Some days, you might jump out of bed before your alarm even goes off, get in an early sweat session, and make yourself a breakfast of champions — all before you get to the office. On other days, you may have to hit the snooze button way too many times before you finally drag yourself out of bed and have to rush just to get to work on time. We probably don’t have to tell you that the way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Follow these smart strategies to ace your morning routine that will set you up for success.
Ways to Build a Morning Routine That Will Help You Be Successful All Day
Skip the snooze button.
When you’re late to work in the morning, chances are the snooze button had something to do with it. To fix that problem, try going to bed earlier and earlier, until you find a bedtime that allows you to wake up feeling rested. After you find a bedtime that works for you, stick with it! Skipping snooze means you’ll get quality sleep — instead of just a few minutes that won’t help you feel rested — and you’ll wake up energized and ready to take on the day.
An easy way to begin the day with a positive attitude is to think about all the great things in your life. Research highlighted by Harvard Medical School found that practicing gratitude actually makes you happier overall. It can help you feel more positive emotions, boost health, and aid you in overcoming challenges and building strong relationships. You can even practice gratitude while brushing your teeth! Plus, you can get two good things done at once if you brush with Pronamel Intensive Enamel Repair. This remineralizing toothpaste helps rebuild acid-weakened enamel for strong, healthy teeth.
Create a to-do list.
In order to reach your goals, you have to know exactly what they are first. Start small by knowing what you want to accomplish every day. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, write down what you would like to complete — and be realistic about it. An easy way to do that is to write down precisely how long it will take you to finish each task. Sometimes things come up during the day, so another way to make sure you get done what you really need to is to rank your to-do list in ascending order. Plus, by getting the most important things done first, you’ll automatically feel more fulfilled and successful, which motivates you to tackle even more.
Have a healthy breakfast.
While the research around breakfast is ever-changing, there is evidence that suggests eating a healthy, balanced breakfast can give you a boost of energy, make it less likely that you’ll give into hunger-fueled cravings, and sets you up for more healthy choices throughout the day. Some quick, good-for-you options include: oatmeal topped with almonds, a whole wheat tortilla filled with vegetables and lean protein, and even french toast made with wheat bread and egg whites.