Good Morning, Good Day

You know those mornings when everything goes wrong? It starts when you snooze your alarm. Suddenly, thirty minutes have gone by and, after you snooze it for the third time, you see the error of your ways and bolt out of bed haphazardly running to the bathroom and to start the tea kettle on the stove. In your rush to quickly get ready, you throw your shirt on inside and out and forget to rub your foundation in all the way. A few minutes later you race over a speed bump, glimpse your coffee jumping for joy out of it’s container, and look down to find a brand new brown polka dot on your blazer. By the time you get to work ten minutes late, you have already missed a call from a client, your boss is unhappy that you weren’t punctual, and you are feeling pretty ashamed and disappointed with yourself, but also annoyed that everyone else is over-reacting. The day continues to get worse and you are counting the hours until you can collapse in bed, push the interior “reset” button, and get a chance at a fresh new day that you can start off the right way. Because that’s how it goes isn’t it? Even if your bad days (hopefully) don’t go exactly like this, and not every bad morning leads to a bad day, it often does happen that way.

Mornings can have a huge impact on your day. If you let a morning get away from you, there’s a good chance you’ll be trying to chase after it for the rest of the day, and you won’t feel in control. On the other hand, if you make an extra effort in the morning to ensure everything goes smoothly, it can set the tone for your entire day. Imagine if, instead of snoozing your alarm three times, you set it for fifteen minutes earlier than you think you need to get up, and you commit to getting up after the first ring. When it goes off, you sit up in bed for a minute to collect yourself and focus your mind on your priorities. You put the water on the stove and saunter over to the bathroom in a relaxed manner. You take your time to get ready and listen to a podcast or some calming music while you do your make-up. You get out the door ten minutes early, allowing for traffic and other possible obstacles. You arrive at work five minutes early and have a moment to say ‘hi’ to your boss and prepare for your conversation with your client, and you start the new day with a peaceful, confident feeling of being in control. Doesn’t that picture look appealing? Mornings can be difficult to master, but it’s worth making the effort because many times a good morning leads to a good day.

~By Colleen McCrum