Mornings are chaotic for many causing some days to derail before they even start. There is so much to do; Making coffee, Eating breakfast, getting ready for work, getting kids ready and off to school and that is all before you leave the house! Then you have to beat traffic on your commute.
Many people dread mornings because of the stress level they carry. Maybe you woke up late, or your printer is giving you a fit, and you have an important meeting today. While we can’t predict what life will throw at us, we can be as prepared as possible. Your morning routine will be very similar to your evening routine. Having one will create a sense of peace and calm that will carry throughout your day. Now that’s a formula to make it a great day!
An excellent morning routine should include a daily review of today’s calendar and to-do list, a time for reading inspirational material or simple solitude to focus your mind, and let’s not forget good healthy breakfast.
To make all this possible you will need time. It’s common for most of us to try to do too much in too little time, we create our own chaos. As hard as it is, we need to be realistic about how much time we really need each morning. Start by making a list of all the things you need to do each morning. This will include getting ready for work, having breakfast, drinking your coffee, etc. Now, add some things you would like to do. Do you wish you had 30 minutes to read a relor book on personal development? Then add that to the list. If you wish you had 20 minutes for solitude or prayer add that as well.
Now prioritize the list and write a realistic amount of time in which to complete it. Now add in your commute time if necessary. Once this list is done, you will do some “reverse engineering”. This means you will work backwards through the list starting from the time you need to arrive at work. This will reveal what time you need to wake up each day and how much time you can spend on each item in your routine in order to be on time.
A sample morning routine might look like this:
6am Wake Up & get coffee
6:15-6:30 Review today’s appointments & to-do items
6:30-7:00 Time for personal reflection and/or development/exercise
7:00-7:30 Eat breakfast – enjoy a few moments with the family
7:30-8:15 Get ready for work/ Pack your Make It a Great Day Bag!
8:15-8:45 Commute to work
A great morning routine can be set up in as little as 20 minutes and can take all of the stress out of your average day. You may need to keep it handy for reference until it becomes habit, but once you do every day will start off as a great day!
Start your day off right by collecting all the items you will need for your day and keep them safely stored in your Make It a Great Day Bag! Plan to go to the Gym? Pack your needed shoes, clothing and iPod in your bag. Stopping on the way home from work at the market? Trust your Make it a Great Day Bag! No matter what the job is, this bag can handle it!