"Morning people" is an elusive, mystical trope you hear about, but are never quite sure if it actually exists. Because if you're not a morning person, the idea of springing out of bed to greet each day with anything more than a haggard grimace is unfathomable. But let it be known: There are morning people out there, and they look just like everyone else. Only maybe slightly more put together and with fewer coffee stains on their shirts. If you aspire to be one of these evolved humans, here are 12 tips so easy you'll be amazed you weren't doing them already.
1. Set only one alarm.
Waking up to an alarm sound is already bad. But waking up to 18 alarms in a row, all set two minutes apart, is like something out of a waking nightmare. Cut your misery down by setting just one alarm and then commit to actually getting up when it goes off. If you know there aren't 17 backup alarms to wake you up, you're less likely to press snooze or wait to get out of bed at the last possible second.
2. And set the alarm 15 minutes earlier than you think you need to.
The fastest way to ruin a morning and possibly the rest of the day is to be rushed getting out the door. A slow morning is one of those rare, attainable luxuries. Those extra 15 minutes of sleep aren't going to make a difference in the rest of your day, anyway.
3. Skip the quality time with your phone.
It's incredibly easy to waste the first half hour of your day in a deep Instagram story hole. Don't do this! It's a surefire way to fall back asleep, drool all over your phone, and wind up running late.
4. Set coffee up the night before.
Remember that Office episode where Michael grills his foot on his George Foreman grill because he wanted breakfast in bed? You can set up coffee the night before and attain the goal of waking up to freshly made java without the risk of burning your foot on a grill.
5. Eat your breakfast sitting down.
If you're a staunch believer in breakfast as the most important meal of the day (any meal with eggs is a great meal, just IMO), make it even better by enjoying it sitting down, rather than shoving it in your mouth as you leave home. This is another reason for waking up a bit earlier than you think you need to. Sitting down to eat breakfast is a great way to start the day slowly and turn breakfast into a relaxing ritual, instead of "something you have to do because you're hungry."
6. Set clothes out the night before.
It's early and you have enough tough decisions ahead of you for the day. Eliminate one right off the bat by taking care of it the night before.
7. Make your bed.
Yes, yes, you will just mess it back up the moment you get back home at the end of your long day. But even if the rest of the day is unproductive and terrible, you can say you accomplished at least one (1) thing in your day. That counts for something.
8. Actually get up to exercise.
Even if it's just a few laps around your block, or a yawn-y stroll down to the coffee shop, it's another thing you can say you accomplished in the day before you really get going. Also: endorphins are real! Exercising first thing is literally just a trick to force yourself into a good mood. It may feel hard at first, but once the habit of getting up and moving is formed, you might find yourself craving it as much as morning coffee. The more ~posi vibes~ you can associate with morning, the more you'll like them.
9. Never start your work day in your pajamas.
If you've got a work-from-home job, it can be extremely tempting to roll over in bed, sleepily grab your laptop, and work from bed until you're hungry for lunch (or coffee, or whatever). This is a trap. Get up, shower, get dressed, have a breakfast, and then jump into your workday. It'll make you feel like a full person, even if you don't have to interact with anyone face-to-face all day.
10. Establish a set beauty look.
And then mix it up just a tad each day. Develop an everyday look that doesn't take too long to craft, and then use an extra minute or two to add something ~fun~ and ~flirty~ to keep things fresh. Maybe it's the mint green eyeshadow you bought on a whim but hardly ever wear, or an orange lipstick that only goes with two of your outfits. It's a fun way to keep things simple and streamlined, but never stale.
11. Do some sort of hygiene routine.
Maybe you're a shower at night person — that's fine! But there's a lot to be said for the magic of being clean. Set aside, like, three minutes to wash your face and brush your teeth before heading out the door. If you're lucky, you can trick yourself into thinking it's like a miniature spa treatment you do at the bathroom sink.
12. Go. To. Bed. On. Time.
So you accomplished everything you needed to get done and it's only 11 p.m.! Instead of staying up to catch up on the last three weeks of the Bachelorette, just go to bed. Without the computer propped up on the pillow next to you.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.