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What you do in the morning contributes greatly to the tone of your day. When we roll out of bed after hitting snooze 15 times and neglect to plan for what’s ahead, we throw up a prayer for chaos into the ether… and more than likely, chaos is what we will get.
There are plenty of posts about the habits of successful people but there really is a reason way they begin their days impacts how well it goes. Not only on a functional, logical level (you have your ducks in a row, you have a schedule and a plan, you have organized the essentials for things to run smoothly), there’s something psychologically very powerful about beginning your day in a way that says, “I am ready to take on this day”.
By incorporating these five simple habits each day it will help you be more productive, prioritize takes more efficiently, feel more energized, and increase your energy levels.
Sounds pretty simple and probably something your mom would remind you to do, but there’s a reason making your bed in the morning sets you up for success. This simple act of organizing sheet, sheet, cover, pillows and leaving your bedroom in a presentable condition reinforces to your highly impressionable, half-asleep brain that order and calmness abound. More calmness and less clutter equals less stress, and less stress equals better mood, more productivity in your day.
Your cells have been without water for several hours, so reintroducing water before any other substance (yes, that includes coffee) is key to prepping your GI tract for efficient work throughout the day. If you sip water throughout the morning, you may end up consuming two of your eight recommended glasses for the day. Set the tone for great hydration first thing in the morning.
A simple list of the three big things you’d like to accomplish in the short term can go a long way in terms of helping you move calmly through the day. Putting it on paper or in your phone takes away the stress of remembering and can serve as a helpful reminder of your goals. Even if it’s “pick up dry cleaning, find birthday card and make quinoa,” a few small tasks to keep you on track will make for better time management all day. As they say, those who fail to plan plan to fail, so prioritize the big things to make the rest of the day run even more smoothly.
Regardless of your morning plans, a soundtrack of uplifting, energizing tunes will help prime your mind for positivity all day long. A motivational pod cast will shift your thinking and will encourage positive thoughts throughout the rest of your day. Inspiring message will spark new thoughts and ideas.
Make time in the morning to get your body in motion. Weather its gentle stretching, walking the dog, going to the gym or walking on the treadmill, Starting your day with movement kick starts your metabolism and ramps your energy for the day. Plus, you’re more likely to make better food choices if you’ve done something positive for your body earlier in the day. You’ll get that great workout in (it’s harder to make excuses first thing) and you’ll reap the benefits for hours afterwards.
Making time for these five simple morning habits can help you be more productive, prioritize takes more efficiently, feel more energized, and increase your energy levels.