HOW TO MASTER YOUR MORNINGS
‘Not many of us are morning people. We prefer to be night owls, prowling in the dark until the wee hours and rushing on the streets with a coffee in hand in the mornings. Here’s a quick guide on how we can master those dreaded morning hours.’
There is no perfect reason for you to become a morning person overnight. (See what we did there?) In fact, more and more research into the workings of geniuses in human history show that there is a high degree of correlation between genius IQ and nocturnal behaviour. So if you’re unable to follow the ‘early-to-bed-early-to-rise’ mantra, then it could just be that you’re a genius. Go and get an IQ test done.
On the off chance that you’re not a genius, though, and that you’re normal, then becoming a morning person will most certainly make you more productive. Why? Because the world is set up that way. You need to go to school in the mornings. Most workplaces open in the mornings. Most people structure their lives such that they perform activities during the day and ‘wind down’ during the evenings. So if you design your life in the reverse order, it could just make you a misfit.
So here goes – four quick tips to master your mornings.
1. Pack your lunch the night before
If the idea of packing lunch is keeping you grumpy in bed at dawn, then remove the thought completely by packing your lunch the night before. All you need to do is make an extra serving of dinner and chuck it into the refrigerator. Anything that reheats well is fair game here. The icing on the cake is that you get to spend an extra ten minutes or so in bed without having to worry about lunch.
2. Go low maintenance
If you’re spending a lot of time in front of the mirror in the mornings, and if you’re always running out the front door for that train or bus, consider going low maintenance. That doesn’t mean you look like a hobo. It could be as simple as adding a dry shampoo to your mobile beauty kit. The plus side of this is that you get extra volume in your hair with no grease. Win-win!
3. Have a slow-release breakfast
Who would want to watch over a boiling vessel of milk or an overturned omelette the first thing in the morning? Wouldn’t it make you want to go back to sleep? Instead, kickstart your day with nuts and berries that can be popped into your mouth immediately after you wake up. Wash them down with milk and you’re ready to tackle whatever the day has in store for you. For starters, you’re awake.
4. Sidestep your smartphone
Admit it. We all do it. The first thing you do on waking up is check the Facebook feed on your phone. Right? Now is the time to put it aside and not get to your Facebook feed until after you’ve reached your means of commute. You will have plenty of time to reply to all those important messages (not!) from your friends.