Taking Charge of your day

I will admit, up until recently I was one of the people who didn’t have a morning routine. I was a regular get up and go girl. And 70% of the time it was more of a get up and run kinda situation.
I would read or watch tv until late then wake up as late as I could possibly push it and that was how the rest of my day would go… unstructured and in a rush.
Before I got married and had kids it kinda worked, I didn’t know any better so that was what I thought was life.
Fast forward a few years, married and working full time with two kids under 5 and you can see how it cannot work. Number 1 has to be at daycare at a certain time and I work 40km from home which means I have to be up at a certain time in order to be at work at a good time and leave in time to have time with the kids in the evenings.
You can imagine how tired and flustered I used to be. I was starting to not like my job, and it’s a great job. I have an absolutely beautiful drive to work and I couldn’t enjoy it because I was constantly tired. Something had to give and that was my bad habits.
I can not be up at odd hours and still expect to be up and ready early, as well as drive an hour in traffic upbeat and be upbeat the whole day at work and after work with my kids and husband. And I love being upbeat. No, my bad habits had to go.

What did I do?

Routine! Routine! Routine!

I will be honest, this is still a work in progress but it’s a beautiful work in progress.
  1. Write down your goals and tick them off. What do you want to do today? How far are you with them? What can you finish today and what can be done tomorrow.
  2. Go to bed at a good time: This has nothing to do with beauty sleep, we all need to rest and recharge and the body does this best when you are sleeping. This is still a work in progress for me but I am surely getting there.
  3. Drink water: need I say more about this one? We all know that water is good for you. Get your daily 8 glasses in folks. It will keep you alert, hydrated and energized
  4. Put your cellphone away: This should have been next to the going to bed on time point. Same thing as with coffee, at least an hour before bedtime, put your phone away. It helps you sleep better.
  5. Exercise: This does not have to be strenuous. Just 30 minutes a day if you can or every other day. You will feel so rejuvenated and empowered.
  6. Organize your wardrobe: What are you going to wear in the coming week? Is it clean? Has it been ironed? You don’t want to be running around in the mornings looking for what to wear.
  7. Eat well: We are what we eat. Eat well and your body will be well and you will be able to do a lot with it. Prep your meals before hand to make sure you are getting all the nutrients that you need.
  8. Distractions: Put away the phone. Stop checking the news every 10 minutes. Stop trolling social media. Stop checking your mail every minute. Keep distractions at bay and you will find you have more time to do more meaningful things.
  9. Wake up early: Start the day early. You get so much done in the stillness of the morning. Sleep on time, and wake up early to get the most of the day.



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