How To Become a Morning Person From A Night Owl

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I’m Harsh Agrawal

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“Good Morning” –  a greeting that is dished out several times during the day. For some people, morning is at 6AM, for somebody else, it’s at 11AM.

One of the most famous early risers is Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.

Tim Cook wakes up at 4:30 AM. He’s done with almost an entire day’s work by 12PM.

You might have read posts like this one suggesting that waking up early has a lot of benefits. That’s because it does.

So what are these benefits?

Waking up early gives you:

  • An early start on getting work done.
  • A quieter time; the house/the city is quiet and peaceful.
  • Your mind is the most clear in the morning and primed for handling the toughest tasks.

So how do you become a morning person?

1. Prepare for the next day

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  – Benjamin Franklin

This is such an under-appreciated thing.

We all prepare for meetings, exams, events, and so on. What we don’t do is, take it to the next level.

If you prepare for tomorrow, you get a clean and clear structure of what you want to do the next day. When your mind knows what it wants to do tomorrow, you will wake up with an intention to achieve your goals. It is that simple.

We don’t usually hype up ourselves about wanting to get up the next day. Being passive about waking up will lead nowhere.

Prepare for tomorrow and you will wake up automatically with the desire to achieve it.

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Preparing for the next day is the simplest hack for better mornings

2. Do NOT use your mobile devices or computer at night

Although we live in the modern world, our brains have primitive characteristics.

To the brain, white light means morning, and morning means staying awake.

If you stare at your phone screen or laptop screen for an hour and expect to go to sleep immediately, you will be disappointed. It’s very unnatural for our bodies to function in that way.

A lot of us cannot avoid this usage and a good way to counter this white light is to download the Flux app. The Flux app mimics the light outside and if it is evening time, your screen gets an orange tinge and it gets darker as time progresses.

This automatically tells your brain that it’s night time as it counters the bright white screen.

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The Flux app mimics the light of the day on your computer screen

3. Do NOT bring your work to bed

Your night routine should be different from your morning routine.

Work is expected to be done in the morning, and if you bring it to bed before you sleep, then your morning routine and night routine is the same.

You subconsciously tell your body to stay awake because you are working.

When you get to bed, do something else that is different from your morning routine like reading a book or taking a hot bath.

  • In the morning

4. Keep your alarm away from you

This is a super simple morning waking up hack to get you out of bed immediately.

If you keep your alarm on your phone and your phone is next to you, then your immediate reaction will be to turn over and press the snooze button.

If you keep your alarm at a distance where you have to physically get up to switch off the alarm, you’re already awake and out of bed.

5. Perform an activity that wakes you up

Everybody has an activity that they can perform which signifies that they’ve woken up completely. This activity takes us from the groggy phase to the woken up phase.

This can either be a quick cup of coffee, a cold shower, or just a few simple stretches.

Find out your activity that will help you transition to the woken up phase and do it every morning.

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Getting a good stretch in the morning can wake you up in seconds

6. Have some “Me” time for yourself

Being healthy and having a good feeling about yourself is key to being productive and happy.

If you are able to create some “Me” time for yourself that includes meditation, mindfulness, and/or thinking about your future, then you will have created a time in the morning that you will be looking forward to. You will want to wake up early just to have this “Me” time.

Make yourself feel good and feed yourself positive thoughts during this time. Not only will it motivate you to wake up early, but it’ll set you up for a cheerful, positive day.

Extra Tips to become a morning person.

  1. Go light on the alcohol especially on the weekends. Or if you are willing to make a change, you can quit alcohol altogether.
  2. Keep your Sundays relaxed and sleep early.
  3. Try not to consume alcohol on a Sunday that can disrupt your Mondays.
  4. The momentum of a good week should not be lost because of a heavy weekend.

It’s not difficult to become a morning person. If you consistently continue it for a few weeks, you’ll notice that you automatically wake up even before the alarm rings.

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Waking up in the morning brings positivity and productivity to your life. Try it for a while and you will see.

Are you a morning person? How early do you wake up? Do you have any tips for people who want to become a morning person? Let me know in the comments!

32 comments on “How To Become a Morning Person From A Night Owl

  1. Great tips for people like me who have all bad habits like no preparation or plans for next day or using mobile devices or computer at night etc.

  2. Hello Kishen, I would like to suggest is you have a terrace flat or easy access to one or a ground floor house, just go out of the house as soon as you wake up. Fill your lungs with fresh air for about 2-5 minutes depending upon your area. You will feel fresh. I tried this and it really helped me until I started working night shifts. It is conditional option as stated at the beginning but it works. Tried and tested method. It helped me plan for my day, got me fresh air that i know I wont get once I leave for work (pollution), also I am all alone for some time. It is a bliss for a married man (if you know what I mean)

  3. Very useful information i love the number 1 tip,plan your day during the night not waiting till the next morning before the sun rises the secret of getting ahead is getting started.#thanks for this!

  4. One should really consider point no 2 i.e Do NOT use your mobile devices or computer at night.When i started blogging, my entire focus was on my website. Continuously working late at night. Because of this my eyesight got affected. And now i’m having glasses. One should develop a proper working habit. Try avoiding late working at night and take proper sleep

  5. Great post Kishensreehari. The tips and ideas you described here are just awesome for enhancing the mental focus. I works on computer for all my day. And therefore loved these ideas. Will surely try to implement them for enhancing the lifestyle and reducing the stress.
    Keep Writing and inspire Us . 🙂

  6. Hello Ketan

    You shared good points and highly appreciated with these. But if I working a full-time 9 to 6 job in day and also do part time blogging then it’s impossible to follow your 2nd point.

  7. To become a morning person all you need is to follow the golden rule “Early to bed early to rise”. I was the laziest person, then followed this amazing rule and now I am all fit and fine.

  8. Very useful and inspiring post to encourage to get up Early in the morning.

    When I was in College, since then I am getting up five o’clock in the Morning and now I am having my two sons with the age of 27 and 25.

    I like to do all my cooking work in the Morning, prepare Lunch boxes for Everybody in the Morning and do my morning Practices in the Morning for One and half an hour.

    Then I eat Breakfast, do Gardening and cleaning work, go for Walking for 20-30 minutes and finish everything until 11.30.

    Then I start my Blogging work and do until 6.30.

    I love to get up in the Morning, I am so grateful to Nature, who gave me this Opportunity to get up in the Morning and do my all Chores.

    Thanks.

  9. I have been addicted to using my phone at night, it is quite surprising that our brains can not differentiate between natural light and artificial light, I hope that the flux app will work for me. and the tip that keep the alarm away from my bed, yeah, I mean this was simple but great. I have always disturbed by the loud sound of alarm in the morning and immediately turn off it. Thank for sharing such detail tips for being a morning person

  10. Very nice tips. I am also thinking to change my schedule now. Mostly i hit bed at 2AM but now will sleep at 11pm and i am also going to order new bicycle, for good fitness. To fight with great difficulties, we need a good healthy body too. Its time to wake up!

  11. Yeah, Agreed it’s not difficult to becoming a morning person 🙂 but we avoid all those things from our daily routine. But get up in the early in the morning will make your entire day. Great article, liked it very much.

  12. Hi KISHENSREEHARI

    It is a good post by you to inform about benefits of early rising.

    Indeed early sleeping and early rising is good for health and productivity.

    Thanks for giving valuable points.

  13. This is very good post by Kishensreehari. To becoming a morning person is very hard for me. I love to sleep in morning till 8. If I awake late in morning after 8 am I feel heavy head throught the day. I tried many time to awake around 6-7 am but I was fail. Now this is 10-20 year practice to start day at 8 am. I want to be a morning person. I need motivation for it.

  14. Incredible tips for a lazy person like me 😛 Every morning, my Mom tries to get me up early. But I don’t. Many times I tried something or the other, but nothing worked for me. But some of the points mentioned here, like ‘Preparing for the next day’, ‘Not to use mobile/laptop till late in the night’ etc. may work for me. Let me try following these points and make myself a morning person. Hope to see you very early morning someday (As I am a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud and a serious fan as well).

  15. Very useful tips. This post motivated all of those who didn’t know the importance of get up early morning. And I think it’s not difficult to get up early morning. If you follow above-mentioned points on your daily basis especially 2nd one.

  16. I am a morning person and love it. This is my me time where I can focus and write down my goals for the day. This was one habit that was instilled by my parents in me and my siblings. So grateful to them. Thanks for sharing an inspiring post.

  17. Hi KISHENSREEHARI!

    This is really good tips but sadly, it is difficult to me to wake up in the early morning. I try to set time for alarm clock to wake up at 5 am and yes i wake immediately. However, after that i turned off alarm clock and continuously sleep it, i don’t want to waste my time but i can’t wake up at this time. Do you have any good solution for this issue ?

    Best regards,
    Min

  18. One of the other nice app is twilight(By Urbandroid Team) which people can use starting from the evening time or whenever you are reading in dark. It will make the screen of red color so it wont affect eyes

  19. Hi,
    I find this article really helpful specially in todays fast track and busy age.
    Keep up the good work!

  20. I just find it hard to be a morning person. I definitely need to practice these tips so as to avoid all those rushing up and down because of lateness.

  21. Hello Harsh! All tips are very useful and important to be a morning person which keeps us active all the day. But your 4th point of keeping your alarm away from you, I liked the most. The others things are little bit difficult to do but the laziest person can also keep his/her alarm away, if he wants to get up early in the morning.

    Thank you.

  22. To wake up early in the morning, try to eat your dinner only the half of your hunger. This allows your stomach to feel hungry in the next day morning. Also, If possible try to make habbit of taking dinner before 7:00 PM this will make a big difference in the health and fitness of an individual and also help you to wake up early in the morning.

  23. Being a morning person seems too hard to me.I have tried a lot of things to be a morning person.Now time to practice these tips.They look great to do! Now onward I will definitely avoid to use mobile device at night.

    Thank You!!!

  24. I got the answer which I was looking for, although I’m commenting late night but it is mandatory for Kishen who has written this article for us. Your first point taught me a lot, In which you said prepare for next day. I’m doing the same mistake because I don’t plan the next day result no energy, no motivation, now I got the point to overcome my problem.
    Thank you Kishen for such an amazing article.

  25. Morning is definitely where it’s at when it comes to productivity. I get most things done before 12 noon…after that, I’m pretty much useless unless I have an afternoon coffee for a little pick me up.

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