Do you ever wake up in the morning and before you realize it, it’s 3:30 in the afternoon and where has the day gone? It’s time for dinner and get the kids in bed and ‘Wow, that was exhausting! Let’s just go to sleep.’ Maybe not for you, but I can say I’ve had way more of these kind of days than make me happy. I guess that’s where the importance of a routine can come in. Getting those first things checked off your list can make you feel oh so productive and ready to tackle those bigger projects looming ahead.
So this is my general go to routine when I’m on a winning streak and making great strides. No, this is not me saying I always achieve. Life gets busy and distractions (can you call a teething baby a distraction?) change your priorities for the moment or more.
But on a good day, this is our goal and when we hit it, often the whole day goes in a much better direction.
1. Wake up early.
Figure out everything you want to do in your morning routine. Calculate how much time that will take you and set your alarm to give you that extra chunk of time.
2.Drink a glass of water.
Warm water is great in the morning for getting your system up and running. Add lemon for that extra kick.
3. Wash your face. Brush your teeth.
Nothing wakes you up quite like getting the night’s grime off of your face and out of your mouth. Your body does some natural detoxing while you’re sleeping and it leaves you with a slightly icky feeling until you’ve freshed up.
4. Quiet Time.
This looks different for everyone but just giving yourself that moment in the morning to focus on what is important will likely change your outlook when it comes to the rest of the day.
Again, this is not a one size fits all kind of thing. And the idea of traditionally journaling to me has always seemed a little tedious and hard to create as a habit. But! The idea of just writing down every random thought as though it’s my to-do list and not the Diary of Anne Frank that will be read by millions some day, that seems more do-able.
6. Get moving.
Whether you prefer to run, walk, bike, what have you, getting the blood circulating is a great feeling. It also helps me to not be as sleepy. I’ve recently been trying yoga stretches in the morning and it feels so amazing!
Working at home for me can mean that I get so caught up that I forget to get out of my pajama’s until it’s time to leave the house, whenever that may be. Taking a shower gives you a head start on that one and is more likely (I don’t know by what percent) to result in real clothes than ratty pajamas.
They say it’s the most important meal, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the largest! Don’t think that you need to make up for all those hours you were hard at work sleeping by eating a stack of doughy pancakes, 3 eggs, toast, a side of bacon, etc. Find a healthy balance that won’t have you lagging with your energy in a few hours.
9. Drink more water.
Staying hydrated is key to so many common problems that affect most people. I got through ups and down here so I fill a large water bottle and try to make sure it’s finished by a certain time.
Tip: Avoid checking technology until you’ve completed this routine. It’ll do wonders for your state of mind!
So, what does your morning routine consist of?