How I Became an Early Bird

April 11, 2018

Hello… It’s me, just about keeping my head above water! I’ve been a busy bee with university deadlines (three done, one and a bit more to go!), and doing plenty of work for some of my current clients.

Today, I wanted to share with you something I’ve always wanted to talk about, and something I’ve been researching into for a while now and I think I’ve just about got this down to a T.

It’s no secret that I have always been an early bird – I always got up at 6:00 on a morning for school, and when I was working full-time, to be up and out of the door by 7:30. Now, when I’m at university, I’ll happily wake up at 7:00 to be in the library or lectures, for eight or nine o’clock.

You’re thinking ‘She’s mad!?’

Yes, I may well be crazy… Truth be told, I can’t actually lie-in anymore; as much as I would love to! My body naturally wakes up around seven o’clock, nowadays and once I’m awake… Well, I may as well just get up and get a shower?

I’m not the kind of person to stay in bed until eleven or twelve o’clock because, in my mind, I feel as though I could be doing better things with my time, rather than lazing about in bed, or trying my hardest to go back to sleep, when my body clearly doesn’t want to.

I’m most productive on a Morning

It’s true when I tell you that you won’t ever catch me doing an all-nighter in the library. I much prefer to get in there early in a morning, with a mug of tea (and maybe some breakfast if I haven’t had time to eat before leaving the house), and my work. I personally prefer the silent area of the library and to have my music playing through my headphones or a good podcast, even.

So, how do I do it?

– Have an alarm you like: Using my iPhone’s ‘Bedtime’ in my clock app, I can track my sleep cycle. I also have a wake-up sound called ‘Birdsong’ which is something that is calming to listen to first thing in a morning, and something that I’m not going to instantly want to hit snooze on.

– Get up and out of bed on a morning: I also place my phone away from arms reach, so that I have to physically get out of bed on a morning to switch off my alarm. I have no intention to go back to bed.

– Having a daily routine is a must: First thing is hopping in the shower, getting dressed, having a cup of tea and/or some breakfast and then heading to lectures or the library.

– Speaking of sleep cycles: I’m usually quite tired at about ten or eleven o’clock on a usual night (unless I have to psych myself up for a night out, or house party) and I’m normally in bed going off to the land of Nod. If I don’t get my eight hours of sleep, you’ll know about it!

– I take a break from technology on an evening: I’ll do my best to have my phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode any time after 8pm, to be totally honest. If there was an emergency, then someone would call me. Recently, I’ve been getting into the habit of switching off my laptop around 10:00 and reading for an hour before bed.

There we have it! I hope you found this post useful. How do you go about your daily routine? Tell me, are you an early bird or a night owl? Let’s get a conversation going in the comments.

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