Oh mornings. I used to despise them. But then I learned how to make the most of them.
Over the years I’ve found that I function at my best in the mornings so now I use them to set myself up for a super productive day ahead. The smallest habits can make such a difference to your mindset and how you approach the day so I wanted to share my daily habits that can help get you off to the perfect start.
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MAKE YOUR BED AND OPEN THE CURTAINS
Such a simple, yet rewarding task. Shake that duvet and fling open those curtains. It might be a small accomplishment but it signifies that your ready to take on the day. In his fascinating book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg writes that “making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
I just need to remind my
lazy partner of these benefits!
SHOWER AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP
I find that if I sit around in my pajamas before showering it plummets my motivation. You know what they say, you have to dress for success! If you have no plans for the day then it can be easy to lounge around in your sweats or yoga pants, but by simply showering and dressing as if you have somewhere to go can massively boost your productivity.
A survey conducted on 1000 women, found that 90% of those who showered in the morning said that it transformed their entire day in a positive light. Need I persuade you more!?
I try to drink a glass of water with breakfast every morning. It helps to kick start your body and prevent dehydration from hitting later in the day. Prefer coffee? Try to slug down a glass before your morning brew.
Try to get into the habit of taking a glass of water to bed with you. That way as soon as you wake up there will be a glass of water waiting for you. Probably needed after a long nights sleep!
We all know that we should drink more water in general so I also try to keep at it after breakfast too. I love carrying my travel water bottle around. Not only are the designs adorable but they also keep your water refreshingly cold too.
What’s your plan of action for the day? It’s important to have goals for the day. How else will you feel that you have accomplished something? It doesn’t have to be something particularly time-consuming. For example, it’s a Sunday and I plan to relax. However my goal today is to write and publish this blog post. That’s it. It doesn’t matter how big or small your goals are as long as you are aiming to accomplish something.
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SLOW DOWN A MINUTE
Mornings are often portrayed as a manic rush to get things done quickly and leave the house as soon as possible. They don’t have to be that way. Get up just 15 minutes earlier than usual and do something to help you to relax. Whether it’s catching up on social media, meditating or writing in your journal. Just taking 15 minutes out to unwind can encourage you to be a little calmer. There is nothing worse than leaving the house feeling stressed before the day has been started.