Yes, we greet each other with “good morning”, but is it really good? And if not, do others really want to hear about it? Ummm, not really.
However, it is something we should think about. After all, our mornings normally set the tone for the rest of the day.
For instance, I like a relaxed start, while I have a friend that thrives on the energy from starting her day with a bang. I prefer waking up naturally (I hate being jarred from a deep sleep by the OBNOXIOUS buzzing of an alarm clock). To her, this is a waste of good sleep time. I could go on but you get the point.
Here are a few things to consider when figuring out what makes your “good morning”:
Does it include something happy?
Whether it’s exercising, meditating, making a good breakfast, stopping by your favorite coffee shop, or whatever, make sure there is something that makes you smile.
Are you burned out after a few hours?
If so, you are doing too much. Find a way to distribute your tasks throughout the day. Using the night before as preparation time is a godsend for many people. And don’t feel like you have to do everything; remember to delegate and prioritize.
Do you feel productive?
This is the opposite of being burned out. If you feel like you are not accomplishing your morning to-do list, re-examine your schedule. Then add measurable tasks one at a time (i.e. checked email, cleaned one room, played with kids, etc.). It is also good to do something that improves “you-the person”. I enjoy reading, but it can be exercising, writing notes to old friends, etc.
Make your mornings something you look forward to each day.
Towanda Long aka The Café Lady