Are you trying to create the perfect morning routine? As we all know, the key to having a good day is starting it right. Figuring out what morning routine works for you will make a huge difference in your day-to-day life and help you smash your goals!
1. Move your body
Committing to doing a full exercise routine might be too ambitious or time-consuming for some of us, but at least take a few minutes to do some stretches. You can even do it from your bed! This will get your blood flowing and make your mind more alert to start the day. Stretching also helps you focus on your breathing and relax your muscles– the ultimate way to fend off any anxious thoughts you may be having about your day ahead.
Check out this 5 Min Morning Yoga Stretches in Bed video:
2. Get some fresh air (and sunlight)
Even just a short walk around your block can make a huge difference, especially if you work from home and can’t rely on your commute to work for exercise anymore. As much as I’ve tried, rolling out of bed and opening my laptop is not going to help me have a productive day. Schedule solo walks or walks with your roommates to give yourself some time before work to just soak in the day. Try walking to the nearest coffee shop or finding a cute park to relax in the mornings.
3. Get your to-do list ready
Okay, so this is technically not a morning routine, but writing out your to-do list the night before will save you loads of time in the morning. Keep the list limited to just the most essential tasks so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Plus, you’ll wake up with a clear sense of purpose for what you need to get done today. Review your to-do list when you get up and maybe add something that you forgot, or jot down an inspirational quote to get your day going. This will free up some time to create the perfect morning routine.
4. Make your bed, every single day!
Sounds simple enough, right? Making your bed will help ensure that you don’t go back to sleep (which I am definitely guilty of doing sometimes!) and also that you feel prepared for the day. This is a great habit I’ve picked up in the last year and it’s amazing how such a simple act can really impact your day. It’s like checking the first task of the day off and makes you feel ready to tackle the rest of your to-do list! This small productive task really helps set the tone for the rest of the day.
4. Be mindful when you wake up
Taking a few moments in the morning to be mindful and appreciative of your surroundings will help you maintain that positive energy throughout the rest of the day. There are a few different ways to do this one:
One, journal. Whether it’s checking your to-do list, writing down an inspirational quote or self-affirmation, taking a few minutes to journal in the morning will help you feel more present in your day.
Two, take some time for yourself. Whether you take a walk, meditate, go get a coffee, do a face mask, or read a book, make sure you have time for yourself before your morning meetings.
Lastly, try measuring your day by presence, not productivity. Try to plan to be present and engaged in your work or chores, instead focusing on how much you will get done. Sometimes we get discouraged when we try to attach a quantifiable value to what we get done in the day. Instead of counting each accomplishment as you go, try to change your mindset and focus instead on putting forth your best effort.
By Clémentine Sicard