You wouldn’t start a workout without a warm up (at least I hope not!), so why jump head first into your day without a transition period? Ever since my husband and I started doing these 4 things in the morning, we have been getting a lot more done each day and are feeling a lot happier and more satisfied with our daily lives. And just like doing a tough workout without warming up, on the days we don’t do our morning routine, I feel a lot more disjointed and don’t seem to be as productive. Plus, it makes the transition from our warm, comfy bed into being a functioning adult a lot smoother.
So here are our 4 steps to having the kick ass day of your dreams!
1. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off. You know that you’re not going to get any quality sleep once you’ve woken up, but it feels oh so good to just lie there, right? Fight the urge to snuggle and just get up! Snoozing means that you’re going to be groggy, and the chances of you sleeping past your absolute latest wake up time are big, and that just starts the day off hurried and rushed, and that’s no way to live.
2. Make your bed. It seems so simple, and so many arguments can be made to not do it. “I’m just going to get into it tonight, what difference does it make to spend the time making it in the morning??”, you say. Well, think of it this way: once you have made it, you have already completed a task. Right out of bed, and you’ve already gotten something done! That feels awesome! And you can think of your made bed as a reflection of your mind; it’s clean and organized and now you are too!
3. Exercise. You know that exercise keeps you in shape, but did you know it also helps your focus and concentration for hours after you do it? Plus, getting it done in the morning puts your body in calorie burning mode, and that morning workout just might help you make healthier choices going forward for the rest of the day. You don’t have to do anything crazy; even a nice brisk walk is effective, and you’ll have less chance of talking yourself out of it like you might if you wanted until the end of your day to work out. So get moving!
4. Set goals and intentions for the day. This can be as simple or as involved as you need it to be, but taking a few moments to figure out what you want to get done in a day will lead to a much higher chance you will get those things done. I think the visual of seeing your daily goals on a whiteboard, a bullet journal, or even just a piece of paper helps put your day in concrete terms and focuses you on what is important for the day. Personally, we use a whiteboard system, which I will show you in a future post, so you can see what works for us!
That’s it! That’s our morning routine, and that’s the order that we do it in. Of course, there is breakfast and showering and such in there, too, but these are the unique bulletpoints that we try to work into every day, and we have found that the more we do this and stick to our routine, the more productive and effective we are.
What are some of the ways you prepare for your day? Let me know what works for you!