If you’re the type of person to snap “what’s so good about it?!” when someone wishes you a good morning, you might want to keep reading.
Last week I talked about a few types of jobs that you might consider having if you like to stay up late and work into the night. Many of you chimed in to tell me about how you work very well in the mornings as well!
I am not naturally a morning person, but during the semester I teach morning classes. The ease of finding a parking space and the joy of knowing that I’m finished working by 10 am on a Friday is incredible motivation for me to teach these early classes. That being said, it has taken me a while to develop a successful morning routine. As you will see below, I still make morning bloopers that waste my time and energy, and prevent me from being completely effective in the morning.
People tell you a lot of crap about what makes a good morning.
If I listened to Pinterest, I’d stretch in the morning before leaving my bed, get up and make the bed, exercise for an hour, make a protein smoothie after harvesting my own fruit and milking the cow, walk my dog, shower, do my hair, put on makeup, read a novel, cook myself and my husband a bountiful breakfast, do yoga, and somehow still manage to sit down with a cup of coffee and get to work on time looking flawless.
These are all wonderful things to do, and possibly only a little embellished. But be let’s be real. I have found that the best mornings are made when they are simplified, not complicated. Let’s talk about some of the ways you are hurting yourself in the morning.
You didn’t start the night before.
If you’re like me pre-teaching days, you will squeeze every possible second of extra sleep out of your snooze button. Getting enough sleep actually starts the night before. Do you really have to watch another show on Netflix? Maybe 30 minutes of extra TV time doesn’t seem like it’s hurting your sleep, but many studies have shown that you should turn off the television, computer and cell phones at least 30 minutes before going to bed — some even recommend having two hours of electronic-free time before you try to sleep.
You play the Wardrobe Game.
This would be a terrible game show, but it is one I participate in on a daily basis. The multiple-outfits-strewn-across-the-bed game may seem more annoying than anything, but in reality getting dressed multiple times is a massive time waster. Get into your closet and clear out the junk and the clothes that don’t fit, then select your outfit the night before so that there is no question about what you will wear.
No lie — I spent 20 minutes getting dressed on Monday. That’s a gigantic waste of time!
You think you’ll exercise.
I have heard that exercising in the morning is effective and sets your body up for the day. I counter this argument by saying that the most effective type of exercise is the kind that you actually do. If I tell myself I will exercise in the morning but run out of time to do so, I have a 100% success rate of not doing exercise later in the day. Because I want to keep my mornings simple and hassle-free, I schedule fitness time later in the day, after teaching my morning classes. This gives me a better opportunity to follow through on my commitments to my health.
If you do exercise in the morning, I am seriously envious. This is one of my biggest struggles, because I would love to be a morning exerciser. It might happen for me one day, but for now I need to content myself with lunchtime workouts.
You’re not prioritizing.
Every morning there are a few things that I need to do in order to ensure I have a good morning.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. If I don’t, I will go to Dunkin’ Donuts, get a sugary coffee, probably order a donut or muffin, and send myself into a day full of bad eating. Making the right choice for breakfast makes me feel healthy.
- Make myself presentable. I don’t always wear makeup, but when I know I look good I feel good.
- Pack my bag. I like to have everything organized and ready to go the night before, but I feel at ease when I know I have put everything I need into my bag as I am heading out the door. Doing so gives me one last chance to check everything.
What sorts of things stand in your way of having a good morning? If you are a morning person, what does your successful routine look like?