Starting the morning off on a good note sets the pace for your entire day. It’s quite simple to get all the productivity we crave if we can make a habit to pull ourselves out of bed and get revved up for the workday ahead of us.
Since the morning routine lays the foundation for your day, make some positive changes in your daily morning routine so you can set the right foundation and have a fabulous day.
Check out these 6 positive morning habits that successful women like Connie Pheiff, founder of entertainment agency Talent Concierge, follow – She doesn’t start her day without each of these habits.
Wake up with the birds.
Set your alarm for 5:00 am and resist the urge to stay in bed the instant your alarm goes off. Waking up early gives you more than enough time to get things done. It also ensures that you begin work right on time so you can have a quick start attending to your daily workload.
Start your day with a tall glass of clean water to get your juices flowing. Drinking water after getting out of bed gives your brain a blast of oxygen. More so, it wakes up your entire body system. A large glass of water cleanses your system from impurities. Something I love to drink as a kickstart in the morning is a tall glass of warm water with lemon. It has proven to help with digestion, provide a Vitamin C boost, and assist in maintaining a healthy pH balance. Many successful celebrity women have sworn by this and do it daily, including Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, and First Daughter, Ivanka Trump. Their skin alone is an insightful revelation into their health and daily habits.
Exercising has countless benefits besides keeping us fit and healthy. It enhances mental alertness, decreases anxiety and depression, clears brain fog, and gives us an essential boost for day-long energy. Adding exercise to your early morning routine gives life to the daily repetition of works and schedules. It is necessary to spend some time to prepare your mind and body to be alert and face the day’s work. There are many amazingly varied options for exercising out there. You can travel to your local gym, join a class in the park or near your neighborhood, or stretch with online workout videos. Find a routine that works for you and jump in. Low impact exercises are the best options for us ladies. My favorites are swimming, pilates, and bicycling. If you’re looking to fill a quick 15-20 minute exercise, a quick jog to get your juices flowing is the perfect recipe.
Create Personal Self-Care Time.
As women, we have many responsibilities that fill our plates where people depend on us, including our children, for example. As you move along in your morning, don’t forget to incorporate set apart time for yourself and your thoughts. As hard as it can be to accomplish, it is vitally crucial to your happiness, wellbeing, and success. A frequent self-care routine has proven to provide increased work performance and creativity. Self-care is “the activity that makes for a meaningful life outside of work,” according to leadership expert Michael Hyatt. Developing an intentional morning routine of self-care through reading, reflecting, exercising, and so on puts the “quality over quantity” benefits into your life and your stress levels. Thus, it increases a longer and more fulfilling life with more creativity overflowing into your work and personal life instead of consistent stress and chaos. Kent Julian from Live it Forward puts it best, “If you invest zero minutes leading your life from quiet, you will likely be leading your life from chaos.”
Set the day’s intention.
While moving around and doing your domestic chores, take a minute to realign your heart and mind to decide how you will navigate your outlook and presence for the day; how you will think and respond to people and situations around you. It is imperative to make up your mind on the feeling you want to release and experience throughout the day. Intentionally setting a positive mindset for the day will result in a positive outcome in your decision making. Deciding on this helps you stay focused even amid distractions. In choosing positive thoughts and attitudes, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf says, “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought…Thoughts are real, physical things that occupy mental real estate. Moment by moment, every day, you are changing the structure of your brain through your thinking. When we hope, it [becomes] an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and normal direction.”
Set a schedule for the day.
Jot down your appointments and obligations for the day, whether it’s work-related or personal, maybe in meeting a family member or a friend. This ensures you can work on the principal objectives you’ve set up for the day without getting distracted by trivial matters. A productivity hack for your day is to write a not-to-do list. Writing a not-to-do list takes less-urgent matters off your daily plan that you can hold off for at least 24 hours. They are often more productive and less overwhelming that a regular to-do list. At the end of the day, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for having achieved your goals.
Do you have questions about want to know how to apply these principals, or how to help others with them? Feel free to reach out to Connie Pheiff at Talent Concierge.