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Make the Most of Your Mornings: Getting Out of Bed On the Right Foot (Day 3)

Now that we have our plan in place for the evening and we have a set bedtime in place, it’s time to take about the first thing that has to happen if you want to start your morning off the right foot… getting out of bed.

For some of you, getting out of bed is simple. You wake up energized, refreshed, charged up, and ready to spring out of bed and take on the world. If that’s you, you can just skip this entire post — you’ve got a handle on this already!

For many people, however, getting up in the morning can be a challenge. You wake up feeling groggy and exhausted. You push the snooze button as many times as possible because you dread trying to pull yourself out of bed in the morning. You barely make it out of bed in time to throw on some clothes, hastily put your hair up in a ponytail, and dash out the door feeling unkempt and behind.

If the latter somewhat describes you, here are some advice and ideas for getting out of bed at a decent hour each morning:

1) Go to Bed at a Decent Hour

If you want to get up feeling refreshed in the morning, your first step is to go to bed at a decent hour so that you can actually get a refreshing night’s rest! If you’re tempted to stay up later than you should, remind yourself of how great you’re going to feel in the morning when you get up. And then go to bed.

Commit to sticking with your pre-determined bedtime faithfully for three weeks. Hopefully, at the end of three weeks, it will have become more of a habit.

2) Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

If you go to bed on time, but you’re still feeling groggy and out-of-sorts every morning when you wake up, it may be because you’re not getting enough sleep. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier or sleeping in for an extra 30 minutes each morning for a few days and see if that makes a difference.

3) Do NOT Allow Yourself to Use the Snooze Button

For the next three weeks, the snooze button is off limits. Period. If you need more sleep, set your alarm to go off 15 or 30 minutes later rather than using the snooze button.

4) Make Sure You Have Something to Wake Up For

It’s much easier to wake up excited about the day if you have something you love waiting for you when you get up. I love the early morning hour of sipping my coffee, reading my Bible, journaling, praying, planning out my day, reading, and blogging.

This quiet time refreshes me and energizes me for the day ahead. And it’s something I look forward to waking up to each day.

By the way, I’ve also found it’s much more enjoyable to wake up to a clean room and clean kitchen each morning. There’s just something about being greeted by a shining sink that inspires me. But if I know that my house is a mess, it’s less motivating for me to get up in the mornings. That’s why I try to take time each evening to do a quick clean up — it makes the mornings much more enjoyable!

5) Get An Accountability Partner

Need extra help in pulling yourself out of bed? Team up with a friend who also wants to get up on time and make a pact to text, call, or email each other as soon as you get up each morning. If you know you have to “report in” as soon as you wake up, you’re going to be less apt to roll over and go back to sleep.

6) Get Up and Do Something

Instead of lying in bed making excuses as to why it’s okay for you to sleep in, get up and do something. Even if you feel tired at first, if you get up and take a brisk walk, take a shower, or do 25 jumping jacks, you’ll probably soon forget how much you wanted to stay in bed.

Whatever you do, when your alarm clock goes off in the morning, GET OUT OF BED. It’s the first and most important step to making the most of your mornings. 🙂

My Day 2 Project Update

1. I set my bedtime for 9:30 p.m. Jesse and I both agreed that we think this is a realistic time for me to consistently shoot for. However, I didn’t actually get in bed until 9:50 p.m. last night. But hey, that’s progress over what I have been doing the last few weeks!

2. My Top 5 Evening Must Do’s:

::Tidy Up House

::Get Ready For Bed (Contacts Out, Face Washed & Moisturized, PJ’s On, Take Pills)

::Clothes Laid Out For the Next Day

::To Do List Made For the Next Day

::Read In Bed

Day 3 Project

1. Did you determine your bedtime and 5 Evening Must-Do’s? If so, leave a comment telling us how you did on them last night. If you haven’t decided yet, be sure to take time to do so today and leave a comment on yesterday’s post and let us know!

2. Determine what time you’re going to commit to wake up every morning for the next three weeks. Consider what your pitfalls to consistent waking up are and think about possible ways that you can help yourself be more successful. Leave a comment telling us what time you are committing to get up every morning and also how you’re going to set yourself up for success in this area.

What are your best tips and suggestions for getting up at the same time each morning?

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  • Melissa says:

    I have a morning ritual which consists of 30-minute mediation,
    stretches, write in my journal, recite my affirmations and listen to some music.
    I’m in bed by 10pm with the kitchen spotless. 🙂

  • Michelle W says:

    I got the kitchen cleaned and the dishwasher ran but that was about it. I got up at 7:15 am. I will not be discouraged because I can do this.

  • Ayisha says:

    I did make my top 5 list, and I got only 1 completed. Open house, late dinner and I didn’t make it to the rest of the list.

    I think 5:30 will be a good time for me. If I can get to bed at my designated time, that should really be all I need to set me up for success.

  • beingjennifer says:

    I sleep with an eye mask on, or I don’t sleep well at all. When the alarm goes off, the eye mask comes off and the blinds are partially open so I get the natural light. One of my challenges is when I’m cold in the morning and want to snuggle back under the covers. That’s what happened this morning. I need to remember to put on a warm sweatshirt and socks so I can feel comfortable when I get up and about.
    This is may Morning Routine list that I hope to follow better from now on.
    7:45 a.m. – Wake and Get-up
    *Potty-(Put warm sweatshirt and socks on if chilly)
    *Drink glass of water
    *Stretch, then Abs & Upper Body (3 to 4 sets each)
    *Drink another glass of water
    *Meditate (start by 8:10)
    *Lite breakfast – yogurt, fruit, toast with almond butter
    *Wash body & moisturize face, floss & brush teeth
    *Make Bed (I wait to do this to allow the bed sheets to air out)
    9:00 a.m. – Start Morning chores – Set timers
    *Check To-Do list and calendar – Start with Top 3 for the day.

  • Robin says:

    Trying to play catch up. I have no problem getting to bed by 9:30 – 10. It’s that I fall asleep on the couch if I sit down to watch a movie or the news. Working on not doing that by working on my 5 nightly duties. My girls are old enough to get themselves up and out the door although daughter number one often asks me to do her hair and makeup…that’s what happens when mom is a makeup artist! (well, one thing I do) .

    What gets me up is smelling the coffee brewing. Can’t wait! Then I must make myself wait to check email…otherwise I’m off in the blogosphere for too long!

    • Crystal says:

      I’m a little jealous that your daughter has a makeup artist for a mom. Can you be my next door neighbor?! 😉

      And I’m totally with you on coffee being one of the best things to wake up to!

  • Cristiana says:

    I am not a morning person at all! I definitely need this! I am one of those culprits that hits snooze over and over till the last possible minutes and then sometimes waking up frantic because I overextended my snooze! The snooze button is going to be a biggie for me but it will probably help me tremendously!
    So yes, I’m pumped! I need to see what I can have to look forward to for me in the mornings now. =)

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