Making your Mornings a Priority + 4 Things I Do in the A.M.
If you’re like me, mornings are hard. I’ve had insomnia for as long as I can remember and getting a good night’s rest is something I long for. As much as I am a night owl, I do believe having a well structured morning sets your day up for success. Something that I am working on is being more structured - I am a very go with the flow type of person, so having a plan is something that I struggle having.
When it comes to my mornings, I’ve never had structure because my work life balance was not there. I would work late nights or early mornings and it would never be consistent. So my need to have a “structured morning” was something I never thought of! Now that I have time for myself, my first initial thought was “now what? I actually have time!”. Now that I have to hold myself, and only myself, accountable for getting things done, I truly believe having a structured morning is important. That being said; I am a firm believer that mornings set the tone of your day - what about you? Your routine in the morning doesn’t have to be anything crazy, just add simple things to help start your day off right!
Here are some tips & things I do to make sure my day starts off on the right foot:
Make my bed.
Simple, right? I know a lot of people think making the bed is pointless, because you’re just going to get back in it later and mess it up.. Wrong! I once watched this video (linked here) where a Navy Seal Admiral shares his reasons on making a bed. During his speech, he says “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.” So, If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
Catch up on the news/email
I LOVE starting my day off by catching up on emails, and seeing my news notifications. I don’t watch the news on television anymore, so my New York Times app gives me all I need to know about what is going on in the world. Also, by checking my emails, I see what type of deals retailers are having and events that are going on around me!
Plan your week.
For me, this looks like planning my blog content. I am so scattered brain about 99% of the time, so I need to start writing what I want to blog about down, or else I’ll forget! Now, if you don’t run blog, it might be a good idea to write down things you want to accomplish this week! I have a white board in our kitchen I started writing my goals down on. I picked the kitchen because it’s the room we are mostly in!
You best believe I couldn’t leave this off my list! I drink more coffee than I do water (believe it or not) and for a while I was drinking tea every morning before I did anything. It’s good down time while you catch up on your emails, or even the news! I love a little bit of quiet time in the morning before I start my day.
Like I said, your morning routine doesn’t have to be anything crazy and you don’t need to run 10 miles every morning to ensure you have a great start to your day. Do something(s) that you enjoy, and things you can take a little time out of your day to do for yourself! We all need a little “me time!”
What are things you do in the morning to ensure you have a successful day?