Life & work tipsPassion 3 December 2014
Ever thought of becoming a morning person? Here’s why you should consider

Ahh, we all dream of success.. Unfortunately, dreaming won’t get us anywhere. Instead, us girls at the office like to work hard on the road to success, and give other go-getter chicks some tips and tricks to do the same. A few quick changes in your day to day routine can already make a difference when it comes to your career. Especially when it comes to your morning routine..

For successful people, it’s all about the mornings – whether that is at 4.00 AM (yes, really), 8.00 AM or 10 AM. The first hour of a day at the office is likely to set the tone for the rest of the day, and successful people know this. They’ve adopted an early morning work routine, and an early start is one of the reasons they work so productively.

A new routine can be quite difficult to adopt, but with these … tips, you can at least make a start ;).

AT 07.00 AM
This is the moment where you probably hit the snooze button again, and again. But getting up early gives you more time to actually wake up and start your day. So try to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. Not a morning person? (We hear ya! Who on earth gets up at 06.00 AM?) Try to get up five or ten minutes earlier than you usually do each day. It’s only a few minutes, but it will matter on the long run. Hello homemade pancakes for breakfast!

AT 07.30 AM
Once you’re up and running, don’t check your e-mails right away. With a phone as an alarm clock, it’s tempting to check your phone and see what’s going on, but try to resist the urge. Morning time is ‘me’ time, so have a healthy breakfast, drink your morning coffee and read the newspaper (or a magazine) while you’re at it. Make sure to take at least ten to twenty minutes for yourself.

AT 08.00 AM
On your way to work – whether you’re sitting on the tube or riding your bicycle – it’s time to quickly go through the day. Imagine what you’d like your day to look like and be positive about the outcome. It will instantly increase your mood and give you energy. Bring it on!

AT 08.30 AM
Devote your morning time to e-mails and planning. This way, you can focus on your other tasks for the rest of the day. Get your e-mails out of the way first thing in the morning. Take one hour to answer all of them – or, if that’s impossible, the most important ones – and then check your e-mail regularly during the day. If you start off with sending and answering e-mails, you don’t have to stress about forgetting to send an important e-mail later on.

AT 09.30 AM
Time to get your priorities sorted. Pour yourself a cup of freshly brewed coffee and make a planning. We suggest making a clear to-do list the afternoon or evening before. This way, you can quickly take a look at your tasks of the day without it taking up too much of your time.

Besides your to-do list, it’s a good idea to make a planning. This way you’ll know in which direction your day will go. Of course, there can always be minor disruptions, distractions, etc. The planning is simply a hold-on. Plus, it’s easier to get things done when you know why you’re doing it or what you’re doing it for.

AT 10.00 AM
Let’s do this! The morning is the right moment to take on the hardest and most daunting task on your to do list. You’re fresh, alert and your motivation is at its peak. Grab this opportunity – at least now you still have enough energy to get your brain working. After you’ve completed your biggest task, the satisfaction that comes with it will keep you going throughout the rest of the day.

Do you have a morning routine? Tell us all about it! 

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    I’ve never (ever) been a morning person, but I’m trying, so I’m going to write this down and start with this routine first (maybe 2nd) day of 2015.

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    How true!
    I love this post!

    I actually disagree with starting your morning with emails.. It’s when I’m most productive, so I do my most important tasks first. Since emails don’t require too much creativity I do them later :)

    I don’t have a usual morning routine but I’m open to trying this. I like the structure of it. Bring on the morning!!!

    As I’m working from home I try to stick to routine. Actually mine is petty close to the one you describe. You would have thought that routine can be something good? ;)
    Katharina //

    I love mornings! Thankyou for sharing!


    This has been pinned – thank you for the advice!

    Warm Regards,

    Great tips! I’m definitely guilty of hitting the snooze button a few too many times so I’ll definitely be giving this routine a go tomorrow morning!

    Great tips! I love the way early mornings feel, but I don’t usually get up to greet them. Maybe I’ll start making the effort to get up earlier. Going to bed at a good time always helps, too.

    True :) Love the coffee cup – want one!


    Great tips! I am really not a morning person, but breakfast pancakes may convince me to start working in that direction :)

    Inspirational post again! I usually wake up at 8:15, get up at 8:30 (after checking e-mails and facebook – I need to stop doing this!), get ready, have breakfast quickly and leave home around 9:25 and start work at 10. What I should do is wake up at 7, make a nice breakfast and some coffee, get ready, work on my blog for an hour and leave to go to work. Yesss that’s what I’m gonna do from now on! Bedankt voor de tips!

    As a teacher, I LIVE for the half an hour or so I have before the kids are in my door. That time gives me some peace of mind and a moment to envision what my day will look like before the students rush in the door. I don’t know how I could do my job without it! Love this post :)


    Good tips! I recently switched to waking up earlier, and though its hard I really like the extra time it gives me. I wake up at 6.30, and take almost two hours for breakfast, getting ready and sometimes juicing some veggies. I really like to have a sloooow transitition into the day. And then at im usually the first one in the office. Mostly I start to work on a project that needs full attention right away. I try to open my inbox only after that, around 11 or so.


    Great tips! x

    Lucky you, my alarm goes off at 4 am…if I hit the sack before 10 pm I usually turn it off thank God for one more day and turn on the tube. I listen for about 10 mins. to see what happened the night before then I get out of bed. If hubby is not working that day, I try to be as quite as can be….but I usually fail and he wakes up. No biggie, we get to chat before I’m off for the day. I’m not one to get clothes ready the night before—what I wear depends on how I feel in the am! I look through the closet and pick something out….I have exactly 45 mins to get ready and out the door to catch my 5:07 am train to DC. I usually check out blogs and facebook during my commute on the MARC. I think I’m a morning person…I sometimes get up at 5 am to sew when I’m off. I very productive early and very late in the wee hours too. Great post!!!!

    Ik ben echt alles behalve een morning person maar ik stap na 3 wekkers wel iedere ochtend om 06:00 wel braaf m’n bed uit. Zou je dat echt kunnen veranderen? Dat je die ochtenden gaat waarderen en niet elke ochtend bij iedere wekker liever in huilen uit wilt barsten ;)?

    I don’t like to talk to anyone when I just get out of bed haha. Great post btw!


    It definitely does help to get up an extra 10 mins early if it means having a relaxed breakfast – makes all the difference to the rest of the day!

    App all the top people get out of bed at 5.00am!!

    We know! Still working on that time schedule… x

    Ik werk ‘s ochtend altijd beter dan ‘s avonds. Duik dan ook liever rond 10 uur al lekker mijn bed in, om de wekker om 7 uur te hebben staan. Snel douchen, omkleden en ontbijten en lekker aan de slag!

    Hi Resy, kijk, dat werkt inderdaad! Lekker vroeg naar bed en vroeg er weer uit. x

    great tips!!


    This mug is amazing…I need it!!
    XOX, Gap.

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