Did you know that making small changes to your morning routine can improve your entire day? It took me some time to realize this. There were days (and honestly, I still have them when I don’t make time for my morning routine) when I often feel like I am running out of time at the end of the day to get everything done.
Before I learned how to make the most of my morning routine, my mornings didn’t always go over smoothly, which made me feel stressed and annoyed — not the way I wanted to start out my day!
And so, I decided my morning routine needed to get a makeover so I could feel energized and on my game throughout the day, and still have energy when evening rolls around.
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My mornings used to be unpredictable and I was all over the place. Clothes go flying, as I tried to figure out what to wear, leftovers were thrown into a Tupperware for lunch, and I quickly grabbed a breakfast I could eat in the car or at my desk as I tried to get out the door on time for work. Can you relate to this scenario?
Out of desperation to maintain some sanity in the mornings and be more proactive in getting things crossed off my “to do” list so that I could do more with friends and family in the evenings and work on growing FitLiving Eats after my day job, I’ve decided to set a new goal one month. I decided I was going to wake up (a lot) earlier to get some work done and allow myself more time to get out the door in the mornings.
Those that know me well probably thought this was going to be a failed experience because I wasn’t really a morning person at all.
But with the help of a 30-day challenge I signed up for during the time I attempted to implement this change, I felt positive I could stick with this and make the most of my morning routine.
Morning Routine Tip #1: Set Your Alarm Incrementally Earlier
Instead of jumping into the deep end and trying to get up an hour earlier than you’re used to, make the changes incrementally over time. Start with getting up 5 minutes earlier than normal for a few days. Then push it back 5 more minutes for a few more days and so on until you’re at the time you’d like to start waking up regularly.
This will give your body time to adjust and it won’t be a shock to your system. You’ll ease more into the morning routine and be more likely to stick with it since it’s not such an abrupt change.
Morning Routine Tip #2: Make Time for You
The morning doesn’t have to be all about getting things done or going-going-going. Start the day off on a positive note by doing something for YOU, that you enjoy doing and that brings you joy. Whether that’s listening to your favorite song, reading a few chapters while you sip your coffee or smoothie, or making notes of a few things you’re grateful for. This will help set the tone for a positive day.
Morning Routine Tip #3: Lay Out Your Clothes
Whether you’re going to the gym first thing in the morning or heading into the office, lay out your clothes the night before. Not only will this save you time in the morning, but it will also reduce frustration of “what should I wear.” The indecisions not only take time, they also add stress and annoyance first thing in the morning.