Set a morning routine to set the pace for the day

Having a morning schedule can result in a productive day. Running around getting things organised is not the way to begin your day. Have a morning plan and follow it, to boost your productivity. Use tips provided here to organise yourself for better use of your time.

What are your mornings like? Are you hurried, growing crazy, trying to get things done, before you and/or your family leaves for work/school? You might not be alone – there are scores of people like you, across the globe. But, harried mornings can result in a disastrous start of the day.

Mornings should be relaxed and enjoyed. You mustn't start your day yelling at the kids, banging pots and pans or snarling at your significant other. Not quite possible you might think, but the fact of the matter is, that it is. You just need to put in some effort to make your mornings pleasant.

Do you realise that more than half of your physical ailments are a result of the way you treat yourself? That nagging pain in the lower back, that stiff neck, those migraines – have you ever wondered why you suffer from these problems. The answer is simple; you don't make time for yourself. You need to treat yourself better. Your body deserves better.

Change a few things about the way you function and you'll be good. To begin with, try becoming a morning person and establish a morning routine and you'll find your days go better than they did before.

So, here is the plan - this is what you should do –

Prioritise things

Before you draft a plan you need to know the things you're not doing right. So, begin with a list of the things you do. What time do you wake up? Do you get everything that needs to be done without hitting the panic button? Do you get time to relax and spend at least a few minutes with yourself? In short, make a blueprint of your mornings.

Next, make a list of things that you wish you could include in your mornings. Perhaps, a few minutes of quiet time, before the day hits you like a hurricane – time reading the newspaper or doing yoga or just getting some fresh air, on the balcony.

You need to set your priorities and differentiate those from things that have to be done come hail or high water. You need to identify priorities and make time for them. How? Well, that is a question that you have to find the answer to.

Give yourself half-an-hour

Set the alarm half-an-hour early than your usual waking hour. That is the quickest way of making time for yourself. Spend that time doing what you want to do, but don't have time for.

Getting up earlier than you usually do has positive affects the effects of which can be experienced through the day. It is a task accomplished – and when you accomplish something it acts as a motivator. You set the pace to accomplish things throughout the day.

You might say that doing the mundane chores is also accomplishing something. The thing is that these are things that you push yourself to do, to avoid the chaos that would follow if they were left undone. You must I presume, heave a sigh of relief when the chores are done, and perhaps also feel mentally and physically exhausted.

Whereas when you schedule an appointment with time to do what you want to do, it has a different effect. It leaves you invigorated because you did something that you 'wanted' to do, not something that you 'had' to do.

Help yourself to organise your mornings better

Most of the chores that you do in the morning can actually be completed the previous evening, cutting down the pandemonium which mornings bring. Look at ways to reduce the jobs that you do in the morning –

  • Get everyone's clothes ready the previous evening
  • Check the children's diaries so there aren't any last minute demands
  • Chop veggies, knead dough, prep for breakfast and packed lunchboxes the night before
  • Water bottles can be filled the previous night

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Work towards organising your mornings so they don't leave you stressed. Early morning stress and irritations can stay with you the entire day, filling you with fatigue.

Another thing that you can do is to use the time you have, productively. Skip the WhatsApp messages, the tweets on Twitter, the Instagram posts, the Facebook updates. None of these is important, so don't let them disrupt your mornings, for that is what they inadvertently do.

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Stay on track

The changes you make are for your own good. You need to practice them with utter sincerity only then will you reap results. Switching to a planned routine can get tough, there's no denying that. But, then consider the benefits and keep going.

The time you spend meditating or doing yoga or pottering around your garden is time well spent. It will stimulate you like no other magic potion can.

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There's only one you – so take care of you

The longer you procrastinate the more severe your problems will become. Be wise and look after the maintenance of your body. Eat healthy, exercise, indulge yourself. Follow routines that promote fitness and health. Don't neglect the basics, for instance, have a skincare routine – like using a night cream before retiring at night or sunscreen before stepping out. Stay hydrated, get 6-7 hours sleep. Do things that help you unwind.

And while you are at it, have a healthy wholesome breakfast. Incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet. Don't forget nuts and seeds and healthy oils.

You are investing in you and like all good investments, you will get good returns. You will have high energy levels, You will be in a better mood, you will be able to think better and make good decisions, you will be able to work beyond your potential – in short taking good care of you will create a feel-good aura that will boost your performance in all walks of life.

Final word

Follow these practices or make your own routines, but whatever you do, work towards making your mornings more pleasurable. When your day begins on a positive note, your whole day remains positive. You get the feeling that you have accomplished something. If you begin your day all rushed and agitated, imagine the impact it will have on you and those around you.

I must confess that I follow a routine and know what I need to do in the morning. I go to bed knowing what I'll prepare for breakfast. I walk into a sparkling kitchen, every morning because I clean it before hitting the bed. In the mornings I spend a few minutes tending to my plants. I listen to music and read the newspaper. I have conversations with my husband – I do all this before my real day begins. I feel it is a great way to begin my day.

How do you begin your day? Do you strategise so your mornings are organised and smooth and the rest of your day pleasant?


Author: Partha K.11 Sep 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

I like this article. The author has lucidly explained the importance of proper planning at the onset of a day. As an early-riser, I can say that only an early-riser can make proper plan or routine for the whole day. If he/she follows the routine, the life would be systematic and he/she would be able to finish maximum of the tasks which he/she had set at the beginning of the day.
An early-riser gets two hours extra every day. These two hours are invaluable. He/She can use these two hours in his/her creative activities, educational activities and also to plan for the whole day.
Making routine at the beginning of the day has various benefits, which the author has correctly mentioned. I hope people would follow the advice of the author, rise early, prepare a routine for the entire day and work according to the routine set by themselves.

Author: Juana08 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

Most of us do not possess organisational skills, especially when it comes to self. It is so much easier to handle chores and finish tasks on time if we set the pace for the things that we do. It is essential to learn to prioritise things. It is also necessary to make time for yourself.

Getting up even forty-five minutes before our regular waking up time arms us with enough time to fit in jobs that we often neglect. Creating a pattern is crucial - it helps us stay up to date with our work. Take stock of your time, your day, and your life and the chores you have to do and see how you can complete every task without compromising on other aspects.

It takes time, but once you begin planning, you'll notice that it's not difficult to manage your life in the 24 hours that a day gives you. Create 'to-do' lists and follow them. Tick off each completed job, and move on to the next. Don't push things for a later date, especially when something is time-consuming. I suggest splitting such tasks into smaller, achievable targets. Do little at a time, until you complete the job to your satisfaction.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha08 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

This is really a worthwhile article incorporating the essential details of how fast one can move ahead smartly with the pre-assigned tasks to be done in the next morning.
Intelligent planning would require jotting down the important points in a diary to be done in the next day and the same is to be followed religiously. There should not be interference of the previous day chores while taking up assignments of the current day.

Author: Juana08 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

Yes, Sheo Shankar Jha what you have mentioned is right. We struggle with time or find the hours in our day too little to accomplish tasks because we fail to prioritise our tasks. Most often, we put things off; instead of doing it right then, we leave it for another day. A simple example is not putting things back in place.

It would save us time and effort if we can find things in the right place when we need them. Imagine the precious minutes wasted looking for the knife or socks when that time could be used to do something productive.

Shoes can be polished while watching television. Things can be kept in their place after use. A little discipline in life can simplify it manifold.

And it's essential to follow a routine. Sleeping at a scheduled hour, and waking up at a scheduled time, is one way of becoming organised. You know the time you have before the day begins, so plan and have a stress-free life.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha10 Jul 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

Enhancing the organisational skills would do wonders in managing the tasks. You are right Madam, a little exercise such as drafting the schedules of the next morning can eliminate the morning hassles thereby achieving the tasks smoothly.

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