I have talked before about joining the 5am club (getting up at 5am, well 5.15ish in my case – I am still struggling to jump out of bed on that first alarm!). I have been consistently getting up early for around a month now and I thought I would share my ‘night before’ tips to make early mornings a success!
Here are five things you can do at night to keep your mornings on track:
Get your house sorted: You want to be able to get up in the morning to a fresh slate, everything is in its place, dishes are done, surfaces are de-cluttered and clean. It will be hard to get up with the prospect of a big mess to tidy up so make sure that everything is sorted and tidy up the night before.
Have all your gear ready for your new routine: Lay out any exercise clothes or exercise gear including accessories – watch all charged etc. If you plan to write, have your journal ready or your desk area nice and tidy. Get ready anything you will need for your planned morning routine. I like to put my headphones on my laptop and make sure my blender is all clean and set up for my morning green smoothie.
Create a relaxing bedtime routine: I like to stick to a flexible routine so that I remember to get everything done. My current routine consists of cleaning, next day prep, yoga, shower/bath/self-care, read or watch a show. It is good to keep it really simple at the end of the day when you are tired. You don’t want to have too much to remember!
Try to have half an hour at least of no screens before bed: You could read, or listen to music or chat with your partner, kids or housemates or perhaps make a list for the next day or work on your goals and dreams list! I used to do work in the evenings but I was finding that if you work late on the laptop it is too stimulating and it probably takes about an hour afterward for your brain to wind down which means that you are always going to be getting into bed late.
Get to bed early: To get up at 5am I try to be in bed ready for sleep with no lights or devices on at 9pm. It is difficult as sometimes my family is still awake preparing themselves for bed but I am getting better at blocking them out! Sometimes I don’t fall asleep until after 9.30 but my goal is to be in bed by 9pm. It is good to set a bedtime for yourself but you needn’t worry too much about falling asleep right away – if you are tired you will sleep!
What do you like to do in the evening that helps you to get ready for the next day?
(Photo: Pawel Kadysz)