How you start your day has the potential to impact how you’ll spend the rest of it, and we can’t all be morning people. Getting yourself into good morning habits can inspire optimism and motivation for those of us who don’t have enough of it on our own. Utilizing your freshly woken energy before you lose it is the key to building momentum that will take you all the way to night time.
1 – Get Your Balanced Breakfast
A cup of coffee and a scone do not make a breakfast. You haven’t eaten since dinner time, and your body knows that. Food is the fuel that keeps us going, and ditching a solid breakfast will come back to haunt you when you crash in the afternoon. You’ll have plenty of time to metabolize your breakfast and use the energy throughout the day, and hunger won’t creep up and interrupt you. If you’re not a morning person, get some healthy things you can throw together the night before and grab before you go. If you have a family, this is also a great way to make sure you all have a moment to bond.
2 – Do What You Don’t Want To Do
The chore you dread, the phone call you don’t want to make, and sitting in the waiting room that seems to last an eternity. Nobody likes these things, and nobody wants to do them, but it’s better to rip off the band-aid and move on. Try to do the thing you want to do the least early in the morning. If it puts you in a bad mood, you’ll have more time to shake it, and less time to dread it. Once it’s done, that relief will stick with you and you can move on to other things.
3 – Work It Out
Exercise may not be the most fun thing to do, but it does have benefits other than weight loss. Going for a jog in the morning will help get your blood flowing, and it will help your body tap into your energy reserves. Exercise also releases endorphins that will help you feel good and start your day in a better mindset.
4 – Make Your Plan
If you have an idea of everything you need to get accomplished for the week, figure out how to efficiently stack those tasks. Don’t expect to get a week’s worth of tasks accomplished in one day, but multitasking can go a long way to help your productivity. Make a clear plan, and break it out into sections you can chew.
5 – Devote Some Time To Yourself
We sometimes get so wrapped up in our dealings with other people that the things that make us happy vanish from our lists of things to do. After you’ve gotten some exercise, you may want to grab a shower. After your shower is a great time to spend some time on you. No matter what your gender is, taking care of your hair and skin is good for you, and feels a little bit luxurious. It’s also a quick confidence booster, and we could all use a little more of that.
6 – Clean Sweep
Devote some time to household chores in the morning. Making your bed or sweeping the floors will jumpstart your ability to complete tasks by getting your brain in the right mode. You’ll also feel better coming home to a clean house, because you won’t have to worry about that after the stress of your day has taken its toll on you.
7 – Figure Out What’s Bothering You
If you have something weighing on your mind, it’s going to pull you away from all of your daily goals. It could be the stress of a deadline or a social situation that’s having a serious impact on you. Make yourself aware of what’s going on, and come up with a strategy to solve the issue, either all at once or little by little. Knowing there’s a plan in place will allow you to breathe a little easier.
With a background in Business Administration and Management, Tess Pajaron currently works at Open Colleges, Australia’s leading online educator. She likes to cover stories in careers and self-improvement..