• Arden Palmquist

Morning Habits That Will Make You A Morning Person

A few years ago, I told myself and others that I wasn't a morning person, that mornings are the worst. Except, I was always up and ready to start my day in the mornings and by the time the sun set - I was ready for bed. After being in denial for years, I've really tapped into being a morning person and believe that your mornings and how you start them are what can set your mood and mentality for the rest of the day. And I don't really think anyone here can argue with me on that. The mood you wake up in is typically your mood for the rest of the day. I mean the saying, 'did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?' came from somewhere, right?

Anyways, the idea from this blog post came at random. I've been seeing a lot of creators on social media asking if people are morning or night people. Typically it's 50/50 but I have a lot of friends who struggle in the morning. I mean, don't get me wrong, I struggle as well. But I also set time in the mornings for me to get things done before I have to adult all day (adult = work 8+ hours). So, I thought it would be fun to share with you all some habits I've started making in the AM to not only get me through the day so I don't stress about time, but also wake me up and give me energy to concur the day ahead.

To be totally transparent, my habits change and I'm not doing my dream daily routine but these small habits I have done for years now and I've noticed that even though they're small - they make such a difference.

Make your damn bed

You would thing this would be a given, right? But a lot of people don't make their beds. And as much as my inner clean freak freaks out on this, making your bed first thing in the morning is the start to being productive for the day. I have found that days when I procrastinate making my bed, I procrastinate my list of things to do for the day. But on days when I get up and make my bed, it not only looks cute and clean, but I'm more motivated to concur the day. And then the days I don't make my bed (which rarely ever happens)? I don't get anything done. Even on lazy days, days I allow myself to be lazy and relax, I still make my damn bed.

Wash your face!!

After you make your bed, go wash that face of yours! The feeling of water splashing on your face wakes you up. And then when you actually wash it? You feel refreshed and clean and all of sudden, what more can you concur in the AM? This is one of two ways that I truly wake myself up by doing. Plus, your skin will totally thank you later, and well you can thank me later too.

Coffee. Need I say more?

Okay all my caffeine addicts, this one is for you. Sometimes I wake up feeling really groggy and my mind isn't just ready to start thinking, those days are typically my hardest to get through. But there is something about coffee in the morning that when it hits your soul, you just know you're going to get shit done. Not a coffee person? That's okay! Try drinking a glass of water. I mean after sleeping you need to hydrate yourself. I do both. I switch between coffee and water. You have to stay fueled for the day ahead!

Get dressed

This sounds pretty self explanatory, right? Well, I'll have you know as someone who works from home, sometimes I want to be in my pj's alllll day. But if I get dressed, I feel more accomplished and that simple task of putting on a shirt that I don't sleep in, increases that motivation for the day. At this point in time, I'm already wide awake and feel that energy to make the day great brewing inside. This is such a simple thing to do, but have you noticed that it goes a long way?

Write down your intentions and goals for the day

I am huge on my to do lists and creating intentions and goals for my day. If you haven't picked that up yet on who I am or what I blog about then, welcome, hello my name is Arden. So glad to have you here! Besides the point.. Making that list of everything you want to accomplish sets you up for success. I am also one of those people who puts make bed on it just so I can cross it off and feel more motivated to accomplish the next task. Your list can be however long! That's the beauty in it - it's how you want your day to be and what you want to accomplish.

That's it. Five simple habits to pick up in the morning to get you set up for success and hate the mornings a little less. Or if you're just stubborn and want to continue hating mornings, that's fine too! But from my point of view, if you've read this far then clearly you want to get more done in your day so you're forcing yourself to become a morning person. Start with the easy habits and work your way up. Like I said earlier, I'm not doing my dream daily routine and I will get there eventually, but these small habits I have picked up and I am now waking up at 6am every morning ready to concur the day. What are some ways that you start your mornings?

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