You guys, mornings are my JAM. I love everything about starting a fresh, new day, and I get the most done in the mornings. But it wasn’t always that way. I was your typical hit-the-snooze-and-moan type of person, and at one point I literally dreaded going to bed because it meant I had to face another morning. Crazy, right?
But with a few hacks (and doing something I love doesn’t hurt, either), I’ve been able to change my perspective on mornings from blah to YAS. If you hate mornings, I probably sound crazy. But, I promise, if you try these little tricks, you’ll be just as crazy as me about mornings in no time.
- Don’t hit snooze. This one is harder than it seems. In theory, jumping out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off sounds easy enough, right? But when that alarm actually wakes you from a delicious slumber, getting up is the last thing you want to do. Trust me on this – don’t hit that snooze button. It will actually make you sleepier throughout the day and promotes procrastination. If the first thing you do in the morning is put off getting out of bed, what else will you put off throughout the day? It may sound cooky, but if you’re a chronic snooze-presser, try not hitting snooze for a week and watch the magic happen.
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier. Or even 10 minutes earlier. Give yourself enough time to do everything you need to do in the morning without being rushed. Take an extra five minutes to enjoy coffee. Do your hair. Put on makeup at home, not while you’re driving in your car. Meditate. Do a load of laundry. Start your day with a few extra minutes of you time, and knock one extra thing off your to-do list. You’ll feel amazing, I promise.
- Make a morning to-do list the night before. Being productive in the morning sounds like a good idea, but half the time we forget about what we intended to do once the morning actually rolls around. If you lay in bed thinking about what you need to do the next day and then forget by the time you wake up, it’s time for a to-do list. This will make your morning easy-breezy when it comes to getting things done.
- Stay off your phone. Our first instinct is usually to pick up our phone in the morning, which leads to answering text messages and emails and scrolling through Insta for an hour. Unless your to-do list involves being on your phone (mine does), then stay off of it for the first hour after waking up. It’s an added distraction that will suck away those precious morning hours without you even realizing it.
- Set an intention for the day. This takes about 30 seconds and really changes how you experience your entire day. Take a few minutes each morning to think about your goals and what you want to achieve that day. Write it down, or simply repeat it a few a times in your head, focusing on what your intention looks like and how to implement that throughout the day. For example, maybe my intention for the day is to complete everything on my to-do list. How would that look and feel? How can I make that happen? Be intentional with your mornings, and the rest of your day will follow suit.
These are just a few ways that I make the most of each morning, and they have made all the difference. How do you keep your mornings productive?