10 Tips for The Best Morning Ever
Every night we go to bed thinking of how productive we are going to be in the mooring. We tell ourselves that we are going to wake up on time, eat a good breakfast (maybe workout) and get so many great things done to start off our day. But then, how many times do we end up hitting snooze 3+ more times than we need then only have time for a quick bird bath before rushing out the door…sometimes without eating breakfast at all? You’ve done it. Ive definitely done it. So here are are ten tips to a better night and a the most productive morning ever.
1- Check the Weather Forecast and Pick Out Your Clothes
This is a quick to do that is often skipped over. Taking the time to check the predicted weather (even though there is a good chance it may change) can help you shave off a lot of time in the morning. If you’ve actually folded and hung up your clothes - sometimes I just have a pile of clean clothes sitting in a chair - it should be really easy to pick out something to wear the next day.
2- Journaling / writing down the days thoughts
To have a good night you should be able to relax, right? But what if your brain just keeps on thinking about what you did today and what you need to do tomorrow. Thats where a good journal or notepad would comes in (or the notes section on your phone). Jotting down these thoughts can help keep them from replaying in your mind and help you relax in knowing that you won’t forget them the next day.
3- Relax your mind
In addition to journaling, relaxing with your favorite activity can help to relieve some stress and get you ready to wind down for the night. Obviously, something that’s relaxing would be great. Things such as reading a book, or talking you your favorite relative on the phone can help to prepare you for a peaceful night. Try and stay away from work, like spreadsheets and the computer. Any screen time should be shut off at least 2 hours before hitting the sack. Try to set a certain time to shut your brain off and stop working.
4- Cool off, literally
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat. Alcohol (and snacks) should be cut off least two hours before bedtime. Skip the booze, food, and stimulants (not just coffee and soda, but also sugary desserts and even fruits). When you’re actively dieting food it makes it harder to sleep well.
5- Block out ambient light
Even light from your clock can have an effect on the quality of your sleep. Having black out shades and turning down the light on your clock down can drastically help with staying asleep. In addition, purchasing a great sleep mask like these Eye Masks I have is a great way to black out light for a more restful sleep.
Thats right! Keep it simple, stupid. Try to avoid hard decision makers in the morning, leave it for later in the morning (maybe after coffee). Sometimes the best way to have a productive morning is to get a head start on it the night before. Many productivity experts and successful people spend their evenings preparing for the next day because it makes their mornings free to get an early start on important work. Planning the evening before is effective because we have a limited amount of willpower and decision-making ability every day. The thought of making too many decisions in the morning will slow you down and drain your brain for the rest of the day. If you can eliminate decision-making from your mornings, you'll have more energy and time to have the most productive morning you can! So write out your daily to-do list the night before like Kenneth Chenault. Subscribe to the concept that an AM routine can start in the PM: Pick out your outfit. Pack your lunch and your backpack for work. Want to read a book in the morning? Pick it out the night before and put it out somewhere obvious so you see it first thing. If you want to work out in the morning, sleep in your gym clothes.
7- Water, Water, Water
Health is important. When you feel great, it will make it all that much easier to handle that alarm. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired when you want to be awake. You can’t go wrong with having some good old-fashioned H2O throughout the evening. Also, you might not be excited about the idea of a morning workout. Maybe it's hard enough to just get out of bed, let alone run around the gym. But you don't have to lift weights or go for a jog. Simply moving around will get your blood flowing and help you get your day started.
8- Tidy Up
Have you ever felt more relaxed when you have a clean room/house? I have! Try to make this a habit but taking a little time to tidy up in the afternoon for a peaceful rest. With any luck, your cleaning endeavors will tucker you out a bit and make it easier to fall asleep!
9- Clean up your hygiene
Besides brushing your teeth and washing your face, take a warm bath, or hot shower, before bed. The optimal body temperature for sleep should be between 60 and 67 degrees. As soon as you step out of the bath or shower, your body temperature drops rapidly to re-regulate with the temperature of the room. That quick change physiologically can cause sleepiness.
10- Give some gratitude and meditate
Write down at least one thing you’re thankful for each day. Making gratitude a part of your routine can help you lead a healthy and happy life. Here’re 60 things to be thankful for if you want more ideas. You can try to mark down your mood everyday and you may find yourself having plenty to be happy about. Mood apps like Mr. Mood is nice to help you keep track of your emotions. Headspace is a great meditation app for the novice to the professional meditator. Ending the day on a positive note sets you up for a restful slumber.