Rise and shine.
I’m not, and have never been, a morning person. If I need to get up early, I will, but that doesn’t mean I’ve gotta be happy about it, ya know? Not to say I’m not fun to be around, but before 8 a.m., it’s probably wise not to talk to me until I talk to my coffee.
As you can imagine, waking up with a bit of reluctance isn’t the most efficient way to start the day. Since I’ve set some pretty advantageous goals for the near future, being “meh” in the morning isn’t going to fly.
The good news is, that smidge of resistance, also known as a lack of motivation, can be counterbalanced by giving yourself a morning to look forward to. When I asked myself what a productive morning would look like in its simplest form, these were the five changes that stood out to me.
“Splash some water on your face.” – Dad
Make the bed. | So basic, I know. And I’m sure you already do this. I did, for the most part. Yet, not consistently — and therein lies the difference. I remember my Grandma made her bed every single day. Most times my Grandpa would help. Watching them make the bed together was one of the strongest testaments to love I ever witnessed.
Being that I live in a studio apartment, making the bed is a prerequisite to having company over. On the days I know I’ll be alone, I don’t put as much emphasis on the importance of this little ritual. Now that I’m making it a point to do it first thing, I see just how significant it really is. By checking this tiny thing off the list, it sets the tone for an accomplished day.
Straighten up the apartment. | It only takes a little bit of neglect for a small apartment to look like a tornado hit. As someone who works from home, I’ve noticed that when my place is in disarray, my mind doesn’t think clearly. Instead of letting things go and having to set aside an hour to clean, I wanted to get in the habit of straightening up every morning before I start my day.
After making the bed, I’ve found it’s a natural progression to keep the momentum going in other areas. Unloading the dishwasher, wiping down the counters, putting books back or hanging up whatever clothes didn’t make it back into the closet. A little bit really goes a long way. Now that it’s a habit, my apartment is always about five minutes or less away from being company-ready.
Drink water with lemon. | Even if I can’t string together a sentence, you can count on me to stumble out of bed and make some really good coffee. The only problem is I’m a slow sipper. Come noon sometimes it’s the only thing I’ve had to drink all day.
I wanted to make it a habit to hydrate first thing. So now before I sit down, I fill up my tumbler with ice water and a slice of lemon. I drink it at intervals with my coffee, usually refilling it by mid-morning. In a previous post, I mentioned the tumbler I use and how it helps me drink more water throughout the day (straws – they’re magic!). However, since I use it constantly and I’m less than enthused about plastic, soon I’ll be replacing it with this one.
Goals, goals, goals.
Take vitamins. | The only time I remember to regularly take vitamins is when I get the gummy kind from whole foods and pretend I’m not just eating candy. Since I can’t really trust myself around those anymore (apparently it’s not okay to eat fifteen in a day), I have to adult now with real vitamins.
Luckily, Ahana sent me a bottle of their Biotin to get the ball rolling. At 10,000 MCG per serving, it’s a higher dose than I’m used to but, I am curious to see if it helps my hair and nails grow stronger. I’ve only been taking it a few days so the verdict is still out. At any rate, I like that Ahana only uses pure and organic ingredients made in the USA. I also like that it’s available on Amazon.
Spend time with God. | This is probably the most important thing I’ll do all day. I want to preface this by saying it’s okay if you don’t believe what I believe. No matter your beliefs, we could all benefit from some quiet time to think, pray, and seek wisdom in scripture.
For me personally, I believe that the bible is God’s word. I think it’s as relevant today as it was when it was written. That’s mostly because I see it at work in my life. When I seek God and spend time familiarizing myself with the teachings of Jesus, it’s as close to a blueprint as I can find for how to navigate my life.
Carving out time first thing to read a verse, meditate on it, and write down my thoughts and prayers really helps me set my day up with intention. I ask God to be with me throughout the day, I cast my worries on Him, and I pray for the people on my heart.
And with that, my day is ready to begin. These five steps have refreshed my mornings and really set the tone for a productive workday. Now if only I could stop hitting snooze.
Is there anything you’ve added to your morning routine that’s a game changer? Let me know in the comments below.
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