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Here are 6 things to do before 8am to be more organised throughout the day.
I’ve learnt from experience that getting up 10 minutes before you should be leaving the house to get to school or work or an appointment just doesn’t do anything for my anxiety or mental health. Nor does it help me set up for an organised and productive day.
I’ve listed below all the things I do before 8am to start my day off right. I’ve discovered that if all of these things get done, my day runs a lot smoother and everyone is much happier.
Get up early
Get up early (earlier than everyone else. If you live with people)
I currently get up between 5am and 6am depending on what I’ve got going on that day.
Most of the time my husband gets up at the same time as me, and we do our own things for up to an hour then we start our little household routines before we get our son up.
I’ve found having a little bit of extra time in a morning before my little one gets up just gives me a bit of a head start.
I know this won’t suit everyone’s situation, my son is 7 now and I wouldn’t have been able to do this when he was younger. You just need to set something up that works for you and your situation.
However, for me getting up that bit earlier gives me time to have a bit of time to myself, set things up, organise and plan the day ahead.
If you struggle with being a morning person and are more suited to being a night owl, I’ve got you covered.
See if the tips in this blog post help you out. I’ve always been a night owl but this just had to change for my own sanity!
Related post: 5 Steps to go from night owl to early bird
Have a bit of “me time”
Take half an hour to an hour for yourself, either meditate, exercise, read. Just make sure it’s not work or home related and it’s something specifically for you.
I make sure I have half an hour of reading, either a book or a blog post I want to catch up on.
I drink a glass of water (I’m not the best at drinking enough water throughout the day!). So I always try to make sure I have one glass in the morning; before I get stuck into my morning coffee.
Try not to get stuck into any social media or emails, this is “me time”, time to gently ease yourself into the day! I find if I start checking social media right off the bat of getting up, then I get lost down the internet rabbit hole and time passes so quickly I get behind.
I set a timer on my phone for the length of time I’ve given myself that morning, start reading and when the timer goes off I know I’ve got to move on.
I could do “me time” in the evening, but I’ve found I’m quite tired and don’t get as much out of my little “me time” session if I do it at night.
This might work better for you if you have small children or you start work very early. Again it’s all about finding what works for you and your situation.
Get yourself ready
Get yourself fully ready for the day, shower or have a bath, get dressed, put makeup on if that’s what you do.
Then you know you’re done and dusted and can concentrate on other things. Without worrying if you have time to apply makeup of dry/straighten your hair!
Make your to-do list
Make your to-do list for the day, picking out three things that are the most important to accomplish that particular day.
It’s self-explanatory, but having a to-do list to work from just makes my day easier. I was, until the last couple of years someone who was a gold medal list maker.
However, carrying out the jobs on that list was something I never seemed to get around to! Bonkers I know. So now my to-do list is a priority, something I’ve programmed myself to look at a few times a day at least.
I also have a monthly goals list and a weekly schedule that I work from; these allow me to make my daily to-do lists much easier.
Another little tip to note is the to-do list could have any number of things to complete that day. So I make sure I mark three important things that must be done that day.
These three things are my minimum to-dos, just in case the day gets busy and I’m not able to control the flow.
I know at the very least that those three things will get done. One of those three things is always the first things Ill start with first thing in the morning, so I feel like I’ve made a start and it gets me motivated and more easily able to carry on the day in a productive manner.
Look over long-term goals
I also always make sure I have 5-10 minutes looking over my long-term goals and my goals for that month. Doing this every morning ensures I stay on track and focused, as I have had a big problem with sticking to goals and consistency; since I’ve made sure I look over my goals each morning, it has really helped with my focus.
Something I’m considering adding to this part of my morning is to start writing or reading over gratitudes and or affirmations. I’m reading various books and blogs on positive mental attitudes and how they can impact on your achievements. If and when I do add these I’ll be writing a separate post on what I have started doing.
Have a quick tidy round
The last thing I make sure I do before I start to wake the house up is I make sure everything is tidy. I try to do this last thing at night but sometimes I’m just too tired, so I put those toys away I forgot to last night. I put the pots away of the drainer (no we don’t have a dishwasher!) I either hang out or put away any washing or I put a wash on.
That’s everything I try to get done every day before 8am. I also have an evening routine (and a more in-depth morning routine) too.
However, I know if these things are done for 8am I’m set up for a good day.
I also know if I get up an hour or half an hour late I remove me time for that morning and add it on the end of the day instead, this tends to keep us on track for the school run, and general morning obligations.
I’m not perfect!
Now, I’m not going to pretend I’m some sort of superwoman who manages to knock out an impressive exercise routine (although I should really do something exercise related!) nor am I some amazingly organised superhuman who manages this perfect routine daily, I’m afraid not, I’m just trying to figure out what works best for me and my family on a daily basis and getting these little things done early seems to really help.
I’m learning and improving every day, and I’m not going to pretend everything is perfect and organised. It’s not. For me every new day is a fresh start, so I try to make the best I can of each day and situation and if something goes wrong, I’ve learnt to not beat myself up about it (too much) and I’ll try to do it differently next time (or the next day).
All we can do is try. I think if we can realise that and cut ourselves a bit of slack every now and then, we’d be able to move forward a lot quicker and easier in life.
Again I can’t lie, there are some mornings when I hit the snooze button and roll out of bed at 7.30am dazed and groggy and wondering what went wrong! But I’m human, as we all are. We try our best and that’s all we can do!
How do your mornings roll? Do you have a little routine or ritual? I know this won’t work for everyone, we all have different home situations, these things can be adapted to suit your individual needs and help you become more in tune with your day.
Good luck and let me know how you get on!