Do you ever wake up in the morning and, before even getting out of bed, you think, “Oh, I have so much to do today!” Then you feel all motivated until you stand up to go pee? Yeah, I do that a lot and I am getting sick of not running with that feeling. I am a lazy person, I won’t lie, so it is much easier for me to just say “Ahh, never mind” and think I’ll get to it later. Laundry is my worst enemy. I have found a few ways to help keep that motivation going and one is as simple as a mobile device…yep, you heard that right! Here are my Tips For Keeping That Morning Motivation Going:
Get Out of Bed
I have a habit of doing my morning routine of going to the bathroom, drinking water while making my coffee, then jumping right on the computer. Actually, I’m browsing email & Facebook on my phone before I even get out of bed. I’ve never been one to just wake up & go..EVER. If I would actually get out of bed instead of laying there thinking of what needs to be done, it would prevent me from NOT wanting to get out of bed and losing that precious motivation!
Drink Water In the Morning – Before Drinking ANYTHING Else
Don’t grab that cup of coffee just yet! Drinking water first thing in the morning has many great benefits:
- Hydration – I always feel a bit dehydrated in the morning and water helps hydrate you, helping your body increases the rate at which new muscle and blood cells are produced. This in turn helps create a healthy flow of oxygen, so you can stay alert and energized.
- Detox – Water naturally flushes out toxins in the body, especially if you add some lemon to it. This also leads to clearer skin. I’ve noticed a difference in my acne & overall texture since drinking a lot more water.
- Metabolism Booster – Water is like a wake up call for your digestive system!
Set Timers & Alarms For Tasks
When I started my decluttering journey a while back, I discovered that I needed someone, or someTHING, to tell me what to do & when to do it. I searched for different apps on my phone and Kindle for checklists and daily cleaning and to-do lists, but nothing stuck out to me. Then something clicked and I decided to use my phone’s alarm to set times for when things should get done. Sounds super simple, right? It is! This way, I can’t use the “Oh, I Forgot” excuse because I was told to do it.
For example, I added Finish Laundry for 11 AM. I try to do a load before I sit down in the morning. I won’t tell you how many times I’ve gone in to toss a load in the washer, only to find out that yesterday’s was still there. I’d have to run them again. So annoying.
I add things into my alarm that I need to do daily in hopes of it becoming a habit. The alarm set for 9:30 PM is to remind me, first of all, that it’s time to get everyone off to bed. We homeschool and don’t really have a set-in-stone time for bed. Many times it would be after 10 PM before I realized it. So this keeps me on task, gets us all up to grab our things around the house, tidy the kitchen (who loves a clean kitchen in the morning? Right?!), and get kids to bed.
Timers are another great way to keep on task. Need to declutter your desk or that dreaded catch-all area on the counter? Set a timer for even just 2 minutes and you’d be surprised how fast you can work to beat the clock!
Music is a great motivator for me and I love to have something upbeat while doing stuff. I have many playlists on my Spotify account for different tasks and I also ask the kids what they would want to listen to if they are helping me out.
Look Back At What You’ve Accomplished
Nothing is more of a motivator to keep going than looking back at what you’ve accomplished. At the end of the day, look over your goals for the day and see what has been done. Sometimes it may not be very visible, but knowing there are things checked off the list can help you feel like you’ve reached your goal. This could actually give you that extra little boost for the next morning!