How To Become A Morning Person & Love It

Statistics show the most successful people in the world are… you guessed it. Morning people.

CEOs, athletes, artists and countless people deemed to be successful individuals have a secret weapon that all have access to, but few choose to take advantage of: the early morning.

On the contrary, I watch people who have so called “ambitions and passions” litter their social media with how they “hate mondays” or “It's way too early.” They continue to chase their dream by slamming the snooze button 4 times and starting their mornings with procrastination, frustration, or discouragement.

But what science has proven time and time again, is your morning routine sets the rhythm for the rest of your day.

So how can we amplify our motivation and energy in the morning? How can we change the behaviors we associate with 6:00am? Here are my 3 simple tips that are so practical, you'll find yourself becoming the annoying, go-getter morning person you thought you'd never be. πŸ™‚

1. Give Yourself 3-5 Minutes:
Don't just jump out of bed. Wake up, stretch, rub your eyes and just lay there. It's critical that this pre-alert time is free of stressful thoughts and tasks of the day. Rather, keep your mind focused on step two.

2. Start With Something You Love:
I don't care if it's breakfast, showers, sex, playing with your kids, stretching, or reading the news. Whatever it is, do it directly after step one. This will help re-associate morning time with emotions of excitement and pleasure.

3. 300 Seconds of Exercise
Within the first 30 minutes of waking up, perform a quick exercise routine. The goal here is not “fitness,” instead it's to increase energy and stimulate your mind to elevate mental performance for the day. Furthermore, this quick routine will help release serotonin (happy hormones) during a time where you likely used to produce cortisol (stress hormones). Shockingly, science says if you do this for just 5 days, your body will begin to identify mornings with joy rather than tension and anxiety.

As a bonus, I also included this incredibly well designed infographic. It's worth a full read.


Are you a morning person? If not, what has stopped you in the past?

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68 Responses

  1. About two years ago i made a radical shift with my morning by waking up at 4:30 am in the morning. Part of it had to do with leaving early to catch the bus to work but after about a month or so it started to become apart of me and starting early seems like the best way to avoid ciaos and the rush. Thanks for sharing these tips have something new to try

  2. I have fine my entire life back and forth, lately more of a back wanting to get every second of sleep possible. One thing i am painfully aware of is that ten minutes of the snooze button cause more anxiety than rest. I am knowledgeable of how to make life more productive and enjoyable but it is great getting your emails like this to remind me and give a little motivation. Thanks Dale <3

  3. This is great. I am a morning person but there are several thing that you mention here that I do not do right now. Will definitely begin with the 300 seconds of exercise from now on. Thanks for the wisdom.

  4. Good tips Dale, would like to hear what is your morning routine?

    I’m also morning person, I just like waking up before sunrise and start my day with meditation when everything is still quiet out there.

    There are really two simple things I need to achieve that. Go sleep till 10 pm and turn off my phone.
    And If there are people who use phone for alarm or something else, just put it on plane mode, it immediately stops all the communication with routers in your house and other potential gadgets.

    1. That’s excellent, Marco. πŸ™‚ I wake up for about 5-10 minutes stretching and yawning, hop on my phone for a few minutes to get my eyes to wake up, then I spend some time in prayer, then hang with my wife and daughter for a few during breakfast. Then I ease into my work day. πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you form your inspiring note. I try to do it ! πŸ˜‰ Have a nice day Dale πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for the great tips Dale! Inspiring. Will try these tips from now on. I have always tried to maximize my sleep and also being a person who enjoys staying up late together with needing around 8 hours sleep makes it a struggle for me to get up in the morning.

  7. I have always struggled with mornings. I am starting to see how much I want to be, though. I have always tried to accomplish EVERYTHING simultaneously seconds after waking, five minutes before I need to be wherever I need to be. This article was really helpful in its simplicity, I acknowledge that I cannot do what needs to be done until I’ve taken care of myself. So, what has held me back is lack of planning, and a genuine belief that it is possible. Thank you for your encouragement, Dale. I am capable of being a morning person!!!

  8. I am not, have never been, a morning person. I don’t sleep well and I often feel tired throughout the day. I’ve said repeatedly “I wish I was a morning person” but have never found a way to make it work! I’m definitely going to try your plan! I believe it would affect my whole life positively!!

  9. Hi Dale, great post! I have never been a morning person and always tired in the morning but started to plan early morning coffees or brekkies at 7am with good friends before work. I do this at least 1-2 times a week. It’s either that or exercise! By the time I get to the office I am so positive and enegised for the day! It’s actually funny to think that the exact thing that would take away from my sleep is giving me more energy! πŸ™‚

  10. Only 3 steps?? That’s wonderful. I also have struggled with this “morning person” business. I work early on the weekends and it’s hard enough for me to get up early in the morning during the week! I will definitely try these tips out! Thanks so much, Dale!

  11. I am a night owl, which makes mornings very difficult. Bed by 10pm is key as I NEED 8 hours of sleep to feel human. But I keep trying to become a morning person…. thanks for the extra tips on how to make it happen more easily.

  12. I printed this out and trying to think what I can do differently .
    I’m a school bus driver from 5:15 to 5:00 pm . I wake up 3:50 am . That’s very early to function .
    Trying to become more successful , I am a Marykay Independent Consultant.
    I squeeze that into my day to day life .
    Saturday’s I try to catch up from the week but also need decompression time .
    Day to day I try to keep up on laundry .
    Saturday’s are yard work for my home and cleaning inside plus Marykay organization or meal planning , some baking .
    Any suggestions ?

    1. Wow you are a busy person! My suggestion is to take the tips from this blog and figure out a way you can customize them to your unique schedule. You may do things out of order but you can do it! Just have to figure out what fits where πŸ™‚

  13. I’ve always wanted to be a morning person, but, even when I was a small child I remember having a hard time getting up in the morning. Even Christmas morning I struggled. Not much has changed. I just can’t seem to make my mind wake up. My body can get up but my mind struggles to keep up. It’s very strange. Any suggestions?

    1. I am the same way Carrie. All my life! I have a circadian sleep disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. I have been clinically diagnosed by a doctor board certified in sleep disorders. Hard wired to be on a time delay from what the rest of the world views as normal. I’d love to be a morning person but it will never happen. Even when I worked 8-5, I did not become creative until later in the day. People with DSPS can force new routines but they will eventually drift back to where their bodies are meant to naturally be. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but there are just some of us God chose not to be morning people.

  14. Hey I work second shift 3-11pm so have an opposite schedule as a lot of people. My free time is before work instead of 5 oclock when everyone else gets off. I always find it hard to wake up and get stuff done right away knowing I have to work later. I’ve been trying to train myself to use my time more in the morning and I think this will help! Let me know if you have any suggestions for those of us with odd schedules!

    1. I’ve never had a schedule quite like that, but I would encourage you to take the tips listed in this blog and put them into practice, as they aren’t just for “9-5ers”. You may have to customize some of the tips but only you know your limits and all the little things in your life that demand your time. Good luck πŸ™‚

    2. I am a shift worker who works two twelve hour dats followed by two twelve hour nights. I function much better at night. I am okay between six am and noon and after one pm feel exhausted. Maybe more if a night hawk?

  15. Hye, i was a morning person before i work in a shift working hour. My working time not helping at all. now i resign and i want to be an entrepreneur. Self employed and i’m facing this problem. thank you for the ideas and suggestions. I will take this as my good start. πŸ™‚ Please let me know if you have any suggestion for me as a businesswoman to be.

  16. Love these ideas! I’m happy to say that I am a morning person and people are genuinely shocked and think I’m joking when I say so! I can definitely start incorporating the 5 minutes of exercise into my morning routine, this was so helpful!

  17. I call myself a sun person. I have no truble at all getting up before 6am in the Summer, but have really hard time getting up at 6am in the Winter. I don’t have a choice, because I have to be at work at 7am (no later than 8am) and I also have to walk the dog (not he most pleasant thing in pitch dark and extreme cold). Rutine and planing ahead do help. And getting to bed no later than 10pm. If it were up to me, I would get up when the sun rises.

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