Coffee Talk: Becoming a Morning Person

Having a good morning often means having a great day, but let’s face it, many of us are not morning people. It is not uncommon for some of us to hit the snooze button a few times (or many times) before mustering up enough energy to get out of bed. Even after getting out of bed, we still need three cups of coffee to get out of that half-asleep state, which only reminds us that we ought to become better morning people.

We want to know, how have you become better at tackling the mornings? Do you have a certain routine that gets you going? Is it exercising in the morning? Your breakfast? If you are morning person, what advice can you give to those of us who aren’t?

  • My husband has to get up really early for work. So typically I’ll get up with him. But some mornings I just can’t seem to get out of bed. So I stay in bed and he gets ready. But when I’m on my game, I get up a few minutes before him to go to the bathroom, then I grab coffee and read my Bible, then off to get ready for work and then I blog for about an hour before I head off to work. So getting up early has helped me get further on my blog than if I didn’t wake up early.

    • Tomikka Anderson

      Yea! I love this…I have just started praying with a friend and reading inspiration or a devotion which has made my day go so much better. I am more positive and stronger emotionally to handle the day ahead.

      • Yea! It truly makes a difference the day. I seem to have more perspective, plus I get a chance to have some calm before the stress and hurry of the day.

        • Sharifa Samuels

          Such a great idea, sometimes i’m too tired to read my bible before bed. What a great way to start the day. Thanks!

          • Annie

            May i ask where you find your inspiration or devotions?

  • Caroline

    Being a morning person is not for everybody and that’s ok, BUT if you wanna embrace a routine is the way to go: get up and drink water before the coffee, stretch a little and my personal favorite is to let the sun in, I feel it really welcomes me into the day. Green smoothies also pack a punch and really get you going. Aside from that: put your mind to it, if you think you can’t, you won’t.

    • 20SomethingDiaries

      love this advice!

    • jordanmcbride

      I wholeheartedly agree with this! I feel so much better when I drink a bottle of water before I have my coffee! Stretching works for me too. Great advice.

  • I’m not a coffee fan and I have two alarms, but I have learned mostly by habit to get up early, even on weekends. I don’t get up as early on the weekends, but I like to make the most of my “free” days. Other tips: shower/blow dry at night, pick out clothes at night, prep lunch and breakfast at night, have a blanket-like robe and make it a habit. For you guys who set your owns schedules, maybe set early meetings/appointments to make sure that you get out of bed on time.

  • Maria Maxit

    Have something you look forward to. Be it coffee, that warm shower, an awesome breakfast, cuddle time… Whatever it is set it up the night before and start imagining how awesome it will be.

    • jordanmcbride

      I definitely look forward to my morning latte. 🙂

  • Lindsay von

    I get up early but I am not a morning person by any stretch. The biggest thing that gets me going these days is a puppy that insists on getting up at 5:30 no matter what day it is (she seems open to the idea letting us sleep until 6:30 if she gets to have that last hour in bed with us).
    The thing that has helped the most over the years is that I started using SleepCycle on my ipod as my alarm clock. It tracks my sleep cycle and wakes me up in a window where I am most awake so I don’t get that groggy feeling. I also find it helps to put on real clothes when I get up rather than puttering in my pajamas, gets my head into “day mode”

  • I used to be the perfect morning person: jumping out of bed at 6am, full of energy and ready to tackle the day. Then, somewhere on the road, things changed. I went through a bunch of complicated and life changing situations (moving to a different country, quitting my job, getting engaged and then broking off that engagement) and suddenly my mornings became grumpy, stressful and downright unpleasant. I used to complain about that until one day, when I had a light-bulb moment: I realized that I was the only one who could determine what kind of morning I was about to have. Was I always rushing to get my makeup done? I now wake up 15 minutes earlier to do my makeup and savor my morning cup of coffee. Was I lacking energy? I started to make a few basic exercises, while still in bed (some stretching, etc.) It gets my blood flowing, and it’s the perfect way to wake me up. Now, after a few weeks of doing this, I jump out of bed full of energy and optimism again. But I guess, the morning sunshine is helping a lot, and we’ll see how I manage this routine in winter, when at 6am, it’s still night 🙂

  • Music & having something to look forward to in the evenings, a nice dinner or movie. 🙂

  • jordanmcbride

    I work from home, and I love mornings. But that hasn’t always been true for me. I’ve figured out that the more time I give myself in the morning, the more awake I feel by the time I have to start working. If I wake up 15 minutes before I have to start working, forget it – I’m a zombie. But if I wake up an hour or two before, I get to spend time with my husband, have my coffee, take my pup for a walk, etc., and by the time I’ve done all that I’m wide awake and ready to take on the day.

    This comes with a disclaimer, though: I’ve had office jobs and I know it is DEFINITELY harder to get up and get ready when you have to be completely ready and go somewhere. Working from home is so much better for me; it’s easier to get up on days when I don’t have to get ALL THE WAY ready to go to work.

  • Alyssa

    I agree with Emily about getting things done at night. It helps me wake up when I know all I have to do is make my lunch, put a few curls in my hair and throw on some mascara. When I don’t have to rush around blowdrying my crazy hair and trying to find an outfit, I’m usually more happy to get up in the morning.

    I also go to bed pretty early, which really helps! I’ve found a like a full day rather than a late night.

  • I am not a morning person at all… I would consider myself rather a night owl… However I really want to become a morning person so I am looking forward to all the comments & tips you Every Girls have to offer…

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your Shoegal Out In The World

    • Laura

      Same here, Shoegal. I bookmarked this and keep coming back to read up on tips! I’ll hopefully be working from home 100% within a year’s time, and I can use all the help I can get!

      • Shoegal Out In The World

        Dear Laura,
        I work from home full time the last couple of years & not being a morning person has put a stress on me lately… I believe it is important to have a morning routine so that you can transition easily to working from home… My goal is to try to become a morning person so I can use my time more effectively… Good luck with your plans & becoming a morning gal!!!

  • Callie Pogge

    I don’t have much of a choice about being a morning person since I’m a teacher. The students will arrive at 7:20 regardless of how easy it was to get up and sit through an hour of traffic! My advice is never snooze that alarm! Jump out of bed (as hard as it may be) right when that alarm goes off and zombie walk to the shower. After my shower at 4:45 am, I feel like a new person and can conquer the day!

  • Brittanie

    The key to being a morning person is to stick with getting up early. You will effectively ruin your M-F routine of getting up early at 6:30am if you sleep into 10am on Saturday and Sunday. It’s best to still get up early on the weekends. If you wake up at 6:30am normally, sleep no longer than 8am on the weekends, For me, the moment I get up I make my bed (less chance of jumping back into the rumpled pile of warmth) open up all my windows to let in all the sunlight, then turn on my music. I have a playlist title SMILES, it plays a whole lot of songs that get me singing, smiling and ready to be awake. I’m not a coffee drinker so trying to get energy without the caffeine can be difficult. It’s always a battle for a non-morning person.

    • Susan

      I would love to hear what some of these “SMILES” songs are 🙂 Inspiration for our own smile playlists.

  • Valerie

    I have my favourite cereals every Monday morning, which never fails to motivate me to at least get out of bed! Being able to take my time and make myself a green smoothie often helps too 🙂 And last but not least, have a job you love and you will want to wake up and work every day!

  • Cristina Roman

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately! I used to wake up and jump on some form of technology (phone, iPad, or laptop), but now I’m making an effort to wake up sans technology- like journaling, working out, or volunteering!

  • Emma

    My hour commute in Chicago traffic and having to be alert for crazy drivers is what gets me moving in the morning. I can’t be groggy and try to navigate traffic!

  • Being a morning person is hard, I like to stay up late and I love to sleep in but my physical body alarm clock has me up by 7 every morning and if Im not forcing myself back to sleep, I am wide awake and typically ready to go.

    But, what I like to do to get my day going in the right direction is. I like to wake up, make coffee and oatmeal and then grab my computer and sit down for about an hour catching up on the news and the blogs I follow. I then create my to-do list for the day and then take a shower and get to that to-do list!

  • Shelby Leigh

    Lord, I can’t even get out of bed! I would love to re-wire my morning cycle, but after 5 years of trying, I am still hitting snooze for an hour every AM.

    I’d love some tips! 🙂

  • Renee

    Exercising always works for me! It gives me the energy to do everything.

  • i am not a morning person at all but have to be up early. i have to be out of the door by 6:40 every day. i have found that doing as much as i can the night before helps. i make my lunch, pick out my clothes, take my shower and have everything laid out. also, if you can wake up with natural light it really helps, i switched out my blackout curtains for some mid-weight curtains and it makes waking up so much easier. in the winter, i have battery-operated candles set on a timer, one more turns on every 5-10 minutes so the room slowly gets brighter. and since i’m not a coffee girl, i have an apple every morning.

  • Alison Hay

    This past year I started slipping into a non-morning-person routine. I never hit snooze, but I definitely was slow as molasses to get out of bed. My husband and I got a dog about a month ago and boy, has that changed my routine! I now am out of bed by 6:30am and take him for a walk. (I also am pretty excited to get up and see him every morning, he’s such a cutie!) Once I’m back from the walk I’m awake and ready to go. I definitely still get sluggish in the afternoon, but that’s just my body getting used to this new schedule. I love being back to my normal morning-person self!

  • Libby Parker

    When I was training myself to get up early, I made a point to put my phone (alarm clock) on the other side of my room so that I would have to put my feet on the ground in order to turn it off. That and a pair of slippers next to my bed. As long as you’re wearing “shoes” and standing upright, you might as well go wash your face. And then you have a whole morning to enjoy!!

    • Tia

      This is one of the only tips that has worked for me as well! Over the years I have even actually HID my phone in my closet the night before so I will have to quickly rummage for it when I wake up to turn the alarm off–effectively waking me up. 😀

  • I’m not a morning person at all but I find having something I like to eat and drink (usually a croissant and a flavoured coffee) gets me going. I also “reward” myself for waking up by checking my email on my phone to see all the nice messages and alerts from friends.

  • Bethany Davis

    Showering in the morning always wakes me up! I usually wake up, do some stretching, and then hop in the shower. Always give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning – it provides a small bit of relaxation before an often chaotic day at work!

  • I have to get up early in the morning for work but it’s definitely never easy. I try to do as much as I can to get ready for my day the night before (pack my lunch, pick my clothes, make sure I have everything I need for work, etc.) The less decisions I make in the morning, the better! Also coffee helps 🙂

  • Christina

    If I’ve fallen into a rut where I can’t wake up earlier than, say, 9 a.m., I’ll get back into the swing of things slowly. Each day I wake up 10 minutes earlier. It’s much nicer than forcing myself up two hours earlier one day. My body does not like that.

  • Tasha

    I moved my alarm clock to the opposite side of the room. Nothing can wake you up like stepping on a cold hardwood floor

  • Celeste & Pearl

    What a great post; thank you for sharing! These are great tips! At the end of the day (no pun intended, seriously!), the thing that helps me be a morning person (which I am wholeheartedly not!) is going to bed earlier. That’s it. When I get enough sleep, I feel better. Easier said than done, right? (It’s 10 p.m. and I’m blogging; need I say more?) Thanks for all the suggestions!

    Warmest, Liz

  • spacymd

    I am not a morning person, but if I get up and walk downstairs I am awake! Sounds silly but if I make myself move then I am awake enough to get on with my morning prep.

  • I am such a wannabe morning person. What usually works for me is setting a clear action for the morning to motivate me to get out of bed. It’s a fine line though – I’m still figuring it out myself. I usually have good luck with things like going for a short run, or working on a craft project before work. If it’s too hard of a task, I’ll never get out of bed. I mean, what non-morning person wants to get out of bed early to do something hard? If it’s too easy or short of a task, I won’t get out of bed because I’ll just convince myself to do it later.

  • LaurenSF

    I have a hard time relating to this topic because my schedule is completely different. My residency schedule is always changing, so some days I’ll be working nights, others I’ll start in the mornings, some days I’m on 24-hour call. To say I have a certain “routine” is ridiculous because it’s always changing. I typically don’t sleep more than 4 hours at a time though.

  • Elisabeth Shoop

    I exercise in the early evenings, which improves my quality of sleep and helps me fall asleep easier. That way, when my alarm goes off, I am rested enough to get up. Also, I have to physically get up to turn off my alarm – that helps.

  • lily

    The best advice I have may seem obvious, but set a daily alarm for the SAME TIME each and every day! (I have a different one for weekends that’s one hour later) I then shower every morning, which is really the quickest and easiest way to get going. Giving yourself at least an hour before having to go to work really helps too – if you’re rushing out the door, you won’t feel ready to be at work and will struggle to stay focused.

    The hardest, but also absolute BEST way to enjoy a full day and a great morning, is to get up and exercise. I used to have a great schedule which allowed me to do that, when I was in college, but now that I work at 9 every day it’s a little tougher. I’m going to try to get back into that routine, though!

  • Chelsea Ann

    I am a full-time university student that works 25-30 hours a week, resulting in 50 hours of work & class, excluding studying/homework. Naturally, I’m zombied out at the end of the day. I found the best solution for me is to have two alarms; my phone is next to my bed and it is set earlier than the second alarm, so I can anticipate getting out of bed in ten minutes. The second alarm is placed in my bathroom, so I am forced to go and turn it off, whereupon I am already standing in front of my sink so I might as well begin my morning routine.

    • Jasmine Simone

      I love the idea of putting the alarm in the bathroom! This is the best suggestion to help me get up out of bed, awake, and beginning my day. Thank you!

  • Emily Cleary

    Exercise!!! It’s amazing how much more energy I have throughout the day when I begin my day with a workout. It gives me a chance to clear my head, think, get ideas, find inspiration or just simply enjoy some great tunes while sweating. I feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. Plus, it doesn’t hurt knowing you got off on the right (and healthy) foot! Waking up earlier is the tough part, but if you gradually shift your sleep schedule, it’s possible. Move the alarm away from the bed so you have to get up to snooze. By then, you’ll already be up and won’t be as prone to go back to sleep.

  • Madalyn Sloan

    hit the gym first thing! getting up & getting there is the hardest part, but once you get started, the endorphins make for the best wake up call 🙂

  • Nicole

    This year, I started to hardcore study for a set of exams for my profession. As a result, I started getting up an hour earlier (5am vs. 6am) and I found that I was so much more productive. Now, I alternate waking up early to study or early to hit the gym. I have those moments of weakness as soon as my alarm goes off, but I try to remind myself how great it is to enjoy that extra hour every morning. Even when I’m done studying (HOPEFULLY SOON), I’ll continue to wake up and hit the gym each morning.

  • I consider myself a morning person, just a really slow moving one. I wake up with plenty of time to sit and watch good morning america while drinking my coffee and eating breakfast. If I had to rush around trying to get ready, I would be a frazzeled mess.

  • I get the most done in the mornings. I start with a big breakfast which is a must and drink a cup of tea and then, when most of my friends are still in bed I work. I grew up this way and was afraid to miss something because mornings were when the action happened at home.

  • Ana

    I’ve realized that I’m more of a morning person when I don’t have a strict schedule to adhere to. So, on mornings when I have to wake up and start getting ready to head to work right away, I don’t like mornings at all. But on days when I don’t have to be anywhere and I get to start my morning slowly by staying in bed and reading a book/magazine or heading to the kitchen for a little quiet time drinking a glass of warm lemon water, mornings are my favourite, and I don’t mind at all (I actually prefer it) to wake up as early as 6 o’clock.

  • Mornings are a struggle for me. But I find if I’ve already arranged to meet a friend for a morning cycle or work-out, I get out of bed because I don’t want to let her down. And the pay-off is I feel happier and more energised throughout the day!

  • It may not be the healthiest thing in the world, but I couldn’t function in the morning without my coffee. My schedule changes every day, but on the mornings when I have time I’ll do a quick yoga routine (10-20 minutes) or walk my dog while my coffee is brewing. Then I can sit and sip that glorious caffeine and read a book (or textbook).

    The other thing that’s become really important for me is to go to bed at the right time the night before! It’s impossible for me to be up and doing things by 7am if I didn’t get to sleep until 2am. I try to have my lights out by midnight at the very latest, every night, so I can get at least 6 hours of sleep.

  • After I get in the shower I still have an alarm that goes off while i am in the shower just to make sure that I am awake and I wish I could each breakfast in the mornings but that just upsets my stomach… not a morning person… I need advise from all of you, indeed.

  • auburngal

    I find that plenty of natural light in the morning helps me wake up. My brain still thinks its night time if my room is dark!

  • Monica Hall

    I used to work the opening shift at a coffee shop and had to be clocked in by 6 a.m. I used to sleep as late as I could and take the least amount of time to get dressed and ready for work. But I always felt so exhausted at work. Finally I decided to get up extra early so that I had time to shower and fix myself breakfast. I cannot tell you how much more awake I felt when I got up earlier and prepared for the day.

    I continued this routine when my college semester began, and I also got a SAD therapy light that I use in the winter that helps make you more alert. I also listen to my favorite music which puts me in a good mood. AND finally I like to write a bit in the morning before I start my day, I usually journal and answer the question, “If I could be, do, or feel anything today, what would I choose?” This simple activity has yielded amazing results for me!

  • Jae Chin

    I am already a morning person. I been adapted and trained by my mom to be up at 4 am since I was 9 years old. My dad passed away when I was really young and she had to lock me out of the rooms and kitchen before she left work at five am. I sat in the living room alone until my aunt came to take me to school. So it has been a very old habit and I can never sleep past 5 am unless I am dead tired from whatever happened the night before.

  • Elizabeth

    I used to be notorious for sleeping in late but I started to hate feeling like my days were gone once I finally woke up. I set my alarm to a cute happy song, do some yoga poses, and take the time out to make a wonderful breakfast. Now mornings are my favorite part of the day and I can’t imagine not indulging in the crisp air bright and early!

  • lily

    i have to take shower and drink a cup of coffee to make my day, fresh start 🙂

  • Christi Ziyambi

    I am a devout evening person. I dont drink coffee so if im up at about 6, by 9 im still walking around in a daze, if I do not wake up my way.There is something about the morning quite that i just love. I waited 7 years to find a couch that i loved, i invest in teas that i love and i collect mugs. If im looking for a place to rent it has to be north facing, since im in the southern hemisphere. Even my mother when i go house hunting with her, will decide that a unit is not fit for me because it doesnt get enough light. Favourite morning ritual, wake up before all the morning people in my life, sit on my couch with the curtains open and just watch the light colour the day drinking whatever tea im in the mood for. I dont even need a view, just the light moving accross a wall is enough for me. I currently live on the rise of a mountain valley in a surburb called the Valley. I love watching the mist chased away by the sunlight….from my bed.

  • Katie

    I started my first “adult job” last February, so having a consistent time to wake up has helped me {which it did not in school …}
    My morning has become like this:
    Alarm off at 7am, cats already wanting food, spend about 10min cuddling with cats and spouse {any longer & I’m back asleep}, start coffee, feed cats, clean cat litter, wash face, get dressed, start waking spouse, and then do makeup.
    I really found that having things to do routinely has really helped. Some mornings I just have a glass of water instead of coffee!

    Weekends are different, but I do find that many stores aren’t as busy before lunch hour and you don’t feel so rushed!

  • june1

    There’s a European thing about lighting a candle at the breakfast table, prob. because it’s often dark in the mornings, but I’ve found that a few moments of tea at the table with candlelight, before turning on the other lights, is a deeply comforting way to begin the day.

    • june1

      Got this from two different housemates, one German and one Swedish.