We’ve only begun the second month of 2016 so if you’re struggling with your resolutions, perhaps all you need is a little improvement on time management and your attitude! Today’s guest blogger, Kenneth Waldman, suggests ways to enrich your morning routine which may help you to get enough time and motivation in during a day to reach this year’s goals.
You either love mornings or you hate them. There isn’t a lot of middle ground on this topic. But if you’re in the anti-morning camp, there are ways to change that. By making small changes to your routine, you can begin to enjoy your days more and enrich your life. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Wake Up Earlier
This may seem simple, but this one small change can alter your entire day. An extra hour in the morning will allow you to adopt some new routines or spend more time on a passion project.
2. Plan Your Day
Take 20-30 minutes to plan out the rest of your day. With a little foresight, you can plan to meet a friend for lunch, read a book on your coffee break, or get in an after-work exercise routine. You can also plan out which projects will need the most attention or what you’d like to do in the evening.
3. Eat A Nutritious Breakfast
You know you should eat a healthy breakfast, but how often does it actually happen? A nutritious breakfast can give you a burst of energy to tackle the morning’s activities. Get some protein, fiber, and fruits or veggies.
4. Look Your Best
Your appearance isn’t the most important thing in the world. But the truth is that people do judge you based on your looks. So, take an extra ten minutes to look your best in the morning.
5. Read or Listen to a Podcast
Spend 20 minutes every day reading a book or listening to a podcast or book on tape. It’s not a lot of time, but you’ll be surprised how many books you can get through in a year with this simple change.
6. Drink A Big Glass of Water
Most people don’t drink enough water throughout the day. One easy way to remedy this is to get a jump on your H2O intake first thing in the morning. Put a big glass by the sink in the bathroom, and drink it before you brush your teeth.
Spend 5-10 minutes meditating or saying affirmations. It will help set the tone for the day and give you a feeling of calm and clarity so you can tackle the day ahead.
8. Work On A Project
If you have a big work or passion project that never seems to get enough dedicated time, starts working on it in the mornings. You won’t be interrupted and you can finish it sooner.
9. Do The Thing You Love
Do you wish you had more time to write letters, play the piano, or paint? Use the mornings to create the time. Reclaim the things you love to do in the hour when everyone else in your house is still asleep.
10. Keep A Gratitude Journal
Every morning, write down the things you feel grateful for. As you get in the habit of doing this every morning, you will start to feel gratitude more frequently. And gratitude is the biggest indicator of happiness.
The mornings offer a wonderful time to engage in prayer or to read a religious text. If you wake up earlier than usual on weekends, you could attend a religious service.
Which new habits will you incorporate into your morning routine? Choose one or two of these and start them tomorrow!
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