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The endless battle of snoozes, the failed attempts at getting up to make it to the 5:30 am barre class. The last minute jump out of bed and run to the bathroom to spray a half bottle of dry shampoo on my previously unwashed hair. To make it to the car with my make-up bag to hopefully catch enough red lights in time to put on a full face of make-up with before the sunrise car lighting. With a chance of having breakfast, or at least a snack to munch on the go, do I even have all my bags for work? A packed lunch? I guess a granola bar will have to do? A quick good-bye and have a good day kiss to pup and hubs who are still sleeping so sweetly in the bed. And then I am out the door. Morning rush anyone?
Does any of this sound familiar? My example of a real, everyday morning rush.
Well, if it does then welcome to my life and if it doesn’t then man I envy you! (Not really.. to each his own, right!?)
The morning. Your chance to completely define and determine the direction and your outlook of your entire day. So why do we (or maybe it is just me) allow for ourselves to completely fall into the morning rush. The morning rush that leaves the door and for lots, quickly becomes a sudden pause, thrown directly into morning rush hour traffic.
But what if we completely, totally reclaimed our mornings. How amazing would we feel? How productive would our day become? And more importantly, how much fuller and happier would we truly be?!
How do you want to feel as you begin your work day? Whether that work day consists of you in the office, the classroom, your rotations, or your home office, either in front of the computer or fully immersed with the kids…. wherever you consider “you’re official work day” beginning….. where do you want your heart and mind to be when your day begins.
Do you want to feel at peace? Do you want to feel rejuvenated? What about feeling confident and secure in your faith and/or identity?
Whatever your end goal focuses on.. make that your priority. And if that means you have to wake up thirty minutes to an hour earlier than you normally do.. well, you might just have to. But if the gain is your peace, your confidence, your sanity, your overall health and wellness, isn’t it completely and totally worth it.
And if you are thinking…. how in the world am I expected to wake-up earlier… well the moment that your alarm goes off…. instead of allowing the chorus of snoozes to sing, instead…. think to yourself… my day begins in “3…..2…..1” and as you countdown from 3 to 2 to 1 allow yourself to spring out of bed and get on with your day.
Let your morning rush (instead of exhaust you and overwhelm you) let it fill you up with strength, endurance, and encouragement. Do you need to start your day with a walk, a run, or an exercise class. Then do it. I can promise you, your body will absolutely thank you throughout the rest of the entire day.
Do you need to start your day off with a devotional, or meditation, or journal? Then pour yourself a cup of coffee (or a glass of ice water… which is actually proven to be the ABSOLUTE best thing you can consume in the early AM) and allow your heart to be moved. Allow your mind and spirit to be completely transformed.
While you are at it. Grab a pen and paper, or your planner… and write down three things you hope to accomplish that day. Write down your deadlines, meetings, and hopes and desires. Write down your fears.. and then proclaim them as truths. You got this girl.
So… who is ready to totally reclaim their typical morning rush?
Omgmgmg I totally do the 3, 2, 1 countdown and tell myself to get up! Beyond that, I’ve never really considered giving much thought to how I want to feel at the start of and throughout my day. I usually wake up and try to get a little devotional time in (doesn’t always happen first) then I write down my daily to-do list (something new I’ve started). I’ve also heard writing down goals every day is good too (haven’t started that yet). Thanks for the simple tips on starting a morning successfully!
I love how you focus on doing what is important to us in the morning instead of prescribing a one-size fits all solution! Such great advice here for taming the morning craziness.
I have done so many things since January 1st to be more productive and make each and every day great! Having a positive mindset and being productive is a choice! Loved your post! =)
Loved this! I am definitely a “hit the snooze button” person! I have such difficulty getting going in the morning! These are some great ideas and I am going to implement writing down my goals for the day when I get up! I always let the dogs dictate how my morning starts (the whimpering and whining for breakfast starts before I even sit up) but I need to take control of my morning instead of letting it run me!
Great idea! I sometimes make a list but I do not point out what my priorities are – going to try that with an end goal! Thank you!
Great tips!! So much yes to ” let it fill you up with strength, endurance, and encouragement.” I so agree. This and coffee :D. When you have a good morning the good day follows from my experience. Thanks for the tips!
This is so helpful <3 mornings always feel so crazy and I always feel out of step. I am so glad you shared these tips!
I am the worst with the snooze button. When it goes off at 5am for me to workout, I hit it for 10 minutes to just lay there! LOL
These are some great and inspiring tips!
Setting goals are so important. I need to get back into this habit again.
That countdown trick is a great idea too!
I love this. Such great tips and ideas.
These are fantastic tips! I’ve been working to overcome that urge to hit the snooze button every morning. It really makes a world of difference.
This was such an inspiring post, especially as someone who is constantly rushing around in the morning because I’ve left everything until the last minute.
Thanks for sharing! x
I’m definitely going to try the countdown! I allow myself to Snooze twice… But i set my alarm early to do so lol!
I love this affirmation. I like to begin with the end in mind.. that’s actually a chapter in “The Highly Effective Habits of Teens.” Being a career woman/mom and military spouse…I wake up with a purpose and goals for today. With hopes to decrease anxiety.
I would try these! Let me see. good post!
This used to be how my mornings went but last year I completely change all that and started waking up just a little bit earlier and feeling so much better for it, now I start my day with a workout, eat breakfast and can slowly get ready. Makes the rest of my day so much better. Some great tips here and reminded me of why I do it again xx
These are awesome simple tips! I am definitely not a morning person when my alarm goes off, but I am once I’ve taken a shower and get my day started! Definitely one of my goals in 2019! I love the section on beginning with a goal in mind. It’s almost like setting an intention for how you want your day to start!
Thank you for those great tips! Mornings are a struggle for me and it seems as though that snooze button is getting push more frequently to see how many minutes I can shave off my “getting ready time” I think I’ll try these tips to make my mornings more relaxed!
I love the idea of proclaiming your fears as truths! That is so powerful!
-Madi xo | http://everydaywithmadirae.com
I’m always so jealous of the people who start their morning with yoga, or coffee while in their pjs. I definitely recognize I need to make a morning and evening routine to help my days become more productive and run smoother.
Great post. It’s a great idea to slow down and take some me time so you can cope with the demands of the day. Prepping your breakfast and lunch the day before is also good.
This is such a great post! One tip I’ve implemented to make my morning easier is to do everything I can the night before. I’ll plan my outfit, pack lunches, and my gym bag, so im the morning all I have to do is grab and go.
I love these tips! I’m trying to become a morning person, but it’s been a battle lol!
These are great tips!! I’m so not a morning person, but luckily I work from home so most of my mornings are pretty relaxed. I do jump right into work, but can do it on my own terms. I’m very thankful for that!! But these are such great ideas for organizing your day/life overall! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
I can relate to this all too well plus three young kids in the mix and a husband traveling for biz. I work from home so instead of getting up early, I stay up way too late sometimes ???? but having a goal for the day really helps things stay focused