After reading somewhere that successful people rise early to start their day, I decided that it was time for me to change my ways. For the past few months, I have embarked on a self-care journey to change and improve my morning habits. Little did I know, a few simple changes have made me more productive in every area of my life.
I have never been an early-riser. If I had to describe myself, I would say I am more of a stay-up-all-night-binge-watching-Netflix type of girl. That’s just how I am, my personality has chosen my late-night preferences for me. I still remember dragging myself out of bed early for school every day and dreading every minute. Now that I am an adult – nothing has changed. I would still rather stay-up-late and sleep all morning.
As a work-from-home Mom, I have to stay up late to complete most of my work. Although late in the evening is when the best of my creative juices flow, I am often waking up exhausted from not getting a full night of sleep. I pay for it in lack-of-energy by the time my kids wake up bright and early at 6 am.
Getting adequate rest at night is practicing proper self-care.
Whatever your reason for staying up late, please keep in mind the importance of getting a good night’s rest. Adequate sleep helps improve brain function and overall health. If you are having trouble sleeping, try these 5 sleep-hacks I use to rest well at night.
If you still need help waking up and jumpstarting your day, try these 5 tips to wake up and have a successful day.
5 Morning Habits to Jumpstart Your Day for Success
- Don’t hit the snooze button. When you hear the alarm, get up and out of bed. Avoid the urge to lay there or browse social media from your phone. Discipline your mind to respect your morning habits by getting up right away instead of laying around for a few more minutes.
- Make your bed. If your bed is neatly tucked into place, you are less likely to talk yourself into getting back into it.
- Take a shower and get dressed. Nothing says “lazy day” more than staying in your pajamas past 9 am. Take a lukewarm shower to wake yourself up and get your blood flowing. After your shower, get dressed for the day, do your hair, and apply light makeup.
- Feed your body. Eat a light breakfast, drink your water, and take your vitamins. You want to eat healthy foods that will give you lots of energy to help you to jumpstart your day. Avoid sugary and fatty foods that will cause you to become sluggish and tired.
- Fuel your mind. I like to pray and journal before I start my day. Starting my day with good and positive thoughts always help me to have a successful day, despite how I feel when I wake up. Reading the bible (or another book fo your choice), speaking affirmations, meditation, or calling out scriptures are also great habits to add to your morning routine to jumpstart your day.
- Have a plan. The night before, create a list of three or more things you absolutely must accomplish for the day. You may have something as simple as “call mom” on this list, but don’t go the bed that night unless it is done. Having a “to-do” list will help you to stay productive throughout the day and hold you accountable for completing your daily routines.
- Express gratitude. This one was a game-changer for me. Mindest is everything, and you have to learn to control the thoughts that are running rampant in your mind. When you discipline your mind to express gratitude for all that you are and all that you have at the moment, waking up early (when you don’t feel like it) doesn’t seem so bad after all.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Share with me in the comments how you jumpstart your day!