How your morning goes sets the tone for your whole day. If you start your day right and have positive intentions for you day, you are far more likely to have a great successful day.
How many things have you skipped breakfast or not able to do certain tasks in the morning and it just throws off your day? I know if my morning doesn’t go well, it changes my whole mood. By setting a good morning routine can help create a positive mood to approach tasks. I have definitely found a better morning not only makes me feel better but that I feel more productive.
There are certain tasks that you can do in your morning that will allow you to feel like you are owning the day even by 10am. I have been practising my morning routine, I certainly find it helpful to have more structure to my morning. In addition having my morning built in with mindful activities as well as productive tasks, allows me to create a successful mindset.
These are 7 things that you can do before 10am to own the day:
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1. Make your bed as soon as you get up
By making your bed every morning you will have accomplished your first task of the day. It will give you that sense of pride and can encourage you to do more tasks.
Simple tasks like making your bed in the morning can be overlooked, if you are in a rush. But slowing down to do a task like making your bed can create a calmer mood. Also, it gets you moving and stretching, which wakes up your body and muscles.
I certainly feel better when my bed is made, it makes my room look tidier and I instantly feel more organised before my day has even started.
2. Have breakfast
Eating breakfast affects your energy levels according to studies. So, if you want to have a productive day, you are going to need to nourish your body. You will want to fuel your body to keep you going until lunch time.
It is essential to eat and drink something in the morning to kick start your metabolism. In order to be your most productive you need to feel energised, so a good breakfast is important.
I never really used to eat breakfast, I would struggle and opt for nothing – which is not the best decision. However, for Christmas I was gifted a personal blender as I love smoothies. As I am changing what I put in my body, I have chosen to haver a smoothie in the morning. So, that can be an option for you if like me you can’t always eat straight away.
3. Get dressed
You should get dressed everyday even when you work from home. Before you decide to live in hoodies and comfy joggers, studies have shown that there is a link between dressing up for work and your levels of productivity.
According to science, your clothing can impact the way you think and feel through the routine it puts in place. It can also boost your mood and confidence which will reflect in your work ethic and your day.
4. Practise your affirmations
Whether you like to physically voice your positive affirmations or write them in your journal, doing them every morning can enable you to look for the positives in your daily life. That then allows you to approach your day from a positive attitude.
There are so many different affirmations that can be beneficial for your confidence and self love. I often find that having a pep talk is really beneficial for a positive and motivated mindset.
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5. Read a few pages of your book
By reading a few pages every morning can improve your memory and critical thinking skills. Activities like reading have been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. It helps you to stress less and relax, so it is a super mindful activity to enjoy first thing in in the morning.
6. Daily Journal
Daily journaling is something I love to do. I have made daily journaling part of my daily routine. It makes me feel good mentally, I have the opportunity to overload everything I am thinking or feeling. You can gain so much clarity and focus from writing in your journal. If you struggle with what to write or so you are new to journaling journal prompts can be a great starting point. It is another opportunity to slow down your morning an start your day mindfully.
7. Establish your to-do list/tasks for the day
In order to be productive and have an efficient day you need to know what tasks need to be completed. So, whether you use a planner or not, creating a to-do list can determine your day. Writing a list can hold you accountable and motivate you to complete all of the tasks. I always feel so much better when I have established my tasks for the day.
Creating a functional yet attainable morning routine can really enable you to feel like you are owning the day before you even start your main tasks of the day. I have started these things in my morning instead of reaching my phone and it certainly is helpful especially when I am in a lot of pain I will continue with my routine and then I will re-evaluate how I feel it is working for me at the first quarter.
What tasks do you do every morning? What makes you have a better day? I’d love to hear in the comments.