We all want to be more successful and happier, both as moms and entrepreneurs, right? While there are a million ways to get started, one of the simplest things we can do to set ourselves up for success is to craft morning routines and daily rituals that help fuel our mornings and power our days.
Here are a few of our favorites:
1. Wake Up Grateful
So how, then, do we cultivate the gratitude habit, even on our busiest days?
One way is to keep a journal, but if you’re like many of us, you probably have a bunch of empty journals lying around, full of nothing but good intentions.
That’s why we like simple, structured journals like The Five Minute Journal, which is set up precisely for the purpose of making you happier, by helping you build these gratitude rituals into your day. Carve out five minutes in your morning routine for this little book and you’ll be hooked.
Don’t want to buy a special journal? No problem. Just use the notebook of your choice. Each morning, write down 3 things that would make that day great, and in the evening, write to down three positive things that happened that day. Don’t overthink it - it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. You’ll be amazed at how savoring even the smallest things (“my latte was extra delicious and hot this morning!”) really improve your overall happiness and mood.
If you're interested in the science of gratitude, Positive Psychology outlines a number of gratitude questionnaires and scales for assessing our levels of gratitude. Take a baseline measurement and see where you land!
2. Develop YOUR Perfect Morning Routine
You’ve probably heard that successful people tend to get up early, and that morning routines are key to success— and, if you’re a mom, waking up with the sun is probably already part of your morning routine. But how can you find time in the rhythm of your morning for you?
For some of us, early to bed and early to rise is the answer. With a few tweaks, we can probably get to bed a bit earlier and wake up a few minutes sooner to carve out a few minutes for our morning routine of morning meditation, yogic stretching, or cardio.
But if waking up earlier isn’t possible for you, fear not! Your morning routine only needs to work for you, and it might be as simple as making sure that you have a clear-cut routine when you get to your desk each morning. Or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, pour yourself a hot mug of coffee and take a peek at what some folks say is the ‘perfect’ morning routine. Borrow what serves you and what works for your family’s morning flow, and leave the rest. Test, learn and iterate until you’ve got the right flow for your day-to-day.
3. Eat The Frog
This one is probably the most important for successful morning routines, and the hardest for many of us to master. Basically, you have to nip procrastination in the bud. When you wake up (or, better yet, the night before!) decide what’s most important each day, and then do that thing. First. Every. Morning.
In other words, you have to eat the frog. Stop wasting time with low-priority busy work that drains your energy and doesn’t move the needle, and focus on the key tasks that will have the greatest impact on your goals and help energize you to complete the rest of your to-do list. BOOM.
4. Go With The Flow
Have you ever been told you should work smarter, not harder? Of course you have. Studies show that shorter workdays increase productivity, after all. But if you feel like there are never enough hours in the day, it can be hard to know what you should be doing differently or how to change.
The fact is, we do our best work when we’re in ‘flow,’ that is, doing peak state work. You’ve probably experienced this kind of flow at some point in your life, when you were working on something you really loved, like a creative project. Time just seems to stop and you’re totally immersed in what you’re doing, rockin’ and rollin’ and getting things done, like a boss.
And how amazing would it actually be if you could find our own triggers for delving into peak state work? Unlock this key and you’ll have more time to do other things that matter to you, like spending time with your family or on your yoga mat.
5. Get Out & Get Going
You’ve probably heard it a thousand times before, but exercise really does improve productivity. But did you know that getting out of the office and into a different environment can spark creativity, too?
Here’s an easy way to kill two birds with one stone: take a walk. Even 10-20 minutes of fresh air will make a world of difference in your productivity, and you may even return to your desk with a new idea or two.
Want more ideas on how to make your day more successful?