We get it. There are days when there’s no way around a hectic morning, but most of the time there are small ways in which we can set ourselves up for success before our workday has even started. Here are a few tips, “life-hacks,” if you will, that will steer you in the right direction and give the momentum to have a day full of awesome!
Set things up the night before
one of the best pieces of advice we can offer comes from Caitlin, our Trade Marketing and Events Coordinator: “Set up everything you need in the morning the night before!” And when Caitlin says everything she means e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g: cereal bowls, mugs, clothes, school bags, lunches, vitamins - anything you’ll need before you head out the door in the morning. This is not only sage advice for families, but anyone who has spent 20 precious minutes looking for a handbag that for some reason was dropped on top of the washing machine will get why this is a good idea. And that leads us to ...
Put your important stuff in the same place, every day
This means keys, wallet, shoes, jacket, sunglasses, jewelry - whatever you don’t like to leave the house without. You have better things to do than scour your place for That-Thing-you-thought-you’d-left-Right-There (see handbag example, above).
Now that you’ve set all your stuff up ahead of time, you’ve got time to hit the gym! Getting your workout in before the workday is a great way to invigorate your body and get your blood pumping. But if a full gym session isn’t the right fit for you (or if you are still looking for your keys) you can instead start your day with a series of stretches, morning yoga flow, or walk outside. Low time commitment, high physical and psychological returns. That’s what we’re talking about.
Even if it’s only for 5-10 minutes, giving yourself time for stillness away from screens, cars, and buildings does wonders to reset your mindset. I drive past a wildlife sanctuary in a wooded area on my way to work and try to allow 20-30 minutes each morning to walk, clear my head, and take in the peace and quiet. Especially if a hectic morning has undone the good night’s sleep I had the night before, taking time in nature helps me regroup and ground myself. When you don’t have time for a walk in the woods, or even a few moments taking in the beauty of a lake, you can let nature come to you! Filling a corner of a room, or a sunny windowsill with houseplants creates a calming environment in which to sip your morning tea or coffee.
Make a list
It seems simple enough, but writing down 3-4 things you’re hoping to accomplish throughout the day goes a long way in making things happen. Need to pick up dry cleaning, write a thank you note, or turn those veggies from last week’s farmer’s market into soup? Write it all down, but keep it your daily checklist manageable - a long to-do list often results in things which should take priority getting lost in the shuffle.
Get to bed early
If you were deep scrolling through your social or Netflixed especially hard after dinner, you likely also found yourself at 12:42 am asking: Why didn’t I go to bed three hours ago? Allow your mind and body to take the full rest they need for optimal performance and go to bed at a regular, reasonable time. Try it, and see the difference you feel with an extra snooze-hour or two. Besides, that riveting blog post you’re excited to read can wait ‘til morning. Speaking of mornings...
Wake up earlier
Sound impossible? It shouldn’t be, if you went to bed earlier (see above). Giving yourself the space of an hour or two in the morning to do a load of laundry, or anything else on your to-do list does wonders for your outlook. Achieving even the smallest goal before digging into the day’s work sets you up to build on success (yes, making your bed counts!). There is wonderful momentum to be gained from our achievements, so let that awesome feeling of accomplishment carry you forward. Getting up earlier also means you might be ready for lunch at 10 am, so consider getting some sustenance in that morning routine of yours.
Your body needs rest, your mind needs clarity, and there’s not a part of you that won’t benefit from nourishment! Our favorite way to be sure we’re not running on empty is by starting each day with a smoothie. Not only are they a delicious, portable way to get nutrients into your body, but they also require a minimum of effort and attention to make. And we especially appreciate that feature on those mornings we feel a little foggy! Bethany, our Wholesale and Customer Service Coordinator, took inspiration from our smoothie-focused post and now starts her day with a berry, kale, and almond milk smoothie. Homemade breakfast bars are also great for busy mornings. We’re especially fond of this recipe for no-bake dried cherry, almond, and chocolate chip granola bars.
Do you have an awesome life hack that makes your mornings better or easier? Share it in a comment!
Meal prep or morning prep, laying everything out before you begin will save time and stress
Fire Cider employees occasionally practice pizzabox yoga, but do you!