If working in early morning news doesn’t make you an expert in getting up early, I don’t know what will.
That’s me dressed with hair and makeup AND ready to GO at 4:28 AM! It’s SHOWTIME!
I have been doing the morning gig for over 6 years now. I can’t say I’ve necessarily gotten used to the early wake up call over the years, but I have found some ways to make the process of getting up and out the door a little easier. So I thought I’d share some of those tips I’ve picked up on to help make your early morning process as smooth as possible. Whether you have to get up everyday at the crack of dawn or just every once in a while for something special, I hope my experience can help you some.
1. Set multiple alarm clocks.
(oh… and I might play little mind games to make myself think I’m getting up later than I am… hence the 2 different times on the clocks. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I looked at this photo in the afternoon!)
You are more likely to sleep well if you are confident you will get up on time. You know that uneasy feeling when you wake up an hour before the alarm goes off and then you worry that you will oversleep? I know someone out there has had an early flight and felt that panic.
I set my regular alarm clock, a cheap battery backup and my phone. More than once in 6 years the 3rd alarm has been the only one to go off. But the combo hasn’t failed me yet. Knock on wood.
2. Rethink the snooze button
I know there are some people that just cannot do this… but if you can make yourself get out of bed on the first alarm, you will gain more uninterrupted sleep. If you are getting less than 8 hours a night, those extra 10 minutes can be pretty valuable. And beyond that, I can’t imagine what the hubby would do if I let my alarm clock go off 3 or 4 times in the middle of the night. He would not be happy!
3. Plan your clothes and accessories for the week on the weekend
So this is where a little prep work goes a LONG way. If you are getting up super early, it can be near impossible to figure out what to wear. If I had to pick out my outfit everyday in the middle of the night I would always be late. I find I can be VERY indecisive when I first wake up. Check the weather and pick out your outfits for the week ahead on your weekend. Hang any belts or special undergarments you need on the hangers with the outfits. I have a special corner of the closet for the week ahead. If you don’t have extra closet space, you can buy an over the door hanger just for these outfits.
Don’t forget the shoes!
I also keep a drawer with dividers for each day of the week. I put the jewelry I plan on wearing that week in the containers. I also add anything else I need to get ready in the morning like my contacts & medications. Make it easy for yourself in the morning. If I don’t do this, I will inevitably forget something.
Side tip—I keep an inexpensive necklace and earring sets in a zip lock bag so I don’t lose the earrings.
4. Prep a travel breakfast the night before
Must eat breakfast!! It’s the most important meal of the day… or so they say. I like to get out the door and moving first thing in the morning, so I bring a breakfast with me. I keep a variety of EASY and packable breakfast items. I take them with me and much through the morning that way my sugar levels never tank. Small, highly nutrient food can keep your energy up when you wake up before dawn.
Some of my favorite breakfast ideas….
Greek Yogurt – Can use in overnight oats or with granola & fruit thrown in a Tupperware
Fruit – Apples, Bananas, Grapes, berries (Just prewash them and make sure they are easy to grab, Put grapes or berries in baggies ahead of time)
5. Have your travel coffee/ tea mug ready
Oh and did I forget the caffeine? I don’t drink coffee, but I’m a slave to my tea. I have it all ready to brew the night before. If you have a regular coffee maker you can do the same thing by getting your cup out, putting the filter, grounds, and water in the pot. Set a timer or just have it ready to hit brew button. Any time saved getting out the door is longer you get to sleep!
Finally, A smile goes a long way in the morning to improve your sleep deprived mood. Put on your best positive attitude, even if it is fake, and eventually your mind will wake up and catch up to your body.
Do you have any tips for waking up early?
What time do you get up for work?