Just because you’re not a morning person doesn’t mean you can’t create a morning routine that would make early birds sing with joy.
Mornings set the tone for the day ahead. They can have a lot of effect on how the rest of the day goes. Yet, a lot of the times, we rush right through them.
Some days we’ll Snooze our alarm clocks until we have so little time to get out the door that we grab our breakfast to-go (if we’re lucky enough.)
That’s no good. We should build a morning routine that brings us joy and helps us get through the rough days.
If you don’t feel like you have a good morning routine down (or you’re just looking to make it a little better), here are ten easy ways to improve your morning routine.
1. DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE
This is one of my biggest struggles. In my attempts to keep my eyes open, I often open Facebook or Instagram and start scrolling. This is a terrible idea!
For one, it launches me into the not so pretty world of news and politics before I’ve even had a cup of coffee.
Plus it means I can accidentally lay in bed for 45 minutes while I mindlessly scroll, making the start of my day an act of procrastination – which doesn’t feel good.
On top of all of that, it gives the mind no chance to think freely without the influence of social media.
Remember what I said about starting the day with an act of procrastination? Snoozing is a perfect example of that. You are not going to feel more rested from an extra five, ten, or twenty minutes of sleep.
In fact, I’ve found that the mornings I snooze a few times tend to be the groggiest and grumpiest. Because the truth of the matter is that no matter how many times you hit snooze, you will eventually need to get up.
So set just one single alarm, put your alarm clock across the room so you have to physically get up in order to turn it off, and have any snooze settings disabled.
3.DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
When we sleep, our bodies get dehydrated. If you drink a glass of water in the first thing morning, you will replenish the water your body lost in the night and feel refreshed.
It’s a super easy and tiny thing you can do to wake up your body in the morning to get a good start on the day. I mean, it really can’t get any easier to improve your morning routine. Water is always a great idea!
4.PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
While this is technically an evening routine, preparing the night before can be wildly helpful to improve your morning routine.
Eliminating decision making early in the day can help your whole morning go smoother. Plan out the next day’s tasks, lay out your clothes, know what you plan on making for breakfast… all of these are good ways to keep your morning free of pesky hang ups.
I find it difficult to get out of a warm and comfy bed in the morning. But one thing that makes it easier is knowing that I have coffee and avocado toast to look forward to.
Pick a healthy breakfast that makes you excited to get out of bed. Don’t even think beyond breakfast. Don’t think about all the things you have to do or something that you’re dreading that day.
Take the time to pick out a cute outfit and do your hair. Slap on some foundation really quick, maybe put on some lipstick. Just make yourself look like a productive member of society and you will feel like one.
Even on days you are off work or weekends, try to step up your wardrobe beyond the laziest option. When you dress for the day, you feel more confident and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
7.WRITE A LIST OF 3 TASKS
Before you jump into your day, write down three tasks that will feel good to accomplish that day. For example, you could write exercise, send important email, and grocery shop as your three tasks. Try to gear your day to accomplish those three things.
When you are gearing down to go to bed, you can look at those three tasks in your planner and feel satisfied knowing that you knocked them out.
Even if the day went off the rails and you didn’t feel very productive, you can gauge your day off of the success of those three items.
8.EAT THE FROG
Do the hardest or most important task first thing in your workday. The mentality, coined “Eating the Frog” by Brian Tracy, is basically this: If you have to eat a live frog, you might as well get it over with quickly.
There’s no point in drawing it out, putting it off, or staring at the frog on your plate. Just eat it already, and you’ll feel better knowing that the rest of the day will be easier and more manageable.
So when you make your list of 3 tasks, do the one you hate the most first. When you finally do it, you will feel so much better and feel more ready.
9.HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE
Or tea or a smoothie or whatever floats your boat. Just take a few minutes to enjoy it. Make your morning like a ritual – peaceful, relaxed, and indulgent.
Be kind to yourself and allow yourself the pleasure of drinking your coffee. Relish these little moments. Be thankful for them. Carry that positivity to your day.
10.YOU CAN HAVE A BETTER MORNING
It might not be easy to make changes when you are groggy and tired, but the first hour of your day can have an incredible effect on the following 18 hours.
So try a few of these suggestions and improve your morning routine. Not next week or next month or at the turn of the new year – improve your morning routine tomorrow morning.
Stop treating your morning like an inconvenience and greet the day with a smile, and guess what? The day will smile back at you!