I don’t run for elevators. I don’t run to catch planes. I don’t like to run late.
Your alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. and you immediately hit snooze. 8 minutes later the piercing sound of reality rings in your ear again and again and again…
It’s a vicious cycle: hit snooze, doze off, wake up with the absolute minimum amount of time required to get out the door.
Now you’ve had no time to get coffee, forgot to put on the super cute necklace that matches your outfit and you feel rushed and flustered.
This used to be my daily routine. I was always rushing and feeling anxious about being late or forgetting something.
I realized that my problems were stemming from the way I started my day. The solution for these morning woes is something I like to call “getting vertical“.
Here’s how it works:
Pop out of bed the second your alarm goes off.
Don’t sit up and stare at your phone for a minute. Literally stand up. Get vertical the minute the alarm rings and don’t look back. Physically getting out of bed is the hardest part, so make like Nike and Just Do It.
After I’m vertical, I go into the kitchen and immediately drink at least eight ounces of water. Drinking water on an empty stomach helps reset your body and aids digestion. I never want to do this. I want to stick an IV of coffee straight into my arm, but having water truly does make me feel better throughout the day and wakes me up.
After my water, I usually get ready to work out. Exercising in the morning keeps me energized all day long. It’s also nice to get home from work and know that I can spend time on other things.
If I’m not headed off to The Barre Code for a class (or once I’m back and showered), it’s time to get dressed for work.
My outfit is always planned out the night before, which is a tip I totally recommend. Laying your clothes out before bed saves you time in the morning and prevents the age old tale of trying on everything in your closet and trashing your room.
After I’m dressed, I grab my coffee, prepare my breakfast and allow myself 20 minutes to relax.
Sometimes I turn on Good Morning America, scroll through Instagram, or read a few chapters of whatever book I’m reading.
This might seem like a total waste of time, but giving myself some me-time in the morning allows me to relax and enjoy the day before I get crazy busy.
Once I feel ready to get the day going I put on my makeup, do my hair and head off to work.
I know most of you are not morning people, but neither was I. There was a point where I had to be dragged out of bed, hated going to morning workout classes and didn’t even want to speak to another soul before sunrise.
If you are always running late, start by not hitting snooze. It helps me start every day in a good mood, which in turn allows me to feel more in control and less anxious about rushing out the door.
I truly believe that getting vertical as fast as you can and giving yourself a moment of relaxation in the morning sets you up for a successful day.
What other tips do you have for starting out your day right and being on time? Let me know in the comments!
We made it through another work week. Will you try to be a morning person next week? Have an amazing weekend, LoveLeighs!