How to get motivated every day when you wake up

Mornings might be tough, especially in winter, when you feel like staying in bed all cozy and warm the whole day! That is why we need a little help and tricks to get us moving and start the day on the right foot.

Being motivated every day is not impossible if you know how to trigger it. So, since motivation is one of the four main pillars of my mentoring programs, I want to share with you today three of the best tips I have to get motivated every morning starting now!

1.- Morning, Affirmations

Affirmations are key! Starting the day with positive thoughts will increase your motivation for the rest of the day. Think about it, wouldn’t it be great to start every day listening to others’ compliments or your own positive thoughts? With daily morning affirmations, you will start feeling unstoppable. So, ask yourself for a second: What would you like to hear every morning? What makes you really happy when other people tell you that? What is something that you always say to yourself to give you strength? It could be something simple like “I am going to have a great day” or “I know I can do it!”.

Or even better, if you want to take it to another level, increase the intention and the reflection on these thoughts and make it personal, describe how you want your day to be like and say it in a positive way and use the first person when speaking, this way you will notice how you are the main character of the story.

2.- Do something you love

After saying your affirmations, it is time to do something you love, something you know makes you happy every time you do it. Because who doesn’t want to start their mornings with the best mood? Spoiler alert: you don’t need to spend one hour every morning to be happy. It could be doing yoga for 15 minutes, reading a chapter of the book you are still waiting to start, painting mandalas, or maybe dancing to your favorite song! Do whatever brings joy to you, and you will notice how your mornings look very different.

It doesn’t have to be the same activity every day but being consistent with what you do will increase the chances to make it a habit, and you will start noticing changes very soon. I want you to write down what you like, what you love, and what makes you happy. Once you have it done, it is time for you to start having some fun in the mornings.

3.- Enjoy your breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is true! I’m not talking from a health perspective, but from one that I can assure you will increase your motivation. Having a good breakfast will make you feel worth the effort of getting up, and also, by feeling like you deserve it, it will increase your self-confidence and esteem. It doesn’t have to be a fancy breakfast as those you see in movies (but you can totally have those too!), just give yourself something you like every day, and take the time to enjoy it. This is very important because we tend to be in a rush and even eat breakfast standing up or on the subway. Give yourself permission to have that time to be calm and eat.

This step is a game-changer for those days where you need extra motivation. For example, if you have a big interview and you love pancakes, this is the perfect time to make them.

Pro tip: Give yourself a break!

If you want to keep the motivation high throughout the whole day, you need to slow down a little bit. Take several pauses where you can breathe and listen to something that puts a smile on your face. It could be a song that makes you want to dance or a meditation to bring energy back into your body.

It is also important to drink a lot of water, not only for your health but also for your productivity and energy level. I know you probably think it is not easy to drink 8 glasses of water per day, but when you incorporate this habit into your routine and make it part of your breaks, you will find yourself drinking water without you even notice it.

So, are you going to start your mornings feeling motivated?

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

How did you feel when you woke up this morning?

Maybe you were tired, or weary, or perhaps even sad. Sometimes life can be stressful, and it can be difficult getting up in the morning knowing you have a whole day of work ahead of you until you can just relax.

Motivation can be fickle—sometimes you wake up and feel on top of your game, ready to take on the day, and sometimes you just want to curl up under the sheets and stay there.

But don’t stay in bed! There are ways to wake up motivated and ready to take on the world. Follow these tips and see if they perk you up when you get out of bed every day.

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

How to Wake Up Motivated Every Day

1. Make a sweet playlist

Make a playlist of songs that pump you up or inspire you so you can listen to them in the morning as you’re getting ready. Not only will you make your morning routine more fun, but you’ll get motivation to keep on going.

Plus, having a pump-up song stuck in your head all day makes everything you do cooler. (I once had “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan stuck in my head for a solid week, and I swear I got more done that week than I have in ages.)

2. Take time to appreciate your accomplishments

This seems like an easy, if not natural, thing to do—but there are many people who don’t stop to appreciate how far they’ve come before they start rushing to the next task on their to-do list. Feeling proud of what you’ve done is a great feeling, and you deserve it!

If you feel proud of what you’ve done, you’ll feel motivated to keep on going every day so you can keep on feeling that again and again. Each day when you wake up, think about some of your accomplishments and let that feeling push you to do more each day.

3. Make a bedside collage

Cut out or print pictures of everything that inspires you—quotes, images, people, whatever gets you going. Make a collage, whether it’s tiny or massive, and put it next to your bed. That way, you’ll go to bed and wake up looking at your inspirations so you’ll be reminded to stay motivated.

Who knows—maybe you’ll even dream of some good ideas to help you get ahead.

4. Keep a journal

Keep a daily journal that you can write in at least twice daily. Keep it next to your bed (maybe next to your collage for double motivation!) so you can write about what you accomplished that day before you go to bed, or just general thoughts you’re having about your goal—and you can write what you plan to accomplish as soon as you wake up.

It sounds crazy, but writing it down will help keep you focused!

5. Get the housework done at night

This might sound trivial, but think about it—even if you wake up the most motivated you’ve ever been, all of that goes out the window when you walk into the kitchen and see a big sink full of smelly dishes. Clutter can be overwhelming and can take your mind off your goal.

Get your place clean at night so you can wake up motivated and ready to go!

6. Let yourself recharge

It’s great to be determined, but that doesn’t mean you need to work and work 24/7. You need time to recharge, or you’ll wind up burnt out—and there’s no way to be productive when you’re burnt out. If you’re starting to get stressed, give yourself an evening of rest and relaxation so you can wake up feeling motivated and ready to go.

7. Think positively

The fastest way to rid yourself of any motivation is to have negative thoughts. Positive thinking is unbelievably powerful and is essential to waking up motivated every day. Don’t let yourself be your biggest hurdle—be your own ally so you can stay focused on the task at hand.

The Takeaway

How do some people seem to wake up motivated?

Here’s the secret: even if motivation seems like a dangling carrot just out of your reach, in reality, it is always within your reach—from the very moment you open your eyes in the morning. By making a pump-up playlist, appreciating your accomplishments, making a bedside collage, keeping a journal, getting housework done at night, letting yourself recharge, and thinking positively, you can hop out of bed feeling ready to take on the world.

How to get motivated every day when you wake upSammy Nickalls is the Content Manager at Inspiyr.com. She is an avid health nut and a lover of all things avocado. Follow her on Twitter or Pinterest.

Originally posted 12/2013 and updated 12/2014.

Mornings might be tough, especially in winter, when you feel like staying in bed all cozy and warm the whole day! That is why we need a little help and tricks to get us moving and start the day on the right foot.

Being motivated every day is not impossible if you know how to trigger it. So, since motivation is one of the four main pillars of my mentoring programs, I want to share with you today three of the best tips I have to get motivated every morning starting now!

1.- Morning, Affirmations

Affirmations are key! Starting the day with positive thoughts will increase your motivation for the rest of the day. Think about it, wouldn’t it be great to start every day listening to others’ compliments or your own positive thoughts? With daily morning affirmations, you will start feeling unstoppable. So, ask yourself for a second: What would you like to hear every morning? What makes you really happy when other people tell you that? What is something that you always say to yourself to give you strength? It could be something simple like “I am going to have a great day” or “I know I can do it!”.

Or even better, if you want to take it to another level, increase the intention and the reflection on these thoughts and make it personal, describe how you want your day to be like and say it in a positive way and use the first person when speaking, this way you will notice how you are the main character of the story.

2.- Do something you love

After saying your affirmations, it is time to do something you love, something you know makes you happy every time you do it. Because who doesn’t want to start their mornings with the best mood? Spoiler alert: you don’t need to spend one hour every morning to be happy. It could be doing yoga for 15 minutes, reading a chapter of the book you are still waiting to start, painting mandalas, or maybe dancing to your favorite song! Do whatever brings joy to you, and you will notice how your mornings look very different.

It doesn’t have to be the same activity every day but being consistent with what you do will increase the chances to make it a habit, and you will start noticing changes very soon. I want you to write down what you like, what you love, and what makes you happy. Once you have it done, it is time for you to start having some fun in the mornings.

3.- Enjoy your breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is true! I’m not talking from a health perspective, but from one that I can assure you will increase your motivation. Having a good breakfast will make you feel worth the effort of getting up, and also, by feeling like you deserve it, it will increase your self-confidence and esteem. It doesn’t have to be a fancy breakfast as those you see in movies (but you can totally have those too!), just give yourself something you like every day, and take the time to enjoy it. This is very important because we tend to be in a rush and even eat breakfast standing up or on the subway. Give yourself permission to have that time to be calm and eat.

This step is a game-changer for those days where you need extra motivation. For example, if you have a big interview and you love pancakes, this is the perfect time to make them.

Pro tip: Give yourself a break!

If you want to keep the motivation high throughout the whole day, you need to slow down a little bit. Take several pauses where you can breathe and listen to something that puts a smile on your face. It could be a song that makes you want to dance or a meditation to bring energy back into your body.

It is also important to drink a lot of water, not only for your health but also for your productivity and energy level. I know you probably think it is not easy to drink 8 glasses of water per day, but when you incorporate this habit into your routine and make it part of your breaks, you will find yourself drinking water without you even notice it.

So, are you going to start your mornings feeling motivated?

Published on: 14 March 2019

Last updated on: 19 June 2020

  • Wake up early
  • Drink a pint of water first thing in the morning
  • Focus on one task
  • Keep learning
  • Sustain your sense of purpose

It’s the little things that matter and adding them to your daily routine can make the world of difference long term. Certain habits and practices that you do every day can lead to increased motivation and productivity long term. That is, if they are healthy habits.

It’s easy to take little steps like these and you will thank yourself later when you have found new loves, passions and a new healthy routine.

Wake up early

If motivation and procrastination is your issue, this can be kicked by waking up early. It may feel hard to force yourself out of bed in the morning, but you’ll feel proud and happy, and won’t start the day with negative guilty feelings. An article lists life-changing daily habits suggests that consistently waking up early will get rid of laziness and procrastination.

It may be gradual, but you will find getting up early easier and see your motivation improve as a result. Plus, getting up earlier will give you added daytime to use for yourself. There’s no argument that doing a positive activity first thing before you start work will do you the world of good.

Drink a pint of water first thing in the morning

If you start the day with a pint (or large glass) of water, every day you’ll feel hydrated and energised. It’s a natural caffeine-style kick to start the day and get you ready for action. You are meant to drink around two litres of water per day, so getting the first pint in early sets you up well.

The morning is the best time to do it because that’s when your body needs rehydrating the most. Long term, you’ll get into a routine of drinking more water and consuming more water means every part of your body will be healthier – and look better too.

Focus on one task

Multitasking used to be all the rage, but some useful scientific research, along with a lot of personal experience has lead people to realise it isn’t the best way to get things done and is especially bad for long term motivation. In order to do something to the best of your ability, you need to devote yourself to the task.

This doesn’t mean you need to work yourself into the ground until you complete a project, it means you should allocate time to work on each thing on its own: single-tasking. Don’t work near your phone, which provides so many little distractions. Instead, allow yourself proper breaks where you can mentally reward yourself. Focused time will improve the quality of what you’re doing, calming the stress and helping you to prioritise.

Keep learning

Learning a new sport, trying a new language or reading a new book are exciting ways to keep your brain active and motivated, not suppressed and stuck. Learning doesn’t end when you finish your studies, there is so much more out there to get to know. Aim to learn or try something new every day, and find new hobbies to become part of your life. Every new experience teaches you about yourself and your abilities, and this can help you tackle life problems in new and creative ways.

New habits add new things to your life, which will help you in so many ways including improving your motivation. If you’re struggling with a work project, or just feeling a little blue with life, switching up your daily routine can give you the enthusiasm and motivation you may have been lacking.

Sustain your sense of purpose

The danger of being unconscious of your life purpose is that you may confuse it with your worldly goals. If you can identify your purpose you can be passionate about it. As you create your sense of purpose, the other aspects of your life start to come together. You improve your relationships with the people around you, you add value to your community, and you learn how to spend your time efficiently.

Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He interviews people within psychology, mental health, and well-being on his YouTube channel, The DRH Show.

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If you have trouble waking up in the morning with motivation, you are not alone. From the research that I do and the number of people I speak with, this is a very common occurrence. I myself dealt with this issue which lingered on for years. I would go to bed guaranteeing to myself that I would wake up with all the motivation in the world, ready to tackle anything in front of me, only to have all of it completely forgotten in the morning. It’s quite frustrating, to say the least! There are simple things that you can do that will help ensure that you wake up with the proper level of motivation to get you to have a productive, successful day. Here is my personal list of things that do just that:

Get out of bed immediately
Arguably, the worst thing you can do to your motivation in the morning is to stay lying in your comfortable bed. You will try to debate with yourself, whether you should get up or stay a little longer. Guess which side usually wins? How do you get yourself out of bed immediately? My trick was to put my annoying alarm clock in another room. I had no choice but to get up and look for it to turn it off. So I was immediately out of bed. I hear now they make alarms that bounce around so that you have to get up to catch it…I think that’s pretty clever too! Getting out of bed asap is the #1 priority if you want to wake up motivated. It’s the foundation, without that, everything else fails.

Drink a large glass of water
Once you are out of bed, you should drink water as soon as possible. You body becomes quite dehydrated during sleep, and this lack of water in your system causes you to feel fatigue when you wake up. Drink some water, and guaranteed you will feel better and immediately more lucid and motivated. I always keep a full glass of water in my room before bedtime, so once I am done running around to shut my alarm off, my glass of water is ready for me 😉

Stretching
I remember many years ago, I had a personal trainer that told me that if you stretch for 5-10 min. every morning, guaranteed you will have a much better day. For some reason, this always stuck with me, and I truly believe that it does wonder for motivation in the morning. When I say stretching, I don’t mean the quick stretch you do when you get out of bed. I mean, do full stretches of your arms, legs, neck, everything. Stretching increases circulation of the blood to various parts of your body, which is very important in the morning, since your system was inert for many hours. This increase in circulation increases energy levels, and energy is crucial to motivation. This 5-10 minutes of stretching in the morning can really make a difference as to what type of day you will have.

Glance at your goals
As I mentioned above, one of my biggest problems in the morning was the fact that I had forgotten all the motivation and all the things I was pumped up to do with my day once I got up. It was as if I had a case of amnesia and that within the span of sleep, everything that I was so excited about had disappeared. My way to resolving this issue was to keep a list of my goals next to my bed. I have my goals for the day, as well as my long term goals. This helps remind me what I have to get done and why it’s important to get it done. A visualization board can also be very useful. This is where you create a montage of all the things you want in your life on some type of board that you keep around your home. Looking at this right away in the morning is a wonderful method to get the right amount of motivation that you need to jumpstart your day.

Psyche yourself up
Many years ago I worked in sales and within two months I had become the #1 salesperson in the company. Although I was a newbie, I was more motivated than anyone and it paid off big time. One of my tricks was that I had the ability to psyche myself up so much as I was getting ready in the morning, that by the time I had arrived for work, I was on fire. I couldn’t be stopped. Instead of saying to yourself how it would be better if you could just go back to bed or that you just don’t feel like doing anything, learn the habit of having constructive self talk. Build yourself up. If you need a boost, use self help tapes. Those are always great to listen to and the morning is ideal to get that motivation going. You can put it on as you get ready, even listen to it as you stretch for example.

Music
Listening to your favorite music in the morning can help put you in a good mood, which will then increase your energy and your motivation. I know I find it very boring in the morning if it’s all quiet. Feeling bored makes you want to go back to sleep! Music helps tremendously in creating an atmosphere that is more fun and more upbeat, which is required to get that motivation in the morning. You can set your alarm to play your favorite song, there are programs that easily do so available on the web, and the easiest way is probably to use your cellphone to play your favorite tune as your alarm ring tone. If you want some fun songs that can really help motivate you in the morning, check out this article I wrote recently: 10 Cool & Unique Songs To Wake Up To

Remember that one Desire
What is that one thing that you want in your life? What is it that you absolutely desire? Waking up with that one thought in your mind can provide you with the motivation to move mountains! We all have that one “want” that is the driving force behind everything that we do. Having this in your mind first thing in the morning can make the difference between a lackluster day and a day where you completed everything that you set out to do. This desire should never leave you. It should be with you at all times, and particularly as you get out of bed. This desire should be so grand and so spectacular that it overrides every negative or non-productive thought that may cross your mind in the morning. Think about your one desire and make it the first thought that pops into your head as you open your eyes in the morning, and watch your motivation skyrocket 😉

February 16, 2020 by Lotfi 9 Comments

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

Waking up early liberates you from a huge amount of stress.

Having an extra hour in the morning before your usual routine gives space for practical or relaxing activities that you wouldn’t find the time to do otherwise.

Many people use their morning routine to tackle a personal project, others focus on organizing and preparing for the rest of the day and others just focus on exercising, meditating or doing other types of physical activity.

Whatever you do in the morning is up to you but rule number 1 is:

#1 Be consistent

Personally, I like to wake up at the same time every day, even during weekends.

If I am extra tired on a Saturday, I give myself the pleasure of one more hour in bed, which means getting up at 7 am, max.

The good thing about consistency is that it slowly builds up the habit, making your body and mindless and less prone to create resistance to your alarm clock. , Your brain forms connections based on what you do repeatedly in your life.

Repeated mental states, behaviors and responses become neural traits, which eventually decreases the resistance you feel from your body and your mind when you are trying to incorporate a new habit – this is called neuroplasticity.

As you strengthen your newly found habit of waking up at the same time, the behavior will require less effort and it will be easier to do it on a regular basis.

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#2 Find the perfect sound and distance

And speaking about alarm clocks, finding the perfect sound and distance from your bed is key to waking up energized every morning.

I’m really not into classic alarm sounds and rather prefer soothing music that builds up as I ignore the alarm. I put my phone out of hands reach, on top of a dresser so I have to stand to turn it off.

I’m no longer feeling like going back to bed by that time.

#3 Enjoy your morning routine

Waking up early becomes more manageable as you enjoy your morning routine.

A well-balanced and relaxed morning routine will give you enough motivation to get up in the morning. A stressful and chaotic routine will create more resistance.

Creating a morning routine that is both practical, efficient as well as relaxing can have a detrimental impact on your day.

My rule of thumb is to spend half the time of my morning routine in practical morning tasks like having breakfast, showering, twenty-five percent doing household chores like cleaning the dishes, watering the plants and making the bed; and the other twenty-five perfect doing something entertaining, like reading or journaling.

For me, in a two hour morning routine, this would look like one hour dedicated to practical morning tasks, half an hour for cleaning and organizing and a second-half an hour of reading or watching Netflix.

#4 Prepare everything the night before

Another thing that will make waking up easier because it enhances your morning routine is preparing everything the night before.

Picking an outfit, preparing the cutlery and containers to pack your lunch or setting the table for breakfast are all activities that create a solid transition between your night-time routine and your routine in the following morning.

The more mechanical these activities and routines are, the better. A steady workflow of minor tasks can lead up to less resistance from your brain and strengthens your habit of waking up early.

For a special boost of motivation, you can also challenge yourself to complete a project or a deadline during your morning routine.

If you ever wanted to start a blog, create a journal, knit a scarf featuring your Hogwarts’ house colors or just become a runner, you can use your morning time to do it in incremental bursts of productivity that you can spread out over a longer period of time.

Instead of feeling like you’re waking up to go to school or go to work, you change your mindset by stating and acting upon the idea that you’re now waking up to take care of your special new hobby.

#5 Remember it’s not for everyone

As a final note, I have to remind you that waking up early is not for everyone. And if you’re a night owl, you definitely shouldn’t feel the urge to wake up early because someone tells you to (unless it’s school or your boss, and in that case, there’s nothing you can do).

I actually ranted about the “I wake up at 5 am” a LOT in one of my posts so never feel the pressure to be productive at a schedule that your brain is not naturally inclined to use to be productive.

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

Let’s face the facts — getting out of bed is hard. When you’re all wrapped up in your comfy blankets, it can feel almost impossible to motivate yourself in the morning. That is, unless you’re one of those lucky people who pops awake at 6 a.m. But if not, then I’m sure you’re right there grumbling, whining, and hitting snooze with the rest of us.

Starting your day like this may not feel like the biggest deal in the world. I mean, you do get up, you do make it to work (albeit, occasionally late), and you do somehow manage to survive the day. But that’s the thing, right there — you shouldn’t feel like you have to survive anything.

That’s what morning people understand that the rest of us have yet to realize. The early morning hours of the day are a really great time to be alive. When you wake up before everyone else, you have time to prepare for the day, to think about your goals, and to soak in a few moments of peace. It’s all kinds of awesome, and it really sets the tone for a good day.

And that’s where motivation comes in. Motivation is what will get you out of bed early so you can enjoy such things. And it will have you heading off to work on time, with an almost-annoying pep in your step.

Sound good? Then here are some ways to get yourself a bit more motivated in the morning.

1. Make Sure You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

First things first, you can’t feel motivated for anything if you are too tired to move. So start off by getting a good night’s rest. To do this, the general rule of thumb, according to Dr. Michael J. Breus for the Huffington Post, is to go to bed seven and a half hours before you need to wake up. “Count back five 90-minute cycles or 7.5 hours. Each sleep cycle on average is 90 minutes long and the average person has five of them per night,” Breus said. That should be just the amount of sleep you need to be ready to start the day.

2. Set Your Alarm To Something Not-So-Annoying

Don’t start your day with the sound of a blaring alarm, radio static, or annoying talk news. Instead, set your alarm to something soothing and upbeat. Think your favorite song, or a funny podcast, to make getting up way easier.

3. Whatever You Do, Don’t Snooze

Don’t start the day by hitting snooze. It’s bad for the psyche, bad for your motivation, and only makes waking up that much harder. As Alan Henry said on Lifehacker.com, “After you hit snooze and drift off, your brain starts its sleep cycle all over again. When the alarm goes off a second time, you’re likely at an even deeper, earlier part of your sleep cycle, which results in you feeling even worse than you did the first time.”

4. Ask Yourself Some Positive Questions

Before you even get out of bed, ask yourself some questions, such as “What am I happy about in life right now?” or “What am I excited about today?” It may sound cheesy, but taking a second to be grateful can help lift the veil of sluggishness. And as Henrik Edberg noted on PositivityBlog.com, the questions also make you recognize things you take for granted, which can fill you with a sense of appreciation.

5. Do Something Small To Get Yourself Rolling

If you’re really feeling the pull of your bed, try doing something small to get yourself motivated to do more. “Just clean your desk. Or pay your bills. Or wash the dishes. You just need to get started. When you have finished that small task you’ll feel more alert and ready to go do the next thing,” Edberg suggested.

6. Treat Yourself To Sweet, Sweet Rewards

Tell yourself that only once you get up, pick out your clothes, and take a shower can you sit down to breakfast, or coffee, or a few minutes of scrolling Facebook. According to Eric Barker on Time.com, “Research shows that rewards are responsible for three-quarters of why you do things.” So choose something you consider a reward, and use it as motivation to pull yourself through the arduousness that is morning.

7. Use Some Good Ol’ Fashioned Peer Pressure

If you are not a morning person, starching leeching off someone else’s amazing ability to pop out of bed. Think about setting up a gym date with a friend (who you definitely don’t want to let down, right?). Or get your SO to rustle you up from underneath the comfy covers, and then make breakfast together. Basically, if you have people waiting around with expectations, it’ll be much easier to get yourself moving.

8. Actually Have Something Good For Breakfast

When I say something good, I don’t mean a half rotten banana, or a quick bowl of stale cereal. I’m talking about smoothies, pancakes, omelettes — the things that make mornings so great. Not only will a healthy breakfast wake you up and supply tons of energy, but it can be quite the reason to start the day.

9. Take A Gander At Your Vision Board

Write down a list of things you want in life, or go full out and make a vision board complete with photos and inspirational quotes. Then, hang it where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. As Onder Hassan noted on Lifehack.org, “Our brains constantly need reminding of what we want from our lives. Having it written down creates a massive shift in our psyches and belief systems because what is simply a thought and a dream suddenly becomes tangible and clearly visible for everyone to see.” Look at it every morning, and soak up the good vibes.

10. Set Some Attainable Goals For The Day

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when your goals are things like “get a new job” or ” backpack around Europe.” That’s because these major things take a lot of planning and forethought, and can’t happen in a day. My point is, don’t let overwhelm ruin your motivation. Instead, set some small, attainable goals for the day that will move you in the right direction. As Jeff Olson said on Greatist.com, “Your little choices add up to big results.”

11. Get Dressed in Something That Makes You Feel Good

There’s something about the perfect outfit that can kind of make or break your day. That’s because when you’re feeling comfy and lookin’ good, you project confidence, and that’s a major motivator. Build a wardrobe that expresses your style — one that feels right — and you’ll actually look forward to getting dressed in the morning.

And yes, it really can be that simple to become a motivated morning person. Sometimes all it takes are a few tweaks to your morning routine, and soon you’ll actually want to get up and start the day.

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

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Not everyone is a morning person. Even if you do consider yourself a morning person, there are certainly days when you’d rather stay in bed when you really need to get going. If you’re a night owl, it can be even harder to get your day started.

It’s not feasible for everyone, of course, but there are jobs that offer a perfect schedule for night owls who simply can’t do days.

Morning Motivation Tips to Get Your Day Off to the Right Start

For those who have to get up in the morning to go work, get the kids off to school, or to do whatever else is on the agenda, there are other options. It’s not always necessary to look forward to your mornings, but you can at least get your day off to a better start.

Making a few adjustments can make your mornings far less unpleasant, and for some people, a couple of key changes can make mornings their favorite part of the day.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Is it really hard for you to wake up and get out of bed? If you find mornings unpleasant, the main reason may be that you are not getting enough sleep to start with. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most people need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night.   If you are especially behind on sleep, you might need to adjust the times you wake up and go to bed to get more sleep.

There are different ways you can try to get more sleep:

  • Try waking up at the same time every day (including weekends) to help stabilize your circadian rhythm.
  • Get sunlight on your skin and eyes (avoid looking directly at the sun, of course!) in the morning, which helps your body create the right hormones at the right time for wakefulness and sleep.
  • Make it a point to slow down your evenings much earlier, including finishing your evening meal at least four hours before bedtime.
  • Take away screens (the blue light from your TV and phone impair your ability to get sleep) at least 30 minutes from when you want to go to bed.
  • If you have trouble falling asleep, consider using sleep aid supplements, such as melatonin.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise within four hours of bedtime, as this can disrupt sleep hormone production.
  • Many people also find white noise from a phone app or a fan soothing and relaxing as they try to fall asleep.
  • Also check out phone apps designed specifically to help with insomnia.

2. Create Routines

It is not just your morning routine that matters when helping yourself to wake up in the morning. What you do in the evenings before retiring to bed is just as important.

For example, if you make it a routine to pick up clutter and clean the mess around your house before going to bed, you will wake up to a clean living space. This does wonders for helping you to feel refreshed and empowered in the morning.

If you have time, try reading for a while before you go to sleep. It will help your brain disengage from your day.

In the morning, if you enjoy easing into your day with a good book and a hot beverage, make it a routine. Create a breakfast nook and keep a good book on the table waiting for you each morning.

3. Open the Blinds

Humans have circadian rhythms: in fact, most of us call our natural response to light and dark our internal “body clock.” So, the sooner you can open your blinds or curtains around the house, the better your body will feel in the morning.

Depending on your housing and climate, you might consider spending a little time outside. Put some plants outside your door and plan to water them each morning. Enjoy your coffee outside. Adopting these activities as morning rituals can focus your energy and motivate you to get moving.

4. Listen to Music

If you set an alarm for yourself, there is rarely a sound available that feels enjoyable to wake to in the morning. Once you are up, put on some pleasant music that you enjoy.

5. Engage Your Senses

Do you enjoy good smells? Buy some fragrant candles or use essential oils around the house. Engaging your sense of smell will energize you in the morning.

If you enjoy hot showers, plan to take one most mornings, even if only to enjoy the feeling of warm water on your skin. You might try finishing with a cold shower to enliven you and boost your metabolism.

If you’re a foodie, plan your breakfasts ahead of time and cook yourself a nice meal. Fix yourself your favorite flavor of coffee or tea.

The more senses that you can engage in a positive way, the better you will feel about your mornings.

6. Exercise

For many, the idea of morning exercise is an unhappy prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Doing yoga or brisk walks can be enough to get your metabolism going properly.

If you enjoy exercise, consider taking morning jogs, or getting up a little earlier to hit the gym. You might feel sore and tired at first, but if you keep at it, you will gradually feel more rested after your sleep and more excited to begin your day.

7. Plan Your Day

Slowing down, taking a breath, and remembering what is most meaningful to you can help keep you centered and awake to what the day ahead may bring. Set aside 15 minutes to plan out your day with a notebook.

Some people like to use paper calendars while others prefer to use “To do” lists. If you prefer using digital tools over pen and paper, there is an app for almost any kind of day planning that you can imagine. Regardless of how you do it, taking stock of what you need to accomplish in the day will help you to remain proactive and less reactive to the day’s surprises.

It’s much easier to have a productive day when you’re organized and have planned what you need to accomplish.

When You Need More Help

Difficult mornings can be a symptom of something deeper. It’s possible that not every painful part of your morning can be solved by one of the solutions above. If you find mornings especially challenging, talk to your doctor about some tests to identify whether you are suffering from a treatable condition. Treatment could dramatically improve how you feel in the morning.

Talk to your doctor about medication to help you sleep. Talk to your doctor if you find that you are unable to fall asleep or sleep soundly at night. There are a number of non-addictive sleep prescription medications that your doctor might feel are a good fit for your situation.

Do you remember that feeling? You wake up, start doing your tasks for the day, and not even halfway through you feel tired already. Then as you sit down, you tell yourself “I’ve gotta get more in shape”.

We’ve all been there. And I understand how hard it is to commit to a cardio routine. But the good news is that there is a way you can stay on track and not have to start from scratch every single time.

In fact, I can give you 5 ways to keep yourself motivated about taking a walk every day. Here they are:В

1. Start with a small goal first

В Most people fail in their routine because their first step is already wrong. Although it’s great to challenge yourself to walk for an hour everyday for a month, let’s face it – you’re not as fit as you believe yourself to be.

В A better goal to start with is a few minutes every day for the first week. From there you can start increasing the duration of your walks to a pace you know you’re comfortable with. No need to stress yourself out when the exact reason you’re doing these walks is to feel better!

2. Count your steps and keep breaking records

The best way to keep that motivation going is the feeling of achieving something. By counting your steps each day, you can record your progress and then next week, aim for something higher than that. Not only do you get rewarded with that warm feeling of success each week, you also really start getting somewhere with your daily walks with this simple step.

To make counting steps easier, it’s recommended that you get a Smartwatch. This will help rid you of the task of mentally taking note of how many steps you’ve taken and just lets you focus on doing your exercise.

How to get motivated every day when you wake up

3. Walk with someone you know

Everything’s always better with a friend. By having someone who will do the same routine with you, you are also getting a person who can hold you accountable and remind you when you’re slacking. This goes both ways. It helps you both keep committed and to top it off, you’ll develop a stronger bond by sharing something together. Now that’s what I call a win-win!

4. Go on a different route

The thing about routines is that they get boring when you’ve been doing them for a while. That’s perfectly normal and you don’t have to beat yourself up for feeling that way every now and then.В

To keep things fresh, you can explore a new route once a week or when you feel like you’re getting tired of the same views you see every morning. Another great tip is to visit different places each time so you don’t end up integrating the other route into your routine.

5. Reward yourself for achievements

Rewards are a great way to boost morale, even if it’s just a simple healthy snack or picking up a new item to help keep you inspired. Whatever it is, the purpose of a reward is to simply reinforce your newfound, good habit. You can always treat yourself as a sort of positive reinforcement but remember that it’s much more fulfilling when you know you’ve done something great.

If you have trouble waking up in the morning with motivation, you are not alone. From the research that I do and the number of people I speak with, this is a very common occurrence. I myself dealt with this issue which lingered on for years. I would go to bed guaranteeing to myself that I would wake up with all the motivation in the world, ready to tackle anything in front of me, only to have all of it completely forgotten in the morning. It’s quite frustrating, to say the least! There are simple things that you can do that will help ensure that you wake up with the proper level of motivation to get you to have a productive, successful day. Here is my personal list of things that do just that:

Get out of bed immediately
Arguably, the worst thing you can do to your motivation in the morning is to stay lying in your comfortable bed. You will try to debate with yourself, whether you should get up or stay a little longer. Guess which side usually wins? How do you get yourself out of bed immediately? My trick was to put my annoying alarm clock in another room. I had no choice but to get up and look for it to turn it off. So I was immediately out of bed. I hear now they make alarms that bounce around so that you have to get up to catch it…I think that’s pretty clever too! Getting out of bed asap is the #1 priority if you want to wake up motivated. It’s the foundation, without that, everything else fails.

Drink a large glass of water
Once you are out of bed, you should drink water as soon as possible. You body becomes quite dehydrated during sleep, and this lack of water in your system causes you to feel fatigue when you wake up. Drink some water, and guaranteed you will feel better and immediately more lucid and motivated. I always keep a full glass of water in my room before bedtime, so once I am done running around to shut my alarm off, my glass of water is ready for me 😉

Stretching
I remember many years ago, I had a personal trainer that told me that if you stretch for 5-10 min. every morning, guaranteed you will have a much better day. For some reason, this always stuck with me, and I truly believe that it does wonder for motivation in the morning. When I say stretching, I don’t mean the quick stretch you do when you get out of bed. I mean, do full stretches of your arms, legs, neck, everything. Stretching increases circulation of the blood to various parts of your body, which is very important in the morning, since your system was inert for many hours. This increase in circulation increases energy levels, and energy is crucial to motivation. This 5-10 minutes of stretching in the morning can really make a difference as to what type of day you will have.

Glance at your goals
As I mentioned above, one of my biggest problems in the morning was the fact that I had forgotten all the motivation and all the things I was pumped up to do with my day once I got up. It was as if I had a case of amnesia and that within the span of sleep, everything that I was so excited about had disappeared. My way to resolving this issue was to keep a list of my goals next to my bed. I have my goals for the day, as well as my long term goals. This helps remind me what I have to get done and why it’s important to get it done. A visualization board can also be very useful. This is where you create a montage of all the things you want in your life on some type of board that you keep around your home. Looking at this right away in the morning is a wonderful method to get the right amount of motivation that you need to jumpstart your day.

Psyche yourself up
Many years ago I worked in sales and within two months I had become the #1 salesperson in the company. Although I was a newbie, I was more motivated than anyone and it paid off big time. One of my tricks was that I had the ability to psyche myself up so much as I was getting ready in the morning, that by the time I had arrived for work, I was on fire. I couldn’t be stopped. Instead of saying to yourself how it would be better if you could just go back to bed or that you just don’t feel like doing anything, learn the habit of having constructive self talk. Build yourself up. If you need a boost, use self help tapes. Those are always great to listen to and the morning is ideal to get that motivation going. You can put it on as you get ready, even listen to it as you stretch for example.

Music
Listening to your favorite music in the morning can help put you in a good mood, which will then increase your energy and your motivation. I know I find it very boring in the morning if it’s all quiet. Feeling bored makes you want to go back to sleep! Music helps tremendously in creating an atmosphere that is more fun and more upbeat, which is required to get that motivation in the morning. You can set your alarm to play your favorite song, there are programs that easily do so available on the web, and the easiest way is probably to use your cellphone to play your favorite tune as your alarm ring tone. If you want some fun songs that can really help motivate you in the morning, check out this article I wrote recently: 10 Cool & Unique Songs To Wake Up To

Remember that one Desire
What is that one thing that you want in your life? What is it that you absolutely desire? Waking up with that one thought in your mind can provide you with the motivation to move mountains! We all have that one “want” that is the driving force behind everything that we do. Having this in your mind first thing in the morning can make the difference between a lackluster day and a day where you completed everything that you set out to do. This desire should never leave you. It should be with you at all times, and particularly as you get out of bed. This desire should be so grand and so spectacular that it overrides every negative or non-productive thought that may cross your mind in the morning. Think about your one desire and make it the first thought that pops into your head as you open your eyes in the morning, and watch your motivation skyrocket 😉