It is a common assertion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we agree. In fact, we would argue that your morning is the most important time of your day! Read below for some life hacks to better utilize your morning and kick-start your day before you hit the ground running with work.

Your morning ritual consists of the last moments of personal refuge that you have before you deal with the trials and tribulations of your day. So don’t squander your freedom, and maximize every valuable second to give you the best boost for your workday:

Morning Life Hack #1: Prep the Night Before

Make it a goal to pick out your outfit and pack your snacks/lunch the night before. This saves you time in the morning, and is one less thing to waste your precious morning brainpower on. If possible, try and snag a solid eight hours of shut-eye.

Morning Life Hack #2:  Wake Up!

Unless you’re running on less than five hours of sleep, don’t hit the snooze button. She might be a little temptress but don’t give in!  Roll out of bed and do ten quick push-ups to get your blood flowing. You’ll feel instantly more alert in a shorter amount of time than the unfortunately short length of your ‘snooze’ cycle. There are also a handful of motivational alarm apps out there to help you!

Morning Life Hack #3: Utilize Your Shower Time:

Shower time is a different and rather personal ritual for everyone, so there are endless options here. While there’s not much you can productively do in the shower except for bathe… you can take this time get in your zone! Imagine you’re under a tropical waterfall, sing along to some Springsteen, or think through your to-do list. Do whatever you want that gets you to your A-game.

Morning Life Hack #4: Eat Your Breakfast [in your mom’s nagging voice]

A lot of people say the are “just not breakfast people,” but a cup of joe definitely does not provide all of the energy your body needs! Grab a granola bar, a smoothie, or your dinner leftovers. Nobody said you HAD to eat breakfast food, just make sure you are putting a little something (preferably a good balance of carbs and protein) into your stomach. You’ll be more alert, fueled up, and ready to blast through your inbox/staff meeting/expense report.

Morning Life Hack #5: Embrace Your Commute

Since nobody has stepped up to the task of creating teleportation, we are all stuck commuting. This is it, your last bit of time to yourself, so get PUMPED. Don’t make phone calls or send emails while you are driving. Not only is it unsafe and illegal in some places, that’s also what you go to work for (or so it feels like). You probably can’t blast music and sing along in the office, so while you are still away pick your favorite tunes, ignore the idiot weaving through traffic, and savor the alone time. Oh, you carpool? Karaoke.

When you are organizing your morning routine you have to consider what works best for you, your family, and your timeline. Try switching up your routine to include some quality ‘me’ time. Developing a good work-life balance is key to success, and you should utilize your mornings to your personal advantage!

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