Looking to jumpstart your week? I know I am feeling a bit sluggish after the weekend. I’m really not sure why.
Although I am usually reluctant, I find these six things to be so effective in giving myself that little push I need to keep my day from just being entirely wasted. There is nothing worse than looking back on the day and feeling like I got nothing done – because I actually got nothing done!
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to do these things, but they can be the jump-start you need to get the momentum going in your day. You’ll find that a little bit goes a long way, and small things can yield big results.
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Here are six simple ways to kickstart your morning.
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1. Get out of those pajamas and sweats
Get dressed right away in something other than pajamas and sweats. While I am a firm believer in wearing pajamas and sweats at times, we are doing what we can to get the day going. For this reason, we need to get dressed and look the part. You can still be comfortable, but just look nice. Wear something that makes you feel nice, too. Wear a color that looks good on you and wear something that fits.
This can mean a variety of different things, but it doesn’t have to be a big deal. It could be a scarf, a necklace, a nice pair of earrings. This could even be perfume or body spray. I consider this to be an accessory that I cannot live without. I truly don’t feel dressed unless I smell nice. You don’t have to spend a ton on smelling nice, either. Amazon has great deals on perfumes and body spray.
3. Make a to-do list
Really, even if you aren’t a list maker, make one just for the sake of productivity today. If nothing more, it gets your wheels spinning about what you’d like to get done today. Make it realistic, maybe three or five things, and you can take your list to the next level of productivity by prioritizing that list.
4. Drink a big glass of water
I drink a big water bottle of water in the first 30 minutes of getting up every day. This makes such a huge difference. If I forget, I can always tell because I just can’t get moving. Then, it will occur to me that my water bottle is still sitting empty for the day. I can drink that really quick and feel like I’ve been giving a jumpstart that is nearly immediate.
5. Schedule three pockets of calm in your day
Think of these as a personal time-out. It’s your ten or so minutes of freedom that help refocus and motivate you. These pockets of calm are what will keep you moving forward in a productive way.
6. Decide on an incentive to reward yourself with at the end of your productive day
It could be a bubble bath, the time to read a couple of chapters in your book, a quick in-home manicure, or a bowl of chocolate ice cream in my case. Deciding on that now is such an effective motivator to make your day count!
Don’t settle for a day that you will regret simply because you can’t get moving. Even on a Monday morning, these six things will help give your day the kickstart it needs!