John Zeratsky

616 days ago

From the archive...

Most days, I wake up at 5:30 or 5:45, make coffee, then work for two hours before walking to the office. Here's the story of how I became a morning person.

It’s early and dark. The alarm sounds, and you reach over to switch it off. After a short pause, you sit up. You swing your legs off the bed, touch the floor with your feet, and reach for your phone. You sit quietly while your phone’s screen illuminates the dark bedroom. There are a few notifications waiting—new emails, a Twitter reply, a prediction of rain. You look at your messages, the news, and the weather. “I’m half asleep,” you think. “I’ll just look at Twitter while I wake up.” Ten minutes pass, then another five. You’re not asleep, but you’re not really awake either.

Five years ago, I decided to become a morning person.

How I became a morning person (and why I decided to make the change)