I have a confession to make- I am a morning person.
There’s just something energizing to me about waking up early, full of optimism and excitement for the day ahead!
Before you night owls judge me, I have to say that being a morning person has been so much harder with preschoolers. Before kids, I could wake up whenever I wanted and still get done the things that were most important.
Now, I have to be much more purposeful.
However, I truly believe in the following saying: “win the morning, win the day.”
When I start each day intentionally, I always feel better about myself and my accomplishments. On the flip side, when I start my day in reaction mode, I almost always feel like I’m treading water, struggling to stay afloat.
How about you? Have you ever noticed how your morning routine (or lack thereof) has impacted the rest of your day?
If desire to get more out of each day, perhaps it’s time to start winning each morning.
In order to really win the morning you must start planning for it the night before. Get to bed at a reasonable, consistent time. Studies show that you will perform better if you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Even on the weekends.
On top of this, take care of the little things at night that will free you up in the morning to focus on the things that are most important. For me, this means prepping coffee and setting out my clothes for the day. You don’t want to waste any time or mental energy on the little things.
I know I know. Some of you are already pushing back but this one is so key. One of the major things I’ve learned from studying successful people is that almost all of them wake up early.
This isn’t flashy and this doesn’t come naturally for many people. But it’s vitally important if you want to win the day.
Wake up early enough so you can be proactive with your day. For me, this means 6 am.
What time is right for you? Simple- just work backwards from the time you need to be available for others. I know my kids will be up by 7 and I need about an hour of time for myself before I can turn my focus on other things and people.
This also means I am in bed around 10 pm so I can get between 7-8 hours of sleep.
The first thing I drink in the morning is a large glass of room temperature water. Your body needs lots of water and studies show that hydrating first thing in the morning fuels your body and fires up your brain. Most mornings, I can almost hear by body saying “Thank you!” with every sip.
Next…coffee. All the coffee.
When I prep my coffee the night before, I literally get excited in anticipation to enjoy that first cup of coffee.
When my alarm goes off I almost jump out of bed because that means it’s coffee time!
If you’re not a coffee lover, that’s fine! Try to find something else that motivates you to get out of bed like tea or a smoothie.
Immediately after pouring my cup of coffee, I head to my favorite spot on the coach for a time of reading, prayer, and reflection. It’s amazing what a difference this makes.
Every day I am reminded that I am a part of a much bigger story than my own. While it can be human nature to get consumed with neverending tasks and worry, this time with God helps me focus on what’s important in life.
Here’s what my time consists of:
If having time with God is not part of your morning routine, I encourage you to give it a try!
The last thing I do on my own before everyone else in my home is awake is review my top 3 priorities for the day.
Like everyone else, I have regularly scheduled meetings. I have emails to catch up on. On top of these, though, I’ve found it helpful to identify the three most important tasks that I could realistically accomplish that day.
I’m willing to bet if you prioritized your work day around getting 3 really important things done, you would be able to move many more things from your to-do list to DONE.
(For more information on productivity hacks like this, check out this post: How to Make the Most of Each Day: 4 Proven Productivity Hacks)
Ok I have to be honest, most days my amazing wife makes our bed. However, I’ve found that there is just something motivating about spending 2 minutes to make sure the bed is made.
It makes sense though- how can we expect to do big things during our day if we can’t spend 2 minutes making sure a simple task like making the bed is completed?
I recently read great book by an retired Navy Seal who talks about this concept which I highly recommend:
I love getting to spend at least 30 minutes with my family before heading to the office. Usually this involves eating breakfast, talking about our days, and sometimes even going for a walk.
Spending time with my family before heading to the office helps me put things into perspective. Besides my faith, my family is the most important thing in my life. Jobs will come and go, but my family will always be with me.
So there you have it- 7 things I do every morning before heading to work that helps me win the rest of my day!
If you’ve never paid too much attention to your morning routine, I challenge you to incorporate at least one new habit before heading to work that will set you up to succeed the rest of your day.
What does your morning routine look like? I’d love to hear from you!
September 26, 2017