I would say that I’m a morning person. Back when STC was a one-woman operation, I would spring out of bed around 5 am, make some coffee, and start planning for the day before the sun was even up. I have always felt that the way I start my morning sets the tone for the rest of day and makes a big impact in my productivity. So whether you’re a mom, girl boss, young professional, or somewhere in the mix, I thought we’d talk about morning habits that are typical of successful women. This way we can all figure out how to get out of bed earlier and feel refreshed and accomplished before heading into the office.
Usually, women who run the world are doing a lot of stuff, which can lead to thoughts zipping through their minds like cars on a freeway. One way to combat stress from overthinking is to practice mindfulness in the morning as soon as you wake up. You can meditate for a few minutes or simply lay in bed and think about how things have been going. Starting off the day with gratitude and visualizing your desire for other successes to come into your life will help you begin each day with the right mindset. You’ve got to get your mind right before you can get out there and crush it.
Make Your Bed
A cluttered space can induce stress and lead to a cluttered mind. Making your bed in the morning is the first sign that you’re running the day and it’s not running you. Make Your Bed is also the title of a popular book by Admiral William McRaven. He talks about how something as simple as making your bed reinforces the idea that the little things in life are important and motivates you to continue accomplishing little tasks throughout the day.
Eat A Good Breakfast
“Most important meal of the day” might be an overused phrase but it’s true. Your morning meal fuels your body and supplying your first burst of energy. If you don’t eat breakfast or you eat a measly, lackluster cereal bar, you’re less likely to go into your day feeling strong and capable. Wake up early enough to prepare something nourishing like oatmeal with fruit, an omelet with veggies, or avocado toast. And drink a cup of water before you reach for a coffee.
It can be tricky to fit this into your day, but people who at least get moving a little in the morning reap the rewards of an early start. Working out in the morning helps you stick to a routine and sleep better at night. You also get your blood flowing, heart pumping, and endorphins flowing. After even twenty minutes of movement, your metabolism kickstarts to help burn more calories during the day. And of course, it’s a great way to clear your mind. If you don’t have time to make it to the gym, you can simply roll out your mat at home for some am yoga or grab your coffee and go for a walk outside.
Write Down Your Goals
It’s so much easier to tackle the day when you have a course of action. Write down your priorities for the day so that you don’t end up forgetting anything important. Don’t stretch yourself too thin by writing down every single thing you’d like to do, but keep your list limited to two or three key priorities. You’ll be more productive, avoid overwhelm, and leave some padding for the unexpected.
If you are definitely not a morning person, that doesn’t mean you never can be. Start off by setting your alarm for just fifteen minutes earlier and work in one of the above practices. As your body adjusts you can wake up another fifteen minutes earlier and so on. Don’t forget to go to bed at a decent hour, and always focus on positive thoughts in the am.
I hope you enjoyed these tips on milking your mornings for all their worth. Cheers to building good habits!