How you spend your morning completely sets the tone of your day. If you’re unintentional about how you plan those first, precious few minutes, the morning will become just another race to the finish line. From the second your alarm starts buzzing, you could choose to start running and rushing around to get everything completed before the commute to work or school- barely taking a moment to breathe between scrolling through your mental checklists and running back to grab those keys you forgot on the kitchen counter! Or, you could choose to make every day a perfect one.
Sound too good to be true? While perfection is overrated, balance, certainly, is not. In a world where there never seems to be enough hours in a day or enough energy in our systems, it can be difficult to even imagine living differently.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a perfectly balanced day- one where you’re productive and aware instead of unhinged and exhausted? Punctual without the mad rush? Calm, collected, and able to focus without the frenzy? There are so many ways to begin to transform your life, but this one is simple: Design your morning around balance and intention.
Designing your day may sound like fortune cookie fluff, but, before you discount it entirely, travel back in time to consult with your six-year-old self. (Turns out, you were designing your day for decades before #balancedliving was even a thing.)
Remember when you would prep your backpack and pick out an outfit before you went to bed so that you could just mindlessly grab it and go the next morning? (Of course, having a parent holding you accountable certainly didn’t hurt.) It’s that very same thought process that can save your mornings and set you up for success throughout your day.
How many times have you left something at home- like your keys, wallet, or even (gasp!) your cell phone? Sometimes, a single morning slip up can derail your whole day.
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We jam-pack our brains with so much “stuff” to get done in the mornings that, of course, things inevitably fall through the cracks. Then, we’re stressed the rest of the day because we set ourselves up for failure. It’s a terrible routine, but, one we can easily improve. In fact, most of these morning to-dos can be planned for the night before. Imagine a morning free from your usual mental checklist! Here’s how to redesign your morning, decrease your stress, and plan for a perfect day:
Create your perfect day by designing your morning through thoughtful intention. With all the time you save getting the day-of prep done in advance, you’ve just created space in your day to focus on what matters.
Make yourself a healthy and filling breakfast, meditate, meet friends for a coffee, take your dog on a leisurely walk, linger in bed with your partner, write in your gratitude journal, head to a morning yoga class, spend a few minutes talking to your child, call your Mom. Whatever you do, do it with intention.
What’s your idea of the perfect day? How are you making changes to improve your mornings?