The alarm clock seems to go off far too early these days. Either that or the night hours fly by and before I know it, my phone and clock are simultaneously reminding me it’s time to wake up. I have a habit of hitting snooze for far too long and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I really dislike starting my day in a rush to get out the door. I prefer having time to fully wake up before heading to work. The tone of my morning routine can easily set the stage for the rest of the day, so I’m continuously seeking new ways to enhance my everyday habits.
In order to overcome my snoozing tendencies, I’ve come up with four creative tips to entice myself to eagerly wake up and take on the day with excitement.
1. Prior to ditching coffee for tea, my daily dose of java was a routine part of starting my day. Recently, I’ve discovered the amazing benefits of a morning kale shake. My energy levels have significantly increased and my appetite stays satisfied longer. Plus, it’s a great on-the-go option if you are pressed for time. I’ll admit, the idea didn’t thrill me at first but now that I’ve started blending my breakfast, I can’t stop! [Quick tip: blend 1/4 cup pure carrot juice, 1/2 cup water, two handfuls of kale leaves (with the stems removed), the juice of one lime, a diced pear and a teaspoon of coconut oil for a delicious and easy breakfast.]
2. Exercising in the morning is without a doubt my favorite time of day to fit in a great cardio session. Being held accountable for a group exercise class before work is certainly a motivating way to make time. Not interested in joining a gym? No worries – try squeezing in a quick run or brisk walk to get your heart rate up and your mind alert. Put together a playlist of your favorite morning tunes to make it fun and entertaining too
3. Ideally, I’d spend a good portion of my morning reading the news and catching up on the blogosphere. Realistically, I know there isn’t quite enough time for that. Still determined to learn about happenings around the world, I started listening to podcasts while I’m getting ready and on my drive to work. I’ll download an interesting episode the night before to ensure that I’m excited to listen to it first thing in the morning. A few of my recently played podcasts include: Latest in Paleo by Angelo Coppola, Balanced Bites featuring Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe, and Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn. If you’re an Apple user, you can easily subscribe to podcasts through iTunes and sync them on all of your devices. It’s a simple way to still get the news you want with the ability to multi-task while you’re doing it.
4. On days when I’m not so eager to jump out of bed, I’ll spend 20 minutes getting lost in a chapter of a book I’m reading, browse through a fitness magazine, or catch an episode of a favorite TV show on Netflix. An added benefit is both of these can be done from the comfort of my warm, cozy bed.
5. Lastly, I can’t stress enough the importance of spending time organizing in the evening. Whether it’s something simple such as ironing your clothes for the next day, or more time consuming like packing your lunch and setting out your gym bag, cutting a few minutes off of your morning routine really helps. It’s especially handy to be prepared in advance on days when you may be running late, rather than cause stress if you forget something.
How do you start your day off right? Send me a tweet @candicedeforest and I’ll try out your tips and post an update in the next couple of weeks.