Do you wake up in the morning dejected and not feeling eager to go to work? If YES, here are 20 tips to help motivate yourself to go to work in the morning.

Mornings are the most important time of the day especially for people who desire to be productive. When you wake up in the morning, you would be bursting with energy after a long night of rest, and you can make use of this burst of energy to get a lot of things done.

Unfortunately, not everyone is able to function in the morning. There are times when you wake up in the morning and your brain is just so foggy and clouded and the last thing you want to do is get out of that bed. If you want to stop missing out on the opportunity to make judicious use of the most important time of the day, then you should make use of these 20 tips to motivate yourself to get out of bed and go to work in the morning.

20 Tips to Motivate Yourself to Go to Work in the Morning

1. Reprogram Yourself to Wake up Early

You know what they say about “Early to bed, early to rise.” Sometimes, the only reason why you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning is because you haven’t had enough sleep so your body is asking for some more. The human body needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day and when you don’t get enough sleep; your body might go into energy reserve mode to protect you from overworking yourself.

This is why you would sometimes wake up in the mornings and still feel tired and weak. You can reprogram yourself to go to bed early so that you can get enough sleep, and when you wake up your body would have had enough rest, and would be bursting with a lot of energy for you to work with.

2. Go for an Early Morning Walk/Run: When you wake up, don’t just go off to start preparing for work. While you slept, the blood and oxygen flow to your brain cells would have reduced and your brain needs this blood and oxygen for optimal performance.

Getting some exercise first thing in the morning helps with improving blood and oxygen flow to your brain so that your brain gets the rest of your body ready for better performance during the day.

3. Get Organized the Night Before

There is something about clutter that slows you down. If you wake up and you have no idea of what you are going to wear, to eat or what your entire program for the day would look like, it brings some stress into your day, and your level of motivation is significantly reduced.

What if you wait until morning and then you suddenly discover that the shirt you wanted to wear has some holes in it? Or your favorite work shoe has been damaged by your little puppy? It helps to prepare yourself ahead by organizing your clothes, your lunch, and everything else you would need for the day so that when you wake up, it doesn’t feel like you have to get a lot of work done before you can go off to work; you can basically get up and go.

4. Grab a Cup of Caffeinated Drink

Caffeine is an instant mood enhancer that has antioxidant properties. It helps to improve your mental alertness by stimulating your central nervous system. Caffeine affects the portion of the brain responsible for concentration and memory, so if you are constantly waking up feeling moody and disoriented, coffee can help to improve your mood and motivation within minutes.

5. Wake up to an Inspirational Quote

You can download some apps on your phone that wakes you up to inspirational quotes that can help to remind you of your goals and why you can’t afford to be lazy or procrastinate. For instance, simple quotes like “It’s either you run the day or the day runs you” or “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it”, can work a lot of wonders on your psyche and give you the perfect brain reset for an enhanced performance during the day.

6. Play Some Music

If you have a snooze button problem where you keep hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock when it is time to get out of bed, you can change your strategy by introducing some music. You can program your entertainment system to begin playing some inspirational music as soon as it is time for you to wake up. You can make a playlist of some of your favorite songs that you can’t help but dance to, or music with powerful lyrics about success, determination or power. Music can act as both an alarm and a powerful source of inspiration and motivation.

7. Write a to-do list

Life can be very overwhelming sometimes and having a lot to do without having a clear idea about how to go about it can create a mental clutter that may affect your zeal to work in the morning. You can avoid this by writing a to-do list when you wake up in the morning. A to-do list helps you to organize, and simplify your day. It also helps you manage your time more efficiently.

8. Stalk Your Role Models

Sometimes, seeing other people that you admire actively working on and achieving their goals can force you out of bed. You can go on such people’s social media pages or blogs when you wake up and soak up their achievements, you would feel the instant urge to work on your own dreams so you can become as successful as they are.

9. Have a Healthy, Delicious Breakfast

It is never a good idea to skip breakfast. Your brain needs some nutrients to get itself and the rest of your body ready for the day’s performance. It helps to get some brain-boosting breakfast within few minute of waking up. You can eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fiber-rich foods like legumes, fresh fruits, and vegetables, or foods that contain nutrients that help to clear mental fog and boost concentration like L-Theanine, Vitamin B-6, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Proteins, Iron, Fish Oil, Probiotics, and Zinc. All of these classes of food help with enhancing brain function and concentration.

10. Get Uncomfortable

If you are a stay-at-home parent or someone who just works from home, you may have to get out of your home and find somewhere else to work. You could look for co-working spaces, libraries, or cafes where you can work because working from home can sometimes increase procrastinate and laziness especially since your bed is just a few feet away from your work desk, and there might always be a strong urge to stay in bed or jump back in bed after few minutes of work.

11. Become More Involved at Work

If your typical day at work is very boring with nothing really interesting to look forward to, then it is only normal that you wouldn’t feel the urge to go to work sometimes. You can solve this challenge by becoming more involved at work. Set goals and targets and come up with some engaging ways to meet these goals. This way, your work life would become more interesting and engaging.

12. Listen to the Morning Show on Radio or Television: Morning shows are typically designed to motivate and prepare you for the day. The brain-stimulating discussions can help to wake you from your sleepy mode and get you more involved in the day’s activities.

13. Read Newspapers or Magazines: Newspapers and magazines also have headlines and articles that can awaken you to reality and increase your zeal to work harder.

14. Move Your Alarm Clock

If your alarm clock is beside your bed, you might just keep hitting snooze and then going back to bed, but if your alarm clock is in a place where you have to get up from bed and walk a few steps before you are able to hit the snooze button, your alarm clock would be more effective for helping you wake up and get out of bed in the mornings.

15. Play a Game You Love

You can also try playing a game you love, or doing something you really like first thing in the morning. Having work on your mind as you wake up each morning can affect your motivation, but if you find a way to occupy your mind with other activities that are unrelated to work, you may increase your chances of getting yourself out of bed and off to work in the morning.

16. Create a Positive Work Environment

If you have friends at work, it is only normal that you would look forward to getting to work daily because you would be eager to see them. But if you work in a hostile environment with no friends and a boss who doesn’t really like you, you might dread going to work daily. It helps to work on building positive relationships with the people you work with so that you can have a work environment that you would always look forward to being in.

17. Reward Yourself

You can choose weekends to reward yourself for good performances during the week. If you woke up on time, and got to work early all week, you can motivate yourself by giving yourself a nice treat during the weekend. These treats would motivate you to do better in the following weeks.

18. Use a Vision Board

Place a vision board somewhere in your bedroom where you can see it when you wake up in the morning. A vision board is a pictorial representation of all your goals and dreams and seeing them hanging there in the morning can serve as a helpful reminder as to why you need to get out of bed and get to work as quickly as possible.

19. Prepare an Impressive Outfit for Each Time: Wearing nice outfits that make you feel confident and powerful is also very helpful. Sometimes you can’t just wait to get to work and get those stares and compliments from people who admire your outfit.

20. Stretch Out: Stretching exercises can also help to significantly improve your moods in the morning because just like a morning run or walk, stretching exercises help to instantly improve the flow of blood to your brain cells for improved performance after a long night of sleep.

In conclusion, if you don’t get your mornings right, you might find it difficult to get the rest of your day right, so make sure you always do whatever it takes to ensure that you take full advantage of your mornings to get a lot of work done.

Ajaero Tony Martins