How to Get Your Day Off to a Good Start In 20 Minutes Flat

Read on to discover how to get your day off to a good start by following these tips.

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If you’re like most women ( especially if you have kids), there is a good chance you spend your morning in a manic rush to get out the door!

The lack of time at the beginning of the day and throughout the rest of the day can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed from dawn until dusk.

Do you arrive at work feeling ready to take on the day? Probably not?

Getting your day off to a good start is the best way to ensure you have a good day….all day.

The million dollar question is:

How to get your day off to a good start?

 Whether you realize it or not, you have a morning routine. We all do.  But if your first hours of the day are spent in a manic rush to get the kids (or yourself) awake, dressed,  fed, and through the door, your morning routine may not be as effective as it could be.

Improve  your morning routine and have a better day:

  1. Rise and shine early. I don’t know about you, but for me waking up early gives me a sense of control and helps me avoids the feelings of stress and anxiety that I am late and short on time.  This is the stress-free way to start your day each morning. Of course, to wake up early feeling refreshed, you need to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep as well. Waking upon an extra thirty minutes early in the morning will make your pre-work time leisurely and pleasant.  If the thought of waking of 30 minutes earlier each day is overwhelming for you, start with small baby steps.  Try to wake up 5 minutes earlier each day for the next 6 days. 
  2. Take a few minutes to meditate. If you’re like me, you usually hit the snooze button when your nature sounds alarm clock goes off. Here’s a great way to use the typical 9-minute snooze.  Instead of rolling over and going back to sleep for 9 more minutes, use that 9 minute snooze time for a short meditation session. Just breathe and pay attention to your breath. As your mind wanders, simply bring it back to your breath. You’ll be surprised by how calming this can be. 
  3. Drink a large glass of water ( preferably warm and with lemon). Everyone ( and that includes YOU) is dehydrated after 7+ hours of sleeping. I start my day with a large glass of warm water with lemon before doing anything else. Sometimes I have a warm cup of tea with lemon. As a matter of fact, when you start  feeling sluggish throughout the day, a glass of water or a cup of tea will usually help. Keep a bottle of water and some herbal tea bags at your desk. 
  4. Squeeze in 5 minutes of exercise.  I know, I know!  Five minutes does not seem like much to burst out in a sweat, but it’s more than enough to gets your heart pumping. Walk up and down the stairs a few times or march in place. If you have a treadmill, use it. You’re just trying to move and warm your body. For an extra boost, do five minutes of jumping jacks or jump rope.  I promise you that five minutes will be enough to of that get your heart pumping. 
  5. Read or recite a positive affirmation. While you are taking a shower, use that time to recite affirmations to yourself.  If you do not know any by heart, stick up a few on your bathroom mirror the night before and read them out loud while you comb your hair or put on your make up. The particular affirmations you use are entirely up to you, but it’s best to choose affirmations that would enhance your mood or support your goals. Here are a few recommendations:
  • I’m having a great day.
  • I enjoy my job and my life.
  • I am ready to tackle work with enthusiasm and a smile.
  • I weigh 135 lbs.
  1. Take time to eat a healthy breakfast.  There is a saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. It’s true. A good breakfast will keep your energy up and fuel your day. A healthy morning meal often leads to a healthy lunch. So do not skip breakfast. Try different types of breakfast foods and determine which works the best for you. For me, I prefer a fast healthy breakfast smoothie that I can prepare in under 3 minutes and take with me as I head out the door.
  2. During the commute briefly review the tasks you need to complete for the day. Check your to-do list before heading out the door. On the drive to work, mentally review those tasks and consider the most effective strategy to get those responsibilities accomplished. 
  3. Listen to something uplifting. The last 10 minutes of your commute, listen to something that inspires and energizes. I keep some music CD’s in my car. The “morning music” is energizing and uplifting so that I can dance and sing on my way to the office.  The “afternoon music” is soothing and calming, the perfect antidote for stress, so that I can relax and unwind on the drive back home from work. We all have a song that makes us feel like we can take on the world. Maybe it’s the Rocky theme or a song by your favorite band. Pull into the parking lot feeling great and ready to tackle the day.

The good part about the 8 step morning routine above is that it doesn’t add any time at all to your day. Instead, you are basically reshuffling dead time that’s usually wasted. 

If you’re still reading this post, by now you’ve discovered some grat ideas on how to get you say off to a good start in just 20 minutes.  Imagine that!  In just 20 minutes, you can enhance your morning and the rest of your day.

These 8 steps are just meant to get you started.  Think of other ways to build upon your current morning routine. Getting your day off to a good start is the best way to enjoy a great day….EVERYDAY!

Please Share Your Thoughts 

In the comments below, share with us:

1. What do you do to jump start your day?
2. If you are not already doing what I recommend above to jump start your day, which one (or more) do you think you’ll try?



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