There are two types of people in the universe: those who love mornings and those who are night owls. The former can open their eyes when their alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and smile immediately. They gladly hop out of bed, take a shower and change into their work clothes, and whip up a healthy fruit-filled smoothie or a bowl of creamy maple syrup topped oatmeal. They whistle on the subway and plant themselves at their desk at work excited for the upcoming day. But non-morning people find each of these seemingly small daily tasks a complete struggle. They curse and groan the moment their alarm sounds, press snooze one time too many and end up late for work in the process, so they skip breakfast and end up being grumpy and starving by noon. It’s easy to see that being a person who enjoys mornings can make you a happier and more productive employee, and that the opposite only makes your life harder and makes it more difficult to do your job all day long. Check out this how-to guide and make yourself to be a morning person. Your health, mindset, happiness and career will all thank you.
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1. Make Breakfast Your Most Exciting Meal
Scrambled eggs, whole-wheat toast, orange juice. These are all breakfast staples and you’ve most likely had them almost every morning of your life. If you’re used to skipping breakfast, you settle for coffee and maybe a donut or blueberry muffin from a fast food place near your office, and you know how that goes. You’re only hungrier than you were before you enjoyed it, since pastry for breakfast doesn’t fuel your brain the way a healthy combination of protein, carbs and good fats does.
Say goodbye to your breakfast skipping days or those mornings spent eating less than thrilling meals. It’s time to rethink your breakfast game, and in the process you will wake up and look forward to eating something fun, which will make you love mornings. You will then have more energy at work from the second you land at your computer, and it will give you productivity and motivation for the rest of the day. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The most exciting food is usually junk food, whether it’s a cheesy pizza or a fudgy brownie. Think of those foods and make your breakfast resemble them – but in a health-promoting way, of course. If you love all things cheesy, make a breakfast pizza on a whole-wheat pita with cheese, tomatoes, some kale, and plop a fried egg or two on it when it’s finished cooking. It just needs a quick spin in the microwave. If you’re more of a dessert person, then spruce up your oatmeal with some sweetness. Add bananas, walnuts, maple syrup, and a scoop of creamy peanut butter. Now who wouldn’t want to wake up to that?
2. Wait to Have Coffee
This sounds crazy, right? What goes better together than mornings and a steaming hot cup of coffee? But think about it. You know what coffee tastes like and how it can make you more awake – you’ve only been drinking it every morning for years or even decades. But you’ve never tried a coffee alternative.
Sprucing up your morning routine is a good way to force yourself to actually enjoy the hours between 9 a.m. and noon and waiting to have coffee until lunchtime or the early afternoon will allow you to try some natural wake-up tricks. And, of course, anticipation makes you happy, so you will be in a better mood during your morning at work because you’ll be looking forward to finally enjoying that Starbucks.
There’s caffeine in cacao powder, which is a great natural version of cocoa powder. Have some in a mid-morning smoothie with milk and a banana. It will wake you up because it’s sweet and it tastes just like chocolate. What better reason to look forward to your morning at work than having a chocolate snack? Because cacao has serotonin you will be in a much better mood after enjoying it. And when we’re in a good mood, we’re more likely to not only accept what we’re doing but enjoy it. So you can have a newfound love for your job and you won’t even mind that it’s the a.m.
You can also try some green tea or put in on ice if you want to cool yourself down too. You’re still getting your caffeine – it’s just trying something different.
You will automatically end up drinking less coffee by enjoying a cup after lunch, and that’s a good thing for your job, too. We tend to get super anxious, nervous or even irritated when we drink too much coffee, and that can make us a less than thrilling employee since we can be quick to react to something our boss says. And when we crash when the caffeine wears off, we’re going to feel less motivated to work. So drink coffee later in the day and you will definitely impress at your job.
3. Spend Time on a Passion Project
Just as there are parts of our jobs that we dislike (like filing), there are the aspects that drive us to want to succeed. Find what that means to you and your career, and get it done in the morning. This will motivate you and make you look forward to the mornings because you will enjoy what you’re doing so much.
Of course, this isn’t always possible. There are some mornings that are filled with significant meetings or talks with our bosses or coffee dates with prospective clients. In that case, you can still be able to reframe your negative thinking about the early hours of the day. You can be in a good mood during the a.m. because you will be looking forward to working on what you’re passionate about in the afternoon when your morning meeting is over.
If your usual morning routine involves banging your head against your desk because you’re so tired and you hate all the admin-related tasks you have to do, then doing something as simple as getting the stuff that you’re interested in done in the mornings will change your focus. You will definitely fall in love with mornings when you do this.
4. Make the Mornings Your Social Time
You’re at work, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun, too. Two mornings a week -maybe on Wednesday mornings, because we all need some help to get through the middle of the week, and on Friday mornings- go for a quick ten-minute coffee (for them, green tea for you) break with the people you work with. You will all benefit from the mood booster that spending time with others gives you, and it will make your mornings more fun.
These brief, scheduled breaks will motivate you all since we tend to like our jobs and office environments more when we’re getting along with the people that populate the office. We’re social creatures. You will also appear to be friendly and a team player, which will only come in handy when you need the praise and support of your colleagues when you want to suggest something at a meeting.
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Follow this how-to guide and become an instant morning person. You will have more energy throughout the day, get more done, and have more fun. Because ultimately, what does success mean if we don’t enjoy it?