Having trouble getting motivated in the mornings, or just keeping on task throughout the day? Have a lot on your plate and not sure how to get it all done? I see people around me who struggle with this, so I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I do every morning to help tackle my day.
Schedule Your Day
Using your phone, computer, or notebook, keep an ongoing schedule that’s easy to access and update. Take just 5 minutes every morning to review and edit your schedule that day. This includes appointments, to do’s, errands, anything that needs to get done the next day. Attribute each task to a time frame, so you know realistically how much you can get done in the day. If you’re over-booked, re-schedule less important errands, tasks, and appointments for another day.
Write down everything that is going through your mind. Thoughts, feelings, concerns, things to add to your to do list – whatever it is, write it down. Studies have shown that just the act of writing down our morning thoughts can relieve stress, even if none of those things get done. You might be surprised at what your brain is focusing on when you wake up. Adjust your schedule for the day to include these thoughts if needed.
Eat A Healthy Breakfast
You’ve heard this before I am sure, but eating a healthy breakfast is essential for a productive day. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking will jump-start your metabolism, fuel you for the morning, and set the tone for how you will eat the rest of the day. Depending on your macros, tailor your breakfast to include high-quality protein, low-glycemic carbs, and fats. Most people who eat a healthy breakfast feel motivated to continue to eat healthy the rest of the day, while those who skip breakfast are usually starving by lunch and are more susceptible to choosing a quick unhealthy option. The decision is yours.
Get your blood pumping. Morning workouts boost endorphins and help lift your spirits, resulting in better energy levels and mental alertness throughout the day. Plus, working out in the morning makes it easier to stick to a routine since schedule conflicts, work, or other life demands are less likely to interfere with your workout. If mornings aren’t your thing, evening sweat sessions are a great way to relieve stress from your work day and will even help you sleep better at night. Remember, taking the time to do something for you is an act of self-love. It will only take a couple of weeks before a regular workouts become part of your routine.
Watch, Listen, or Read Something Inspiring
Set the tone for your day by starting with a positive message, whether it be personal development, self-education, or something that just makes you smile. Turn on a podcast while working out or showering, watch your favorite YouTube channel while eating breakfast, read a few pages out of your latest book while drinking your coffee, or listen to your favorite morning radio show on your way to work. There are so many opportunities to start your day on a positive note before you step out and face the world.
It may feel overwhelming to add all five to your morning routine at once, so pick your top two or three and start there. You’ll soon see yourself become more organized, productive, and better prepared to tackle the day. If you have any other morning success habits, I’d love to hear! Please write them in the comments below.
Keeping it real,