The Quest to Become a Morning Person

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The struggle to wake up early - and why I'm switching up my morning routine.

It’s 6am on a cold and dark November morning. The alarm on your iPhone sounds and you reach over to your bedside table to switch it off, the light from the phone’s screen illuminating your bedroom and outside the ambient sounds of the world slowly waking up.

After taking a few minutes to gather yourself, you reach for your phone again and begin scrolling through social media – first Facebook and then Instagram, followed by a quick check of your emails and a watch of a YouTube video someone shared on Twitter.

Ten, fifteen and then twenty minutes pass by in a flash. It’s time to get up – but you feel anything but awake.

Sound familiar?

You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m talking about my own struggles to rise early.

I’ve never really been a ‘morning person,’ always finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning and looking like something resembling a dazed zombie until I’ve had my first cuppa of the day.

But while I’m not quite convinced I can suddenly turn into someone who leaps out of bed at 5am, bursting with energy before completing a half-hour guided meditation and then bouncing straight off to the gym, I’ve always secretly admired such people from afar. I feel like I’m missing a trick in not making more of my mornings.

After all, it’s certainly true that the way you start your day has a massive impact on how things pan out. We’ve all had those days when everything clicks into place and it feels easy to get shit done. There’s definitely a connection between starting things off on the right foot and feeling happier and more productive.

Start your day right and everything else will fall into place.

What’s more, those few hours at the beginning of the day are very precious. In Show Your Work, Austin Kleon talks about how he likes to work on stuff while the world is sleeping. That’s something I’d like to do, too.

And so, the quest to become a morning person begins.

But can you really become someone who is raring to go at first light if you’ve spent most of your life hitting the snooze button each morning, rolling over in denial and pretending the alarm clock isn’t actually ringing out around your bedroom?

It’s time to find out.

Over the coming weeks, I’m going to be making some big changes to my morning routine and trying out new things. I’ll be reporting on how I get on, so stay tuned to see how it goes!

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