Do you feel ready for your day when you wake up?
3 years ago I can remember waking up and always feeling like I was always unsure of what I needed to get done that day.
I know I had an idea, but I was never sure about anything.
Fast forward to today and my mornings look completely different.
I’m not sure if it was having kids or if it was just growing up, but there are three steps that I try to follow to ensure to make sure I’m ready and focused for the coming day.
3 Important Steps We Discuss
- Review Your Calendar – This has been huge. If you need something done, put it on your calendar.
Have a meeting, need to let the dog out, need to make a call, need to pick up the kids or need to renew the insurance on the car, put it on the calendar.
If you do not block off time for it, chances are it will be forgotten and not done.
Personally, my wife and I use Google Calendar as our preferred tool to balance our work schedules, personal schedules and the kids schedules together and plan things accordingly the night before.
Having your day planned out ahead of time will allow you to prep your clothes and food correctly the night before saving you time and brainpower the next day.
- Get Energy – You need sleep and you need exercise.Getting a good night’s sleep is very important, but getting exercise along with it is a powerful one-two punch to any grogginess you might have at the beginning of your day.
It’s no secret that exercise awakens your body and gets you ready for the day.The ironic thing is that morning exercise has also been shown to actually improve sleep.
Who would have thunk it?
- Prep Your Launchpad – I can’t take credit for this one… my wife introduced it to me.
Here’s the thing, you have your day on your calendar already planned out, so have consistent assigned places for everything you need for the coming day.
Have an assigned place for your clothes (even kids clothes if applicable), your work bag (briefcase, man-purse, etc) and your lunch (also if applicable).
This will save you so much time and brainpower in the morning, you are going to thank me for it.
When I have done this correctly, I save at least an hour every single week doing this one thing.
Just imagine truly being able to focus on the important things right away in the morning and not be mentally bogged down by wondering where your socks are.
It is so freeing, you just have to do some prep the night before.