So only the second day of blogging everyday in June and I’m late…I’m blaming my lack of laptop battery, a delayed flight and lack of wifi here in Stockholm. But better later in the day than not at all, right? Over the next few days I’ll be sharing my adventures here in Stockholm – so far I am loving it! Keep an eye out on Twitter, Snapchat (therunnerbeans) and Instagram for more action.
Today’s post theme is about making the most of your mornings, and achieving more in the first hour of the day. I love getting up early in the morning, I’m so much more productive first thing than late at night so I don’t find it too difficult setting my alarm for the pre-dawn (ok, 5.45-6am) to ensure I don’t miss out. Weight Watchers asked me to share my tips with you guys to help you maximise those morning hours as part of their ‘Power of Positive Thinking‘ series – you can follow along with the hashtag #WomanKind.
Starting your day in a positive way sets the mood for your entire day. Don’t let the time before work/life become wasted hours. Here’s how to make the most of your mornings, get a workout in, eat well or catch up your current affairs.
- Don’t Snooze
Those 5 minute snoozes do not add to your quality sleep, nor do they reduce your tiredness, so eliminate them! Think how much time you’ve wasted in the past by hitting your snooze button ‘just one more time’, and giving yourself ‘just 5 more minutes’ in bed? Skip the snooze by turning your light on straight away or jumping out of bed. Or try one of the Lumi alarms that gently wakes you up by gradually increasing the light level – lifechanging!
When trying to become a morning person, don’t try to change your waking up time from 8am to 6am, you’re setting yourself up for a fail. Instead try making it 15 minutes earlier every few days, until 6am becomes your norm!
- Set Up the Night Before
If you’re not a morning person, don’t trust your bleary eyed self to get all your things ready for the day ahead. Packing your bag, laying out your gym kit, writing your to do list are all jobs that you can do before going to bed to speed up your morning, giving you more time to do other things(!), and should ensure you don’t forget anything.
- Create a routine
Have you got a morning routine? If not, it’s time to create one.
Get up, put the kettle on to make a cup of tea or hot lemon water, get into your gym kit, eat a banana and head out of the door? Or something that works for you and your own schedule.
Creating a routine should ease the morning stress and rush, as well as ensuring that you don’t skip any of your newly integrated healthy habits.
- Prep your breakfast (and packed lunch) in advance
What better motivation to hop out of bed than a delicious breakfast, ready to go? Like these easy but tasty overnight oats.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the most missed. Many people believe that they’ll save calories by skipping this meal, however studies show that you actually end up eating more throughout the day. Don’t use lack of time as an excuse!
Making a packed lunch from dinner leftovers or weight watchers recipe will ensure you’ve got something to keep you on track at lunchtime rather than heading for the vending machine. And will save you money. Win, win.
- Get off your phone
Ever felt FOMO on a Monday morning after flicking through Facebook and everyone else’s weekends look more fun than yours? It doesn’t make you feel great, plus it’s a huge time waster. Do you really need to watch that cat meme before heading to work?
Ditch that mindless phone scrolling and read the news, squeeze in a YouTube workout video, or meal plan for the week ahead. Feel awesome and accomplished, all before 8am!
What are your top tips? Are you more of a morning or evening person?