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5 Power Tips To Hack Your Morning Routine

5 Power Tips To Hack Your Morning Routine

When I became a full time entrepreneur after losing my job in corporate America, I struggled my first few months with creating a new "norm". I had always worked a J.O.B. My life revolved around a set schedule for 15+ years. Be up at 5:30 a.m., out the door by 6:30 a.m., at work by 8 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m....you get the picture. Having the time freedom to do what you want when you want is a true gift but not as easy as it sounds. 

I had to create a schedule for myself, set intentional hours for when I would work and when I would unplug, even if I was my own boss and enjoying it from the comfort of my yoga pants and fuzzy socks. I found that the more of a routine I established the easier it was for me to stay on task. I especially found that the more structured my morning hours were the more it increased my productivity.

Having a set routine in the morning can create much more harmony and bliss in your work from home journey. Here are my top 5 power tips to hack your morning routine:

RISE & SHINE EARLY FOR "ME" TIME

Schedule 20-30 minutes of time just for you in the mornings. Rise and shine early before the kids get up or you have to help hubby out the door for personal development, daily devotional, meditation, to enjoy a cup of java. Whatever brings you joy and clarity to start the day. I absolutely love the First5 devotional app created by Proverbs 31 Ministries

START THE DAY WITH LEMONS

Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)

Squeeze fresh lemons {organic is always best if available} into hot water and drink first thing in the morning. Wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help your body fully receive these awesome benefits of lemon water:

  1. Gives your immune system a boost

  2. Excellent source of potassium

  3. Encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in the digestive tract. Helps to relieve systems of heartburn and bloating

  4. Flushes toxins from the body and stimulates the liver

  5. Freshens your breath and can help with gingivitis

  6. Keeps your skin blemish free

  7. Helps you lose weight - Lemons contain pectin fiber which fights hunger cravings

  8. Reduces inflammation and acidity in the body

  9. Give you an energy boost

  10. Helps to fight viral infections

EXERCISE DOES THE BODY, MIND & SPIRIT GOOD

We all know how important exercise is, there are thousands of studies to prove it and reasons to get your body moving. The key to a good exercise routine is to find something that you enjoy and make the time to do it. Sometimes my routine may just consist of jumping jacks with my 3 year old and sets of push ups. I have been working more meditation and Kundalini yoga into my daily routine and I have been feeling so much more clarity and crave the time to slow down more. You don't have to run 5 miles every day, just find something that makes you feel good and stick with it. 

KNOCK OUT THE EMAILS

Knock out your emails early in the day, be intentional, be conscience of the time you are spending on your email. Unsubscribe from things you are no longer interested in following that are cluttering up your inbox. Organize your read emails into folders as you go {expenses, time sensitive, etc.}. This keeps your in-box from getting out of control and turning into an overwhelming monster. 

SIMPLIFY YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

Image Credit Michelle Pittman | www.HappyCleanLife.com

Image Credit Michelle Pittman | www.HappyCleanLife.com

I am a huge lover of spa products that smell good and leave me feeling more refreshed. I am not a get dolled up every day kind of girl. I run a full time business, manage two busy boys and a hubby with a hectic schedule. I have perfected the cute pony and power bun {side braid for when I feel a little more sassy}. So I love products that can make me feel great and don't take a lot of time, like jump in the shower to quickly polish my skin and jump out feeling great and refreshed. This Skin Polish that my friend Michelle shared with me. Find what works for you that is simple but still makes you feel girlie and fabulous.

Did you find these tips useful to have a more productive morning? Do you have a good morning routine tip to share? Would love to hear from you, be sure to comment below xo

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April Williams is a #CreativeMomista of two boys and Founder of Creative Brandista™, a community dedicated to the creative authentic women entrepreneur. Her passion is driven to inspire women + moms to build powerful online brands that are authentic and soul driven. She is also the creator of the Creative Branding Academy, a step by step program to to creating an authentic personal brand.

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