10 Morning Habits Of Women We Admire Will Inspire Your Own

Spoiler: no phones in sight.

Aren’t you fascinated by the little, everyday morning habits that are shared by so many successful and creative people? What are the secret rituals and healthy practices that make up their lives and why?

Since we’re all trying to set some good habits at the beginning of this new year, it seemed the perfect time to dig into the archives and see what healthy habits to share for a little AM inspiration. And we’d love to hear in the comments what habits make your morning complete. So, keep reading for our tips and how to prepare your day like a boss.

Wake up early.

Most of the successful women wake up early in order to allow plenty of time to work out, eat breakfast, care for kids (if they have them), and plan for the day ahead — all without feeling overly rushed. Waking up even an hour and a half before you have to be somewhere usually means that you’ll be able to check off the important things on your list and stay calm. For our non-early rising friends, don’t panic: this is one “rule” that seems to have many exceptions. Check out the case for setting the alarm clock later in this article: Yes, You Can Sleep In and Still Be Successful.

Be mindful.

We should all make this our biggest resolution every year to consistently set aside time in the morning for a mindfulness practice. There are many ways to put this into practice: you can use the app Headspace for a 10-minute meditation which will help you feel calm and focused, then you can spend a few minutes praying and jotting down thoughts in a gratitude journal. This habit can be the #1 difference between a morning where you feel centered and one where you feel frazzled.

When I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.

Arianna Huffington

The goal is simply to be present and aware, focus on breath to bring you to the present moment.

Make the bed.

Successful women from swear by making the bed every single morning, no matter how busy they are. It’s a little task that gives you an instant sense of accomplishment and helps you feel like you can take on whatever the day throws at you. Plus, starting with that one good habit creates a domino effect; the feel-good vibes from tackling it will motivate you not to skip out on other positive tasks.

Visualize your perfect day.

Just thinking about the people and situations you’ll encounter during the day ahead, and planning how you want to respond to them can transform your actions from reactive to proactive. If you’re a morning shower type of person, you can use the time while blow drying your hair to visualize how you want the day to unfold, and already seeing the powerful results.

Conquer the most important item on your to-do list first.

Often, the morning is when we can think most clearly, making it the perfect time to tackle that one important to-do list item before nothing else can get in the way. The quiet hours of the morning can be the ideal time to focus on an important work project without being interrupted. What’s more, spending time on it at the beginning of the day ensures that it gets your attention before others: kids, employees, bosses — use it up.

Eat an energy-packed breakfast.

Usually, this means a good mix of protein, fat, and healthy carbs. You can start your day with an egg breakfast taco, greek yogurt with granola, or a smoothie with banana, frozen blueberries, kale, almond butter, and almond milk. Or you can go for the smoothie route since it’s an easy and delicious way to pack loads of nutrients into one glass.

However, if drinking your breakfast isn’t your thing, never fear — Audrey Hepburn always ate two eggs and a slice of whole-wheat toast first thing and never skipped breakfast.

Work out before any excuses can get in the way.

Not only does a morning workout get your blood pumping and release mood-boosting endorphins, but conquering it first thing ensures that your daily workout will actually happen.

Connect with someone you love.

Whether it’s a breakfast date with your partner or a tickle session with your kids, connecting with someone you love is a beautiful and important reminder of what’s really important. Even if the morning is really busy, try to sit down for a few minutes over breakfast and talk about what’s going on in each others’ lives.

And don’t forget that the simple act of smiling can actually make us feel way happier. Next time you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, go ahead and laugh at your partner’s cheesy joke. Suddenly the morning won’t seem like such a bummer after all.

Be a super scheduler.

It’s no secret that most successful people live by their calendars to stay organized and make sure that high-priority items are non-negotiable. As you’re visualizing the day ahead, go ahead and put everything that you intend to accomplish on the calendar, prioritizing the things that are most important to you. This way your mind is freed from all those scheduling details to focus on more creative tasks. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks and a little time to yourself, or else those are bound to get neglected once the busyness of the day sets in.

Nail your get-ready-quick routine.

Boss babes are usually too busy to spend an hour primping in front of the mirror, so most of them have a tried-and-true makeup and hair routine that they can knock out at lightning speed.

I usually walk out the door with a wet head, put my hair in a low ponytail and go out for the day… I don’t blow dry my hair, except when I go to a party.

Tory Burch

Morning routines help us set the tone for the day, better allowing us to control our schedules rather than our schedule controlling us. As we start each day fresh, we can better focus on what is in front of us, where to prioritize our time, and, ultimately, increase our productivity. Hope these 10 morning habits will change your life for the better. Let’s start off the new year right!

Stay safe, healthy, and live life to the fullest.

Xoxo, Messycafe.

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