Confession: I am not a morning person.
I think the only time in my life I could easily get up before 8am was when I was in California. Waking up in CA at 8:00am was easy because it was the equivalent to 11:00am on the East Coast. My body just naturally wants to get up at 11:00am. I often joke that naturally I am just on California time. Living in New York however California time is of no help to me.
During the work week, I must leave my house at 7:40am to be able to make my train and get into work on time. Lately my morning routine has gone completely off the rails. I hit the snooze button at least 4 times and sleep in past 7:00am which of course leaves me scrambling to get out the door on time. I shower, dress, brush my teeth, put on tiny bit of makeup and run out the door. No time for breakfast which means I must buy a pastry and a coffee on the way to work. It just does not feel like a healthy way to live. I am constantly exhausted and constantly drinking more and more coffee.
This week I decided that I am slowly going to ease myself into a better morning routine. I would love to be one of those people who can read the paper in the morning over a nice cup of coffee at their kitchen table. Well perhaps my morning would be slightly different since I don't have a kitchen table or subscribe to a newspaper but sitting at the tiny table squeezed into corner of my small living room and reading online news with a cup of coffee would work too.
So here is the list of things I want to try to slowly ease myself into a better morning routine.
New Morning Routine
1. Every week for six weeks I will set my alarm 10 minutes earlier until I can wake up at 6:00am
2. Set my clothes out the night before. (I find I dress better if its all laid out)
3. Eat Breakfast at home.
4. Brew my own coffee. (I may still take some to go but would love a cup at home)
Future Goal: Once I can get up at 6:00am I would love to do a little exercise in the morning. Nothing crazy maybe a little yoga, a Pilates DVD or 20 minutes of rowing. Just something to get the body going.
Are you a morning person?
Do you have any secrets that make your mornings easier? I would love to hear about them if you do!