Transform your morning routine
People have a lot of bad habits when it comes to morning routines. Here’s how to fix them.
1. Set and affirm your goals for the day
While stretching in bed or making coffee, set some feasible goals for the day, but limit them to three. This might include packing your lunch instead of eating out to save money, committing to that noon yoga class, or scheduling the doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off.
2. Give yourself at least 15 minutes of no screen time
Besides turning off an alarm that might be on your phone, resist the urge to check your email or social media. It sets you up for a day of being enslaved to technology, and your morning time should be reserved just for you. This might mean disabling notifications on your home screen so you’re not tempted by that Facebook update or mounting emails.
3. Keep yourself accountable
Signing up for a morning fitness class—and shelling out in advance, as required—can be a powerful shove. For a no-cost option, another professional suggested viewing that early-morning run as a great window for phone calls. As long as the person on the other end doesn’t mind some well-intentioned heavy breathing, your morning run can be a good time to check in with your early-rising dad, even-earlier-rising grandma, or that friend with the irregular work schedule that you can never seem to reach at 8:30 p.m.
4. Keep breakfast simple, and portable
Smoothie is a great solution–just blend, pour, screw on the lid, and toss it in your bag. Ensure it stays cold all the way to work by blending before you get in the shower and popping it in the freezer until you’re ready to leave, or toss in a frozen banana.
5. Make the most of your commute
Consider saving work-related reading and research as PDFs so you can access them from your phone and breeze through on the train—even when you don’t get a seat.