Falling back to become a morning person

4:57 PM

Falling back is a pretty great time of year. The air is cold and crisp, snuggling in bed feels fantastic, and you get to break out that new "insert cute cold weather clothing item here." However, my absolute favorite thing is resetting my internal clock.

Falling back has always been a day to re-set my morning habits and the season starts with dreams of waking up daily fully refreshed to start a perfect and nicely paced pre-work morning. Unfortunately, this typically lasts approximately 2 days and then old habits prevail. I am racing to work after waking exhausted, forcing myself out of bed after far too many minutes of nodding off between reading Facebook posts, and then spending far too long switching outfits to find the right one. 

However, this year will be different and I thought I would share why:

  1. Set bedtime schedule - I used to think this was crazy, but for the past 3+ weeks I have been going to bed between 10:00 and 10:45 and waking up between 7:00 and 7:15...the results have been phenomenal. A small part of me feels like I am sleep training myself like a 4 month old...oh well. I try to keep this up on weekends as well. Using this rhythm has made it easier for me to fall asleep and has helped me to ensure I get the right amount of sleep (for me 8 1/2 to 9 hours). If you do nothing else use falling back as a way to reset your routine and then stick to it.
  2. No lingering in bed (except maybe a bit on weekends) - Because of the new routine I am feeling more refreshed in the morning and don't need to hit the snooze button 12 times. But on those occasions when I still don't want to spring out of bed, I usually allow myself a set amount of time (10 min) to do things on my phone (Facebook, Instagram, email, check the weather, etc.). The light from the phone really helps to get my brain going. The next thing for me to try is an alarm that changes the light to mimic the sun (ahhh the joys of midwest living and a sunless winter). 
  3. Pack up the night before - As a tween I read in American Girl Magazine a guide to getting ready in the morning in 10 minutes. The trick was to lay everything out the night before - outfit, backpack fully packed, and lunch in the fridge ready-to-go. Taking inspiration from my 12 year old self I have started packing, at a minimum, my lunch the night before. On a good night I also pack my work bag. The outfit thing is too much for me. Every time I have tried it I still decide on a different outfit in the morning. You win some you lose some.
  4. Use a capsule wardrobe - Picking my clothes is much easier now that I have a limited number of items in my closet and everything goes together (well most things). I can't stress the benefit of this enough. Find more on putting a capsule wardrobe together here
  5. Don't wash your hair daily - this one might not be for everyone, but I started this a few weeks ago. I wash my hair at night, then use a curling iron for beach waves the next morning. The following day I use a bit of dry shampoo in the morning and it takes 30 seconds to finish my hair for the day. Some women only do their hair once a week or get blow outs a few times a week instead. 
What are your critical time saving measure for the morning? Anyone else use falling back to set new morning routines?

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