Not A Morning Person? It’s Time To Become One!

June 13, 2012  |  

If you think there are not enough hours in the day, you’re wrong; there are enough hours in the day, but perhaps you’re sleeping through them. Forbes reports that new research shows morning people are happier, healthier and more self-satisfied than others. In addition, they are also more successful, from the hard-working Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to Rev. Al Sharpton. While they may not see themselves as morning people, they understand the importance of rising early to get the job done.

So how can you kick your snooze habit and start waking up earlier to be a happier, healthier and more successful person. Start by tracking your minutes. Do you wake up, shower and go back to sleep? Wake up five minutes before you’re expected to work and rush out the door? Write it down. After work do you cook dinner, surf the Internet, work out or spend time with friends or a significant other? Write it down. Once you’re able to objectively see how you spend your time, you will be able to see what needs to be changed and what’s missing.

A big part of the morning problem is our evening hours,” Laura Vanderkam, author of the e-book, “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” said to Forbes. “We straggle our way into bed over the course of several rambling hours puttering around, reading, surfing the web, watching Jon Stewart or cleaning the house.”

You’re going to have to reach back into your childhood and pull out a tradition you thought you’d grown out of: bedtime. Give yourself a bed time, and use the morning for exercise, talk with your partner or work on that novel you’ve always wanted to write.

“The best morning activities aren’t things you have to do,” Vanderkam said. “But things that you want to do but just never seem to get around to.”

Next,  make arrangements for your newly planned activities and follow through. If you planned on exercise, leave your exercise clothes and shoes at the foot of your bed. If you need to cook for the kids have everything pre-arranged and set out. Buy whatever equipment or software you need to take care of your plans. Convince your partner to a morning talk.

“And then it’s just a matter of habit building,” Vanderkam said.“Creating habits can take enormous willpower and energy…But maintaining habits actually conserves it. If you just know ‘mornings are when I run,’ it’s not a question of fighting yourself every day, it’s simply what happens.”

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