4.10.11

What is Your Morning Motivation?


As Fall hits Seattle every year, I always feel a sudden drop in energy, especially in the mornings.  As someone who is completely reliant on herself to get motivated, get up in the morning, get to work, and power through the day, I need a good reason to push through those groggy grey Seattle mornings.  In the summer I feel much more inspired to get to work early since the sun is out and the air is warm.  But in the Fall and Winter, I have to build new routines to get myself motivated early in the morning.
I do live just 2 blocks from a coffeeshop and a donuts shop so I could turn my early morning routine into a coffee and baked goods run.  But, I don't like building habits that equal spending a little money consistently that adds up to a lot of money in the long run.  If I bought a latte every morning at $4 a cup, 4 x 7 = that's $28 a week and $112 a month!  I can't justify that since I am very cautious with where I put my money (running a small business, you've got to be very purposeful with where you place your money!)  So I'm looking for a super affordable way to get going in the mornings.  Maybe an exercise routine?  Maybe making coffee every morning at home?  The Holiday season is upon us and I've got to get amped up to work long days until New years!

28 comments:

krust said...

I, too, need morning motivation. But, I needed it in the summer too. I find myself starting to get down to work early afternoon and working into the night most days. It'd be nice to get crackin' early. Can't wait to see some of your readers' suggestions!

Jessica said...

I know what you mean. I work part-time and study part-time, and the study part is very self-led - I have to be really self motivated to actually get started on these days!

If there's a flavoured coffee (spiced, coconut, caramel) you really like, you could buy in all the ingredients and treat yourself every morning by making one at home. Cheaper than the coffee shop and something to look forward to.

Earendil said...

well, since i'm still a student for one more month, i don't have this problem yet! when you wake up, you should allow yourself some time: i particularly like massaging my legs, neck, belly, etc. with some oil or cream during 5 minutes in the morning. It really doesn't take a lot of time and it allows you to wake up gradually, which is quite nice... oh well, and you'll also have nice skin after that ;)

Beautifully Elegant said...

I like to treat myself to breakfast every morning. I try to come up with fun little receipes to get me going at 5:45 am. I got this idea from simply breakfast blog (http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/).

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday so far.

Alice, Pretty Confused said...

I think a morning routine is far more important at this time of year than any other. I find it so difficult to get up when it is dark in the morning. To make it a bit easier I got myself a coffee machine and milk frother so I can make my own latte in the morning, it makes me feel so much more ready to face the day. It was a bit expensive but totally worth it, I think it had definitely paid for itself by now xo

EvaForeva said...

I get a regular coffee at $1.50 and read blogs in the morning. But honestly, you don't have to worry about motivation to get up in the morning when you have a 6 year old jumping in your bed out of nowhere. I remember the times...

KatieMaye said...

I feel your pain here, as I am not a morning person. One thing I truly look forward to every morning, french press coffee.

Sarah With Love said...

I have to say i am really struggling at the moment where i am looking for a full time job with not having a routine to get my up in the morning and during the day. I have decided as of "tomorrow" to start with going for a morning swim/walk/run, i am going to alternate between days to allow my body to rest and to save pennies as going for a swim every morning would cost too much but i think getting up and out is best way forward! So why not find somewhere you could walk to and sit and have your own coffee in a flask, like a park or something and let your mind ponder over what you have to do for the day.

Meghan said...

Part of my morning routine, at least during the school year, is setting my coffee maker to start 5 minutes before my alarm goes off. My coffee maker is in my room, as I live in a house with 3 other girls and we have an itty bitty kitchen.
I think the noise and smell of coffee brewing helps in motivating me to get out of bed.

Brandi said...

Working out when you first wake up is one of the best motivater's for me when I get up. Or I drink a cup of tea/coffee (made by me of course), and eat a grapefruit, or some other fruit to give me energy.

Katie said...

Currently, I don't have anything motivating me to get up. Being homeschooled, my school schedule is relaxed and varies depending on the day. Most days, I end up sleeping until 8 or 9. Not a habit I want to build.

So I don't know...maybe working out?

Barb said...

i have a really hard time getting up in the morning, especially now that it's dark... i try to get up a few minutes before absolutely necessary and run through a quick yoga routine. if i can get out of bed and stretch, maybe listen to some music while doing so, then i'm awake and ready to go!

Johanna said...

I bought a little french press coffee maker to replace my expensive latte habit. Instead of owning another a clunky appliance, I make a quick one-person pot in the french press - all you do is bowl water, pour it in the pot to let steep a few minutes, then "press" to strain the grounds. A lot of coffee obsessed folks prefer it this way because you get a very rich, consistent brew. I love lattes, but now they are a special treat. It's the little things, right?

Zoe said...

I make a to-do list for the following day each evening, adding fun things on it to break up work time, so when I wake up I'm excited to get cracking! Coffee also helps for sure... I buy Mocha sachets in a box from the supermarket which are a bit more expensive than regular coffee, but are a little bit special and cost less than one coffee from a cafe! They stop me from buying lots of cafe coffee, kinda... ;)
Alternative is, early morning Skype dates with Zoe, where it will already be my afternoon and I'll be wide awake and ready to motivate your butt into doing cool stuff all day!! :)
xo
xo

Ali said...

Don't know if you're near the Greenlake area but if you are you could take a walk around the lake.

Heather said...

Some days I enjoy waking up and going straight to my computer to catch up on blogs. I find other bloggers inspiring. Other days I wake up nice and early to hit the gym. That always makes me feel great!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

I hear ya. The $ def. starts adding up and fast!

Magical Day Dream said...

Ok this might be my area of expertise. Well, not really. But I am terrible in the morning which means I tried a lot of different things.

1) At the moment my morning ritual consists of preparing my coffee machine the night before. Then when my alarm clock rings I put my coffee machine and laptop on and alarm on snooze. Then by the first snooze my coffee is ready and my laptop on; I drink coffee in bed and read some blogs. It's the moment when I take some time for waking up and starting the day with fresh inspiration.

2) A while ago I blogged about a new morning ritual: http://magicaldaydream.blogspot.com/2011/05/wake-up-list.html I did this for a while and it really helped, but my new morning ritual is more low paced and comfortable.

3) Some other suggestions:
-Make a morning CD with music you enjoy waking up to and put in on when your alarm goes off (I did this a while but at one point I was so used to the music I fell back to sleep).
- Buy a helpful alarm clock. There are so many different kinds. Wake-up Light by Philips, helicopters than fly away and you need to get back in order to stop the alarm etc.
- Pray or meditate (this does not work that well for me as I fall back to sleep when I do it in the morning). It does however help start the day in a peaceful and inspiring way.
- Go for a morning walk. With or without coffee (you can prepare it at home so it isn't expensive)
- Go running (been there, done that)
- Make a to do list the night before of what you want to accomplish the next day so it will get you over your treshold of where to start. It also will help you motivate yourself and be more eager to start
- Sing and dance to your favorite song. This usually leaves me with a lot of energy
- Buy soap crayons and make new doodles every morning in the shower
- Think of 6 impossible things before breakfast Alice in Wonderland style ("Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.") Flying pink elephants, floating supermarkets, whatever. How do they look like, smell, etc. You might want to doodle them. It'll help your creativity flow.

Ok, didn't mean to make this into an entire post.. Will stop now :p So hope it is helpful :)

*little* bouquets said...

pretty stuff.

hannah. said...

Soap crayons...soap crayons!! @ Magical Day Dream - what a great & fun idea!! ;)

This is one area where I am absolutely NO expert - let us know what you find that works!! Cold mornings can be soooooo rough.....

Katie I KCandCo said...

A Starbucks frappuccino! hehe!

Kristin! said...

Exercise, definitely! Instead of going to a coffee shop and grabbing a coffee and sweet treat, head to the gym! The endorphins generated will give you a clear head and leave you feeling very awake. Even if it's for 30 minutes. And if there isn't a gym close by, go for a 15-minute walk, come home and grab some five-pound weights and do some quick workouts at home. (My boyfriend is a personal trainer, and he's always exercising! It rubs off, haha!)

Becky from The Tiny Nest said...

Try baking some yummy breakfast goodies (pumpkin bread is perfect!) to look forward to when you wake up. That + coffee should set your day off right!

thedemuremuse.com said...

I just moved to Seattle and am trying to find a way to deal with this gloomy weather. I know it's "normal" fall weather right now but after moving from Toronto, the lack of sunshine is quite the adjustment.

For mornings, I would definitely recommend a music playlist! Every Sunday, I'd say I spent about 10 minutes throwing together my favourite pick-me-up songs. I play the playlist for a week and then switch it up the next week. It's usually a great way to start my day off. Something like and fun to get the day rolling.

Instead of buying coffee, try making some at home. I know it's way easier said than done, but it is a huuuuge money saver to brew your own coffee. Last year, my roommates and I realized how much we were spending on coffee and saved so much after only a week of brewing at home.

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karin said...

1/2 hour of reading! If you pick your books right, it´s such an effective way of wanting to get up. Plus, you can read at home with tea or whatever, and sometimes hop on over to the coffee shop, if you´re in need of some extra motivation...

a day with kate said...

oh, Moorea- this is such a good question! it's something I definitely struggle with on the mornings I'm not heading off to work. I think finding a few different things to get you out of bed might help. Maybe a combination of exercise/coffee? Having a friend to meet up with for a walk/run a few mornings a week can be really helpful!! That way, you can't snooze for 10...or 30 minutes, ha. Then, on the days when the weather's really icky, you could treat yourself to a morning at the coffee shop. Maybe having some variety will help!

Good luck, girl! :)

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

I get up and fill out my to do list sheet (I'll email you a copy). It helps me organize my thoughts and it helps me get going! It's been an amazing addition to my mornings!

Kacie
A Collection of Passions