My name is Stefanie and I am a recovering night owl. I got my work done, chardonnay in hand, computer on my lap and the glow of the TV providing ambiance.
I would work late, sleep late. My son used to wake me up right before we needed to head out for school. I’d drop him off in a daze, with no conversation then head home and stumble to my coffee pot for as much caffeine as I could shove into my Yeti and then head to my desk. I was tired from staying up late the night before and about as productive as a snail in a sprint.
I read Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule about a year ago and she was all, Get up early so you can be more productive. Science says you are more productive the first couple of hours each day. I’m paraphrasing here but it was close. I ignored her crappy advice for another month, but it kept popping back into my mind every sleepy morning.
After a conversation with my husband where he admitted he would really like it if we could go to bed together each night, I decided to give it a try. Mostly to prove him wrong. He says we aren’t night owls or morning people by birth, we choose it. “NO WAY”, I said, “it’s genetics.”
For the first time in our marriage, I was wrong.
I set my alarm for 5:00 am the next morning, counted backwards from 5. It went something like this, F$cking 5, F$cking 4 … you get the idea. The next couple of days were similar, but by the end of the week the magic started to happen.
Here’s why I’m never going back to the night shift.
I have more energy.
My alarm goes off at 5:00 am at the latest these days and mentally and physically I feel energized. I feel like I’m getting a jumpstart on the day while other people are sleeping.
I am more productive.
When I was logging on to my computer at 9:00 am, I felt like I was showing up late everyday to the party. Now, by 9:00 am when most people are getting to their desk, I’ve already had three and half productive hours.
I’m less bitchy.
I don’t really need to elaborate on this one. You get it.
Ready to become a productive, less bitchy, energetic morning person?
FIVE simple tips that will help you wake up early and have a productive morning.
Prep for your next morning before you end your work day. Create a to-do list so that every morning you sit down at your desk ready to be productive.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 your way out. DO NOT hit the snooze button. You’re alarm goes off, you start counting backwards while alternating with your favorite curse word. When you hit one, your feet hit the ground.
Get an automated coffee pot (this is life-changing). Set the brew time the night before so you can literally wake up and smell of coffee sister.
Don’t look at your phone (aka social media) or the news or even your email. The purpose of this morning time undistracted productivity. Don’t let other people’s lives and opinions set your mood or distract from your productivity. Head down and focus.
Listen to the same music every morning. I love the Morning Productivity playlist on Spotify. I turn it on every morning when I sit down to work. It’s like pavlov’s dog at this point. The second I hear it start, my brain is trained to go in deep on the tasks at hand.
I can’t wait to hear how it goes! Head on over to the Simplifying Social Facebook Group and let me know. See you inside the group Simplifier!