How do you start your mornings?
Is it a calm and peaceful transition into your workday, filled with self-care routines and mindfulness? Or is it more of a rushed process, with wet hair and grab-and-go breakfasts?
Although it’s very easy to fall into the latter habit, it’s important to remember that the way you start your morning has a major impact on the way you spend the rest of your day. Being in the creative business means you need to capitalize on your innovation and inspiration – two things that can be hard to come by when you’re feeling behind on schedule and operating on a single granola bar.
With that in mind, think about your ideal “me time.” How would you spend it? It’s different for everyone – some prefer to catch up on news over a big cup of joe, whereas others find peace in a quiet meditation as the sun rises. I love a good, hearty breakfast whereas my colleague likes to spend her mornings with her pup. Your morning routine should include things that you love and keep you grounded.
Still, I understand (more than most) how easy it can be to get caught up in your day-to-day stressors. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been caught checking my emails in bed – nobody’s perfect! If you’re like me in that sense, try compromising with yourself. My rule is that I run through my emails first thing in the morning to clean up all of the emails that I don’t need – just knowing my inbox is smaller is enough to calm my mind. From there, I move on to my morning routine: breakfast, coffee and some time with my gratitude journal.
With your self-care routine serving as a healthy foundation to your morning, you’ll be primed and ready to go once you get to the office (whether it’s at home or elsewhere). Start by sorting through the emails that you left in your inbox and move on to creating a to-do list for the day. To-do lists are a must in our office, as they keep us on top of the tasks that need to be done and allows us to prioritize them accordingly.
I’ve also found that it helps me to break each day of the week into a different topic, so I can equally focus all of my efforts on different parts of the business. For example, on Mondays, I dedicate my time to business development whereas Tuesdays are devoted strictly to client work. It helps the morning start easily, as I know exactly what I’ll be doing during the day.
If you feel like you’ve tried all sorts of solutions and your mornings are still filled with stress and overwhelm, it may be time to reconsider your direction in life in an effort to take care of your mental health. Take a step back and evaluate what really makes you happy, then find a way to incorporate it more into your daily life.
Everyone has different passions and, therefore, everyone will have a different morning routine. The one thing I can guarantee is once you start taking care of yourself in the morning, your day will run much smoother – even if it means setting your alarm a bit earlier.
Jennifer Taylor is the owner of Taylor’d Events Group, a planning firm that specializes in celebrations of all kinds in the Pacific Northwest and Maui. She is also the creator of The Taylor’d Plan, a self-administered class for wedding planners to grow and improve upon their skills.