This is my waking up morning routine:
- Set my alarm 30 minutes before I know I will be getting out of bed so that I can hit
the snooze at least 2 times.
- Hit the snooze buttons half a dozen times so that I can stay in bed until the very last possible second (if not an extra five minutes past that).
- Scramble and stumble to the shower half asleep.
- Stand in the shower for 5+ minutes just trying to wake up.
- Throw on whatever scraps of clothing I have lying around that are clean.
- Dash out the door 5-10 minutes late and then literally scrambling for the rest of the day trying to catch myself up.
- Go to bed and repeat that all over again every morning.
There has to be a better way to start my day. Even being five minutes late running into the office, throws off my entire schedule. I end up regretting it the entire day because I know that the delay in getting the office was on account of the five minutes extra that I wanted to sleep. I definitely didn’t feel anymore rested trying to sneak in a few more winks of rest. If anything, I felt even more groggy and drowsy than I did before.
Luckily, I can try to shock my system to wake up using caffeine. I 100% believe investing in myself. I don’t have any qualms about swinging by the coffeeshop every morning to get my latte as in integral part of my morning routine. It’s a small but necessary investment to give myself the boost that I need be and work and run my business.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people in my life have this same messy routine every morning. I try to say “Good Morning” and “How are you?” to every person I encounter each day. The response I almost always get 19 out of 20 times is “Tired” or “Sleepy.” That used to really bother me.
On one hand, I get it. I stay up late many nights, working on different projects, DIYing things, doing laundry, just getting things done etc. so I’m super exhausted all the time. But at the same time, saying that you’re tired/sleepy all the time brings the entire office down. Like if you would rather be in bed every day, if you’re feeling so exhausted just being at the office every morning, then just go home and take your negativity with you.
But maybe I’m being too harsh and idealistic. Everywhere I go, I ask the same question (How are you?) and constantly get the same answer (Tired/Sleepy). If every one of those people went home, our entire economy would shut down. I decided to look further into the topic and figure out why every single person is always so groggy and tired in the morning. Is it even possible to wake up refreshed? Are all the people that seem cheerful in the morning faking it? Who even has time for a “morning routine?”
Here’s what we’ve determined:
Hitting the snooze button is doing more harm than good in more ways than one. It’s not natural for your body to wake up and then fall back asleep minutes later. You make it even worse when you hit the snooze button more than once. Your body will become even more tired because your body becomes exhausted from waking up and falling asleep again so many times until it’s too late and you have no choice and have to get out of bed no matter what.
Try going to bed just 30 minutes earlier than you usually do the night before. Doing so will make it immensely easier to talk yourself out of hitting the snooze button so many times in the morning because you’ll know that you’ve already gotten an extra 30 minutes of sleep. Put your alarm across the room if you have to so that you have to physically get out of bed in order to turn it off in the morning. Hopefully by that time, you’ve talked yourself into waking up by then.
Not having to rush every morning will change your life. I’m not even talking about getting ready quickly. I mean having to RUN from your bed to your shower with no time to think about anything in between. It’s important to prepare yourself mentally every morning in additional to getting yourself physically ready for the office. When you’re scrambling from when you get out bed until you sit down at your desk in the office, you’re adding a ton of unnecessary stress to your job that can be totally avoidable.
Try to minimize what needs to be done in the morning so that you can focus on just getting yourself ready for your morning routine. If you bring lunch to the office, make it the night before. Pick out your outfit right before you got to bed so that you don’t have to turn your whole closet upside down in order to get every component of your ensemble. If there’s any ironing that needs to be done, TRUST ME, it won’t get done in the morning. Any task, no matter how small that can be done ahead of time, you definitely will be infinitely grateful that you took the time to do it the night before.
Even if it’s just a few bites of something or a healthy bar, don’t go on an empty stomach all the way until lunch. At my office and with TTF, most of the important business gets conducted during the early hours of the day. So if I’m really tired and feel myself dragging, I’m literally half paying attention to all of the important things that go on at work. Eating something healthy, but filling has made a world of difference to my mood and energy level every morning.
I’m not saying that these changes you’re going to be able to do overnight. It’s literally a daily struggle NOT to hit the snooze button still. But believe me, there isn’t a single person that’s avoided hitting snooze and regretted it. Even if you have to slowly ween yourself off of it, try hitting it 3 times instead of 6. Keep hitting snooze but get all your things done the night before. Any of these changes can immensely improve your morning routine, and studies have shown that having a good morning will mean you’re more likely to have a good day, and having more good days will mean happier lives. Just try it and let us know how it goes. Happy Non-Snoozing!