Alyssa Stahr

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#TAGBlog: 4 To-Dos to Start Your Morning

Categories: The Arland Group

As I was moaning and groaning this morning and apologizing to my dog for not getting a move on quick enough, I realized my morning routine is turning a bit into just that — a Groundhog Day-esque rut. I then thought to myself, is it just because it’s winter (don’t forget our ‘How to Turn Winter Blues into Productivity’ blog) or am I just not a morning person altogether?

I used to have a job with a 7 a.m. start time, and for some reason that didn’t seem as tough as it is now, with a solid hour and a half later to spare. Even if I’m able to sleep in on the weekends after letting my dog out, I feel lethargic when I arise. Is it because I’m getting older? When I have questions like these, I know where to turn — my faithful TAG Team. They always seem like a perky bunch, so I went to them to uncover what makes their mornings magical in hopes of a change.

  1. Take Time for Yourself
    Social Media Specialist Ali Ishman says to take some time for yourself in the morning. “Whether it is exercising, going over intentions or just playing with your dog while sipping on some freshly brewed coffee (a.k.a. what I like to do), taking the time to just be with yourself doing something you enjoy can really help start the day on a positive note.” Media Coordinator Amanda Carretta has children, so she shares Ali’s sentiment: “Always make sure you wake up before your kids, so you can start your day off with peace and quiet.”
  2. Work Out
    Graphic Designer Alyssa Runge is not a coffee drinker, so she likes to have a workout in the morning before she starts her day to wake her up. This led me to think perhaps I could do a total lifestyle change and be an early riser to the gym. I seem to feel tired all the time throughout the day, so this may be an experiment to break out of the rut.
  3. Count to Three
    Account Manager Kimberly Birkhead felt my pain — getting out of your nice, cozy bed in the winter. I loved her advice of the count to three rule: “What helps me jumpstart my morning (leading to productive days) is my count to three rule. Count to three and just do it — no thinking, no questions, just go.”
  4. Set Yourself Up for Success the Night Before
    Finally, I really do think that what you do the night before helps. I never eat after 7 p.m., but I have turned into a cappuccino drinker in the past couple of years. Even though my soda intake has lessened, those happy hours may be inhibiting my sleep patterns as well, making for a cranky morning.

So, my morning rut change is going to include a little bit of everything: less caffeine, counting to three, morning workouts and a quiet walk with my dog. Non-morning people unite; who is with me?


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