DIY: Organize Your Morning Routine

A good morning can make or break your whole day. Do you often feel like you're rushing through mornings, and are never organized enough to make the most of them? Maybe you're always late to work, or are constantly forgetting things like your lunch, phone, or keys. The key to making things run smoothly is to be more effective in everything you do, and never pass up an opportunity to be productive. Read on for some great tips on how to get yourself organized, start a routine, and have a calm and productive morning.

Make Actions into Habits

Before you get started, though, remember, it takes time to make actions into habits. If you only feel capable of taking on a few of these tips at a time, it's best to start small. You'll be surprised how things will fall into place better with even a few small changes.

  • Get out on the right side of the bed - and make it as soon as you get out! Clutter and messes can only serve as distractions, so it's important to tidy up as you move through your morning. You can do the same in the bathroom. As you shower and wash up, you can take just a few minutes to give the toilet a quick brush or wipe down the shower. As you're throwing your pajamas in the clothes hamper, see if it's full. If so, throw a load of laundry into the washer. It's one less thing to worry about as you progress through your day.

  • Fuel your morning - everyone knows how much difference a cup of coffee can make! When you head into the kitchen, start your coffee or tea, and fuel yourself and your family with a healthy and quick breakfast. There are tons of breakfast ideas to make ahead of time, so you don't have to spend more than a few minutes whipping up something delicious.

  • Map out the day - nothing makes a day easier than having a clear plan of what needs to get done. Now is the time to make your to-do list for yourself and your assistant, or check into your assistant's task manager to see how things are going. Tools like Asana - a team management platform - can be really helpful to lay out what needs to get done, and assign tasks to people on your team. In addition to mapping out your work day, plan your evening as well. Think about tasks that need to get done around the house, and make a plan for dinner that night.

  • Take a minute - do something for yourself. Maybe now is the time to grab that second cup of coffee or tea, throw the laundry into the dryer, or listen to your favorite energizing song. You've had a productive morning so far, so take a minute to relax. Now is a great time to meditate, do stretches, catch up on the news, and answer some emails. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it's something that calms you and prepares you to have a fantastic rest of the day. Now that you've had a successful morning, you can move into the rest of your day with confidence and clarity!

The main takeaway from a routine like this is to use your time wisely. Never pass up an opportunity to do a quick once-over with cleaning, or take care of small tasks that only take a minute. There are no excuses, and think of how much easier your day will be if you get those tasks done now. And never skip a chance to re-energize when you need it. A few minutes of relaxation in the morning can prevent you from burning out later. Remember that small changes can have a big impact, so organize your morning routine now!