Is your typical morning a mad dash out the door with a quick bite to eat in your hand as you grab your car keys? Or is it a quiet oasis that you ease into and feel like you are starting off on the right foot? I would love to help you make your morning an oasis that you look forward to each day. A way to dip your toes into the ocean of life in a calm and serene way.
I have to admit I am blessed to already be a morning person. I have always been more productive in the mornings. I am at my most creative and best self during the early hours of the day. I can push to have a second wind to get things done in the late afternoon or early evening, but I won't be at my utmost best. I know this about myself, so I have learned to really structure my day to make sure that my mornings go really well so that I can really be creative, productive and fully charged in the mornings.
Although I now have a morning routine I can count on to help me be the best person I can be throughout the day, it has taken me some time to develop these habits and find out what works best for me and for my family. I have to say I have been working on putting these habits into place for the past 2-3 years. I want to share my best 10 tips for a better morning with you so that you can apply them today and get a jump start on your morning. One of the most important things I have discovered is that a great morning starts with planning/habits the night before! The more you plan ahead and spend a few minutes on the night before, the smoother your morning will go.
Let's dive in to these great tips! Please let me know in the comments below what you think about these tips and also how you plan on trying some of them. I would love to hear from you about what else I can help you with to make your morning better.
Morning Tip #1:
Set yourself up for success each day. Set your breakfast table the night before, complete with vitamins, water glasses, plates, napkins and silverware.
This has become such a great time saver for me. It only takes about 2-3 minutes to set the table and set out vitamins the night before, and it saves so much time in the morning because then it only takes me about 5 minutes in the morning to fill the water glasses and get breakfast on the table for me and my son. My husband usually takes his breakfast with him to work, so I just set two places at the table. This has also helped me and my son remember to take our daily vitamins. I recently remembered to take my vitamin D and fish oil capsules now because of implementing this morning habit.
Morning Tip #2:
Make your task list the night before and set it out where you can read it the night before and in the morning.
This is also a great time saver. It also causes you to have your task list "top of mind" as you rest for the night. Then, you wake up ready to tackle your list in the morning and you don't have to spend a lot of time thinking about what you need to do that day. I usually even take this a step further and have a 20 minute weekly planning session set aside. For each weekday I take out 1 sheet of lined notebook paper. I have a theme for each day. Monday-kitchen/recipes, Tuesday- writing/reaching out, etc. Then, I write tasks that have to do with that theme on my task list. I make sure to leave time for a lunch break and an afternoon break as well. Then, I just recycle each page after I have completed the tasks for the day. I keep all of the sheets in a sheet protector and keep it near my journal so I can get it out for each day.
Morning Tip #3:
Dress for success: Set out your clothes, toiletries and shoes the night before. This saves time in the morning and creates more peace for you.
I learned this great habit from The Flylady. She has a great website where you can learn all about creating great daily routines for keeping yourself and your home organized and clean. This is such a great habit because I don't have to worry about what I will wear in the morning. It is actually fun to pick out clothes/accessories the night before and have it all ready to go.
Morning Tip #4:
Do one chore early in the morning before you start the main part of your day. This will lessen your load later on. I like to do a load of laundry a day. I put it in right before I do my exercise.
This is another great tip I learned from The Flylady! Since laundry is a chore that never goes away, I picked it as my morning chore to do each day. It has really helped me stay on top of chore and not have them take over my day. The night before, I gather up all of the laundry, put it in a basket and set it outside my bedroom door. Then, after I finish my morning rituals I go to put in the laundry right before I do my exercise. Then, after breakfast I put the laundry in the dryer. Later on, I take 5 minutes to fold it and put it away. Easy! Done!
Morning Tip #5:
Send a short email or a text to your best friend each morning. I send a message each day to my best friend in Mexico and we support each other with our goals each day this way.
This is a habit I started this year. I feel like it is important to balance our lives with family & friendships as well as our jobs, businesses and things that we take care of around our houses. This has been such a wonderful habit. It has brought so much joy to my life and the life of my best friend. We make it a priority to write a little message to each other each day and it really helps us support each other in whatever we are working on in our lives. I encourage you to pick one person that you are close to, that is supportive of you and your efforts, and make it a habit to reach out to each other each day.
Morning Tip #6:
Write down 5 things you are most grateful for each day before breakfast in a journal. By the time the year is done, your last breakfast of the year can be filled with 1,825 pieces of joy!
This is a habit that I started this year as well. I have a journal where I write down 5 things I am grateful for each day. It has brought so much positivity to my life. It is great to focus on what is going right in our lives and what we have to be thankful for each day of our lives. We are very fortunate.
Morning Tip #7:
Set aside 15 minutes to sit down to a proper breakfast. It will nourish your body and give you peace for the day. Just wake up 15 minutes earlier so you can enjoy your breakfast.
This is a habit I have always had. I have always made time to sit down to breakfast. I am always very hungry in the morning and I need to get a good start to my day. Sitting down to breakfast, making sure to drink my tea, my water, take my vitamins, eat healthy food and talk to my son each morning is such a wonderful way to start the day. It is like a ray of sunshine. A reminder that we can take the time to sit down to a meal, to put ourselves first so that we may serve others. I am very glad that I am teaching this habit to my son and may it serve him well.
Morning Tip #8:
Always make your bed in the morning. It will give you a feeling of accomplishing a task first thing in the morning.
This is a habit I have always had as well. I am a little bit OCD about keeping things neat and tidy, so this habit is a must for me. I love walking by rooms and seeing that beds are made, that things are in order. It brings peace to my life.
Morning Tip #9:
Try doing 5 minutes of quiet meditation each morning before starting your day. It will bring peace into your heart and mind.
This is a new habit that I started this year. I am still learning about meditation and how best to do it. It is a daily work in progress. I can say that just focusing on deep breathing early in the morning has been so great for me. It helps me focus on what really matters, what is really important. Breathing deep reminds us that we are alive, we are full of infinite potential. We are amazing beings!
Morning Tip #10:
Positive attracts positive! Make sure you start off each morning with positive thoughts about yourself and others. You will start off with the right attitude and that makes all of the difference!
This is the key to everything! We need to bring a positive attitude to everything we do and everyone we come in contact with. This is so very vital to our success. Our outlook on life and our day is what we will bring to every interaction and every facet of the work that we do. The way that I set up positive thoughts for the day is by writing a list of affirmations and saying them to myself each morning after I do my meditation. This has helped me so much. I am also teaching my son to do his list of daily affirmations. Pass this on to anyone you know. It is also important to change your list of affirmations every few weeks or months so that they are current with what you are working on. If you would like help with writing a list of affirmations, feel free to reach out to me.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I really appreciate it so much. Let me know how I can serve you today.