Happy Monday! It’s cold, it’s dark, you’re tired, and you don’t know where you put your slippers. You roll over, pick up your phone, and hit the snooze button. And while you’re lying there pretending that you’re about to get at any second, you find yourself googling “How to get out of bed in the morning” without actually getting out of bed. Sound familiar?
I’m pretty bad at getting up in the morning, too. It’s something I’m constantly working on. There are still many days where I simply cannot do it, but on the days I am successful, here are some key things that help:
Planning a morning routine
When getting up simply means “getting ready for work” and heading out of the door, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation. But if you know that putting away clean dishes at 7am, walking the dog at 7:20am, and eating breakfast at 8am is your routine, you’re more likely to stick to your schedule.
Plan your morning routine either the night before, or a week in advance. You might like to do the same thing every morning, or perhaps create a unique routine for each day of the week – whatever works for you.
On the really rough mornings, my husband and I lie there grumbling, and then suddenly say, “FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE…!” and then we jump out of bed. It might sound silly, but somehow it works. It’s like jumping into a swimming pool, only less fun, and you don’t get water up your nose.
It sounds literally impossible, especially if you’ve trained your body for years to snooze yourself awake. But if you can master this skill, you’ll really take control back of your day.
Some people take this a step further by leaving their phone out of reach, so that they have to actually get out of bed to switch it off. These people are the true gems of this world and we must protect them at all costs.
I’ve mentioned this before, but Mel Robbins talks about activation energy being the secret to unlocking your dreams and living the life you want to live. And the easiest way to experience activation energy is to get out of bed the moment your alarm goes off.
The strength it takes you to say no to sleeping, to comfort, to warmth, to relaxation, and yes to starting your day right there and right then is absolutely immense. Once you realise this, you can change your mindset to one that harnesses your activation energy and the power it provides, in order to improve your life for the better.
Rules of the game
Habits and routines need rules. Pinpoint what elements are tripping you up, and create rules to circumvent them. For example, if you lie in bed checking your emails when your alarm goes off, you can create a rule that states that you are not allowed to use your phone at all until you are drinking your morning coffee. You’ve therefore eliminated the item that leads to your bad habit.
Do you have any other tips for getting up in the morning? As someone who’s battled this since childhood, I’d love to hear them.