Every morning you have the opportunity to become a better version of yourself.
How you spend your morning sets the tone for your whole day. Snooze the alarm 5 times then rush out the door with only 15 minutes to get ready and spend the whole drive to work worried about getting there on time?! I can’t be the only one who gets panicked and stressed just thinking about that! I am definitely not telling you to get up 2 hours before you need to leave so you can workout and cook a full English breakfast before you leave but find out what it takes to set your day off on the right foot and take the necessary actions to ensure that you make those steps a habit.
I have came up with 6 habits that I believe are a good starting point for improving your mornings. None of the 6 are especially time consuming or difficult but seriously even if you just add one new habit every month it can start making a massive difference in the quality of your day.
1) Get up when you alarm goes off
If you have to pick just one habit to start with to improve your morning routine, than you need to pick THIS ONE. Don’t snooze your alarm. And don’t set 18 alarms! I was always really good at this and would set one alarm right when I needed to get up and then I would get up and moving. But as my career has shifted into more typical business hours and I am out of school I found myself slipping into bad habits and I really noticed a decline in the quality of my morning when that happened so I knew it needed to get turned around!
This is a habit that you can ease into if you are a serial snoozer. Start by decreasing your snoozes (or alarms) down to 3 and then after a few weeks down to 2 and then after a few more weeks down to just the one.
Part of this is also making sure you get up and get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Laying in bed and starting your day off on your phone does not set a great tune for the day and also it can throw off your morning schedule if you accidentally spend an extra 15 minutes catching up on everything you missed over the last 8 hours. If you are able to then I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes from when you wake up to check social media, email, and the news. It gives your brain time to wake up before it goes into information overload.
2) Amp up your skin care routine
Or start a morning skin care routine if you don’t already have one. It’s so much easier to remember to do my skin care before bed compared to when you’re on a time crunch in the morning but it’s a great habit to get into and your skin will thank you!
Of course skin care routines are very personal but I really advise taking the time to evaluate what your looking to achieve (clear up acne, prevent wrinkles, etc) and then do your research on what would benefit you to add to your routine. A little bit of time spent researching can really help improve your skin and is definitely worth the time and worth the extra step in your morning routine.
3) Eat breakfast
Again, this doesn’t need to be eggs, bacon, and waffles every morning (though that sounds like the dream right?!). I will not pretend that I even cook at all in the mornings. I usually eat simple things that don’t involve actually cooking like yogurt with some granola thrown in or even just a breakfast bar (Zone has my favorite ones, check out the cookie dough flavor!). But getting something in your stomach besides coffee to start your day helps your brain get going and makes sure you don’t get hangry. .
If you are needing or wanting a higher calorie breakfast I really recommend trying to meal prep some breakfast options rather than getting fast food! Regardless though, eating breakfast is a great habit for your overall health to add into your routine.
4) Take your vitamins
I have slowly but surely came around to accepting the importance of vitamins. More specifically, I believe in the importance of evaluating what vitamins you need. I have always tried to take a multivitamin everyday but I think adding supplemental vitamins into your diet can be a great routine to get into! I am NOT a doctor or a nutritionist but I have felt personal benefits from adding personalized vitamins into my morning. But make sure to either research on your own or ask a professional what you could benefit from adding.
For example, I add a calcium vitamin (in gummy form cause it’s the little things that bring me joy) in because I have always had some joint issues and during the winter I take a D vitamin because I get significantly less sun exposure. Chances are there is a vitamin out there that you probably should be taking!
5) Review your calendar
Don’t go into your day blind. Look at your planner, google calendar, whatever you use to schedule your time and make sure you know what to expect from the day! I hate heading into work and walking in and realizing I have a conference call in 15 minutes but I haven’t gotten coffee yet! Set yourself up for a successful day by knowing (within reason) what that day has in store for you.
If you don’t have a physical planner and want one- then I really recommend checking out Me and My Big Idea’s Happy Planner. I have used them for years now and they are my favorite!
6) Make your bed
Simple and probably on everyone’s recommended morning routines but seriously guys make your bed. I work in the hotel industry and while I never formally worked in housekeeping I have picked up a few tricks along the way and how to quickly make a bed is probably one of my favorite things I have learned from work! But even if you can’t make a hotel quality bed in less than 4 minutes you can still prop up the pillows and pull up the blankets to make it presentable, and in less than 4 minutes.
Getting home and seeing your bed made is such a great feeling and it contributes to your room/home feeling clean and welcoming.
What habits are you looking to add into your morning routine in 2020? Let me know!