Have you noticed how your mornings generally tend to set the tone for your whole day? Whether your day is productive or not always seems to stem from the quality of your morning.
Establishing habits to ensure you start your morning off right is essential to making the most out of your day. Here are four quick and easy tactics you can implement now to help you find more success in your daily life.
DON’T HIT SNOOZE
Especially on a cold Monday morning, it can be so tempting to hit the snooze button without giving it a second thought.
It doesn’t have to be pretty, and you don’t have to pop up off the pillow and be ready to greet the day right away, but getting yourself out of bed when your first alarm goes off is crucial. It will give you the amount of time you need to complete your full routine.
Try setting your alarm across the room from your bed to force yourself to get up to turn it off. That way, you’ll be (a little) less tempted to dive back under the covers.
MAKE YOUR BED
Want to feel productive first thing in the morning? Making your bed is a simple way to do it!
Not only is this another tactic to make sure you don’t go lay right back down, but it’s also a way to check off a task from your list before your day even starts—and that will just make you feel good about yourself!
Of course, making your bed in the morning means you get to crawl into a made bed at night, which could lead to better sleep. In fact, a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their bed in the mornings are 19% more likely to get a good night’s sleep every night!
We’ve all heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While you may remember this as a cliché used by adults to get you to eat your toast in the morning, it’s still great advice today. (And no, black coffee does not count as a breakfast substitute.)
Packing your breakfast with protein, healthy fats, and whole foods is important to keep the 10:00 a.m. stomach grumbles at bay. Plus, foods like these are likely to give you more energy and help you stay focused throughout the day.
MOVE A LITTLE
You don’t have to complete an extremely tough cardio workout first thing in the morning, but moving in any capacity when you wake up is a great way to get yourself going when it’s early—especially if you’re not usually a morning person!
Try incorporating a 10-minute stretching or yoga routine into your mornings, to get your body (and mind) warmed up and ready for the day. This simple tactic could also improve your daily energy, mood, and focus!
The best days start with the routine that works best for YOU and your lifestyle. Utilizing your mornings to put yourself ahead and get in the right mindset is going to help you set a positive tone for the day.
What’s one part of your current morning routine that helps set you up for success?