How you choose to start the day will set the tone for the rest of your day, so make those choices wisely.
Start your morning off right, and the rest of the day will fall into place — at least, that’s the idea! No matter what your job is, especially if you put in long hours at an office, a good morning will at least put you in a good mood for tackling the day ahead. So, what is the best way to start the day? Maybe you’re not a morning person. Neither am I, trust me (I’ve got three different alarms just because I like to hit the snooze button before getting out of bed.) Don’t worry, it’s a New Year, so it’s the perfect time to pick up good new habits.
3 Quick Ways to Start the Day Off Right
1. Plan Ahead
I’m not saying that you should plan the whole day the minute you get up. That’s a sure-fire way to stress yourself out! I mean to plan the night before. Maybe you remember hearing your parents say to pack your bag for school the night before. Well there’s a reason your parents nagged you about this. Preparing your clothes for work the night before frees up time in the morning, leaving you with one less task to worry about. On the mornings when I know my clothes are already picked out and ironed, I can lay in bed a little longer, or feel less guilty about making breakfast and lunch because I now have the time for it.
Bottom line: Do as much as you can the night before so your morning can be stress free.
2. Do the hardest thing first
Mark Twain put it best: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Perhaps an early morning workout can be your metaphorical frog. Once you’ve gotten the hardest task out of the way, any other task will be a breeze. Plus the boost of confidence of tackling something hard and successfully completing it early on in the day will give you the needed motivation to get through the rest of your day.
3. Never skip breakfast
So many adults get so busy with their daily schedules that they forget to eat breakfast, or simply don’t make time for it. This is bad! And don’t think a cup of coffee or tea is sufficient for breakfast. (Did you know the optimal time to drink tea or coffee is supposedly after 9am?) I know for many reasons some of you have protein shakes for breakfast. Whether your breakfast is liquid or solid, it’s important to get your nutrients in and get your metabolism going. High in fibre foods will keep you full longer, so aim for a combination of good carbs, fibre and protein.
How do you like to start your day? What’s something you can try to make yourself a morning person? Share your views in the comment section below.