MN Business Tip Of The Day: Get Moving In The AM With A Better Morning Routine
If you’re like most people your workday starts around eight or nine in the morning. This requires getting up one-to-two hours earlier to include hygiene, breakfast and commute time. Upon arriving at work your boss isn’t going to wait for you to take your sweet time settling in and getting revved up. So you’ll need to learn how to be on-the-ball first thing in the morning. That starts with shaking off the cobwebs and being bright-eyed first thing.
If you want to begin waking up earlier (and easier) try trimming down on evening obligations. Set one hour aside for unwinding and don’t commit to things that will infringe on that time. Remember that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and a cup of coffee and stick of gum isn’t going to cut it. After sleep our metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest, so choose a healthy breakfast to re-energize you. Include a protein, a fruit or veggie, and a whole grain. For the caffeine addicted, add milk or fortified soymilk to your drink to give it a boost of calcium and protein.
When you manage to wake up without hitting the snooze button, be sure and reward yourself. Read a favorite blog column, do an exercise routine, or meditate. Select an activity that means something to you in order to get your morning routine off on the right foot rather than rushing out the door.
Finally set up as much as you can the night before, including what you’ll wear the next day and the lunch you bring. These things can help you cut back on what you need to do in the morning, allowing you more time for things that will actually make you feel good.