Becoming a Morning Person

I am so not a morning person.  I have always wanted to be one — I love waking up early, getting tons accomplished, having time to watch a little TV and slowly enjoy my coffee each morning before heading off to work.  But each morning, my body rejects the alarm clock and my eyes won’t open; I snooze for twenty minutes (okay, sometimes for a whole hour) without getting up, wasting those precious early moments that I could spend on myself or in prayer or at the gym (hello bar exam weight gain!!!).

This week, in preparation for the bar exam (which is on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY of next week, in case you have no idea what is going on in the world), I have been waking up earlier.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I was up by 7:30 each day — today, I was up at 6:02 a.m.


I spent the first ten minutes or so stumbling around my apartment, and the next fifteen sitting back in bed under the blankets, while H got ready to leave (he’s going away for the weekend so I can be a crazy study person.  how sweet).  Then, it was time for Ally McBeal (I’m watching lawyer-related TV to boost my exam skills.  ha!), breakfast (waffle tacos!), and some online shopping.

By the time 9:30 rolled around I had finished my Property Law mini-outline, spent $99 at Lands End (they are having this massive warehouse sale and it is awesome), and watched 2 episodes of Ally McBeal.  Typically, I don’t even think about starting work until 9:30 a.m.!  Success.

Now, at 12:30, I am about to eat lunch and take a mini-break having finished my Torts mini-outline and showered.  I’m planning to start working on Evidence after I eat.  So, I’ll be finished reviewing all six MBE subjects before COB today, all because I woke up early and started my day off right!  I wish I could do this every day.  I mean, I AM going to do this every day.  Maybe.  It was really hard…

If you think you want to become a morning person, check these articles out.  Apparently, a lot of people want to become morning people too.



  1. MJ Houston

    I hate getting up early. I love your idea of watching law shows to improve your skills. Good luck with being productive, you are so much more motivated than I!

    • pinkbriefcase

      I hate it too! I thought with you being a teacher and all you would be awesome at it.

      According to the Slate piece, if you take melatonin pills @ 6:00 p.m., wake up at 6:30 or 7:00 every night, and immediately go for a walk out in the sun, your body clock will adjust within 14 days. But, one problem: everything cool happens after 9:30 p.m., so how could I possibly go to sleep early enough to make that happen?

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  4. Anna B

    I love getting up early and also hate getting up early! I even went to see a hypnotherapist once in an attempt to try and get up earlier. I told him that I was making my husbands sandwiches in the mornings and he told me to just carry on! The only time I ever got up early was a few months back when I was working in another city and had to catch the 7.20am train. I did it for 3 months and loved being ‘up with the birds’ as I like to think of it. Then I got a job in my city and that has gone completely out of the window. I guess I’m just not a natural at it!!

    Happy I found your post. It’s cheered me up! Thanks for sharing.

    • pinkbriefcase

      Your story sounds so familiar! I love waking up early but it is still so hard to maintain! I hear that it gets easier with puppies or children, but only because then you have no choice. I’m honestly not sure if that would even do it for me. :).

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