As an aspiring morning person, I have been trying to force myself to wake up a little earlier than I usually would. And by that I mean, waking up at 10am and not at 3pm.
Ahh Summer, now that I’ve finished university for the year and will start my second year in September (FUCK) the only reason I now have to get out of bed is to go to the work. This can be a pain sometimes too for me, do you know what I mean? When someone asks you to take their shift or your request for more hours thinking ‘Just think about the money’ and then it actually comes round to waking up at 7am and you’re like ‘no pls’ Because thats what I need to stop telling myself.
If you don’t have a job, then great, I envy your financial stability but these tips could also work for you, to help get you motivated and into a healthy routine over the summer. So lets get into the tips!
- Don’t set unnecessary alarms
When it comes down to setting your alarms at night I think sometimes I get a bit optimistic. I end up setting ones every half an hour from 7am until 9am when I don’t actually have to be up until 9:30. If you set alarms you don’t need, its not going to start your day off right as all you’ll be doing is telling yourself ‘ah ignore that one, try again next time’ and next thing you know, you’re late because you’ve skipped too many. Set alarms that you NEED! Theres no point stressing yourself out in the morning and beating yourself up about not being awake earlier is there.
2. Write yourself a to-do list
At night, just after I’ve got back from the gym and can start making my dinner (yes, I do actually go to the gym now) I start writing out a list of a few things I want to do with my time tomorrow such as:
- Go to the gym, 30 minute cardio
- Write a new blog post
- Make something new for tea
- Clean your room
- Organise your school or university work
- Re-arrange your room
- Decorate your room, hang pictures, lights or buy a rug
- Put the radio on (weird I know but I listen to smooth radio)
- List all of the outfit ideas you have and start budgeting your money and looking for places you could get your dream wardrobe from (I do this a lot)
- Walk to the shops and have a look around, buy a magazine or a strange drink
These are just some of the things that I try to put into my day to make me feel more fulfilled by the end of it. Since I’m moving out soon into a new house, I’m constantly planning out where everything is going to go in my new room and how I’m going to decorate. Its the little things.
3. Focus on TODAY
I think that when it comes down to planning, most of us get too caught up in the future to the point where we can’t focus on today. So start your morning off by telling yourself that you are capable of achieving whatever it is you said you were going to do and make sure that you do them. Motivation is tricky, especially if its something that you don’t want to do like go to the dentist or pick your siblings up from school etc. But you have to suck it up and do it, because for everything you don’t want to do, there must be something you can’t wait to do. Focus on the positives and be self motivated.
4. Treat yo’self
This one is very important. Throughout the day whilst you’re cleaning and doing all the other disgusting and repetitive things you’ve told yourself to do, make sure you look over your work at the end e.g. the cleaning and respect the change you’ve made. I know I hate cleaning but I find myself being so happy when I have a clean space around me or my bed is made.
Once all the boring stuff is done, treat yo’self. I always do this by watching a good few hours of youtube videos, hauls, decor ideas, vlogs from my favourite bloggers etc. This might sound kind of weird but I really do love watching youtube videos recently, I feel like they alone motivate me, wether that be with my fashion and style choices, the way I look at things and even the ways I wish to decorate my new room. There is inspiration, new ideas and motivation everywhere, we just need to find it.
5. Find something you love and be the person you want to be
Recently I have been trying to eat healthy, along with my boyfriend and a few of my flat mates. Drinking more water, exercising regularly, getting into a routine and actually being excited to make new meals for myself. I feel so much better for doing all of this I can’t even explain. As well as doing my blog to support my university work, I also really, really enjoy writing posts every week for you. I love writing and I love blogging, I’m not the most confident person in the world when it comes down to sharing my posts on my social media but I’m sure some day I will. I am trying to be healthier so that I can feel healthier and start my day off better : )
6. EAT BREAKFAST
I can’t stress enough how important this is every morning. I wake up and I’m immediately hungry in the morning so I usually can’t wait to eat. There nothing wrong with eating straight away, just like there isn’t in waiting an hour or so before you eat. I’ve started not checking my phone first thing in the morning, I leave it half an hour or so to get my to-do list and other ideas floating around my head. Then I will go and make a coffee, usually have toast, beans and sausage and then drink lots of water.
Try being more excited by your food choices and I promise that even if its not the healthiest of meals, you will feel healthy for having had something you really wanted.
I hope that this post can help, inspire and maybe motivate some of you to start to plan out your day and achieve new things on a regular basis, I know that it has helped me tremendously.
I’d love it if you could comment and let me know what you thought of this post and if you had any ideas for new posts you want to see on my blog.
Thanks for listening – Mel