Anyone who knows Ben and me would say that I’m a morning person and Ben’s a night owl. Despite that I’d still say no, I’m not a big fan of the dreaded alarm clock. And that’s why I have to structure my mornings and follow a morning routine that helps me start my day.
A structured morning really works for me, it allows me to relax before heading to work and as such I arrive at the office feeling fresh and unrushed. I’m not saying that what works for me will work for everybody out there, but there are case studies showing that a structured daily routine can help us have a healthier and happier lifestyle.
A daily or a morning routine doesn’t mean that all of the sudden you’re trapped in a permanent schedule, far from it. But doing similar things at the same(ish) time everyday helps us remove the stress from the whole process.
Now that you had a quick glimpse into my day, here are my tips for a successful start to your weekdays.
If I’m perfectly honest, I hated getting my clothes ready the night before. I only started doing it because Ben is still fast asleep when I’m getting ready and I don’t have the heart to turn the light on and rummage through the wardrobe. But guess what. I found out that having my outfit ready removes the frustration I felt every morning looking at my clothes and feeling I’ve nothing to wear. My head just isn’t in the mood to pick out an outfit and be happy with it at 7am. And now, I don’t have to worry about it anymore or run the risk that I’ll be seen wearing the same jeans, jumper and shoes to the office, just because they were on top of the pile.
2. Wake up at the same time every day
My alarm goes off at 6am. Dreadful, I know (and feel it most of the time). Why are you getting up so early is a question I’m asked all the time. And the asnwer is simple really. It’s because this gives me enough time to accomplish a few tasks and do what I love before I have to think about leaving for work. I get up about 90 minutes before I have to leave the house. Every. Single. Day. What I love about waking up at the same time is that my body is now used to it and I often wake up before the alarm goes off. The internal body clock is an amazing mechanism.
I spend the one hour of extra time to make a huge mug of coffee (my vice) and slowly sip it on the sofa while reading a book. If you read this blog, you know I’m a bookworm and reading in the mornings gives me the most relaxed start to the day possible. It’s important to do what you love during your morning routine as it not only gives structure to your morning, but it allows you to look forward to something. And maybe, hopefully, forget that your alarm went off in pitch darkness. One more thing. I always have my lovely organiser close, just in case an idea pops into my head and I need to write it down. It’s useful to have them on paper before they float away.
4. Leave enough time to get ready.
For me that’s about 30 minutes. I know exactly what time I need to get off the sofa, head to the bathroom, change, put make up on. Knowing how much time you need to make yourself look good is really important. It prevents you from stressing out when you check the time and realise that you’ll miss your train. Remember, the trick to the morning routine is that it helps you start your day in a relaxed way.
This one works for me, because there are two trains I can catch to get to work in time. Leaving home at the same(ish) time every day again helps to relieve stress as I don’t have to keep checking train times on various apps. I can simply just pull my boots on, head out of the door and enjoy the walk to the station. Despite having a bus around the corner I never take it, because the morning exercise is another vital part of my routine. It’s only a walk, but it fills my lungs with fresh air and gets the blood pumping. So, just in case I’m not yet fully awake, by the time I sit down on the tube, I’m ready to conquer the day.
What do you do to make your days successful? Are you a morning or evening person? I’d love to hear from you.