Make Mornings Manageable

Posted July 22, 2014 by Marie Arcidiacono in On the Ladder
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During the school year I am an early riser. We’re talking 5/5:30am and when my students hear this they groan and follow with something along the lines of: “That’s way too early for me.” 

I’ll tell you a secret: That used to be way too early for me too. It wasn’t until about three years ago that my teaching schedule changed and I went from teaching late afternoon/night classes to early morning classes and I HAD to adjust.

At first getting up early was HARD. I was NOT a fan and complained every single day for the first year. Eventually I stopped fighting the early mornings and today I regularly tell my students that I prefer early morning classes and request to teach them.

We all have our own definition of what an early morning is for us (for me this is 5/5:30am) and some of us struggle to become content with our early mornings. I thought I would share my tips with you.

3 Ways to Help You Become a Morning Person:

  1. Go to bed earlier! This clearly seems like a “Duh” piece of advice but you’d be surprised at how little it actually gets practiced. I fought this one for a long time until I finally realized that part of the reason I hated getting up so early was because I was so tired. Why was I so tired? Oh right, I was not getting enough sleep. Slowly but surely I started to go to bed earlier and now I am HAPPY to go to bed at 9pm on week nights.
  2. Have a morning routine. To make my early mornings easier to handle I started getting into a routine. The Huffington Post had a good article recently that talked about how long it actually takes to form a habit (hint: it’s not 21 days) but rest assured it will get easier to get up early and function. Just learn to make it a habit and get into a routine.
  3. Get organized for the morning the night before. My life, and hopefully yours, became SO much easier in the early morning hours when I already had my things set out the night before. I knew what I was planning to wear (this alone saved me precious time and frustration) and most importantly, where my keys were! Not having to deal with the frustration of trying to find things made getting up early easier.

Honorable Mention: Caffeine. I know I am sure many of you are secretly screaming at your screens: “How is this not #1?!?!?!” I wondered that too as I sat down to write this list and then I dawned on me. In the beginning 5:30am was ONLY tolerable with copious amounts of coffee that’s not really the case anymore. Yes, my students will tell you that I am almost always highly caffeinated via coffee but it’s now about the act of drinking my coffee more so than the NEED for it to get me up.

Eventually becoming an early riser will become second nature. While it is almost impossible for me to sleep in on the weekend now I’ll take that over the feeling of dread I used to have when it came to waking up early.

In the meantime, share with me your favorite tip for helping you wake up early in the morning!


About the Author

Marie Arcidiacono

Marie is a Speech Communication professor who also coaches a debate team. She truly loves what she does and hopes to continue to teach for decades to come. In her "free time" she is an avid runner. Marie enjoys running a variety of distances, including the Half Marathon. She is dedicated to living as healthy a lifestyle as she can while balancing a very busy schedule. Marie loves to network and share ideas so writing for Career Girl Network is perfect for her. You can also read about her adventures on Why Not Girl!.