Written by Melanie McConnell
It seems like everyone needs a morning routine, and I am frequently reading about many ways to incorporate them into your daily life. However, if you are a busy professional, working or
stay-at-home mom, you don’t have the time to meditate, journal, do yoga, yadda, yadda, yadda in the short time you spring from your bed to rushing out the door. We all know what we have to do. Lay out your clothes the night before, have all lunches prepared, put away all extraneous items and as you lay your head on your soft, comfy pillow, say a thankful prayer for three things you are grateful for this past day. If it’s too complicated or there are too many steps, most likely, you will not stick with a daily routine.
Your morning routine should be something you look forward to. Once it becomes boring, find another routine. Who says you can’t switch it up every once in a while? These simple steps help me sail smoothly into my day:
1. Write down your three most important To-dos for the coming day. We all have them! There is always something that must get done. Get it out of your head and onto paper. I have a master list, but my three most important go on top, and I usually can get those done. I keep all my appointments in a monthly planner since it takes up less space in my handbag. If writing down your to-dos doesn’t spark joy, you can use Alexa to set reminders for upcoming meetings, kid events, doctor appointments, etc.
2. Drink at least sixteen ounces of water when you wake up. Your body and brain will thank you. I always keep a stainless-steel water bottle next to my bed. The ice doesn’t melt, and I have a nice, cool drink first thing.
3. Look forward to your mornings by doing: a ten-minute meditation, journaling (if that’s your thing), a full-body stretch, and a quick workout.
4. Have something to look forward to at the end of each day. Always treat yourself! Whether it’s your favorite series or a movie or reading a book.
5. The most successful people have the best relationships. I define success by your happiness factor.
Always make time for what makes you happy every day. You can never get it wrong because it will never get done. Do not strive for perfection. Strive for joy!
Melanie McConnell is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Mello Spaces. She helps busy professionals and parents get the organized home of their dreams. Check out her website www.mellospaces.com and follow her on Instagram: @mellospaces
Florena Davies is a Professional Organizer and Owner of Organize by Flo. She helps individuals and families of all kinds achieve their organizational goals and create spaces that reflect their unique needs and lifestyles. Check out her website at https://www.organizebyflo.com/ and on instagram @organizebyflo.