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FIVE MORNING HABITS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

Updated: May 20

And they can change yours too!






I don't know about you but I'm kind of addicted to watching other people's morning routines on youtube and reading morning routine blogs. Over the years I have tweaked and refined my routine to create my perfect morning.


My lifestyle can be a bit crazy at times and not having a solid morning routine in the past has lead to burn out and extra stress.


Here I share with you my top five morning habits that have changed my life and I seriously can't live without!



1. Wake Up Early



I wake up at 4am everyday. Even on weekends. OK, OK, I know what you’re thinking. It’s so hard to wake up early. You’re not a morning person. You’d rather be cozy and warm in bed as long as possible.


But here’s the thing, it’s not necessarily about waking up early. If you have to be at work by 9am like me, then getting up earlier than you have to has a lot of added benefits.


You have to adapt this advice to your own schedule. If you’ve never tried waking up early before or you’ve tried and failed a couple times, give it a chance. It takes 66 days on average to build a new habit.


If you are just not a morning person no matter how hard you try (like my boyfriend). That’s ok! No need to beat yourself up about it. No matter what time you wake up and go to bed, you still have the same number of hours in the day.


That being said, the point I’d like to make is that waking up early has A LOT of benefits and can help set a positive tone for the rest of your day.


Benefits of waking up early include:


  • Creates more time which allows for a more peaceful morning. Think how good it would feel to no longer have to rush out the door every morning!

  • It allows time to be more productive so you have less on your plate throughout the day. For more tips on increasing productivity check out my post here.

  • More time to do the things that you want to do but don’t always have time for.


Lastly, being mindful about your routine is the foundation for building a mindful life. If you have a hectic schedule (like me) starting your day earlier can help with time management, which I talk about in more detail here, and can make you feel more in control of your days.



2. Make Your Bed


I fought this one for a long time. But you know what? This little thing makes a HUGE difference. Don’t underestimate the power of making your bed each morning. Not only does it make a big difference in the way your bedroom feels, but taking a couple minutes first thing in the morning to accomplish something, however small, feels really good first thing in the morning..


Remember the saying physical clutter = mental clutter? Well it’s true, and your bed usually being the focal point of the bedroom, plays a huge role in how your space feels.


It doesn't have to be hard either. I have a duvet that is my main blanket and then a soft fuzzy blanket that goes over the top. I just spread my blankets out and straighten the pillows and voilà!

In his book 12 Rules For Life, Jordan Peterson says to change the world you must start by making your bed. Small accomplishments can indeed snowball into great accomplishments.


3. Have a Cleaning Routine


Every week I write down my cleaning routine in my planner. I work it into my schedule, just doing a little everyday so that my space stays clean. We all know that feeling of letting things pile up until it’s so overwhelming we can’t think! Remember how physical clutter = mental clutter?


I break it up into different tasks that take no more than 20 minutes to do:


  • Monday: Clean floors

  • Tuesday: Bathroom

  • Wednesday: Laundry - whites

  • Thursday: Water houseplants, laundry - colors

  • Friday: Dishes

  • Saturday: Trash

  • Sunday: Clean bunny cage


Every morning I designate this time to tidy up. Remember it's a quick clean, each task should only take about 20 minutes. This way, when I get home in the evenings, my space is clean and I can relax and focus on my evening tasks.


I also have monthly cleaning tasks that are more time intensive and don’t need to be done as often. Deep cleaning and organizing certain things every once in a while feels really good!


For a more detailed look at my daily/monthly cleaning routines check out this post here.



4. Eat Breakfast. Even if it's Light.


I have heard from so many places how important breakfast is. I mean, you know the old saying: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." But try as I might I could never get myself to want to eat anything in the morning. Even a smoothie was too much for my stomach.


I think a lot of us have the bad habit if just grabbing a coffee on our way out the door. But too much coffee on an empty stomach can lead to upset stomach due to it's high acidity levels and leave us starting out our day feeling less than great.


For me, a protein and superfood shake in the morning works great! I just fill a mason jar or blender bottle with almond milk and a scoop of protein powder, shake and enjoy.


Here is a link to the vegan protein and plant superfood powder I like.


Just make sure you do your research and check the ingredients before you buy!


5. Make time for what makes you happy.

Self care is a big part of my life. You know why? Because without it I’d be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth in the fetal position. Life gets stressful and while it’s 100% ok to not always handle it like the graceful goddess you are, it is important to always make time for self care.


No matter how hectic our days are we cannot lead full and happy lives without filling our buckets too. There are so many things I like to do to nurture my body, mind and soul. But let’s face it, there just isn’t enough time to do all of them every single day.


I am a strong proponent of The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. If you are not familiar with his book, I highly suggest it. In The Miracle Morning, Hal recommends to do these things every morning:


Reading

Exercising

Affirmations

Journaling

Visualization

Meditation


I like to focus on one thing every morning that I’m feeling drawn to do, so that I can spend more time doing it. So I might pick journaling one morning or meditation the next. Whatever way works for you, beginning to incorporate self care into your morning routine will transform the rest of your day.


No matter if you wake up at 4am or 2pm, having an intentional morning routine puts you in control of your day. It helps you start out on solid ground and put intention into your day.






Hi! I'm Jessica.


I'm just a normal person sharing the lessons I've learned from life so far. I somehow manage my hectic work, school and personal schedules all while staying organized and writing this blog. I am a computer science major with a passion for graphic design. If you're interested in hearing my organizational and lifestyle tips as well as the awesome things I get from target sometimes, then feel free to sign up for my email list below.

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