Starting your morning right.
We’ve all been there. We went to bed late at night because we were on a roll watching Friends reruns on Nick (that’s me), and then we set our alarm for 7am, only to hit snooze a couple of time because we’re dreading getting out of bed. And now that the mornings are somewhere around 0F, who wants to let go of the warm sheets? Point made.
However, I’m a firm believer that the way that you start your day affects your mood and the way that you carry yourself the rest of the day. Here are some of the popular ways we screw up our mornings: 😉
- We decide to hit snooze. Honestly, you and me both know those extra 5 minutes of guilty sleep aren’t doing you any favors. The clock is ticking and you’re already failing at your first task of the day.
- The minute we set foot on the floor we’re already worrying about all the things we need to accomplish during the day. While you’re brushing your teeth, that to-do list isn’t getting done no matter what, so stop thinking about it and focus on getting ready.
- We decide to choose sweatpants as an outfit and wear those broken tennis shoes because “We’re not going to see anyone today”. How do you know that?
- On the way out the door, we skip breakfast, or equally as bad, we grab chips to munch on the way. Who are you kidding? Chips, with the nutritional value of chewing gum, aren’t getting you through any more. On the contrary, you’ll probably be feeling guilty later in the morning because you were late to class/work and had chips for breakfast.
I think there are many other moments throughout our day when we can sit back, relax, and revel in the feeling of not having much to do, but mornings are usually not our best friends when it comes to starting out our day on a productive and accomplishing note. Here are some ways to fix that problem.
- First of all, do yourself a favor. If you know you’re bad at waking up, put that phone far away from you (or whichever alarm you use). This is my trick. I live in a studio apartment, so I leave my phone charging on the kitchen counter. When it’s 7am and it blasts its awful ring, I have to get up to shut it off because it’s the worst sound ever. 😉 Success at the first task of the day! Second, try to set it for the time that you’re actually going to be getting up.
- Stop worrying about what needs to get done throughout the day and focus on getting ready. Enjoy that shower and picking out an outfit, shaving or doing your makeup, whatever. If you worry already about your to-do list you’re not accomplishing anything anyway plus not enjoying that great shower.
- Dress in the morning as you would dress if you had a full day ahead of meetings and taking chances. You’re setting yourself up for failure with dressing up for class as if you just rolled out of bed; think about all the things that you’re limiting yourself to because you’re not looking great today. Not passing through Caribou to grab that coffee you want because there’s too many people. Or your friend spontaneously calls you to go to dinner with her and wants you to meet this cute girl/guy. Gotta be a go-getter! The only way you’re achieving that is if you’re outwardly prepared, which in turn reflects on the inside.
- The worst thing you can do is skip breakfast. Later you will be grumpy and make spontaneous food choices due to your uncontrollable cravings. What about then eating junk for the rest of the day since “Whatever, you already blew it this morning”?
What do you guys think? Do you have any specific routines or ways you get ready for your day in the morning?
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