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Don’t just wish, plan to succeed

January 4th, 2011 · 21 Comments · Uncategorized

I was lying in bed this morning, hitting the snooze button for the umpteenth time and swearing I’ll do better tomorrow. Every single morning I try to remind myself of my previous day’s promise to get to work before 9am (ideally by 8:45am) right before I hit that snooze button again. Whyyyyyyy?

It’s time to set myself up for success rather than failure. It’s not that I don’t have the right intentions, but if I’m in bed at 1 am and asleep by close to 2, there is just no way I (as much I’d like it to be different) that I’m going to pop out of bed at 7:30am with a smile. Nope!

So today (after finally peeling myself out of bed at 8:25am) I promised myself to be in bed by 10:30pm every weeknight. I can read in bed for 30 minutes to relax and then should have plenty of rest by the time that alarm goes off the next morning at 7:30. Bonus points will be given if:

  • I set up the timer on my coffee maker the night before (I am SO not a morning person, trying to brew that cup of coffee right after I get out of bed is not as easy as it should be)
  • I pack my lunch the night before
  • I pack my gym clothes the night before.

These will give me even more time in the morning to wake up slowly and relax before the work day. I just hate the state of stress I start each morning with, which sets me up for failure later in the day (that’s material for another post!).

This year I will not just *wish* to do better, I will set myself up for success!

What about you? What can you plan for in order to succeed? I’m all about goal setting and specific ways to get there this year!! 😀

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Michelle

    Although I’m generally a morning person, I still like to take my time and not feel rushed. I pack my gym bag, pick out my clothes and pack my lunch…all for the next day. It usually helps!

  • #2 - Michele @ Healthy Cultivations

    I agree that creating a plan is the ONLY way to achieve a goal. I’m a planner too; so, the planning isn’t where I falter. It’s sometimes in the implementation. But not so much anymore.

    I’m a morning person too; I get up an hour before I need to start getting ready so I can ease into the day by reading blogs for an hour and watching the local news.

  • #3 - Di

    I definitely think packing lunches the night before helps. I try to be in bed and asleep by 10pm to wake up at 5am. It’s not easy and it takes some getting used to, but it works!

    Good luck!

  • #4 - Jen @

    We pack our lunches and gym bags at night. Sometimes I even lay out what I want to wear to work. The other thing I do is not drink anything after 9pm so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night to pee. Good luck!

  • #5 - Carly

    Great plan :) Packing the night before saves SO much time in the AM. I don’t do it now because my schedule is different everyday, but I used to when I was teaching. This works especially well when you have leftovers from dinner. I just pack my lunch portion when I clean up dinner – lunch is ready! Good luck! I wish I could say I sympathize, but I am SUCH a morning person. I go to bed between 9 and 9:30 and I usually get up in the 5am hour. Keep us posted on how you are doing with these goals :)

  • #6 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    This is a great message and so timely… usually I am good about getting up in the morning as painful as it might feel, but these first two days back to routine have not been successful. I am not going to be so hard on myself now.

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    How do you stay up so late?! My eyes are droopy by 9pm. I’m so jealous!

  • #8 - Christina

    Good for you! Planning is the best method for success. I used to run into the same problem – I was tired, unmotivated and it all felt so cyclical. I started packing my lunch & gym bag the night before and hitting the sheets by 10 p.m. (more than enough time to read/relax/fall asleep). Now I even change before leaving work for the gym at the end of the day – this way I give myself little room for backing out :). Good luck!

  • #9 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love that one of your goals is to get more sleep – me too! I’m a big planner, so I usually get everything ready the night before so I’m not rushed in the mornings. I even plan breakfast before going to bed 😉

  • #10 - Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle

    I go through streaks of being able to get up at 5:30am no problem, but right now I’m in a very longgg streak of not being able to drag myself out of bed before 7:30 no matter what :/ I just go with it and readjust to going at night instead.

  • #12 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    I am big on to-do lists. Old fashioned, handwritten paper lists with check boxes that allow me to see my progress as I check things off and what lies ahead. We have always been really good about prepping for morning the night before; I even used to lay my work clothes out, bag breakfast and lunch etc. Sounds like you are on the right track for the New Year!

  • #13 - Megan

    When we start going back to the gym (if we ever get ourselves in gear to do it), I have to set out my clothes the night before or it’s too easy to wake up and get discouraged from going. I don’t know what’s going on with my lately, but I’ve been getting in bed around midnight, and I should really be heading to bed at 10, reading for half an hour, and going to sleep. This is so going to catch up to me. I don’t even remember how I used to get myself up at 4:50 to get to Flour at 6 am!

  • #14 - Tracey

    You sound just like me, actually this is a post I could have written! I’m SO not a morning person and everyone in my life would 100% agree with that statement.

    However, I once in awhile will become a morning person if I’m waking up to do something I’m really excited about :)

    I wish you tons of luck in your goal to wake up and go to be early. I know how hard this goal can be!

  • #15 - Val @ Balancing Val

    I agree!

    There’s only so much wishing and motivation can do for a goal.

    You must do the work that enables you to change!! :)

  • #16 - alicia

    gooooooo elina!! you can do it :)

  • #17 - Corey @ The Runner's Cookie

    Great ideas for getting out of bed! Doing things the night before is key – that way there are no excuses!
    I bet after you do it consistently for a week or 2 it will become a lot more routine (for your body and your mind). Keep it up!

  • #18 - Lizzy

    I get into bed by 8:30-9ish!!! I’m an early bird. I always pack both mine and my husband lunches the night before and my gym clothes and we set the coffee to go off at 6am. I get ready in 10 minutes (aka put on my gym clothes) and I’m out the door… going to bed earlier will totally help you!!!

  • #19 - Rachel Wilkerson

    I COMPLETELY agree — a good morning workout really starts the night before! Going to bed on time had a HUGE effect on my health and my weight loss goals…and also turned me into a morning person! I like your plan to be in bed relaxing for 30 minutes — I’ve been doing that, with the rule that the phone/laptop/TV MUST be off in that period of time. It helps a lot!

  • #20 - Sues

    My main resolution of the year is to be more organized and I’m doing a lot of the things you are! We got a new coffee pot for Christmas and LOVE the timer feature. Also, I should totally make Chris’s lunch the night before instead of forcing myself away from my morning work to go to the kitchen. I’m all about keeping my email inboxes clean this year, too :)

    Good luck!! :)

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