An important component of a productive and peaceful day is a productive and peaceful morning. In theory, it appears to be very straightforward, don’t you think? Getting up, taking a nice, invigorating shower, eating breakfast at your leisure, drinking a hot cup of coffee, and reading the morning papers before everyone gets ready to get out the door on time, with their lunchboxes and school bag and in a calm and happy mood.
The reality is very different though in many households, especially if young children are involved. In this post, we look at how you can simplify your morning routine to start your day off in the right way.
Get enough sleep
Being fresh and invigorated when you first wake up in the morning makes it much easier to get your daily routine down to a tee. Every night, it is recommended that you receive seven to eight hours of shut-eye. Schedule regular bedtimes for yourself and stick to them. Avoid staring at devices for at least an hour before bedtime, and avoid consuming excessive amounts of caffeine.
Make your bed
The chore is simple, and should take no more than a minute or two, but it can make all the difference in whether or not you feel well-organized throughout the day. As an added bonus, it prevents the desire to crawl back into it and makes the space appear much more organized and feel fresher.
Sort yourself out first
You have probably heard the expression ‘put your own mask on first?’ before. This is something you should incorporate into your morning routine. Getting up early in the morning to shower, do your hair, put on makeup, or whatever it is that makes you feel human in the mornings is essential. Enjoy a healthy breakfast and a cup of coffee or juice in peace – maybe even outdoors to give you a boost of fresh air. Once you have gotten yourself organized and ready for the day ahead, it will be much easier to get everyone else ready as well.
Have a place for everything
One of the most time-consuming activities that takes place in the morning is the hunt for goods that have been misplaced. That perfume, or that cell phone, or that set of keys..it could be anything. It may even be that permission slip for a school outing that needs to be returned today. Make sure you have a basket by the front entrance, or at the very least somewhere you stop by on your way to the front door, where you can put anything you need for the day. Make it a habit to keep things in that location so that you can easily access them.
Ditch the screens
When we sit down to have our morning coffee or breakfast, many of us use social media to pass the time, and before we realize it, it is time to leave the house and we have not completed all of the tasks we had planned. Try not to pick up your cell phone until you are completely certain that you have completed all of the tasks you have set for yourself.
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