Anyone else enjoy watching and reading about other’s routines? I used to love watching YouTube videos where people shared their morning, night, and work routines. I found them so addicting and would constantly watch to find a tip that I could implement into my own routine to make life easier and more enjoyable.
Even now, I often find myself excited to come home after I’m at anyone else’s house for a while. It’s not because I crave alone time (well, that too), but rather, I’m excited to get back to my own routine. I’m always fascinated by how others do things and how even when it’s attempting to achieve the same thing, there are endless ways to get it done.
There’s also something about watching others get things done that fuels motivation to be more productive, and more organized. How many times have you searched Pinterest for organizational methods? Some of the blog posts I’ve found totally motivated me to organize too. Watching how others do things is also an amazing way to pick up new ways and methods that you may not have thought of before. I love learning how to be more efficient and productive every single day and I’m constantly on the search for new tips.
For entrepreneurs, establishing routines are key to accomplishing goals. For me personally, I found it was easier to keep a routine when I was at my 9-5 job. With a limited amount of time before and after work to get things done, my routine was set in place and I rarely deviated from it. Even though I found it boring at times and wished I had more time freedom, it definitely helped me get things done efficiently.
Working from home has a ton of amazing benefits, but it is much harder to establish and keep a routine when you don’t necessarily have to. Still, if you’re struggling to accomplish your goals, feel disorganized, or frustrated, adding little things to change your morning routine can do wonders.
Here are several ideas that you could add to your morning routine to make it more effective:
1. Wake up an hour early – If you have kids or other responsibilities that must be taken care of as soon as you wake up and you immediately feel frazzled, make it a point to wake up an hour early. Give yourself some “me” time as soon as you wake up. Take the hour to get something important done, or get nothing at all done, whatever makes YOU happy. Instead of waking up and immediately running around to get things done, take this time to relax and start your day peacefully.
2. Use your planner – Take 5 minutes to write down your top 3 things that must get done today in your planner. Have a look at what you have planned for the day and attempt to fit in your 3 must-dos for the day in a manageable fashion. If you know that you won’t be able to do everything and there’s something that can wait, move it over to the next day. Writing it down and moving it over will decrease your anxiety of needing to get it done and will allow you to be relaxed and ready to tackle your day.
3. Visualize – If you’re someone who struggles with anxiety, this tip will absolutely help set up your morning routine for success. Take several minutes in the morning to visualize your day. Close your eyes, think positively and imagine you accomplishing your goals. You can even imagine how you would deal with potential roadblocks, but don’t dwell on it. This tip helped me prepare for presentations. Anytime I had anxiety before a presentation, I visualized myself going through it flawlessly. By the time I actually presented, I felt like I had already done it and felt much more confident.
4. Get dressed – If you work from home and find yourself typing away in your PJ’s every single day, I’m with you. A huge benefit from working from home is the ability to choose how we’d like to dress and look. If you feel your best in sweatpants, go for it! But if you feel more put together wearing jeans, or having some makeup on, don’t feel like there’s no point just because you’re at home. Every morning, take some time out to dress and look how you feel your best. It’ll make a huge difference in your attitude and also have you ready for anything the day throws at you.
5. Practice gratitude – The best way to make sure your day starts off with positivity is to practice gratitude in the morning. This can take only a few seconds, but makes the biggest difference. My favorite way to do this is mentally say 5 things I’m grateful for each morning while I drink my coffee. You can also do this while you brush your teeth, do your makeup, or before you open your e-mail. Associating it with a trigger you do every morning will help make it more effective, otherwise, you might forget. By doing this, you remind yourself of what amazing things you have in your life, and motivate you to aim for even more.
These are some of my favorite morning routine tips. I love focusing on creating the perfect mindset to get work done and feel great about myself for the day. What do you guys do? Share any tips in the comments section!