Mornings are hard… for me at least. I’ve never been a morning person. In grade school, my parents would come in the room turn on the lights and make me get out of bed before they left or I would keep sleeping. I’m also a person who needs a solid 15-30 minutes of alone time before I talk to anyone. Can you relate? Are you a morning person or do you struggle to get out of bed?
But, I had always heard that successful people like Oprah Winfrey start their mornings early. Well, if Oprah does, I should too right? 🙂
All joking aside, over the past year or so I’ve made some big changes in my morning routine during the week. These morning habits have been a game changer for my productivity, but also allow me to go on throughout my day with a more joy-filled heart and take things on with a positive attitude.
Prepare The Night Before
I did the whole morning routine for years where all my things were everywhere, my lunch wasn’t made for work, and I would be scrambling to get out the door. I hated that feeling.
Probably the biggest change in my morning routine was actually prepping the night before. If I’m going into the office or even working from home and going to an early workout class, I always prep the night before. That means picking out my workout clothes and laying them out, picking out what I’m wearing to work (right down to the underwear), and packing my breakfast/snacks/lunch.
Now in the morning, I throw on my workout clothes, grab my bags and go. I often change right after my workout class in the morning, so I always make sure to have deodorant, face wash, a toothbrush, makeup, and whatever else I need to get ready.
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Hold Yourself Accountable
It can be so hard to get out of a warm bed in the mornings, especially in the dead of winter, and especially at 4:30 am. In order to get myself out of bed early to start my day, I do something that is going to keep me accountable.
For me, it is typically signing up for an early morning workout class. If I’m signed up and can’t cancel or would get charged if I do, I’m much more likely to get my butt out of bed to make it there.
But it doesn’t have to be a workout class you sign up for that keeps you accountable. It could be walking your dog or getting to grab a coffee from your favorite spot before work. Whatever it is, set a goal the night before that will help push you out of bed the next morning.
Be Mindful With Your Morning
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up or within the first hour of your day? If you’re rolling over and immediately opening Instagram I encourage you to think about the tone this sets for your day.
I use to do this. All. The. Time. I noticed when I started my morning by scrolling my Instagram feed or reading work emails, before my feet even hit the floor, I felt weighed down and already a little overwhelmed.
A significant change for me in the morning has been giving my mind the time to think it’s own thoughts, be creative, and have my quiet time. The beauty in this is it looks different every day.
On mornings I want to beat traffic into work and head to a workout class first (I’m already feeding my soul in this way), on my drive in I like to listen to worship music, drink my coffee and pray or just think. I use that as my quiet time busier days. Days I might be working from home, I like to list the things I’m grateful for in my journal, read my devotional, and then work on content for the blog before I do anything else. This is my time., uninterrupted.
Once I started practicing this I noticed my mornings felt lighter. I entered the day with a more positive attitude and things that came up unexpectedly didn’t throw me way off. So, stop the AM scroll and give yourself the time you need to just be and think.
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I don’t know if it’s something about coming into your adulthood, but figuring out a solid morning routine has been much needed for me. Of course, there are days I sleep in a little or feel frazzled, but most mornings I start this way help carry me through the rest of my day with more peace of mind.
Do you have any morning habits that have been a game changer for starting your day? I’d love to hear in the comments below!