I’m definitely not a morning person, as just about anyone who knows me really well will attest to. The problem is that by sleeping later than I should have every morning and being rushed and disorganized and then blaming it on the fact that I’m not a morning person, I was starting my days off horribly and setting the tone for my entire day. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still not a morning person. But incorporating these 5 morning hacks has allowed me to jumpstart my entire day!
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I’m not a morning person at all, so my first instinct in the morning is always to sleep as late as possible and then rush like crazy in order to make it to work on time. This, however, always leads me to be more stressed in the morning than I need to be.
If you’re constantly feeling rushed and stressed in the morning, try giving yourself more time so you can slow down. Resist that urge to continually hit the snooze button and give yourself some time to slowly start your day.
For you, that mine mean taking some time to enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch some morning news, or even just allowing yourself to take some time getting ready.
Get Into a Positive Mindset
Add something to your morning routine that will allow you to start your day in a good mood. Maybe that’s meditating or making time to read or journal in the morning. One thing that always helps me to get into a good mood first thing in the morning is blasting my favorite music while I get ready.
I’m not a morning person at all, so if I don’t incorporate something to put me in a good mood, I’m definitely going to start my morning in a funk. But the little things can make a big difference!
Create a Routine
Rather than running around stressed first thing in the morning trying to remember everything you need to get done before walking out the door, creating a morning routine allows you to run your mornings mostly on autopilot because it becomes a habit.
I recently read and LOVED The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I listened to a podcast ages ago where Hal was interviewed and talked about the book and just finally got around to reading it.
If you’re interested in improving your mornings (and really your entire day) by creating a morning ritual, then I seriously recommend you read The Miracle Morning!
Avoid Stressors First Thing in the Morning
Dealing with anything stressful before my morning coffee is sure to send my day into a bit of a downward spiral from the get-go. Because of this, I try to avoid anything I know is going to stress me out first thing in the morning.
I have my work email on my phone, so I check it pretty regularly outside of work. But I try to avoid dealing with any of it in the morning until I’ve gotten to work and am mentally prepared to take it on.
Prep Your Morning Ahead of Time
I don’t like to have to get up any earlier in the morning than necessary, and my ability to make decisions in the morning is pretty limited. So when it comes to things like picking an outfit or deciding what I want for lunch (and then having to put my lunch together), I would prefer not to be doing those things in the morning!
I do as much as possible the evening before to prepare for the morning. I pick my outfits the night before, and always make sure my lunch is ready to go before I go to bed.
These things may not take all that long in the morning, but why waste morning time and energy on things that can 100% be done ahead of time?