Mornings – as much as we’d like to live without them, we can’t (unless we could sleep until noon every day). The dreaded alarm, the too-cold shower, the traffic while you’re already running late – it’s all too much. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be so bad. Try these 5 tips for creating a successful morning routine that will carry on to the rest of your day:
Wake up when your alarm goes off the first time
Comedian, Demetri Martin says it best, “If you really think about it, hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock doesn’t even make sense. It’s like saying, ‘I hate getting up in the morning—so I do it over, and over, and over again…” If the first thing you do in the morning is procrastinating – it doesn’t set a great tone for the rest of the day. Make it a priority to get up the first time your alarm goes off and see what it does for your motivation. (Trust us, it works.)
Read, watch, or listen to material that inspires you
Having a morning routine can be beneficial in many ways but like any other routine, it can be a bit, well, boring. Try spending a few minutes every morning reading, listening to a podcast, or jamming out to your favorite song – we recommend Viva La Vida by Coldplay, but whatever you prefer.
Arrive to work 10 minutes early
We all like to have a little “me” time before we start the workday, but the truth is it can cut into your day immensely. Try getting to work a few minutes early so you’re able to get settled in before tackling that ever-changing to-do list.
Start with the biggest, most daunting task first
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. So get out there, eat that frog, and rock the rest of your day.
Remind yourself of your big-picture goals
It’s extremely easy to get wrapped up in your day-to-day tasks and forget why you’re doing them in the first place. Start the day by taking mental note of your long term goals and intentions. It helps you breathe a little easier knowing that what you’re doing has a purpose.
With all of that being said, change doesn’t happen until you do. It might not mean you need to implement all of these right away, but try a couple and see what works for your life.