There's something about waking up in the morning to catch the beautiful sunrise while enjoying a precious cup of tea or coffee (whichever you prefer). In this post, I want to give you the ultimate guide on how to plan your day and why it's important to have one.
And as an extra bonus, I've created a handy checklist to help you establish your routine and plan.
Let's be honest, there is no specific order on how you should plan your routine - what works best for you is different from the next person, but there are some key components that are required in order to help you create a productive routine. Now let's get started.
How to get out of bed?
Sleeping in until noon is a habit that can be broken. It's easier to enjoy the comfort of your bed instead of tackling day to day tasks regardless of how early you get to bed. And eventually, you have to realize staying in bed will do nothing but add more things to your agenda.
Once you decide to get control of your mornings, you began to wake up earlier than expected and create a routine for yourself. Of course, it takes time but if you don't try, you will never get anywhere.
I started by intentionally waking up early just so I can have more time to myself. It had to be done. Here's what I did and what you can do to actually get out of bed:
- Make a change, gradually. We all know it takes time when adjusting to change, but jumping into anything new full force is a result of failure. Taking small steps in your transition, like waking up at least 15 minutes earlier than you normally do will help you to gradually adapt.
- Do something you love. What do you enjoy doing? Exercising? Writing? Reading? We tend to have the most focus when we enjoy doing what we are passionate about. Start your day with your first desire and you'll be much more likely to get up and get moving.
- Condition your body. Instead of sleeping in on the weekends, plan to go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. Your body will naturally adjust and you will become more efficient in doing so. If this does not work with your career schedule, try to maintain your daily schedule as much as possible.
- Get Going. Instead of grabbing your phone to catch up on social media in bed after your alarm clock goes off, try getting out of bed. You don't have to do anything major. Simply walk around the kitchen as your coffee brews or do a few jumping jacks to get your blood flowing. Do this every day and your body will wake up before you know it.
- Think Positive. I understand everyone isn't a morning person but you can be by changing your mindset. Think positive thoughts. By shifting your thoughts, you can adjust quicker to change and more willing to productivity.
It's very important to figure out what works best for you. Whatever it takes to get out of bed, do it. If you do things based upon how you feel, you will never make any progress.
What's Your Morning Plan?
Start your day with a purpose and at a specific time. Stop hitting the snooze button to enjoy five extra minutes of lying in bed. It's not like you are going to fall back to sleep. As they say, "You Snooze, You Lose." The extra minutes you are wasting away in bed can be used towards getting a quick start to your day. Did you know the majority of the people who try to sleep in a little longer actually end of feeling groggy for the rest of the day?
Get up, and get going. If you learn to appreciate every day and have a purpose - you will eventually create a plan for a better lifestyle. And if you want the extra sleep time, get started on your to-do list so that you can find more time to rest.
Better yet, finish an entires days work and you can plan to have a day off.
Now, what are you putting into your body?
Food is always a guilty pleasure and can be your worst enemy. What you put into your body at the beginning of the day or not at all can decipher how productive your day will be. There are so many ways to fuel your body for the better, and finding a healthy alternative to your guilty pleasure makes it all worth while. Try some of these ideas:
- Drink water. Hydrating your body before having caffeine will increase energy. It will also make you more alert and will ease any of your caffeine or sweet cravings.
- Have a balanced meal. Sugary cereals or just a granola bar isn't a balanced meal. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and making sure you have all the necessary food groups is vital. Enjoy oatmeal with a nice fruit smoothie to substitute for the added cup of coffee. It's fulfilling and nutritious!
- Drink tea or coffee over a period of time. Instead of having a cup of tea or coffee in a hurry, drink it more steadily. Caffeine over a longer period of time will sustain your energy levels instead of having your body crash over time.
How to plan for the day ahead?
Everyone should be aware of their daily agenda's at least a few days to a week in advance. Take advantage of it. There are many ways to start your day each morning and being most productive is finding a ritual. In order to maximize productivity, you need a plan. Here's how you create your plan for the morning ahead:
Go through your list of tasks the night before. Do not wait until morning to get things together, you will only rush and cause yourself to forget something along the way. Simply take 10 minutes of your time the evening before to have a plan for the day ahead. Having a plan a day before will motivate you to accomplish your goals and allow you to sleep better at night.
Meal Prep. I have always found meal prepping creates an ease for your day like no other. Having your lunch ready to go as you take on the day is a great way to keep you alert and motivated for a productive day.
Prepare Outfits. Don't rummage through your clothes the morning of. Look at the forecast for the week to come and plan out your outfits. Yes, the weather is unpredictable so make sure your outfits align with the season and always have light rain gear nearby.
I hope this guide was helpful. What changes or additions will you be making to your routine?