Happy Monday, friends! If you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram, you know how much I’m missing my cozy hotel room and beautiful chandelier at The Omni in Providence, Rhode Island now that I’m back at home. It was nice to spend a few days away again and take in a new city. I hadn’t been to Rhode Island in fifteen years — and I never made it to Providence before this trip. I’ll be sharing more later in the week about where to go for the perfect breakfast and what to do in the area, so stay tuned!
As I was reflecting on my trip (man, those few days went by fast) and all of the things I want to accomplish as we start the new week, something struck me. I’ve never been a morning person — I actually despise mornings. Why would I want to get up when my bed is so comfy? I’ve read a plethora of articles about how to train yourself to wake up earlier — and I’ve tried all of the tips. I justify my ‘I don’t do mornings’ stance by believing that there have to be people who are just not cut out for mornings. Perhaps I am one of those people. Nothing wrong with that.
But when I travel, I do manage to wake up early (well, “early” by my standards). The days feel longer, I feel more energized (maybe that’s just the additional cups of coffee I’m able to squeeze in), but most importantly, I can accomplish a lot more during my day. You may be reading this thinking, “Vanessa, I hope it didn’t take you long to make this realization.” No, thankfully it did not.
The incisive question here is this: how do you make every day feel like a vacation? What makes you excited to get out of bed, throw some clothes on, and start your day? The answer will be different for everyone. But I predict that when you can answer this question, mornings will look a whole lot different to you. Maybe instead of dreading what you have to do, you will start looking forward to what you can do with the day.
One way to do this that I’ve found helpful is to schedule something you enjoy first thing in the morning. It could be coffee with a friend before work, or a fitness class. By ensuring this is the first thing you do after you wake up, you’ll be more likely to want to get out of bed and get moving. For me, I enjoy starting my day off at a quaint coffee shop (but Starbucks will do just fine), while I sip my coffee and people-watch. My productivity level in the morning isn’t super high, so reading and commenting on other blogs is about all I can expect to accomplish in the early hours.
Whether your morning starts at 6 am or more like 9:30-ish, your outlook on the morning dictates your day. So when you’re tempted to hit snooze for the twentieth time and go back to sleep, take a deep breath, get up and tell yourself “you’ve got this!”
Are you a morning person? I’d love to hear what motivates you to get out of bed and start your day!