Do you want to start your day off on the right foot? Same here! That’s why I put together my top 7 habits for doing just that. I am NOT a morning person, so adopting this routine was no joke (at least for me)! Take a peek at my morning ritual:
- Wake up at the right time. Your body runs a sleep cycle every 90 minutes. Try to plan your night before you go to bed so you can schedule your wake up time and set your alarm for the next morning. If you don’t feel like doing the math, this handy little site called Sleep-Calculator.com will help you out. It gives you 4 different scenarios for whatever situation you might be in. My personal favorite is the “nap” scenario!
- Do something active as soon as you get out of bed! This helps ensure that you don’t get back in it. My mini calisthenic routine consists of 10 Jumping Jacks, 10 Push-ups, and 10 Squat Thrusts. I’m not going to lie, this is the hardest part for me. The last thing I want to do after rolling out of bed is hit the deck for 10, but boy do I feel awake afterward!
- Drink a FULL glass of water. Think about going 7+ hours during the day without a drink and you can imagine why it’s so important to get yourself hydrated first thing in the morning. I read on a bathroom stall once (no, this isn’t a dirty joke) that 75% of adults are dehydrated, and dehydration is the number one cause of daytime fatigue. Drink your water, people! This is especially important if you like to drink coffee or caffeinated tea in the morning.
- Find some quiet time. For some, this may be praying; for others, it may be soaking in a bathtub. For me, it’s meditating. Even if I can only spend 5 minutes with myself, it makes a huge difference. Think about how many things in your life demand your attention. Your attention is a high-value commodity, and everything/everyone is fighting for it (kids, pets, friends, work, technology, etc). Meditating helps me be proactive about how I prioritize my valuable time rather than be reactive to the countless distractions we all face.
- Make a list. Speaking of priorities, every night before I end my work day I write out a limited set of critical items that I absolutely must accomplish the next day. If I do nothing but those items, the day will be a success. Make your list and keep it short!
- Email can wait. If I go straight to email when I wake up, I immediately put myself in a reactive pattern before I can accomplish my critical items. Email can wait until 10 – 11 am (or whenever your first break takes place). If there’s an emergency, you’ll get a call.
- Eat something you know your stomach can handle. For me, this usually consists of scrambled eggs, which are a great source of protein and super easy to prepare. If you’re not a morning eater, I recommend packing a snack that’s high in protein and fat to munch on once you get those hunger cravings. Trail mix is the first thing that comes to mind for me, but be sure you either know you can eat everything in the mix or make your own.
That’s it- my morning routine in 7 steps! If you can find one thing to try from this list, I’d call it a success. Good luck waking up, sleepy heads!