I often find that I don’t have nearly enough time as I would prefer. I recently moved to Tallahassee, Florida, for grad school and my new job. I have had a rough transition as juggling many priorities has been time-consuming. For me, it’s difficult to be on a time crunch and accomplish everything I need to. That’s affected my sleep in the worst way. Even with the best intentions, I used to find myself waking up later and later as the weeks droned on. I began to realize that I needed to create a solid structure of my mornings at the very least.
How do you structure a morning? Good question. I am obsessed with lists, structure, routine, and repetition. So, I’m going to share my tips for making my life more efficient.
Start with water. Lots of it.
I’m sure this isn’t healthy, but, I prefer to live my life going ninety-to-nothing. My excitement stems from accomplishing a lot in a single day. I have realized what keeps the headaches away and keeps me moving is drinking a lot of water first thing when I wake up. If you guzzle coffee every morning like I do, you’ll appreciate this tip. It helps, I promise.
Plug in, then unplug.
Ok, I’m not sure if “plug in” is even a term. What I mean is to check your phone, look at social media, view emails, or whatever you need to on your phone for about 5-15 minutes. Then, disconnect while you’re getting ready. It will be very hard my friends. Totally worth it. I’m able to clearly think about the major priorities I want to focus on and plan the top projects I’m working on. It’s also calming before I enter the fast-pace environment at my work.
Organize your life the Sunday before the week starts.
This is more of a helpful tip so that your routine is simpler each morning. On the Sunday evening before my week ramps up, I plan out work outfits (six in case one falls through) so that I don’t waste time trying to find the perfect top and then realize it’s in the dirty clothes hamper. Then, you’ve just wasted twenty minutes trying to pick an outfit.
I also like to take time on Sunday evenings to make sure that I prioritize anything that needs to get done that way I’m not creating a list first thing in the morning and wasting precious productive time. For example, I make sure I look at the calendar two weeks out. If I know what’s coming up, I can space tasks out and allow enough time to get everything done.
If Planning Sounds Terrible
I understand. Or I’m trying to. It’s in my blood to plan, organize, and prioritize. I have found a book that really helped me understand the how/why about the brain storing and organizing information. It’s pretty dry for the first half but is very informative. I really enjoyed the read.
I’d love to hear what your morning routine tips are. Message me your thoughts!