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Have you ever had one of those days? A day where you wake up and you just can’t seem to function? Maybe you woke up on time, but you just can’t seem to sync up to the schedule you set for yourself.
Hitting the snooze button on your alarm because you didn’t get enough sleep. Skipping breakfast because you don’t have enough time to eat. I’ve been there!
This chaotic mood can transfer through the rest of your day.
It is important to plan your day accordingly so that you can start your day right and be productive all day.
Starting my day off right has a tremendous effect on how I go through the rest of my day.
I have certain things and methods that I have begun completing so that my starts off on the right foot and I can be a productive member of my family.
Take the morning slow
This is absolutely essential for my day. I get up earlier than everyone else and I take time to enjoy the solitude.
With a house like mine, I tend to gravitate towards quiet time for myself. I am more productive and I am a lot calmer when the day actually starts.
I take time for myself to workout, get cleaned up, eat and drink my coffee. Sometimes I will write or read, depending on how much time I have set for myself.
In order to do this, you MUST get up and allow yourself time to wake up. My life is chaotic and one of my methods for dealing with the chaos is giving myself time to enjoy the lack of noise and distractions.
Set a schedule
I love having a schedule. I have such a busy life (4 kids, two websites, husband, life in general) that it helps me to know and plan out my day. I tend to have a set schedule per week, allowing for distractions and new additions, and I like to sparingly schedule my day.
I tend to plan to wake up at least an hour before the children. I have a better morning if I have some quiet time. I use this time to plan my day, drink coffee, browse social media, read or write depending on what needs to be done.
I’m not like most people who try to schedule their morning. I prefer to browse the news and social media in the morning. I don’t like to stop my afternoon or evening schedule to browse, so mornings make the most sense. I like to get it done and move on for the rest of the day.
Review your goals
It helps to start your day right by knowing what needs to be done. I am much more productive if I have it set in my mind what needs to be done. This allows me more freedom in the later hours of the day to pick what I want.
Do you have an appointment that needs to be set? Phone calls to make? Remind yourself in the morning. It will go a long way to keeping you on track for the day.
Go over your budget
I don’t know how many times I had planned to go eat out or go shop and found out that I didn’t have the money to do it.
In order to start your day right, make sure that you know what is happening with your funds. Check bills, check savings and checking accounts, and make sure you are aware of what is happening.
You will be able to have a better day, week, and month if you are aware of your financial obligations.
Track your meals and snacks
Food is an important part of life. With that being said, I am horrible at keeping track of what is in my fridge and what needs to be purchased.
I have started sticking a piece of paper to the fridge and writing down what needs to be bought while I am going through my day.
It can mess up plans if you are constantly needing to go buy food or prepare food for a large family. I usually plan out breakfast and dinner the night before so that I have a plan for feeding us. Lunch is usually easy with something cold or leftovers.
I do better during the day if I know what is going on with our food.
Start your day with a workout
I have started trying to be healthier in the last year. This includes drinking more water and doing a small workout in my spare time.
I believe that blocking out a small-time frame to get your body moving in the morning will inspire more productivity later in the day.
I feel more motivated after working out. Some days all I can manage is a long walk around the complex with the kids. But it allows us the opportunity to get out, enjoy the sun, and stay away from technology. It has allowed me to connect with the children more.
When I have more free time, I block out a minimum 30 minutes to do a video for a more intense method of working out.
Watch a motivational video
I could live on YouTube. I love browsing through the almost endless supply of entertainment. Lately, I have been searching through the videos that inspire me.
YouTube has a huge selection of motivational videos filled with quotes and lectures meant to inspire viewers to get up and get moving on their dreams.
Take 5 or 10 minutes, pick a video filled with motivational quotes and watch it. If you have to, put on headphones and lock yourself in a quiet room. I tend to take coffee and breakfast, sit down at my computer, and listen to a video before I start my day. It has changed the way I start my day and the way I think about my life.
I have two methods for technology. Right after I wake up, I like to avoid it. If I have time to work out, I will do that before eating/drinking.
I will browse social media and read email after I have woken up and started my day but before the afternoon has caught up with me.
My other method involves using social media to wake up. I do this if I am having a rough morning or a slow morning.
Technology has the tendency to cause distractions. It slows us down. Starting the day off right for us means that we avoid computers, phones, and TV before our other chores are completed.
Along with my goal of working out, I have started a challenge to drink more water each day. I am almost a month into it and I am enjoying it.
Drinking water is so healthy for you and it is a better alternative to drinks than juice or extra coffee.
I have started the year of 2018 with a healthy mindset. I hope that this will allow me to be more productive and be more connected with my family and friends.
Create a routine for your morning
I don’t know about you, but mornings tend to be the most chaotic for my family. Once everyone is up for the day, food needs to be cooked, chores need to be done, and everyone needs to be given any assignments they need to do for the day.
It helps us to create a bit of a routine to help everyone know what is going on and what still needs to be completed.
I have the older children start their day with cleaning their room and taking a shower. This gives them something to do right after waking up and it helps get some chores done.
Once the basic chores are done, we eat a large breakfast. Since I have four children, breakfast tends to include cereal, fruit, granola bars, and anything else that is easy to serve.
After breakfast, we get the rest of the chores done for the house including vacuuming, picking up, and laundry. This allows to spend the rest of the day focusing on what really matters – school, work, the website.
While this list might seem long (and it is), I tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to creating a great start to your day. Pick one or two concepts from this list and make over your morning.
Take time for yourself. Plan out your day. Make sure you know where your life and finances are. I have started to do this, and it has made a tremendous difference to how my day goes.
Let me know what you are doing to start off your day in the comments!