Are you an early bird or a night owl? Me? I’m definitely a night owl. Before entering the “real world”, I would find myself still awake as the sun started to rise and fall asleep as birds started to sing. You can bet I strongly disliked having to get up. Let me tell you… I was dead tired every single day when I started to work. But somehow, I took it upon myself to make my daily tasks easier and more productive. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still have mornings that wear me down, but everyone has those, right? Anyways, if you love your bed just as much as I do, I’m here to share with you some secrets that have helped make my mornings less frenzy.
1. Pick Out Your Outfit Beforehand
“I have sooo much time between when I wake up and when I have to be out the door,” said no one ever. We don’t have the energy or the time to waste debating which blouse goes with which skirt or frantically looking for that missing pair of black socks. Getting ready shouldn’t be a head scratcher. Time is extra valuable in the mornings, so why not dedicate it for your preferred wake-up activities, like making a cup of coffee? Check the weather the night before, choose your outfit and wake up prepared to conquer the day. Huzzah!
2. Make Your Bed
I know what you’re thinking. “It’s a waste of time.” “It’s going to get unmade again.” “Who cares?” Yeah, we’ve all been there. But it makes all the difference. Fluffing your pillows and tugging your comforter only takes seconds. A step in the right direction to feel accomplished at the start of the day. This small act triggers a chain of other good decisions throughout the day. Another plus is coming home to a neatly made bed that’s calling my name. Give it a shot!
3. Hydrate Yourself
Our bodies are dehydrated when we wake up. Think about it, we’ve been sleeping for about 8 hours (hopefully), with no fluid intake for that period of time. There are endless of ways to properly hydrate throughout the day, but it’s most crucial to drink plenty of water first thing in the morning to get our bodies ready for the day. I was never an avid water drinker because I hated taking trips to the restroom every couple minutes, but I’ve been making small steps to sip down more and more water every morning. I’ve noticed a boost in my low energy levels since then.
4. Make a To-Do List
Okay, now you’re awake and you made it to the office. So, how do you stay productive? Set concrete goals in place. As the day goes on, we focus less on our work as we become more tired and eventually our motivation deflates. So why not get things done in the morning that will help our focus and drive last as long as possible? Start jotting down a to-do list on good ‘ol pen and paper. Prioritize your task list to make sure you get the demanding stuff out of the way first. Now you’ll feel less overwhelmed knowing exactly what you need to get done. There’s literally nothing more satisfying than crossing tasks off lists, am I right?
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There you have it! My secrets to make your mornings pain free. The hardest part may be starting and committing to create these habits, but take baby steps – we’re all about small victories. I promise you the rest will come easy and you’ll have a killer morning routine in no time!
Crafting, designing, and the internet are Sally’s outlets and she’s always looking for new opportunities to transform her way of thinking. When she’s not working, she can probably be found stuffing her face with food or rewatching Grey’s Anatomy over and over again.