// don’t hit snooze.
The second your alarm goes off, get up and get going! Since when does sleeping “10 extra minutes” really ever help? Here’s why it doesn’t help: because when you hit the snooze button you are telling your body to enter another sleep cycle, one that you can’t fully finish (because snoozing usually lasts only 5-10 minutes…) Hitting snooze actually does more harm than good to your body.
// make your bed.
There’s a reason why those in the military make their bed first thing in the morning. It’s proven that by waking up and immediately completing a task, you will naturally complete more tasks throughout the day.
// spend time in the Word.
There’s just something special about giving Jesus your first. When you wake up and ask Jesus to come be with you throughout the day, the day is sweeter and full of joy. It’s always when I’m “down” or “upset” when I don’t want to do anything. When I’m full of energy and joy, that’s when I’m more productive! That comes through Jesus!
// complete another small task.
Have you ever listened to Dave Ramsey’s method of paying off debt? He uses the snowball effect because it builds momentum. I believe the same thing when it comes to tasks. Doing a few small tasks like “unloaded the dishwasher” or “starting a load of laundry” or “sweeping” – that makes you feel more accomplished and makes you feel like you want to do more.
// open the blinds/windows.
This is literally the second thing I do after I wake up (because the first is going straight to the bathroom!) Let the sunlight in! When it’s dark inside the house is typically when you want to stay in bed or lounge on the couch…
// get dressed (for all of you SAHM.)
Even if it’s changing from one set of leggings to another. Get dressed, put some make-up on, and maybe even spray a bit of smelly good stuff on your clothes. Staying in your pajamas does not help the motivation of getting things done!