Morning is hectic. Whether you managing yourself and/or spouse or trying to get 1, 2 or even 4 kids out the door to school, and yourself to work or to your appointments it’s usually a mad flurry of activity, stress and in my house, loud voices. And let’s be honest, this mad dash and increased stress and tension at 8:00am really does start us off on the rails and can have a negative impact on our day.
We can’t eliminate the fact that people have to be places and odds are it may be your job to get them there. So we’ll call that a given.
But what we can do is learn to set up your morning routine so it can run more smoothly and in turn send you out the door in a more positive frame of mind.
- Make the List. Before you tuck you and yours into bed take 5 minutes to write your to do list for the next day. Such as exercise (that should be #1), scheduling appointments, that you need to meet with department heads, writing an article, buying a birthday card for your sister or taking the kids to the zoo. Having this list prepared allows you to wake up and have your plan of attack in place.
- Get your stuff together. Lay out or know what you’ll wear (especially so you don’t have to dig for workout clothes at 5:15am). Charge your phone, make sure you have what you need for work ready to go (computer, cords, calendar, etc.) Like the Boy Scouts, be prepared.
- Train your kids. I have a family rule that roughly goes like this; your inability to be prepared is not my problem. So if someone (I’m not naming names) has a softball game today, the odds are one knew about it say yesterday, so one should make sure one know where the gear and uniform is in one’s room. Yelling at me to find something is not acceptable nor will it be acknowledged. Unless it’s the 4th time I’ve been hollered at from down the hall and then I will yell even louder. (What can I say? I’m a work in progress too.)
- Upon waking drink a big glass of water. You’ve been asleep for 6-8 hours so you are probably dehydrated. Have some H2O, then drink your coffee.
- Workout. A habit only becomes a habit with consistency. Now if you have a big meeting or your kids need to get somewhere early and can’t do your full workout do something for 10 minutes. Even if it’s jumping jacks, marching in place or a quickie body weight circuit. Get the blood flowing and it will improve your mood instantly. If you exercise after work, I encourage you to do at least 3-5 minutes of something in the morning too. Just to wake you up and get oxygen.
- Say Good Things. Don’t start the day with negative self talk. Maybe your skirt is tight or you feel sluggish from too much wine with friends the night before or you feel badly for yelling at the kids or arguing with your spouse. Beating yourself up for how undisciplined you are or how bad of a parent you are is pointless. You can always fix what’s broke but not by tearing yourself down.
So take a deep breath, look at yourself in the mirror, smile and tell yourself how great you are and what a great day you’re going to have. You’ve got this.
Now go run!