I love mornings, it’s the best time to get all my errands completed, especially during the week. During the week my children are at school, my hubby is gone, and I am left by myself to do whatever I want. Now this can be dangerous if I am not carful with using my time wisely. I could go back to bed when everyone leaves, lay around in my pajamas watching television, or make the most of my morning. The reasons I like mornings is that it has a calmness to it. I feel rested, invigorated, and ready to conquer my day. I am sort of routine and I like being that way. I get my workout in, eat a nice breakfast, see my children off to school, then post on Facebook and my social channels. After that I start on the tasks for the day.
Starting early is important because it leaves opportunity to do the things you enjoy later in your day, like spend time with a love one, do something fun alone, or just relax. The possibilities are endless. If you have a plan of action each day then your mornings will become easier. I understand not everyone is a morning person. You may need your coffee to wake you up. You may need a few hours sitting before you start your day. For me I cannot sit down and relax if I have tasks to complete because I will get lazy, and the more I sit I am less likely to complete my task for the day and then I am upset.
This weekend I was super tired, on Sunday I woke up later than I planned and honestly, I was upset with myself. I had plans to accomplish all these wonderful things and I still did but I got started later then I wanted which meant I finished later then I was planning on finishing. I beat myself up about that, but I quickly snapped out of it because I couldn’t change the past, I had to make do with the time I had. When I am tired, I tend to sleep hard and if I am not careful, I don’t hear my alarms or anything. I have this new weighted blanket and neck pillow and I guess my body was enjoying the comfort of my bed.
How to make the most of your mornings?
Make a to do list
If you want to have a productive morning before you go to work, then I first suggest that you write down a list of tasks that you need to complete the night before. When you write out the task make sure you put down the most important tasks first, meaning that they are priority over the others and they have to be completed, you can write down most important and least important beside each task just in case you forget the next day.
Get plenty of rest the night before
When you are tired you are less likely to function properly. Don’t stay up late at night if you want to have a productive morning. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, this is beneficial to your overall health. When you get rest your brain is more alert and focused for the next day. Proper rest is also good for your mood, if I don’t get enough sleep, I feel cranky. Also, when you rest properly you feel great, and everyone likes feeling great.
Start early the next morning
Waking up early is big to me. If I sleep in, I feel like I wasted so many productive hours, so waking up 2-3 hours earlier than you normally do is key to getting the tasks on your list completed. Plus when I wake up earlier then my children I can relax before I have to start mommy mode.
I know this may sound bias, but I think exercising in the morning is key to a productive day. Exercising gives your body the natural energy it needs to conquer the day. When I workout I feel great, it gives me a sense of confidence to complete my tasks for the day. I feel so empowered as if I could take over the world, figuratively speaking.
Establish a Routine
Routine is important. Most people do not like routine, but I think it is important to establish healthy habits. If you are struggling with being productive then establishing a routine will help get you there. Meaning it may take you doing things you’re not used to doing, like waking up in the morning. My husband recently adapted this early morning workout routine and he loves it, he wished he would have started sooner. Imagine how you will feel if you start establishing healthy morning habits.
I have a routine during the week but sometimes on the weekend it changes around since the children are out of school. A typical Monday thru Friday morning consists of me going to the gym at 4:30am then I leave the gym wake my children up for school between 5:30 and 5:40, hence my gym is only five minutes from my house. Next, I get my daughter ready, make breakfast, take my shower, and send the children to school. I then prep dinner for the day, if it’s a crock pot, I throw the ingredients in the crock pot and allow them to cook. If it isn’t a crock pot recipe, I chop up the ingredients, measure everything, and put the premeasured ingredients in the fridge if I do not feel like cooking.
This is a simple task, but it takes away from the load of everything else. After all of this I can start on my least important tasks. If its something I can do online, I complete it first. If I must drive someone where to complete a task, I may wait till I have a day off, if doesn’t have a deadline. For the people that work a schedule that start between 7am - 9 am your workout and dinner can be completed before you go to work. For the night shift people, your food, exercise, and errands can be completed then you can rest. If you work mornings, I recommend getting up two to three hours earlier than you normally do, you may be tired at first but the more you do it, you’ll eventually get used to it.
Planning your mornings will require some discipline but once you start you will see how beneficial it can be for your life. If you are a stay at home mom or dad, working mom or dad, or single, this works for everyone. The last thing you want to think about is cooking or exercising after you get off work, so this makes it easy on you. Since I value these two the most, I put them first as my tasks for the day because if I don’t exercise or cook, I am more likely to form more unhealthy habits. If your important tasks are different that’s okay, just do what you think is important before you go to work so you can relax when you get off work.
Mornings are the most important part of your day, if you plan, sleep well, get up early, exercise, and establish a routine, you will begin to see a major change in your life.
“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life. Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days - which inevitably create a successful life - in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life. By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.”
-Hal Elrod (The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM". Book by Hal Elrod)