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We are busy people, and our days can get pretty hectic. So, make these 8 things part of your morning routine and you should feel refreshed to start the day, have more energy for your day, and have just a little less on your to-do list.
8 Things You Should Do Before 8 AM
1) Make your bed.
First thing’s first. Rather than leaving your bed messy all day, make it first thing in the morning. It’s easy to remember to do if you make a habit of making your bed right when you get out of it. Growing up I hated making my bed, and I didn’t see any reason why I had to, I was just going to sleep in it and mess it up again when night comes back around. But now I see why it is so important to do. It cleans up the whole look of your room, helps keep things looking neat and tidy, and it helps you start your day off on the right foot. Rather than leaving it messy and letting that affect your whole day, having a nicely made bed can affect your day in the right way.
2) Get dressed.
I get it. Your pajamas are comfortable, they’re warm, soft, cozy, and everything wonderful in this world. And it’s oh so tempting to just stay in them all day. Especially if you work from home. Even if you work from home, it is still just as important to change out into real clothes in the morning. You wouldn’t show up to work at a restaurant in your PJ’s would you? (I would hope not). If you work from home, I get that you usually won’t see the general public through your job, so you might be thinking that it’s okay to stay in your pajamas. But I want to tell you that it is just as important to get dressed into real clothes if you work from home as it is if you work in the public. Getting changed out of your PJ’s and into real clothes helps you have a much more productive day, you’ll feel more energized and ready to face the day, rather than staying in your PJ’s and feeling groggy all day and not wanting to do anything productive. Make sure getting dressed is at the higher end of your morning routine.
3) Wash your face.
Washing your face will help you wake up and wipe away the grogginess of sleeping so that you’re ready to face the day head-on. When I wake up early with my husband I always wash my face right away, I find when I splash it with the water I instantly feel more awake. Not only is it good for helping you wake up, but it’s also a good thing to have a clean face.
4) Drink water.
It doesn’t matter which order you do this list in, find the right order for your schedule, but make sure drinking water is on the list. Drinking water will help you wake up, speed up your metabolism, hydrate you, and help your body flush out toxins. You’ll have more energy when you drink a glass of water (or 2, or 3, or 4) first thing in the morning. Drinking water first thing in the morning has all kinds of benefits, so make sure this become a habit and a part of your morning routine.
5) Do your devotionals.
Some people prefer to do their devotionals later on in the day, and if that’s what works best for you, then don’t feel like you have to change it. But for me, I find it best to do my devotionals first thing in the morning. Before I even open my computer to start work today I want to have my quiet time with God. It’s a refreshing way to start the day, it helps my mood, and it’s just incredible to see the difference my day has when I start it off in His word than the days that I start off without it. I like to do my devotions in the morning for that reason, and since it’s a part of my morning routine, I don’t forget to do it! Since it’s something that I do every single day before any other part of my day starts, it’s worked into my brain. On days that I leave it to get done later on I sometimes forget, or just get too busy (what a terrible excuse). Having my quiet time with God first thing in the morning is refreshing, a great mood setter, and helps me start the day off on the right foot. Find what time of the day works best for you and make it a habit.
6) Empty the dishwasher.
If your dishwasher was full the night before, hopefully, you started it in the evening. Empty it out first thing in the morning, don’t let it sit full all day and just take from it as you need the dishes. Empty it so that you can fill it up as dishes get dirty throughout the day. Then it’s one less thing to worry about later on.
7) Throw in a load of laundry.
If it’s laundry day, make throwing a load of laundry in part of your morning routine. Often our days get busier as the day goes on, so take advantage of this less busy time of the day and use it to tidy up a bit, start a load of laundry now so that you can put it in the dryer a bit later, and have it folded and put away before evening. Nobody likes winding down from their day only to remember that they still have to do laundry!
8) Make a list.
Make a list of things that you have to get done today, so you don’t forget it all. If it’s vacuuming day or bathroom cleaning day, or you have to run errands, make a grocery list, get the mail, or go to appointments, make a list so you don’t have to stress later on in the day trying to remember what all had to get done. You will feel much more at ease and hopefully, it will cut back some of the business of the day.
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