More often than not in today’s fast-paced, commuter society, we hit our snooze button, go back to sleep and then wake up in a panic, wondering where our clean clothes are, and run out the door 10 minutes late, in a panic. So here are eight simple ways you can make your day a much easier start.
1. Stretch, Rise and Hydrate
As soon as your alarm goes off, stretch under the covers and stand upright. Have a bottle or glass of water next to your bed, ready to drink. You’ve been dehydrating yourself for about 7 or 8 hours, so it is important to refill on water before hitting that cup of tea or coffee. This entire routine only takes 1 minute and you will feel better for doing it! More long-term, it could help to give up caffeine.
2. Organising Your Attire
If you haven’t already read my post on a Capsule Wardrobe, it might be worth a peek. Having similar or the same outfits for the working week can significantly reduce stress and allow you to get ready without thinking too much about what to wear. Either lay your chosen outfit out the night before, or take a good 20 minutes out of your Sunday evening to arrange 5 outfits for the week ahead.
3. Have a Workbag Packed
Have one bag for work, keep it filled with all the essentials you know you will need, and unpack anything you don’t need as soon as you get home. Make a healthy lunch (leftovers are perfect) the night before and have it ready in the fridge to grab in the morning.
4. Take Time for Breakfast
Breakfast can be a good “me time” if you allow it. Set aside at least 15 minutes to get a healthy breakfast such as porridge, fresh fruit, toast with a healthy topping, or whole-grain cereal or musli topped with banana. You can use this time to stare at your dream board, read a blog or the newspaper, or listen to your favourite audio book.
5. Clean Your Teeth in the Shower
Want to spend more time under the lovely refreshing water, but need to get out and clean your teeth? Simple. Clean your teeth in the shower!
6. List Your M.I.Ts in Advance
If you have prioritised your Most Important Tasks the night before, it will make it easier for you in the morning if you are still feeling sluggish after your leisurely breakfast and extra-long shower.
7. Write Down Your Gratitude List Next to Your M.I.T list
Try to think of at least two things you are grateful for this morning and note them down. It will lead to optimism and generally make your day seem more cheery.
8. If You Commute To and From Work, Use That Time Wisely
Listen to music or an audio book, read a novel, journal your thoughts, plan out your week. Write a love letter to your partner, write your ‘Be, Do, Have’ list, write a list of of all the countries you want to visit in your lifetime. Make your commute your personal development time!