Do You Even Have A Morning Routine?
If you lack a morning routine, trying to stay motivated throughout your work week can be a challenge. You may find yourself under a spell that seems to blur days together and makes being productive all day long almost impossible. But don’t fret, there are ways to make the work week less mundane and help you feel prepared to take on any challenge.
First, create a morning routine to start your day off on the right foot. This will involve taking the time to plan out your days ahead of time so you will be ready to conquer each and every day head on. Read on for some great ways to start your morning off on the right side of the bed.
1. Always Start Your Day with Breakfast
Not only does eating a healthy breakfast every morning help to kickstart your metabolism it also stimulates brain function, allowing you to stay sharp from the moment you walk out the door in the morning. Eating protein such as eggs, dairy or bacon will give you a great start. Or if you prefer something like oatmeal and fruit or yogurt, starting with something will give you more energy. Breakfast also boosts your morning routine by keeping you from feeling hungry early in your workday. Especially if you work from home, beginning the day with a meal is one of many ways you can stay productive and on-task throughout the day.
You can plan different meals for each day of the week. This way you’ll look forward to getting up and having a variety for your first meal every morning. You could also schedule breakfast with co-workers prior to the start of the work day once in a while to give you a chance to catch up and plan out the day ahead.
2. A Morning Routine Needs Time For Mindfulness
One of the best ways to transform your morning routine is to start the day with a mindfulness practice. I encourage clients to take ten to fifteen minutes in the morning to set up the day right. Whether you choose to meditate, journal or read a daily devotional, any mindfulness strategy will help you stay focused in the moment. Deep breathing with eyes closed, even for a few minutes makes ‘downtime’ and space for centering. Clear your head, zone-in and stay centered. Adding a mindfulness practice to your morning routine truly will help support you all day.
3. Try Exercising Before Work To Boost Your Morning Routine
If you’re an early riser, or are looking to feel more awake and energized for the work day — try going to the gym or doing a workout at home to start your morning. This can be a great way to clear your mind and relieve stress while simultaneously improving your physical health and wellness. This is also a great way to train your body to workout regularly. With some planning, exercise can easily become a part of your everyday morning routine. Also try to pair your workout with a wholesome, healthy diet. Trying to exercise after work can be difficult, especially after being drained from a full day on the job. And if you workout before going to bed, it may be difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep.
4. Block Enough Time to Get Ready
Leave yourself anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour each day to shower (if you choose to do so), get dressed, and do any other prep you may need before leaving for your commute. This may include washing your face, doing upkeep on your hair and nails or brushing your teeth. It’s important to take care of your personal appearance, especially if your job includes working closely with others. Don’t skip your skin care regimen or ignore your hygiene in the morning because you are running late. Taking a daily multivitamin will help your body obtain the nutrients it needs to grow and regulate bodily processes. On top of taking a multivitamin, there are daily supplements you can take to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy. Working this into your morning routine will help your body maintain its health inside and out.
5. Make a Daily To-Do List Each Morning
The final thing you should do either before leaving each morning or as soon as you get to work is making a to-do list that lays out what you hope to accomplish that day. Being able to check off tasks as you complete them will allow you to reflect on how much you’ve gotten done at the end of the day and give you a sense of pride in your work. And if you can’t finish every project on your list, prioritize what you have left the following day. This also makes each day move a lot smoother because you always know what needs to be done without having to miss a beat.
In conclusion, your morning routine really matters. Take some time to think through how you want to feel during your workday. And if you find yourself swept up with busy tasks and chaos, zero in on some easy ways to create a morning routine that supports you all day.
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Special thanks to our guest author Karlyn Quinn.