Looking to up your morning schedule game? Take note of these morning routine habits of highly organized people and then implement these tricks into your own life.
Waking up 10 to 15 minutes before the rest of the house can be enough to make a difference, suggests founder and president of Supreme Organization, Jodie Watson, in an article on MyHomeIdeas.com.
“I recommend not keeping your cell phone in your bedroom when you go to sleep,” says Fay Wolf, author of New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (And Everyone Else).
“I give myself the permission to do the things I want to do—like meditation, yoga, or music—in very small amounts of time in the morning, for five to 10 minutes,” says Wolf.
This is as though you’re creating muscle memory for your chores, says blogger Casey Osmundson on PrettyOrganized.com. You probably follow an order when you brush your teeth or shower because they’re a habit.
“Organized people think through their days,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “At the beginning of the day, they ask, ‘What do I need to do to make this a good day?
Once you’re sitting down and checking work or personal emails, be prepared to take some action at that time, such as responding to important ones, suggests Wolf.
Add one thing at a time, and limit the number of tasks to be completed, suggests Watson on MyHomeIdeas.com. If you try to change everything all at once, you’ll burn out and want to quit before you’ve given yourself the chance to actually build the habit you want to stick with, she says.
“I personally am now in the process of starting food prep… and it’s revolutionary and helpful to know what you’re going to eat each day,” says Wolf.
Many organization pros emphasize the importance of starting your to-do list the night before. Come morning, you can tweak it based on any emails or tasks that came onto your radar overnight.
Many of us know the Mark Twain quote: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The modern-day takeaway: Complete the task you don’t want to do first thing so you can have a productive day without it weighing on your mind.
“I love to come home to a cleared off kitchen table, couch, and cleared out sink,” says Wolf.