Hey y’all, today on Siempre Lifestyle we are talking mornings and how to handle them.
I don’t know about any of y’all – but I used to HATE mornings. I hated them with a passion. Think mornings were to Danielle as Christmas was to the Grinch. I never wanted to get out of bed, and when I did I stomped around until coffee magically found its way into my hands where it would stay until I went to bed that night. I wasn’t a morning person, but I also wasn’t a daytime person. I was someone that dreamt of productivity but didn’t know how to achieve it, I was floundering though out my days doing things and making goals but none of it was in a productive way. Y’all that’s when it hit me – if my mornings weren’t productive then my days and nights wouldn’t be productive either.
But what do you do? I mean if you’re anything like me you’re up till 11:30 texting friends and snap chatting your boyfriend. Or you’re binging the newest season of “Stranger Things”. You’re too busy to give up time to sleep better and have more productive mornings, right? WRONG. Studies show that the most productive hours across the country are from 5 am -1pm. So let’s think about that for a minute. If you’re someone that likes to sleep in till 10- 10:30 am you’ve lost 5 1/2 hours of prime productivity. Studies also show that we are more likely to get things done earlier on in the day as opposed to later because things always tend to come up to block those things you said you’d get done latter.
I bet you’re all looking at me now like “Hold up, Ellie- how am I supposed to turn into a morning person over night?” To which I would reply – “you’re not”. I was not born a morning person, there are pictures from my teen years that prove I was the furthest thing form a morning person – but then I got to college and I learned real fast that life will pass you by if you’re sleeping till noon with class from 2-8 and then trying to party. So I made a simple change – I gave myself a bed time. Nothing extreme, but a bed time. The average human adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep for their brain to fire on all cylinders. Setting a bed time meant that I was going to wake up refreshed, with my brain refueled, and ready to tackle my day!
My 2nd advice for you is to put something on your morning schedule that you love but make yourself be productive to get it. For example – I love coffee, I LOVE COFFEE, its an obsession, but here lately, I’ve been making myself walk around the neighborhood and drink a full 32oz of water before I can have my coffee. I swear that cup is the best one of the day because I did something to earn it, something that benefits my overall health.
Last tidbit of advice for living a productive life: watch less, read more. Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you cant watch Grey’s Anatomy or binge NCIS for a week. However studies show that our brains are sponges and they are constantly absorbing the information around them. I don’t know about y’all but I’d like my brain sponge to be picking up things that are going to benefit me and my family.
So friends, I hope maybe this helps you be a little more productive with your mornings. However my number 1 piece of advice would be to slow down. Wether you’re a full time bussinsss woman, a stay at home mom, a work at home mom, or wherever you may fall on this spectrum: SLOW DOWN. We’ve heard it a million times growing up in the church “You cant pour from an empty cup” and it’s so true – so here’s your last little encouragement – slow down and smell the roses. The dishes can wait. The mess can wait. Go live in your chaos because one day you’ll be wishing these days would come around again.
So this is me,