Let’s talk about morning routines today. I’ve never been one to sleep until the last second and scramble to get out the door. I like to get up a little earlier so I can have plenty of time to wake up and go through my routine before I have to leave. Lately I’ve been thinking about some of the habits I’ve established that get my day off to a better start.
How do you have a better day? It all starts with your morning routine. I’m going to talk about 5 things that you can do to make a big difference in your day. These things are easy to do and may seem like no big deal, but they really do help!
1. Prepare for the Day the Night Before.
I’ve noticed that it really helps my morning go a lot smoother when I get a few things ready the night before, such as laying out my clothes, packing whatever I’ll need for the day, and packing a lunch.
When you have these things done, you don’t have to think about it in the morning. If you are like me, you’ll sleep better knowing that everything is ready for the morning and you aren’t going to forget anything.
2. Make Your Bed.
You might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? Why does it matter if I make my bed or not?” But I’ve noticed a huge change when I take just a minute or two to make my bed each morning. It’s a simple step, but it sets you up for an organized day.
I’ve noticed that when my life gets busy, I start to let the little things like making my bed go. My room gets cluttered, and my car gets dirty. When I start by making my bed, I tend to be in a better mindset and it makes me want to continue being tidy and cleaning up as I go throughout the day.
3. Be Grateful.
I find that it is so easy to be negative in the morning. I wake up and think “Ugh, I don’t want to wake up.” Then, I think “Ugh, I don’t want to go to work.” And so begins a negative pattern that continues throughout the day.
For awhile now, I’ve been trying to change this by being grateful in the morning. As I get up and get ready in the morning, I pray and thank God for a new day, my job, the little things that make me happy, and the people in my life. When my first thoughts are gratefulness, it sets me up for a day of seeing the positive rather than the negative.
You heard it a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why? For starters ,eating a healthy breakfast kicks off your metabolism. Remember how I talked about how making your bed sets you up to be more organized throughout the day? In the same way, eating a nutritious breakfast sets you up to continue to make good food choices throughout the day.
5. Make a to-do list.
Another great way to keep from getting stressed is to take a couple minutes to write out a to-do list for your day. Having a lot on my plate can make me feel stressed, but writing it down makes it seem more manageable and ensures I won’t forget anything.
Lately I’ve been keeping a to-do list using the Reminders app on my iPhone. A lot of times when I’m at work I’ll think of something I need to do when I get home. I add it to the list and set an alarm to remind me at a certain time.
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What is your morning routine? Are you going to adopt some of these habits?