These “Five Ways to” segments are turning into my favorite ones on here. I think there are so many little ways we can make improvements in our lives. Simple little adjustments here and there can make a big impact on our happiness and overall productivity.
So many times we’re told that there are no “quick fixes” that I find it nice when there really are quick things to do. Tweaking routines is a little bit of a challenge; they are, after all, routines. But I am a firm believer that the way you start a morning will set you up for how you react to (and enjoy) the rest of the day. Regardless of which side of the bed you wake up on, here are five things you can do to improve your morning:
1) Wake up 15 minutes earlier | Do you find yourself rushing in the morning? Giving yourself an extra fifteen minutes is a good way to start the day on the right foot. Fifteen minutes is pretty doable even if you’re not a morning person. After a week, your body will definitely begin to adjust to the new routine.
2) Read for 20-30 minutes | I read every morning and feel like it lets me clear my head and get the juices in the brain going. Even though I’m definitely a morning person (once I’m up, I’m up), my brain takes a little bit to get up to full speed. Reading jump starts the thinking. It’s also great because it’s kind of like clicking the reset button! I tend to read after I’ve gotten completely ready, but sometimes I read newspaper articles on my iPhone in bed while I’m waking up.
3) Check the weather first thing | There’s nothing more annoying than rushing out the door only to realize it’s 20 degrees warmer (or cooler) than you thought…. Actually, it’s more annoying to find out that it’s raining. Plan outfits the night before, but double check the morning of to make sure you’re good to go. You can decide whether to bring a sweater or an umbrella.
4) Make a cup of coffee or tea | I’m partial to coffee (in fact, I’m addicted). Especially now that we’re moving into the colder months, I think it’s nice and cozy to start the day off with a hot cuppa. Since I’m out the door at the crack of dawn, I tend to buy coffee at Starbucks and work there for a couple of hours. But if I am working out of my apartment, I bring the cup of coffee around the apartment with me while I get ready!
5) Write your daily to do list | I try to write down my to do list first thing in the morning. Waiting a couple of hours only makes me more stressed because I’m not really sure what lies ahead. Writing it all out makes me feel much more relaxed and takes a weight off my shoulders. (It’s also a good thing to do before you get ready… while you’re getting ready if you remember something you can just add it to the list!)
I’m all about reducing the stressfulness of hectic mornings to set up really productive days!!!
What tips would you add?