If you’ve ever asked yourself ” How do I start my morning well?” then you’re in the right place! Adding some morning habits to your routine as soon as you wake up will literally change how you feel each morning – in a really positive way. After all, the habits you do every day can truly make or break it. You can choose to get up and face the day either with the energy and enthusiasm of a young child, or with that of a sloth – and I know which I’d prefer….
Who do you think stands more of a chance of having a productive and great day?
The enthusiastic one, of course.
I wanted to look today at just how to create fantastic morning habits that could just change your days, for the better, forever.
Let’s get started!
I have days where I just can’t seem to get anything done.
No matter how hard I try, everything seems to take forever to do, I get distracted, and other things crop up unexpectedly.
Now, if this happens every so often I can just put it down to life, my mood, and a variety of other things that create that perfect storm…
But – if it starts to happen more – then I know something has to change.
Something isn’t working for me, and I need to fix it asap!
That something – usually – is what I do in the morning.
Your morning sets you up for the entire day, and it stands to reason that if you struggle at that time, if you are running around like a crazy woman, or if you just stumble into your day, then you won’t get as much done or feel as energetic as if you are prepared and organised about things from the outset.
Now, if you have followed this blog for any amount of time you’ll be fully aware that I am NOT a morning person. AT. ALL.
I have always dreamt of being a morning person (dreaming in my snuggly warm bed, when I lie in every morning probably!), but find the whole process of changing to be one very overwhelming to say the least.
The trick, I have come to realise, is to change my morning habits.
One at a time – slowly but surely – and I’ll get there.
So – today I wanted to look at the many habits that could make you and I into the morning people we dream of being – once and for all – you ready to join me?
Of course – you can pick one or many to try – it’s totally up to you and your needs – but hopefully you’ll have a little fun trying them…
Who knows – in a few months time we could be meeting up in town for a 6am yoga class… (although I’d settle at the moment for feeling human at 7 – baby steps…).
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25 MORNING HABITS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
- #1 – Put your alarm clock away from your bed so you HAVE to get up to turn it off
- #2 – Wake up at the same time every day – so your body gets used to it.
- #3 – Wake up at a time that gives you plenty of time before you have to leave the house. As soon as you have to start rushing around you feel worse.
- #4 – Have something fantastic to wake up for each day. This doesn’t have to be anything big, but has to be something that you love doing. Kids get up easily each day because they are genuinely excited about what’s in store. If you can do one thing every day that makes you happy, you’ll be a lot more likely to want to get out of bed more easily.
- #5 – SMILE as soon as you wake up – force the positivity if you are struggling with it. Your body can’t always tell whether you mean it or not!
- #6 – Drink a glass of water before you do anything else (some people love warm water with fresh lemon)
- #7 – Have some quiet time just to get yourself ready for the day – ideally before anyone else is up.
- #8 – Make your bed – this just sets you up for the day really well (and you won’t be tempted to get back in it – or is that just me!)
- #9 – Open the windows – as soon as you can get some fresh air and light into your home. This will wake you up and make you feel great (even in winter this works really well, but obviously close them again quite quickly!).
- #10 – Let the kids have some responsibility. You don’t have to do it all every morning. Kids can get their own mornings sorted from a young age if they are allowed to try it. Start to prompt them with times and they will soon get used to doing more themselves which will make your mornings much less stressed. Having a morning routine written out for them would work really well – for example – 7.30 get up / make bed / toilet, 7.40 have breakfast, 8 clean teeth and wash face/shower, 8.10 get dressed, 8.20 check bag for school is ready, 8.30 leave the house.
- #11 – Put some lively music on. This is a great trick – especially if like me you love to sing! – having a playlist of your favourite happy tunes will really get you in the mood for a good day. (dancing to the music will also tick off the exercise as well!).
- #12 – Read through your schedule for the day. Wherever you write it down, check what you have got coming up in your day, then you’ll know what’s coming and mentally prepare for the day ahead.
- #13 – When you have looked at your schedule for the day (#12), then you can add in any TO DOs that would fit into the rest of your time. Making sure you look at your TO DO list each day will mean you are more likely to actually get them done and take them off the list!
- #14 – Get in touch with your feelings. Whatever our days look like, there is some flexibility in our schedules. Yes, some things have to be done at set times, but others can easily be moved around. It therefore makes perfect sense to work around how you are feeling each day. You are more productive when you are ready to get specific things done, so why fight how you feel? For example – if you’re feeling really energetic then you may decide to tackle cleaning your home rather than doing errands that day. If you’re struggling to get motivation, then why not pop in to see a friend who you’ve been meaning to catch up with for a while. If you’re feeling motivated to exercise, then do a quick workout in the lounge while the kids are getting dressed. All these things will be done at some point during your week, but you are doing them when you are feeling most ready to do them, rather than trying to force it.
- #15 – Start with the end in mind. If you think about how you want to feel when the day is over, and what you want to have accomplished, then this will help you prioritise what you should do that day. Asking yourself “what REALLY needs doing today?” really helps.
- #16 – Get dressed for exercise. This is quick and easy when you are in a rush in the morning, and allows you to be ready for running around the house/errands etc… and for that all important exercise when you can fit it in.
- #17 – Get dressed for your day as soon as you can. You will feel like you can tackle more when you feel good about how you are looking. Obviously ensure that you wear the right things for the day ahead, but making an effort with how you look will make all the difference.
- #18 – Have a uniform. By this I mean that if you wear similar outfits each day you won’t have to think as much about what to put on, and you can easily save time and hassle by doing so.
- #19 – Exercise – whether you have time for just a quick stretch, a 15 minute quick workout in the lounge, or something more substantial – exercise will keep your body and mind at its best so you will be more productive during the day.
- #20 – Chat with your children / partner / someone! – making time to talk to those we love can really help us tune in to what’s important in life – and makes mornings much more interesting! (much better than grunting at each other over the cereal!)
- #21 – Have a great breakfast. I find it really hard to eat first thing in the morning, but when I do eat I know I feel great afterwards. You’re fuelling your body and mind for the day ahead. Use your freezer for quick breakfasts, for example – bag up some chopped fruit and veg for ready to make smoothies, make pancakes and freeze ready to heat up, us frozen fruit and microwave for drizzling over yoghurt etc..
- #22 – Kettle boiling? Use the minutes for a quick chore. Put some laundry in the machine, unload the dishwasher, fold clothes on the dryer – whatever needs doing, get at least one thing done in this time that would otherwise be wasted. As soon as you’ve done one thing then you will feel more energised to get more done.
- #23 – Get dinner sorted. Take a look at your meal plan and do any prep you can ahead of time. There’s nothing better than coming into the house after a day at work or doing other things and arriving to something easy to prepare. This may mean simply taking a meal you cooked last week out of the freezer so it’s thawed for the evening – or you may be able to peel some veg in prep, or put things in the slow cooker.
- #24 – Do a 10 minute house scan. How many times during the day do you spot something that just needs to get done around the house? If you walk around your house for 10 minutes each morning you should be able to spot all those little things and get them out of the way first thing. No more distractions (at least, for now!)
- #25 – Give yourself a break – you can’t do it all and no-one really expects you to. Know that each day you will do what you can, and that’s fantastic! If you start your day feeling exhausted by what you have to accomplish, you won’t get anywhere fast. Take a few minutes each morning to tell yourself that you’re doing great, and you’ll immediately feel more empowered and ready to face the day ahead.
So – what do you do in the morning?
With all these amazing suggestions for morning habits, I’m sure you’ll be starting the morning in a more positive way from now on, and I can’t wait to hear how you get on!
In fact – your morning habits could very well be the start of a fantastic morning routine for you…
Please don’t back away from the thought of a routine. It doesn’t have to feel regimented, but it really can help you to make the most of your mornings in a positive way.
Why not tackle one of the morning habits in this post tomorrow morning and see how you go?
P.S. If you’re ready to start your own morning routine, I have some more handy (& totally FREE!) printables to help you create yours now – you can read all about them HERE.