Many people don’t give much attention to the morning. After hitting snooze on the alarm clock several times, they get up still half asleep, like a robot, they shower, get dressed and go straight to work. A coffee to wake up and they’re ready. Then things start to crop up and before they realize it, the day has disappeared and they were not very productive (remember that when we say productive we aren’t just talking about work, we’re also referring to all of the other things that are important to you).
If you start the day well it’s likely that you will end it well too, so what you do in the morning can be the key to your success. That’s why today I want us to take a deeper look into morning routines so you can make the necessary changes to make the most of your mornings…and your whole day!
In order to wake up on time and full of energy, it’s important that you have slept well: This means having good sleep hygiene, going to bed at the same time every day, turning off all the electronic devices (television, phone, tablet) at least one hour before going to bed, having a bedroom with the ideal temperature and darkness and making sure you sleep for at least 7 or 8 hours. This will allow you to get up full of energy and enthusiasm and a little bit earlier if necessary.
Organize whatever you can the night before: Have the clothes you are going to wear, the bag with the documents you need for work and the children’s schoolbags ready the night before, this will help you to save a significant amount of time which you can dedicate to other more beneficial practices.
Take a few minutes to do a short meditation, some breathing exercises and stretching: I know you’re very busy but really all of these practices together won’t take you more than 15 minutes. Meditating for five minutes is enough, as with the breathing exercises and stretching. This will put you in the right mental state (with inner peace and free from anxiety) to take the next step, which is planning.
Take five or ten minutes more to plan your day: We always talk about how we must learn to separate what is important from what is urgent. Decide how you are going to divide your day, how much time you will dedicate to each responsibility and what you are going finish during the entire day. Especially think about what goals you will achieve before noon.
Never skip breakfast: Just having coffee is not breakfast. You can have chopped fruit ready from the night before and mix it with granola or yogurt. This will only take you ten minutes and you’ll be physically prepared to face the day. There are many other healthy breakfast options that you can prepare in advance the night before and you can also prepare it when you are making the children’s lunch. It’s also important to drink enough water to hydrate your body.
Now you can proceed with all of your other activities: If you can implement these habits, I assure you that you will be able to make the most of your day and feel happier and more productive, which will be reflected in your personal and family harmony.