Your alarm goes off at the crack of dawn, you hit snooze more times than you can count, and before you know it, you have a half hour to get yourself dressed, the kids fed, and out the door to start the day. Sound all too familiar? Unfortunately, for many of us, we let our mornings run us, but that’s about to change. Read on to learn how to be in charge of how your morning goes each day. We are going to share eight simple morning routine hacks for success all day every damn day because ain’t nobody got time for anything less than a kickass start to a productive day. Can we get an amen?
#1 Wake up Earlier
Ok, deep breaths. We know how awful this sounds, but hear us out. You may feel like there’s not even a slim chance you would even consider getting up any earlier than you already are. But, here’s the thing. If you can start to change your mindset, and reset your body clock just a smidge at a time, it may be one of the most effective ways to kickstart your day. Start by waking up just ten minutes earlier. Ten minutes is all it takes to be able to get yourself a little more organized before the rest of the house wakes up, and hey ten minutes of alone time is way better than nothing. If you can center yourself before the chaos of the day begins, you will be able to handle whatever the day throws at you way better.
Start with ten minutes, and work your way up until you have an entire “power hour” to yourself to be massively productive and feel accomplished before you even leave the house to start your day.
#2 Make Your Bed
No, we aren’t really trying to sound like your mom reminding you to make your bed, but seriously, making your bed may actually be able to help boost your productivity throughout the rest of your day. It’s such a simple task that takes less than two minutes of your time, and it just sets the tone for productivity. Plus, it will be so much nicer to get into a nicely made bed at the end of the day. Trust us, if you don’t already make your bed each morning, give it a try. It’s one of the simplest morning hacks for all-day success.
#3 Get Moving
So, remember how we talked about waking up earlier? Well, if you manage to wake up early enough to leave room for a quick 20-minute workout, you will be well on your way to all-day success. I mean working out in the morning is a massive accomplishment. You have already supported both your physical and mental health even before the busiest parts of your day get started. Don’t get hung up on how long you exercise; just do it! And, don’t feel like you need to go to the gym. You can exercise from the comfort of your own home using FitOn app. Jump in on one of our popular fitness classes that are always open.
Want to make things even more fun? Invite your friends to join in on the workout. FitOn app allows you to chat with your friends during your workout, and offers some friendly competition. It’s a win, win. You get your exercise in first thing in the morning, and you can get fit with your BFF.
#4 Supercharge Your Coffee
Are you a coffee drinker? If you’re a busy mom, trying to keep your eyes open when that alarm goes off, or after waking up to your toddler screaming “mom” in the other room, then chances are, you run your life on caffeine. Or, even if you don’t have little kids running you wild, working women out there need that caffeine boost to jump-start their day for success as well, so why not supercharge your morning cup of joe?
This morning hack is a simple one and doesn’t require any additional time (phew!) Try adding MCT oil to your cup of coffee for an added energy boost. This works really well before a workout too for that added energy you may need first thing in the morning.
#5 Listen to a Podcast
Listening to a motivational podcast while you workout, drink your morning cup of coffee, or even on your morning drive to work is an excellent way to kickstart your day for success. And, it’s one of those things that’s easy to fit into your morning routine as you can listen while doing what needs to get done. Listening to a motivational podcast may be just what you need to get you out of a morning rut. Here are some of our favorite podcasts to supercharge your morning routine.
- Coffee + Crumbs
- The Happy Hour
- The Science of Happiness
- Optimal Health Daily
#6 Set Your Goals & Intentions
If you get the chance to sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast, then take an additional five minutes while you eat (or sip on a green smoothie) to set your intentions for the day. This simple tasks is a great hack and can quickly become a valuable part of your morning routine. Write down what you want to accomplish that day making your goals realistic and attainable.
#7 Do Some Deep Breathing
This is the ideal tip to implement into your morning routine if your day tends to start out a bit chaotic. Stopping and taking some deep cleansing breaths may be all you need to calm your mind and body to help you stay centered during stressful parts of your day. If you don’t have time to manage much else in the morning, make it a goal to at least do this! Plus, there’s no excuse when you can do some deep breathing while you shower, make breakfast, or drive the kids to school. Trust us, the simple act of breathing deeply will be totally life-changing for how your body responds to stress.
#8 Make a Green Smoothie
If you find you don’t have time to prep a full meal, then you’re going to be all about this morning hack. Not only will making a smoothie for breakfast save you prep and cleanup time, but you can pack in a hefty dose of nutritional value into one single shake. Try making a superfood smoothie with almond or coconut milk, a frozen banana, some frozen berries, raw honey, a scoop of collagen protein powder, and some superfood seeds like chia, flax, or hemp (or all three if you like a good superfood crunch.) Enjoy this as an easy and nutritious on-the-go breakfast.
Run Your Mornings, Don’t Let Them Run You
Are you so sick of letting your mornings run you, and want to take control of how your day starts? You are just a handful of hacks away from a good start to your day all day every single day. Grab your cup of coffee, get your fancy boss lady pants on, and start implementing one, two, or even three of these hacks. Before you know it, you will feel like the boss that you are, running your mornings your way, and achieving success every single day.