Once in a while it’s nice to have lazy mornings, but not every day when you need to get up and do homework.  After a summer of working 2 part time jobs and needing to be at work at 8am during the work week the transition to 1 part time job and school hit a little harder than I thought.  40 hrs of work down to 6 – 8 hrs of work and studying for my Masters are 2 different things.  But are they really?

I’m not a morning person so if I don’t have to be somewhere in the morning (like I did in the summer) they I tend to drag on and the next thing I know it’s almost 11 and I haven’t started any school work yet.  I only have classes 1 day a week so that gives me 4 days (if we are just counting “work week days”) of potential morning laziness.  This leads to stress because of not getting reading done and started on assignments for my courses (I’m taking 4 courses this semester – which might not seem like a lot to you, but it’s my max limit).

So what is a person to do to try and keep from morning laziness, which also throws me off my schedule I made myself (and yes, it is achievable).  I also thought I was good with change and transition, but I don’t think I am as good at it as I thought (perhaps that’s for another blog).  One thing I’m not putting on the list but going to say to all of you out there in University/College to think of it as school as a full time job.  It puts things in a different perspective.

Here are my 5 things to Keep Me or You from Morning Laziness

  1. Go to bed so you get the sleep your body needs! – Don’t stay up until 2 in the morning watching your favourite TV series on Netflix … like Bones.
  2. Do 1 or all 4 of the following as soon as you wake up
    • Get dressed right away (takes away the feeling of laziness caues your not in your PJ’s all day)
    • Shower as soon as you get up
    • Get active: Exercise as soon as you get up; pick 1 room and clean it; go feed the farm animals – hens for me.
    • Grab a coffee!
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast!  Don’t skip it.  Don’t eat it while you are stimulating your brain.  Enjoy the food you are eating.
  4. Spend 15 – 30 min doing something that will get your brain stimulated – reading (newspaper, online news, blogs, the Bible); crossword puzzle; sudoko; a spelling B with yourself.
  5. Have a tall glass of water.  Get re-hydrated!

I know these work because i’ve done them before.  Now it is to just do them.  To break through the laziness of mornings.  For me it really does need to start with #1.  Getting my sleep – and good sleep that is before midnight.  As you take these steps away from morning laziness you will find out what works best for you!

I know that when I was getting up early to go for a run I didn’t even feel like I needed a coffee after that… and I had so much more time to do all of the other things in the list and then go to work.  So, even if you are working and have a hard time getting up in the morning, try this out.  It does mean you need to get up a little bit earlier but it just might work.

Have I been doing this recently?  NO!  That’s why I am writing on it.  I’m hoping that getting this out in a blog will help me to get my morning laziness out of my system by doing these things, especially when I know they work for me.  It’s just doing it.  Saying no to things like Netflix that will be there another time.

Are you a morning person?  How do you help yourself get going in the morning?