“The early bird gets the worm.” I’m sure we’ve all heard this phrase before, and most likely we have all rolled our eyes at it when someone tried to get us to wake up earlier.
I used to think this phrase was annoying when I was a kid, why did I even want the worm? It doesn’t sound appealing to wake up early already, and now there are worms involved? No thanks!
But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that there are many reasons why I want to be the early bird. The worm is not only a prize for the bird but a necessity.
Because the bird is up early it can feed itself early, it gets things done. And not just done, but with lots of time to spare!
As an adult, I try to be like this early bird as much as possible. I try to get things done first thing in the morning, and to have the most productive start to my day.
There is never enough time in one day, waking up early and having time before the day gets crazy is so important.
This always helps me have the best days, and I always end up having better days when I wake up early and am on top of things.
Once I realized that my success throughout the day was directly linked with my morning routine, I tried to make waking up early to have lots of time for it a priority.
So, what can we do in the mornings to be successful?
We all know that it’s important to drink water to have a healthy body, but when you drink water is also important!
Drinking water first thing when you wake up can give you a jumpstart on your hydration for the day, as well as improve your mental clarity when you wake up.
Try starting your day with a refreshing glass of water!
Make Your Bed
I know, I know. What’s the point of making your bed if you’re just going to sleep in it again and make it messy, right?
But what if I told you that making my bed has helped me a lot?
When I make my bed in the morning, not only does it make my room look a lot better, it also makes me feel more accomplished.
It is one task that I get done right away. And once I get one task done, then I can get another one done. And another.
You are already being productive for the day, and do you want to know the best part?
It usually only takes about 5 minutes!
If you can make your bed, which feels like such a chore in the morning, then you can accomplish anything throughout the day!
Read/Listen to a Podcast
For a good start to your day, make your mornings about self-growth and pick up a book or listen to a podcast for even only a few minutes!
By doing this, it gets your mind thinking about these topics and can help you start your day out in a positive way!
For me, I read my Bible in the mornings before work and try to listen to podcasts while I get ready for the day. When I do this, it is a noticeable difference in comparison to the days where I don’t.
I get the chance to ponder things throughout the day that I wouldn’t if I had just woken up a few minutes before leaving the house.
One of my favorite things to do in the mornings is journal. Journal my thoughts, feelings, what’s going on, any self-reflection, and anything else I want to write about!
It’s a great time to check in with myself, and it is a nice way to express yourself if that type of thing helps you!
Workout/Take a Walk
It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Even squeezing a short workout in the morning or a light walk can help you get some of that exercise done!
Working out in the morning gives your body a little jump start and some energy for you in the morning.
If you wake up pretty tired, working out might help you wake up!
Taking a walk in the morning is good for your body, especially being in nature. The fresh air is always nice, and if you are up early enough for the sunrise you are in for a treat!
Plan Out the Rest of Your Day
Do you tend to waste a lot of time throughout the day? A lot of that could be because of a lack of direction.
What I mean by that is you may not be thinking of things you could be doing, so you waste time on your phone, watching tv, etc.
In the morning, if you write down what you want to get done during the day, you are way more likely to think about this during those times of boredom or distraction.
You are always more efficient when you have a plan, and making it in the morning helps you make sure you have enough time to do so!
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
I’m sure we all know that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” so why do so many of us skip it?
I am guilty of this. Running out the door before I grab something to eat. Most of the time when this happens, I wake up late and make breakfast my last priority.
Breakfast gives us the fuel we need to go in the morning and throughout the day. Try even making some simple smoothies, anything is better than not eating breakfast!
Go For It!
This list is not in any particular order, and you can make this list your own! If there are things in your life you would like to do to be more successful and healthy, then do it! Add as many things to your list for the morning!
Let us know if this morning routine is helpful for you or if you have things you do in your routine that help you that wasn’t mentioned!