Finish out the year strong and develop habits that will have you crushing your mornings so you can start the day stress-free! Here are 5 ways to crush your mornings!
We are in the home stretch and in just a few weeks we’ll be jumping right into a new year! The last few weeks of a year can be some of the most stressful and hectic. Finishing up that fourth quarter and tying up all the year’s loose ends can make anyone feel a bit more frazzled than usual. College students are finished up our first semester which means FINALS, wrapping up yearly projects at work, hosting and attending holiday parties and obligations, the list goes on! For me, as long as I stick to my “crush my morning” routine, I know I’ll be on a much better road to success during this stressful season. Here are my 5 ways to crush your mornings and set yourself up for ultimate success!
1 – Prep the night before – I hope y’all are already doing this, but get everything, as much as you can, prepped and ready to go the night (or day) before! There is no better feeling than waking up and having everything for the day already laid out and ready to go. It cuts down on decision fatigue to already have my clothes out, food packed, class/work materials already in the backpack, ready for me to put on, grab, and just go!
2 – Get up and workout – A day does not get off to a good start without some sweat to help you crush the day ahead! Get up and move your body! If you have trouble waking up and turning your brain on, you may want to think about becoming a morning exerciser. You may have to wake up earlier than you’re used to, but believe me, it’s worth it! When you get that workout done first thing, no need to worry about having to do it later in the day when some stressful distraction or situation may need to be handled!
3 – Keep your to-do list with you – I keep a MAD amount of Post-It notes. I write and rewrite my to-do lists all the time. One thing I always make sure I have though is a small square Post-It with the current tasks for the day, blog to-dos, dates and times to remember, etc. While I’m out and about, I know what’s on that to-do list and I can add things and make notes during the day. When when I get back home I add, delete, or edit by big long term to-do list that I keep on my desk! Either jot this mini to-do list down the night before or right in the morning (after your workout!) so you can stay on track and not forget a thing during the chaos of the day when you may not have your real planner on the ready!
4 – Wear at least one power piece – I think we can all agree that when we look good, we feel good, and thus, are able to not only crush our morning, but also our day. Now, you don’t have to deck your self to the nines everyday, but if you pick one piece that makes you feel “good” and “confident”, you are going to have a good day. That can be your favorite scarf, some red lipstick, a special necklace, etc. Just one little thing! It amplifies your confidence to get through the day! My favorite is a splash of my favorite perfume!
5 – Enjoy your breakfast fuel (even on the go!) – Arguably the most important thing is your morning fuel! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…and so is coffee (or tea)! For those mornings you know you’re going to be hustling, prep some over night oats and take your beverage in a Dixie® To Go cup as you head out the door! With a leak-resistant lid & insulated layer you don’t have to worry about spills on you power piece or waiting in-line at the coffee shop! No clean up, no worries, just extra time to focus on crushing your day!
So tell me:
+ How do you crush your mornings?
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