Wake up, snooze, wake up again, coffee, makeup, and out the door. That’s usually how most our morning routines go, but that’s really no way to start the day. Day after day of waking up stressed and rushed had me thinking, that something has got to change.
Most of our daily routines are so ingrained in us that we rarely think of changing them. But many of our morning habits aren’t helping us to be the most productive, joyful versions of ourselves. Many of these habits are formed unconsciously and are actually counter-productive. So to start your day right, you’ve got to get into some good habits.
1. Waking up at the right time
So many people swear by waking up early, but honestly it’s not about what time you wake up – it’s getting in tune with your body’s clock. According to studies, your body actually knows what it should be doing and when. Don’t force yourself to be part of the 5 am club if you can’t fall asleep before midnight.
Getting good night’s sleep and waking up when your body is ready will lead more often to a productive day than forcing yourself out of bed hours before your brain is ready—that’s a recipe for burnout. Plus, the habit won’t last long. If you’re not a morning person, you can’t force it and your body will only work with you for so long before it says “no more!”
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And if you need some help to figure out your optimal time to go to bed to get the right amount of sleep, check out this useful sleep calculator for finding what your bed time should be.
2. Drinking a tall glass of water
Okay, this is a morning routine I swear by. I’ve been doing this forever and my mom would be proud because she’s made me do as long as I can remember. Drinking water is so beneficial, so easy, and so free, yet so easily overlooked. In a society where coffee is the universal sign of love (and energy and motivation and every other positive word that exists), the act of drinking a glass of water before that morning cup of coffee might seem difficult to accomplish.
I promise you’ll feel more awake, your body will feel cleansed, and your mind will feel clearer. And the benefits of drinking water don’t just stop there. Along with keeping your body hydrated, it improves your skin complexion, boots your immune system and helps you maintain a healthy weight. I know I definitely feel a big difference on the days I skip this morning ritual. I feel sluggish and my mind feels foggy. So drink up and cheers to good health!
3. Plan Your Day
If you’re anything like me, a completed to-do list at the end of the day makes you feel like a super-human. It’s a habit that’s definitely conducive to a productive morning routine and sets you up for a successful day. Making a to-do list will give your day structure, allowing you to prioritize and conquer more.
Make sure to create a well rounded to-do list with various levels of difficulty. Putting something as simple as “get gas” on the list will give you a boost as soon as you mark it off, which will motivate you to tackle more the more strenuous tasks on your list.
4. Make 10 Minutes of “Me Time” for Yourself
Once you get your sleep schedule on track, add an extra 10 minutes to you morning routine to spend on yourself. Creating more personal time should on your list of goals you want to accomplish along with everything else.
Your “me time” can be anything from doing some meditation or reading to cuddling with your dog for 10 minutes. Taking time each morning to do something for yourself has both psychological and physical benefits and will allow you to be feel refreshed and happier. It’s all about maintaining a good sense of self, which is so important since our lives are busier than ever now. Want more easy ideas on how to spend your personal time, read my post on Finding Time for “Me Time”. That short pause can put you in a great mindset for the rest of the day.
5. Make your bed
This might sound silly if you haven’t heard this before, but making your bed every day is quite literally magical, and study after study after study backs me up on this. When you are facing big tasks in your life, the little details are important. The little things will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task and another.
I can personally attest to this. Each morning after making my bed, I make sure any clutter is cleared away and clothes are tossed in the hamper or back in my closet. I also give my whole condo a quick sweep of stray cups and dishes before I run out the door and it puts me in a productive state of mind for the whole day.
Have any favourite morning routines of your own?
Share them with me in the comments below!