should try this out.
What if I told you that waking up before 6 A.M. and going to bed earlier would allow you to:
get more done
get more sleep
feel more awake
and, the real kicker,
skip morning traffic.
This is not a drill.
Understanding that not everyone works as a barista from 5 A.M. until only noon everyday, there are some tricks to maintaining this schedule. For me, I started going to bed early. That’s step one.
Go to bed earlier.
And I’m not saying you need to have dinner at 3 P.M. to get to bed at six. I used to be a night owl, mainly due to my previous obsession with a late-night Tumblr scroll. Side note: the Internet is a dark, dark place after midnight.
Another thing that helped me wiggle into this new routine was managing what and when I eat. This is a great tip overall, for any lifestyle change, but food really triggers me at night time, especially the s w e e t s. I try not to indulge in anything heavy beyond 6 P.M., and this has helped me achieve a more thorough, uninterrupted sleep. Putting yourself to bed earlier can put the 2 A.M. bathroom breaks, stomach-turning or cravings to sleep, too.
Give yourself a reason to get up this early.
Or else, you’re just a loon sitting up in your bed at 5 A.M. in the dark.
Setting a goal to get to the gym before the crowds, shower before the others in the house or to avoid morning traffic will push you to get up sooner.
For me, the sole thought of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for [what feels like] hours on-end is excruciating enough. Wake up early, save your patience!
Maybe you should sit this one out.
Not everyone is a morning person. There are reasons for this! If waking up before anyone can even form their first thought for the day isn’t for you, that’s fine! This schedule isn’t for everyone. Besides, if everyone could do it, there wouldn’t be a sense of accomplishment for doing what you think others couldn’t.
Regardless, everyone has their own routines in some shape or form. There are many things I wish I could tell myself to try out, such as pulling an all-nighter for a movie marathon or to sleep in “just for fun,” but that’s not for me. My body is trained at this point to do certain things at specific times, and I’m OK with this! Because I found something that worked for me.
I’m always looking for new things to squeeze into my morning routines or afternoons beyond work. For a better look of how I spend my day, check out my Instagram here.
What do you do to keep yourself busy, but balanced?
Are you a morning person or a night-owl?
Check out how I’ve learned to start implementing my surroundings into my day here.