The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
I love waking up early in the morning — you know, 4.30 a.m or earlier.
The quiet is just what I need to reflect, pray, and gather my thoughts as I sit down to write or read and make my morning (and the day ahead) a positive and productive one.
If you are an early morning riser, this should be painless! If not, maybe you’ll consider waking just 10 to 15 minutes earlier than normal and make that time productive and peaceful.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Plan Your Morning the Night Before
Errands, must-dos, chores, and goals for the next day must be listed out the night before. That’ll give you something to focus on once you’ve had your cuppa java or tea and are ready to face the day.
Make Your Morning Positive with Prayer
Whether you’re religious or not, spending a few quiet moments before you start checking your email or getting ready for your day will do wonders to how you feel through the day.
Kat at Inspired to Action has a wonderful series titled Hello Mornings! — all about creating a peaceful and positive morning routine that’ll give you a dose of encouragement and a sense of community as you start making your morning time peaceful.
Set Yourself Up For Success
If you wake up in the morning and are faced with a cluttered desk or piles of laundry on the carpet, chances are you’ll get very little done.
Give your mornings a happy start by spending a little time each evening clearing the clutter and cleaning up. A clean kitchen countertop or an organized desk will help you accomplish more.
Focus on the Important
The purpose of creating your to-do list the night before is to give you an action plan of sorts when you’re up, so list your to-dos in order of priority or importance.
For example, if exercising is your top priority, let it be the first thing you do after your prayer or reflection time. If writing a blog post is what tops the list, start writing and not tweeting or emailing.
The sense of accomplishment that follows will be an instant motivator to move onto the other tasks.
Stay on Track ….Stay Productive
If you’re new to waking early, you may find it difficult at first — but stay motivated.
Work to accomplish something every morning.
Spend a few quiet minutes to experience a peace that stays with you throughout the crazy day ahead. Reward yourself and help others experience productivity in the morning hours. You’ll find it easier to stay on track when you know you’re actually doing something with your time or helping someone else do the same.
How do you make your mornings productive? Positive? Or both?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|