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Photo Taken By Me @ Hudson Clearwater in NYC – they have some of the best breakfast around!
Happy Wednesday everyone, thanks for tuning into Soho2Noho this week for some more fun! As you know, I haven’t have a lot of downtime lately to take photos (Sorry! I will get better I promise!) as its always dark when I get out of work – so when I was thinking of ideas of what you’d all want to hear I thought instead..what would be helpful for our readers. I was thinking about how all my friends are starting to turn 30 and a lot of them have mentioned to me that they’re morning routines are out of wack, they have more trouble getting up in the morning now, can’t get organized or focused at work – So I am here to give just some of what I have found helpful, in hopes it may help all of you! Now, that being said – we all have very different life styles. You could be a mom of a few children reading this, or someone who has a 9-5 job, someone who works night and not during the day – regardless of how different our life styles may seem day-to-day – we are all constantly striving for balance. I have always believed to have a balanced life you have to have an organized one. Yes, you may be thinking – why the hellzzzz would I want to take advice from someone who works insane hours and has zero work-life balance..well, I have been living this crazy life for awhile now and have always managed to juggle everything, so I would like to think I am doing something right 🙂 So, this post is dedicated to all my friends out there who need a little boost in the mornings!
Here are some key things I have started to do to boost my mornings & get my day started on the right foot:
1.) The Outfit: Lay your clothes out before you go to bed..even if you’re exhausted. We all strive for those last minutes of sleep in the morning. Even if you are tired the night before, take 5 minutes to lay out your outfit so it is easier to get up and go the next day. I’ve been told this is especially helpful for mothers who have children and have very minimal “me” time doing those early mornings.
2.) Workout & Hydrate: Try starting your morning off by drinking a large glass of water. This will help make you more alert and kick-start your immune system into gear. If you dont want to get up that hour early to workout, or prefer to do your workout at night – starting your morning by reserving 5 minutes of stretching will help wake your body up and prepare if for the long day ahead. I have a few friends who do morning yoga with there kids and have said this is an amazing way to stay to your routine but while having quality time with your kiddo’s at the same time!
3.) Music / Reading: Ditch social media on your train ride or walk to work, pop in your headphone and turn on your favorite playlist or read a few pages of that book you’ve been trying to finish for 2 years now. Starting your mind with music & reading has been proven to help wake up your brain and senses.
4.) To-Do List: I have always been a super organized person, I am all about lists, calendars, colors & visuals. If it is not written infront of me, it would still happen but I like a ton of reminders and lists. My advise is to take 5 minutes the night before a busy day, or first thing in the morning when you get to work to create a master list. I typically do this on Monday mornings – I then assign each task a day of the week and I only do what is assigned for the day at hand. This will allow you to budget your time management better, not overwork yourself and to always ensure your hitting deadlines, weather that be at work or at home.
5. Positivity is a Choice: As most of you know, I am going on my 4th year at Rent the Runway. We have a list of 10 Core Values that we live by here. One of them being “Positivity is a Choice”. As corny as that may sound, its true. The mindset in which you start your day will be how your day goes and I truly believe that. This is one I struggle with everyday and am working on myself. But my mom has always reminded me when Im down, or having a bad day..”Someone has it was worse than you, so be grateful.” So I try and live that way, positive mind, positive day.
That wraps up my 5 secrets to how I keep my mornings & days productive, positive & organized! Do you have anything that you like to do in the mornings that has had a positive impact on your life & mind? Please leave a comment below and let me know, would love to try some new ones out!
As always, thank you so much for reading & have a great rest of your week! XOXO, ats