on becoming a morning person

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before how I am not a morning person. I tend to do the whole night owl thing. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember.

Well, things are a changing. Or at least I’m trying.


Since the kids and I have moved down to Alabama, we have all been super lazy. We don’t have school to get up for, we don’t have any activities to go to, no appointments, no nothing. And I am the least self-motivated person around. So yeah, we stay up late and sleep in and stay in PJs way too long. It’s been good. But it’s time to change.

It has been a dream of HJ’s that we would wake up together. That we would sit on the porch together and drink coffee (I don’t, he does) before the chaos ensues kids get up. I even put this on my Omega List.

Well after listening to Michael Hyatt’s podcast on How to Become a Morning Person, it got me thinking. One of the first thing he says is that he doesn’t believe we are naturally morning people or night people. He believes we can be whatever we want. We get to choose.

Hmmm…. Maybe I could do this. Maybe I could become a morning person too. And so with that, I thought I’d give it a shot.

So, today is day 3. The third day I have woken up before the kids. The third day my alarm has rung and I didn’t turn it off and roll over. The third day I have showered. Before noon.

Today was the hardest since HJ was on call last night and so wasn’t here to push me out of the bed lovingly encourage me to get up. But I did it. Pat on the back for me.

And honestly, it’s been really nice. Actually getting up and dressed before the kids. I think the kids are enjoying it too. No more Super Grumpy Mom. Now they just get Grumpy Mom. Hopefully soon they’ll just get Mom. And if they’re lucky, maybe one day they’ll wake up to Happy Mom. One can dream, right?

Here are a few tips in the podcast that I have been implementing to help this routine (their are 10 tips on the podcast, these are just the ones I have found to be critical for me):

1) Put the alarm across the room. Yeah, I’m not a fan, but it really does get you out of bed. Duh.

2) Turn ALL the lights ON. I’m not a fan of this either. I like to slowly wake up. It reminds me when I was growing up how my mom used to march into my room (uninvited I might add) and open my curtains. I hated that so much. She thought it was hilarious.

3) Make the bed right away. This is a very critical step for me. You see, I love to sneak back into bed after I take my shower (if it’s before noon). Warm in my robe with my hair twisted into a towel, I crawl back into my cozy bed. I swear I hear it calling my name…that’s the only reason I do it.

4) Go to bed early. The end.

Are you a morning person? What helps get you going in the morning?


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6 Responses to on becoming a morning person

  1. Katie says:

    So funny! So it’s 9 AM and I’m still in bed. You’re totally right, sometimes it calls to me too. And turning on the lights in the morning is one of the worst things ever.

  2. Newlymeds says:

    I am not a morning person and I found these tips very helpful! When my husband started residency I had this grand plan to wake up when he did and go to the gym, but that never seemed to happen!

  3. Ok, I’m sitting here in my fluffy pink bathrobe at almost 9am. I am not a morning person, not by any stretch of the imagination.

    This post sends waves of grumpy conviction over my soul. My poor kids. Mornings are not nice. The idea of actually becoming a morning person is nearly overwhelming. I’ve avoided it all my life (to date)!

    Wow. I might take some time and see how this goes for you. You may just inspire me to change my ways. If I’m at five and dressed by six, and being nice by seven, it will be nothing short of a miracle!
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  4. Sally Peterson says:

    So proud of you Amber! Cheering you on!!! I also really like having something fun to get up to – a cup of coffee or tea or Jesus Calling. Helps me want to get out of bed. :) Love you!

  5. I don’t consider 6:45 am a morning person. I get up the because it is the absolute latest I can get up and still the kids to school on time. And showering before noon, who does that? It’s 12:56 and I am still a good hour away from a shower. I think it would be a good idea to try getting up early if I could get to bed earlier. One thing that has helped and maybe you could use is too, is a friend told me that I must put shoes on. That being in the house barefoot will make you feel tired, lazy and sluggish. She is right. If I put my shoes on right after I get dressed (assuming I get dressed) I do feel much more productive. I have my shoes on I am ready to go! Good luck on your new awareness!
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    • Ok, this kinda sounds like me. I actually get out of bed at 6:30, because I need to make sure my son is out the door at 7am and my daughter is awake at 7am. Then I spend my mornings blogging, doing housework, sipping coffee, and working on any other tasks that don’t require human interaction. lol. I wait to shower and dress – I wait too long. For sure.
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