How do you start your day? Did you know that the way you start your day can greatly impact how the rest of your day goes?
Most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders talk about having a strong morning routine. I spent months thinking I was the exception to the rule and didn’t need a morning routine to have a great day.
I told myself stories like; there isn’t enough time in the mornings, I’m too busy running around after the kids, I can’t wake up early. This is all rubbish of course and since creating a routine for myself I can honestly say I’ve become a much more structured person and having a great morning definitely flows into the rest of the day.
So here are 7 ways that you too can have a great start to your day.
1. Get a good night’s sleep
Having a great day really starts the night before! Getting to bed at a decent time and getting 7-8 hours sleep a night will make all the difference to how your day flows. I also don’t watch TV late at night (no Netflix binging for me) and I charge my phone in the office so that it’s not in the bedroom as a distraction. Watching blue screens before bed can affect how you sleep.
2. Wake up at the same time every day
Find your magic wake time. Mine is 6.24am. As I said above, I have spent years telling myself I’m not a morning person. Once I decided to kick start my morning routine, I knew I needed to get up earlier but I didn’t want to make it too early and unrealistic. So 6.24am is my magic time. I have been waking at this time for a while now so it might be time to change it to 6.14am.
By the way, I am not one of those lucky people whose children sleep in. My kids are often up before me at around 6am. I am fortunate however that they are old enough now (6, 9, 11) to look after themselves for a bit while I exercise (see below)
Try to do some form of exercise every morning whether its walking the dog or a YouTube exercise video. I go to the gym 2 mornings a week when my husband does the school drop off and on the other days I do yoga or skipping. I LOVE the yoga. The stretching and breathing always sets me up for a great day ahead.
4. Be grateful
I keep a gratitude journal. Every morning either after yoga or when I first sit down at my desk after the kids have gone to school, I write down 3 things that I’m grateful for. Others find following Mel Robbins’s advice of setting an intention for the day really useful. You need to discover what will work best for you.
Slowing down the mind is so good for you and a daily practice of meditation will help with feelings of overwhelm or stress. Simply sitting and breathing for 10 minutes listening to a guided meditation will do wonders for your sense of self.
6. One House job
As a working mum it is always a struggle to get the house jobs done. Since waking up earlier I have tried to do one house job in the morning so I can feel like the house is not being neglected. It’s a great feeling to know that one house chore has been done and I can spend the rest of the day in the office without feeling guilty about all the other jobs.. It can be as simple as vacuuming or putting a load of washing on, clearing the kitchen bench of clutter or stripping the kids beds.
7. No Social Media
My rule is no social media until the kids are out the door. We all know that social media is a massive time waster. If you want to have a productive morning achieving some or all of the above then avoid socials. Having my phone charging in the office helps me to achieve this. It is freeing to know that I don’t automatically reach for my phone the minute I wake up.
Can you implement any of the above into your morning? Do you think it will help you to have a great day? I’d love to hear your thoughts so feel free to pop a comment in the section below.