TIPS FOR WAKING UP AND STARTING THE DAY WITH MOMENTUM
How we start out in the morning sets the tone for the rest of our day. If we wake up feeling cranky and out of sorts, odds are you're going to be feeling off until you go to bed later that night. But if you wake up ready to get moving and put momentum on your side, you'll be able to be on top of everything that comes your way.
Wake up early
There's no better way to jump start your day than by waking up early. I've talked about this before in my post Keep It Simple Sweetie and I'll probably say it again in the future. But rising early gives you a better edge on the day. Setting the alarm a mere thirty minutes earlier than your usual wake time allows you to get more accomplished.
What can you fit in with an extra thirty minutes in the morning? A workout session? A quick tidying of the house? Time to yourself before the rest of the family is up to read a book and enjoy a cup of coffee? How about being able to get ready for work without having to glance anxiously at the clock every ten seconds because you're running late...again.
In the big scheme of your day, thirty minutes to an hour of extra sleep in the morning isn't going to benefit you much. (Especially if you didn't go to bed at a decent time the night before!) But thirty minutes of activity goes a long way to fueling your body with the right energy to attack what lies ahead.
Establish a morning routine
My routine has changed in recent weeks with a newborn in the house but I'm starting to get it down. Since he was three weeks old, Baby Levi has decided six o'clock is a great time to wake up and get his first feeding of the day. The timing works great for me to wake up as well during the coming winter months so he has become my built in alarm system. The best part of a baby being an alarm is there is no snooze button. Once I feed him, I make sure he's happy and content and put him in his swing, turn on his music, and waste no time to power through the remainder of my wake up routine. I fix myself a quick breakfast, shower/freshen up, complete a quick tidying up of the house, do any simple prep work for supper that night, and then sit down with my Bible and a personal development book for some quiet time.
The routine makes getting out of bed easy because I know what to anticipate. I have an action plan that is workable and fits in with the schedule of the rest of my family. Plus, my routine gives my baby a routine as well. Levi has become very comfortable with his alone time in the swing and usually soothes himself right to sleep.
Your routine will most likely look a lot different from mine. But find what works for you and stick with it. Repetition creates habit. And once established, habits are a hard cycle to break.
Have a good breakfast
Nutrition is key to fueling your body with energy. Skipping breakfast might be a convenient way to shave off a couple minutes of time, but it'll slow your metabolism and make you hungrier and less satisfied the rest of the day. Don't have time to make a gourmet breakfast? Me either. My typical breakfast is a simple shake consisting of milk and a powder supplement full of protein, probiotics, and fruits and greens. It takes the guess work out of what I should eat and is easy to drink while getting ready and cleaning up the house. Then in the late morning, once the initial whirlwind has settled, I try whip up a small meal such as eggs and fruit. Sometimes it's a protein bar and yogurt. It all depends on the surrounding circumstances but I make it a priority to eat good food right from the start.
Pray and meditate
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the morning flow, set aside a few minutes for prayer and meditation. Just as nutrition is key to fueling your body, so is mindset key to fueling your brain. My schedule allows time to spend a half hour of quiet time but maybe yours doesn't, even with getting up early. That's okay! But do your best to fit in at least ten minutes of quiet time to align your thoughts and mood with your greater purpose. I know I always feel more mentally stable by the end of the day if I've made time for my "God and me time" as I call it.
Get started on your top priority for the day
Of all the tasks and responsibilities you have to do, what is the one thing that must get done above all else? Is it a big presentation coming up at work? Allot some time to review your main points and gather all the materials you'll need. Is it as simple as having supper ready before the kids soccer game? Then prep as much of the meal in the morning as you can so you're not as rushed putting it together in the evening.
You don't have to complete the entire project first thing in the morning, but gear up and make a little headway on it. This will make it easier to finish off later on and keep it from hanging over your head when other tasks need to be done.
Getting your morning momentum doesn't have to be difficult. With a little practice you can start of your day on the right track and feel energized and accomplished though the rest of the busy day.
What is your morning routine like? Let me know in the comments below!