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    Am I Truly a Morning Person?

    By NiCole Hill of The Group Real Estate
    I have said it pretty much my whole life and sad to say have lived by it time and time again.  I am not a “Morning person.” For a fact I am not the type of person who jumps out of bed ready to take on the day. So once I got passed and practiced waking up early it felt great to be up and going almost every day, especially when i knew i would put those early morning hours to good use. I am able to have the time for myself. Even though I slowly still drag my butt out of bed and to the gym I feel better. I know that this habit of starting each day this way brings out the best in me. Maintaining this habit is hard if i didn’t commit myself: It began to feel normal and natural to be alert and active at this time. Aristotle said, “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”I believe what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. I started saying this “I am a huge fan of early morning hours. I’m a habitual early riser. I do my best writings in the mornings.”
    I started having a solid morning routine to ease me into a clear-minded, active, and productive day. According to some psychologist, the first three hour session of a day are your most precious for maximized productivity. Morning routines are great. No one likes being thrust into the day in a stressed, frazzled state of mind. I know I want a calm, deliberate morning that mentally prepares me for everything i have to do that day. “Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days, which inevitably create a successful life, in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life,” says Hal Elrod, author of “The Miracle Morning.” It pays to get a strong start to each day while feeling alert, awake, and motivated. Waking up early puts me firmly in control of each day. Early risers have the competitive advantage over everyone else. I consistently began my day with focus, clarity, and action. Your morning routine can automatically set the routine of habits. With the right strategy, your early mornings can be as productive as everyone else who makes the most of their mornings. I can be an early riser. It was hard to find a pattern that worked for me but it wasn’t impossible. I thought I already had a well-established wake-up ritual, but it was not the one i wanted. I had to Create a pre-sleep ritual
    My evening ritual determines the success of my morning routine.
    The last few things i would do before bed tend to have a significant impact on my mood and energy level the next day, as they often determine how well and how much I slept. The time before I go to bed is an ideal time to prepare myself for the morning. My Bedtime rituals can make or break my morning routine. Find a relaxing activity just before bed. Reading helps. Puzzles calmed me down. Whatever the activity, I tried to avoid TV and cell phone too close to bedtime. They emit a blue light, which suppresses melatonin (a hormone made by a small gland in the brain).Melatonin helps control my sleep and wake cycles. Normally, melatonin levels begin to rise in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours. My body has its own internal clock that controls my natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. I didn’t suppress it. It helped me sleep better. I started not to eat late. My body was still digesting food when I was trying to get to sleep, I had a tougher time falling asleep and wake up feeling worse off than if I would of just stayed hungry. I got my evening routine down and got used to going to bed at a certain time, I was able to get up earlier as a result. I Experimented to find my own unique routine.
    This is the most important principle of all. At first my current method of getting up each morning didn’t feel right to me and it didn’t work, so I tried something else. As I experimented to seek improvement, not perfection. I found minor tweaks that work a little bit better, and repeat. Aim for small gains, not big returns. Changing my body’s sleep rhythm was hard. It was important to make slow progress without huge costs to my health. I was really patient in developing this skill. There’s no rush. There was an adaptation period that I was shifting for my wake-up time, so I gave it time while my body adjusted to the new routine. I was fighting overwhelming fatigue and getting up early seemed virtually impossible, I cut back a few minutes each morning, not hours. When my alarm went off at 8 am at the moment, I tried 7:45am, not 6 am. And then 7:30am after a couple of days. I started slowly, by waking just 15–30 minutes earlier than usual. I got used to this for a few days. Then I cut back another 15 minutes. I did this gradually until I got to my goal time.It took some time to adjust, but the effects on my energy would be minimal, plus it’s the most enjoyable and it has a lower chance of failure. I thought about what I could do with that extra time. Even an extra 30 minutes per day is enough to exercise daily, read a book or two each month, meditate daily, or start a passion project that could become my life’s work. Slowly my body adjusted to the new routine. By starting small I focused on making the behavior automatic before I worried about making the behavior big enough that it produces a useful outcome. I experimented with a few different things in the past and figured out what worked for me. Soon I knew what things work for me, and I enjoyed starting my day. Practice makes permanent. One way I made mornings easier for myself is giving me something to look forward to when I got up. I planned my morning the night before. I also rewarded my positive morning’s habits. It is a great motivator. I gave myself a happy reason to wake and I’ll be less inclined to roll over and sleep.
    Benjamin Franklin’s meticulous “scheme” consisted of waking up at 5 a.m. and asking himself, “What good shall I do this day? And at the end of the night, Franklin asked himself, “What good have I done today?”
     “The best morning rituals are activities that don’t have to happen and certainly don’t have to happen at a specific hour. These are activities that require internal motivation.” Early morning alertness is a great habit to develop, and it will serve me well for decades. My daily morning routine is the foundation for my life. If I start off each day with a random script, then I’m going to get random results. Mastering my mornings set the tone for my entire day. Once I experienced how good it felt, I never want to go back.

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