Everyone has a natural rhythm to their morning routine. Regardless of what time you get out of bed, morning is an important part of your day. It sets the tone for everything you do. When you understand what your rhythm is, you can use it to your advantage.
The Early Bird
The moment you hear the alarm, your brain kicks into high gear. You tend to start the day with a to-do list already in hand that you prepared last night. You use mornings to get things done, and by lunchtime, your to-do list has more than a few checkmarks.
Typically, early birds are productive but feel stressed and overwhelmed in the mornings. The best thing you can do if you’re an early bird is to take some time in the morning to center yourself. This may feel like a waste of time at first, but you’ll quickly see you’re no good to the rest of the world if you’re burned out before noon.
You’re the first one up in the mornings. You make breakfast, pack lunches, and put the coffee on. You help your kids find last night’s homework and pause to make sure your elderly mother took her vitamins.
For you, mornings are about everyone else. But instead of jumping into the morning feet first, let the first few minutes of your day be about you. Take a moment to linger over your coffee. Practice a two-minute meditation or dance to one of your favorite songs. Remember, you need care, too.
Go with the flow is your motto. You might hit the snooze button repeatedly, or you may get up when your alarm goes off. It all depends on your mood. Regardless of your alarm clock, you tend to need plenty of “wake up” time so you can be ready to face the day on time.
The secret to a productive morning for you will be to spend the first few minutes of your day getting organized so time doesn’t get away from you. Since you don’t enjoy structuring every moment, try selecting one or two most important tasks to focus on, then let the rest of the day unfold.
With your natural morning rhythm in mind, you can shape how you start your day. If you want it to be a good day, you need to start with a good morning.
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