How to Start Your Day so You're Set for Success

Are you one of those folks that hits your snooze over and over and only crawls out of bed at the last possible moment? If so, how does the rest of our day go?  If you’re hoping to get more out of your day and be a tad more successful, then listen up…mornings are where it’s at.  Setting up a morning routine will get you started on the right foot and today, I have 7 ways to start your day so you’re set for success! Study after study shows that starting your day off right will set you up for a more successful day and put you in the right frame of mind to get more things done. 

If you’re currently someone that tries to squeeze as much time in bed before work as you can, I won’t lie, it’ll take a little perseverance to to get into a morning habit, but once you do, you’ll find you have more energy, are more relaxed, and accomplishing more!

Yes, you will probably have to get up a little earlier.  This is a lot easier for me to do in the spring and summer months when it’s light outside.  In June, July, and August, it’s bright and sunny here by 5:30 am, so that makes it really easy for me to set my alarm earlier and get my day started.  During the winter months, between the cold and the dark…eh…I’m not as successful at this!  I’m in the process now of getting myself back into the habit of making more of my mornings, so I thought it might be helpful to share a few things I’ve tried in the past and that I love to work into my pre-work time!

7 Ways to Start Your Day to be Successful!

#1 | Drink a full glass of water

We all know staying hydrated is important.  Would you go 7-8 hours without drinking anything during the day?  Probably not, but that’s exactly what you’re doing at night, so when you first wake up, you’re dehydrated.  

I like to keep a glass right next to my bed and I drink it when I first get up.  Some people like to toss lemon juice in there and I did that for awhile (and the scale dropped about 5 lbs after doing that!), but I stopped after my dentist told me it would eat away the enamel on my teeth if I did that every day (so if you squeeze in some lemon juice every day, just be careful!!).

#2 | Move a little (or a lot!)

Studies show that people that work out in the morning tend to stick with it better and I completely agree with this.  While I may not be working out in the mornings right now, when I get in that habit, I never miss a workout like I do if I try to go during lunch or after work.  Plus, I always have a ton of energy for the rest of day when I start off with some movement.  And, it doesn’t have to be crazy, hard core cardio…a yoga session first thing is an amazing way to start the day!

#3 | Eat breakfast!!

Seriously, eat breakfast.  Is there really anyone out there that still isn’t doing this?  Skip the sugary, carb heavy options and go with something that is full of protein or fiber to keep you full all the way until lunch.  

I love green smoothies, but I usually add in half a container of plain or vanilla greek yogurt so it’s packed with protein!  The spinach and fruit adds in the fiber and I easily stay satisfied for hours!

#4 | Write in a journal

You may have heard writing in the morning is a great way to clear your head and get your day started.  It’s true!  I used to write 2-3 pages in my journal every morning.  Just stream of conscious, whatever came into my head.  

I don’t really do this anymore only because I like to use my journal more as a means to record what’s happening in my life as opposed to unloading my brain, but it is definitely a nice way to clear out old thoughts and concerns and start the day truly fresh!

#5 | Make your to-do list for the day

I definitely do this every single morning.  I can’t really function without a to-do list.  While I plan out my week every Sunday by jotting down specific tasks on each day of the week, I fill the day in each morning based on how much I’ve accomplished up until that point, or to account for new things that have popped up.

#6 | Meditate

This is one that I don’t do, but I’d LOVE to start doing!  I’ve done meditations from time to time, but I haven’t successfully started a daily practice and for me, I think doing this first thing in the morning would be ideal.  This is on my list to incorporate into my mornings this summer.

#7 | Set an intention or word for the day

This definitely works if you are sincere in picking your word or intention.  When I was going through my divorce (a number of years ago), I got tired of feeling sad.  So, I made a change...every morning, I’d tell myself that I was choosing to be happy that day.  

By making that choice, it put my day and my emotions back in my control and I tended to have a much more positive outlook!  I still do this when I have a lot on my plate (“I chose to be productive and focused today.”) or if I’m stuck on something (“I chose to let this go and move on.”).  Give it a try and see how it works for you!

One last plus

One last benefit to getting up early in the mornings...you’re not rushing around and starting your day off stressed out!  By the time you get to work, you have already accomplished a few things, had some quiet time, and a little ‘me-time’ before having to go give your day to your job!  In the end, you’ll feel more in control of your life and feel like everything is a bit more balanced!

Your turn!  Do you have a morning routine that you follow?  Have you ever tried to get up early and get things done?  I’d love to hear, so leave me a comment and let me know!