Experts believe the real secret to great mornings starts with planning your day the night before. The easiest way you can do that is by completing mundane chores the previous night that otherwise would force you to start the day in a rush. Read on to find other hacks to rewire your brain to love Monday mornings.
The Night Before
● Clean your workspace right after you finish work. Polestar, a Swedish automotive brand known for minimalism sets a brilliant example on maintaining office spaces – their employees are asked to clean their workspace whenever they leave the desk, even if for a short while. ● Plan for the next day. Arrange the clothes you will be wearing, plan out your breakfast. Make a To-Do List for the next day. This way, you will have defined goals to work towards throughout your day. ● When you set the alarm for waking up, choose a time earlier than you need. Doing this will give you enough time to hit the snooze button a few times before finally waking up. ● This one might seem counter-intuitive but set an alarm to go to bed too. Doing this will ensure that you clock in enough hours so that you inevitably wake up feeling refreshed. ● Setting a pleasant alarm tone as opposed to blaring ones that induce anxiety also helps. They both wake you up just as effectively but having a disruptive tune does more harm than good. ● Avoid checking your phone as soon as you wake up. The blue light from digital displays disrupts your waking cycle. Before going to sleep, leave your phone in a place you can’t reach from your bed.
The Morning After
● Find time to make your bed. This seemingly simple task will give you a sense of accomplishment with which to kickstart your day. ● A warm glass of water first thing in the morning jump-starts your body’s systems like nothing else. Adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the water not only cleanses your stomach of toxic residue but also acts as an immunity booster. ● Stretching your body helps your muscles wake up from the grogginess. It will also wire your brain into realizing the day has started. Opt to go for a jog or add in a morning workout session if time permits. ● Having a clear mind helps you to deal with the day better than usual. Meditating for at least 10 minutes will prove beneficial when done repeatedly or as part of your morning workout ritual. ● Instead of checking emails or the notifications on your phone, start the day with an interesting podcast or audiobook. Motivational stories are a great way to get you in a productive mood. ● Finally, have a breakfast fit for kings. Everybody knows it’s the most important meal of the day, but for most, it is also the least prioritized meal. This guide is by no means exhaustive, but it is a great place to get started. Figure out what works for you and incorporate those into your daily routine. The rest will fall into place.