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We got to #12 of my top 25 morning habits to try on the previous page (CLICK HERE if you missed that!) – and now it’s time to delve even deeper – so without further ado, let’s see what’s in store for the last 13 on the list: –
- #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.
All these morning habits – when you decide which ones work best for you, could easily be the beginnings of a morning routine.
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.
By the way – If you’re interested in creating a completely new morning routine, and transforming your days even further, I recommend checking out Crystal Paines “Makeover your mornings**”. I have got this myself and it’s a great little course to get you into the right mindset for your mornings. You can take a look (if you scroll down to the end of the page you can get Day 1 for FREE!) by CLICKING HERE**.
But if not, why not just tackle one of the habits in this post for now, and see how you go?
I’d love to hear all about it, so please leave a comment below – thanks in advance!
P.S. If you’re ready to start your own morning routine, I have some handy free printables to get you going – you can read all about them HERE.