Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How I Wake Up Early

Ok, I usually am not really a fan of those posts that are something along the lines of "how to become a morning person!" because I don't believe that you can just become a morning or night person. As we grow older, our schedules change and we have to adapt to them, but some people wake up earlier than others and some people can stay up into the night and not even think twice about it.

With school in full swing, my routine has become more concrete and those early mornings are getting (somewhat) easier. And although I'm lucky that I am a morning person, getting up can still be really hard!

When I posted my morning routine last week, I was really surprised at how many people commented on how early I wake up! I guess I'm just used to it at this point, and don't see it as all that early. (When I worked for MSNBC in February, we had to be there for the morning shows at 5:30 so my alarm went off at 3:30. Now THAT was an early morning wake up call!)

Alarm Clock // I don't use my phone as my alarm. Seriously! I have a $10 alarm clock from Target that I love. It really helps me get out of bed and not look at my phone first thing in the morning! It's also just far enough from where I sleep that I have to at least partially sit up to turn it off. I seriously recommend getting one!

Breakfast // I mentioned on my morning routine post that I don't know how people can do mornings without breakfast. It is the best part of my day!! Okay... maybe that's an exaggeration, but still. Breakfast it something I look forward to to give me the energy that I feel like I'm lacking from an extra few minutes of sleep. I eat huge, indulgent breakfasts, too, so I'm always looking forward to it from the second my alarm goes off to when I'm finally sitting down to eat it.

Down Time // This almost goes hand in hand with breakfast. I remember in high school, my best friend told me that she woke up at 5:45 every day to get ready. She explained that she hated feeling rushed and didn't want to half-ass something because she spent extra time laying in bed. Now that I'm in college, I totally understand it. I love having extra time in the morning to do one thing at a time, or sip on my coffee while I watch the Today Show, rather than drinking coffee, eating breakfast, watching the Today Show and doing my makeup at the same time.

Notion of Productivity // I'll be honest with y'all... there are totally some days when I'm guilty of snoozing my alarm, skipping my workout, and laying in bed for an extra 40 minutes. (But I never actually go back to sleep... it's a weird genetic thing I share with my dad.) The fact that I'm still up before 6:00 makes me feel more productive in a weird way though! Ultimately, that's the best part about waking up early: everyone is so impressed with you and makes you feel put-together regardless of how you actually spent the morning.

Attitude // At the orientation for my internship, we got the pleasure of talking to the strength and conditioning coach for the football team. Every time I don't want to get out of bed in the morning, I can literally hear his voice in the back of my head telling me to get up! He mentioned that you'll really only be tired for a few minutes in the morning, regardless of what time you get up, so there's not really a huge point in snoozing your alarm until the last minute. That is so true! Once my alarm goes off, sure I want to get back to sleep, but when I'm up I'm up and ready to start my day.

What time do you wake up? How do you get up early?


  1. I really think attitude is everything when you wake up!!! If you don't have a reason to get out of bed, why would you!!

  2. The attitude is SO important! I can't tell you the last time I used an alarm clark thankfully haha that usually ruins my attitude for some reason

    Rachel | www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  3. I've always been a morning bird. Great tips for those who struggle!

  4. I love waking u early i find it peaceful and I get more down time and I also get to enjoy my breakfast.


  5. That bagel looks AMAZING! I actually really like waking up early and getting a great start to the day, but I always seem to get SO tired by the last few hrs of the workday - the thought of it makes me want to sleep in!

  6. I'm not a morning person at all. If I can hit the snooze button several times, I would. I get up for 6:00 most mornings and leave the house for 6:30 to be to work for 7 a.m.. I would love to get up early and take my time before work but woe is me, I need those additional minutes of sleep. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Definitely attitude! I know mornings are my most productive time of day, and that is the biggest motivator.

  8. In high school I used to wake up at 5:30 for school because I didn't want to feel rushed!! Now I make sure to do that at least two days a week, because if I did it everyday during the school year I would get no sleep and I ain't about that life.

    Caitlyn | www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

  9. I can't bring myself to get out of bed early no matter how busy I am that day aha. I love bed, what can I say? :P I definitely need to change my attitude, though. Maybe a nice breakfast will convince me to get up.

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

  10. I love getting up early, I always feel 10x more productive! The number one thing that gets me out of bed is knowing I have a yummy breakfast planned!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  11. I seriously love this! I have tried to get up early and I LOVE it, you can seriously get so many things done! I have never thought about getting a different alarm clock but it seems like a great idea!! x, kenz http://sincerelykenz.com

  12. These are great tips to waking up early. I always get up a little earlier than I need to so that I can lounge for a few minutes and check social media before I have to get up and moving. I hate feeling rushed also. A positive attitude goes a long way too.


  13. Great tips girl, waking up earlier is such a struggle but def worth it at the end of the day!

  14. My dog is the reason I wake up early! Between 7:30 and 8, she lays on top of me and 'talks' to me until I get up and feed her and let her out!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  15. These tips are sooo helpful...I couldn't agree more!! I agree that someone can't just "become" a morning person, but we have to adapt. I've "had" to become an (early) morning person over the past month due to school. I do it all online, and the only way to get a head start on it is to wake up way before my daughter (which is about 5AM). I probably should go to bed now and get off my computer...oops 🙈

  16. Ive usually always been up bbyat least 8. Now a days I wake up at 545 for that eexact reason of not wanting to rush, and just getting more accomplished for the day. I even throw a load of laundry in when I wake up and its done before 9! Lol I really love getting up earlier now.

  17. I use an actual alarm clock as well! (Sometimes I use my phone for back-up too on rough days). I'm definitely not a morning person, but with my new schedule I've had to get used to mornings and really make an effort to go to bed earlier. Enjoyed this post!

    xoxo A

  18. It's all about perspective & attitude. If you're not happy to be awake, it ruins the fact you have time to get through some thangs! xx Adaleta Avdic

  19. Routine, routine, routine! I try to wake up early every day, even on the weekends.... aka, I "sleep in" until 7! Having my body on a constant cycle helps a lot. :) love your tips!

  20. In high school, I got up at six every morning and had my morning routine planned down to the minute! Now I get up at seven, take about thirty minutes to get ready, and eat breakfast at my desk. I'm making it a goal to get up earlier though, so I feel less rushed!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  21. Having a good attitude about waking up early is so important! I just wrote a similar post with tips too, and I love seeing the differences and seeing what I can add from your tips into my daily routine!


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