Getting a good start to the morning can make a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes.
Think about it… if you wake up in a bad mood and have a rotten morning, that mood will follow you to work and shape all of your interactions throughout the day. On the other hand, if you get up and the morning is all sunshine and rainbows then you’re much more likely to bring your sunny disposition along when you head out the door.
If you want to start your days off on the right foot, here are a few things you can add to your morning routine. They may seem simple, but you’ll be surprised at how big of an impact they can make.
Make Your Bed
This might seem kind of silly, especially if you’re the sort of person who usually hates making the bed in the morning.
By taking the time to make your bed, however, you’re striking a positive blow for organization throughout your day. Try to incorporate making the bed into your morning routine at the same point every morning, and take a moment to think of it as an act to keep the bedroom organized instead of just a chore you have to do.
It may take a little bit of time, but your mindset will shift to seeing this as a positive part of your morning and this improved outlook will influence the rest of your day. As a bonus, you’ll have a neatly-made bed to come home to at the end of the day.
Look on the Bright Side
Take the time to notice and point out one positive part of your morning.
Maybe the toast was toasted just right, the newspaper landed right where you could get it without stepping in the yard or the water in your shower was at the exact right temperature that you like it. It doesn’t matter what it is, just so long as you make a point to call out some good spot in your morning routine every day.
This approach will set you up to look for positives throughout the day, giving you a better outlook and possibly improving the overall morale of your workplace as well.
Stimulate Your Brain
Do you read the paper in the morning? If not, you really should. Reading is one activity that will get your brain churning, helping you to shake off all of the sluggishness of the night and get the sleep out of your system. If you don’t have a newspaper handy, consider subscribing to a “brain teaser of the day” email list or something similar to get your brain working. By the time you get to work, you’ll already be engaged and ready to take on the day.
One Big Goal
Set a goal for yourself every morning. It doesn’t have to be monumental, just something that you want to get accomplished that day even if you don’t do anything else. If you have a larger goal in mind that may take several days to compete, establish specific tasks or milestones toward its completion each day.
This will give you something to work toward and help you feel a sense of accomplishment each day as you mark off one goal after another.
The Morning Routine
If you don’t have any morning rituals, you might want to start some. Running around trying to make sure that you get everything accomplished is chaotic and can set you up to feel unorganized and lagging behind all day.
Having a specific order in which you do everything and a set list of tasks to accomplish will keep you organized, keep you from rushing and will ensure that you’ve done everything that you need to do each morning.
Don’t be afraid to look your reflection in the mirror and give yourself a little pep talk. You can discuss your goals, your aspirations or anything else you think is pertinent to getting your day off to a good start. You might feel silly doing it at first, but there’s a power in vocalizing positive thoughts and even more power in hearing them. Combining the two will set you up to crush it once you get out there facing the day head-on.