Mornings are my enemy. I hate waking up and love sleeping in, but that just doesn't fly anymore having an 18 month old. Starting your morning off on the right foot sets the tone for the rest of the day so I am a firm believer in making your mornings go as smoothly as possible. These 9 habits will improve the quality of your day and make you a better wife and mother for your family.
Coffee, Coffee, and more Coffee
I know this won't apply to everyone, but in my world if I don't have my coffee in the morning I am clearly dragging through the rest of the day. Get a coffee maker that has the ability to preset a time to begin brewing, that way you will always wake up smelling the coffee. If you don't like coffee, find that drink that puts a little pep in your step in the morning, maybe a cup of tea or a smoothie.
Get Up On The First Alarm
For most this is nearly impossible and I'm no stranger to setting early alarms specifically for pressing snooze, but I have discovered that if I actually wake up on the first alarm it is much easier to get going in the morning.
Take A Morning Shower
There is nothing like a quick shower to wake you up in the morning!
While you're in the shower turn on your upbeat music playlist. It will help improve your mood and get you motivated for the day.
Stretch your way out of bed! This article on Livestrong shows that stretching in the morning has multiple benefits including greater amounts of energy!
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Starting out your day with a well balanced meal will provide you with the energy you need to get through to lunchtime!
Write a To Do List
Start out your day with writing down and prioritizing your tasks for the day. There is nothing more satisfying than checking these items off the list and having a visual of how productive your day has been.
Sleep With Your Blinds or Curtains Open
Let the sun wake you up every morning, even if it's before your alarm goes off. It is nearly impossible for me to roll out of bed in a dark room.
Create a Routine
Creating a routine might be the most effective thing you can do to impact your productivity in the morning and throughout the day! This is the morning cleaning checklist that I complete every day after my breakfast and coffee. It is part of my daily routine and I am significantly more productive because of it.