Some months ago I was invited to participate in BlogHer’s Life Well Lived Getting Happy panel. The first question to the panel was:
What do you do to get your day going on an upbeat, positive note?
For me, much of that happens before the actual day. I’m a planner and an organizer so at the start of each week I do sit down with the calendar and review my schedule and my kid’s schedule checking for conflicts. I’m also looking for when I’m being unrealistic about what I can get done in a day. When I see I’m going to be in a time crunch, I look to see what I can put off and I am much better at doing this now than I was years ago. I think too many days when yes, we did get through everything but felt totally wiped out or exhausted at the end of them, has taught me it’s not a great way to live your life and most of the time, it really isn’t necessary. I know my dentist might disagree but does it really matter if my cleanings happen at five and a half months instead of four months?
Most of the time, I do also make a dinner menu plan for the week and I check that against evening activities so those evenings when I or my son needs to be out early, are quick and easy dinner nights.
I think because I am a planner, I like my morning routine. Fortunately, I am more of a morning person than a night owl so I really don’t mind when the alarm goes off at 5:30. That gives me plenty of time to have a shower, get dressed and most important of all, cook my breakfast. Yes, I do start every day with an egg omelet ( an egg with some mushrooms, scallions and greens) and a cup of tea. And I’m probably a bit of a rarity these days, because I eat my breakfast while I read through our local newspaper.
Dr. Aymee at BlogHer has some other suggestions for getting your day off a happy, upbeat start … I can’t see myself doing all her morning routine but I completely agree that thinking positively about your day can make all the difference.
What do you do to get your day off to a good start? Is there something guaranteed to make it a good day?