Recently, I found myself in a slump of not wanting to accomplish any of my errands or personal tasks after work. I kept asking myself how it was possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle, work life and personal life in 24 hours.
There are numerous articles about how successful people always wake up before the crack of dawn and the benefits to waking up early. I finally decided I would cross over to the dark side and attempt to become one of those alleged morning people.
After a few months of forcing myself out of the comfort of my cotton candy, cloud-like bed, here are five tips I have learned to make the most of your mornings:
Start off by putting your phone or alarm far away from your bed the night before. This way, you will be forced to get out of bed to turn it off. I have found that physically getting out of bed assists me in being motivated to get ready for the day, instead of pressing snooze about 50 times.
My latest excuse for not working out is being drained from work, which is not completely false. Being an adult means working late hours, more often than not, past the normal 9 to 5.
Working later throws off my schedule and by the time I am off, I am far too tired to think of anything but laying down and doing a whole lot of nothing. This was another motivating factor to wake up earlier. I have been waking up at 4 am, giving myself enough time to grumble and complain about getting up, change, get my gym bag together and drive to the gym.
The gym is usually pretty empty when I get there, which I enjoy since that means more equipment and space to work out. I’m not going to lie, it is a struggle to get going, but once I do, I get so energized and it motivates me for the rest of the day.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Having time to prepare and eat a healthy, well balanced breakfast is something my mom taught me to make a habit of since I was a child. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and has the biggest effect on your metabolism. Eating a good breakfast will fuel you for the rest of the morning and sets the tone for having a productive day.
Map out your day
Mapping out your schedule for the day, whether it is meal prepping or work projects, will maximize productivity and keep you organized and less stressed. The morning is one of the only times of the day you will get peace and quiet to focus on yourself without any distractions. Schedule out 15-minute breaks throughout the day to read or snack, to maintain your mental health and not overload yourself with tasks.
Mark off big to-do list items
We all put off that one thing on our to-do list that we have been dreading all week. Make this task the first of your day so that you tackle it when you have more energy. Throughout the rest of the day you can complete the other tasks without that one looming over you, and you will feel relieved and more accomplished. Instead of dreading the task all day, you will feel more relieved and accomplished throughout the afternoon.
What are some ways you make the most of your mornings? Comment below!