There are two types of people in life: the ones who are ready to hit the ground running the minute their alarm goes off in the morning, and the ones who can’t seem to manage dragging themselves out of bed before work, no matter how hard they try. But the difference between the morning people of the world and those who dread the fact that sunrise means it’s almost time to start the day could all be a state of mind.
The fact is, few of us actually want to get out of bed in the morning, but the secret to a smoother morning is simple: find one thing that will motivate you to get out of bed in the morning, and focus on it. The key is to find ways to make getting out of bed in the morning feel more enticing than staying in bed, so pinpointing something in your day that helps you feel more exciting about getting out from under your covers is the best way to make it happen.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to have something super exciting or out-of-the-ordinary going on every day in order to make getting out of bed every morning feasible. Instead, just find ways to focus on smaller pleasures that you might look forward to throughout the day. Maybe you’re excited about presenting a project that you’ve been working on at work, or there’s a funny story you can’t wait to share with you’re coworker on your lunch break. Maybe you’re signed up for a new workout class in the evening that you can’t wait to try after work, or you’re just excited to get through the day so that you can finish the last chapter of the book you’re reading at the end of the day. Whatever your motivator may be, just focus on the little moments throughout your day that will help you swing your legs over the side of the bed and get your day started.
The main reason for doing this is so that you have something to look forward to on a particularly long day, or a day where nothing seems to be going your way. Throughout the day, remind yourself of the thing that’s been on your mind since waking up and let it power you through the day.