Five Ways to Improve Your Mornings

I have always been a big believer in mornings setting the course for your day. Being intentional allows you to have some structure to your morning and a foundation from which to build your day on.  Today, I am going to show you five ways you can improve your current routine for getting your day started.

Plan Your Day the Night Before: A great morning starts the night before. Write out what you expect to accomplish the following day. I usually store 3x5 index cards in drawers throughout my house in case a stroke of genius were to hit. Make it realistic with some margin for free time. Most tasks will take longer than you anticipate.

Wake Up Early: Yes, even on your days off. This will allow you sufficient time to get things done. Most mornings I wake up at 5:00 am, which allows me to have enough time to get my day started right and not feel rushed. Be sure to get enough sleep. For myself I can run on 7hrs a night. Find your niche so you set yourself up for success. The key to this is going to bed early and knowing why you are getting up early.

Take a Walk Outside: There is something about getting outside in the morning that helps you feel alive and ready to tackle the day. A lot of times this is good as a cup of coffee for waking you up if you are interested in cutting back on your caffeine. It’s also a great way to clear your mind and gather your thoughts. If you can walk in nature and a quiet setting this will be even better.  Also, walking is being proven to be better for you than running. The movement itself is proving to be where the health benefits come from.

Read and Meditate: Find a book that allows your mind to get lost in its pages.  For me this is usually a Christian devotion book, reading the Psalms and Proverbs in the Bible. I allow 15 minutes for this. After, I will pray and meditate for 5 to 10 minutes on how I can apply the day’s readings to my daily life and what I am grateful for. Whatever is on your mind, “let it go, and let God”.

Leave Early: This is one I struggle with from time to time. Adding more margin to my morning commute helps to avoid getting caught in a stressful situation. Now and then there will be accidents or unexpected delays, and this will allow you some extra time to get to work. When I leave on time, I walk on to the nursing floor relaxed and ready to approach work with a great attitude. 

There you have it, five ways to improve your mornings. I hope I was able to give you some ideas and insights to help improve your morning routine. I hope you now understand the importance of it for getting your day off to an awesome start.

I would love to hear about anything that has worked for your current morning routine. Please leave them in the comments below.