How A Morning Routine Impacts You
I love mornings. Yes, I admit, I am a so called morning person. My internal alarm clock many days is set for 4 AM. Then there are days it goes off at 5 AM. A sleeping in day is when the actual clock radio, wakes me at 6 AM.
Even though I typically get up at 3 different times, let me share with you, how a morning routine impacts you too. Depending on which time I get up, will determine how the rest of my day will progress. Many things, such as my level of daily production, are directly affected by what my particular daily routine is.
This will prove true for you too. How your day begins will determine how productive the whole day will become.
So, see you can be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, even with your morning routine.
A New Day, A New Beginning
Firstly, no matter what time I get up, I greet it with anticipation. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better.
Yes, no matter how tight your finances are, or how hopeless you may feel in your particular life situation, greeting the day with hope and anticipation can be life changing.
How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for God, prayer, exercise,or simply some much needed “me time”.
You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings – hopefully most mornings – you get up when the alarm chimes. Then you:
- seek time alone with God, read His Word, talk with Him, listen to Him
- write in your Gratitude Journal
- and even go for that walk,
- or simply enjoy that first cup of coffee, undisturbed.
Hit The Snooze Button One More Time
Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.
Think about how the rest of those days went.
- Did you notice a difference in how you felt?
- How much did you get done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm?
- Were you able to do all the things you set out to do?
- How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?
If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother. I bet you accomplished most of the what you planned to do, too.
Affects The Entire Day
Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day.
You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.
I find that by getting up early, my entire day and attitude is more relaxed. I’m not feeling overly rushed and “late” all day. You know what I mean.
By purposely getting up and starting your daily routine, the mood of the whole day is set. You will discover that by getting up, enjoying those few minutes of peace and quiet in the morning helps in several ways.
One way is that you can think out and prioritize the expected events of the day. You will already think it out—what is important to accomplish, and what is not. It is important to do this, because, let’s face it—life will throw unexpected detours in your day.
If you already know what you have to get done, and what can be postponed if needed, you hare already reduced your stress level. Then when an unexpected flat tire, traffic detour, sick child or anything else pops up in the day, you are prepared.
And relaxed. I plan my days to expect the unexpected. Never does a day proceed exactly as planned. This is where my OCD personalilty has had to learn to adapt and relax.
Enjoy Your Morning
Over the course of the next few weeks, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. I would say over the next week, but hey, I can’t guaratee the next 7 days will go that smoothly. Can you?
So, over the next while, as I can schedule it in, I will give you words of wisdom and insights on how to make over your own mornings.
As we’ve already established, this is an important task and a good thing to work on and pay attention to. Even if the alarm goes off much earlier that you’d like. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more, it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother.
And a smoother morning is EMPOWERMENT towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. Before you know it, you will feel like you can conquer almost any problem in your world.