The dreaded morning….
Alarm goes off. Hit the snooze button 5 times. Skip the shower, no time. Rush to make a lunch for work. Get in your car, traffic, you’re late. Get to work, chaos. Lunch time. Forgot your lunch at home. So hungry. Go out, grab hot dog from nearby gas station. Immediately get sick for the next week due to poisoning from your gas station hot dog……
Okay, I’m getting anxious reading that and it may also be a little dramatic.
The idea is you should start your day on YOUR terms. If you start your day in a rush and a panic then your whole day will be a reactive mess where your just looking to survive.
But… if you create a morning routine around small tasks meant to create control, calm and happiness, then maybe your day will follow that trend as well – and if it goes completely sideways on you, at least you’ve taken control of your morning and tomorrow is a new day.
Below are some quick and easy examples of some things you can do in the morning to help conquer the day ahead.
Make your bed
This is a great example of one tiny thing you can do that can potentially have a big impact on your day.
If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.
An alternative you can use would be to clean or organize your bathroom counter after showering, maybe take some clothes to your washer/dryer. The point is to complete a small task, something to give you a sense of control – so even if your day is disastrous you’ve done that one thing to keep things on track.
Glass of Lemon Water
Crafting a morning routine that works for you.
These are just some examples of what you can do in the morning to start your day off right. In the end it’s all about what works for you, what brings you closer to your goals and makes you happy.
A little trick I like to use myself is waking up an hour before I actually “need” to wake up for work. This allows me to devote that first hour of the day to myself before my employer.
Try it out – it doesn’t have to be an hour, just 15 minutes to start. Wake up and devote those 15 minutes to YOU.
Let us know what your morning routine looks like and what strategies you use in the morning to set yourself up for the day.