How I Start My Day on the Right Foot

As soon as I woke up today, I felt like I was in a funk. I’m planning for the end of the semester, the beginning of summer, and I’m really trying to focus on my health. Whenever I feel this way, I really like to take time in the morning to start the day on the right foot. To be honest, I can only afford to do this on the weekends, but it positively affects the whole week.

The weekend is all about being mindful and catching up with yourself.

Water

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The first thing I did once I got out of bed was head to the kitchen to make breakfast. Today that was a bagel with cream cheese. While I’m making breakfast, my goal is to finish the water that I leave at my bedside every night. The water is usually easy to finish because it’s room temperature, and I don’t feel overwhelmed by a full glass. When I do this, I already feel like I’ve accomplished something- staying hydrated.

Journal

I make my way back to my desk to eat breakfast. I like to journal any lingering thoughts I have. This morning, I felt overwhelmingly negative, and after writing it down I felt like I was able to let go of that energy. I also write down any ideas I have that I don’t want to forget, further clearing out the space in my brain.

After I journal, I make my plan for the day. Usually I write down a huge list, but I’ve realized that I never get anything done. Today, I wrote down five feasible goals to accomplish by the end of the day.

Find Inspiration

When I first wake up, I ideally stay away from my phone. But let’s face it. I’m a nineteen-year-old college student. This morning while I was eating breakfast, I finished listening to the Girl Boss Radio podcast with Jen Atkin. The host Sophia Amoruso interviews young, innovative women who are able to articulate how they succeed. This episode was super interesting, and actually inspired me to write this article.

Prepare Yourself for the Day

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On the weekend I really like to take time to pick an outfit that I know will last all day. I knew I was going to be taking a walk today, so I put on running sneakers. Normally I consider it a major faux-pas to wear sneakers with a normal outfit, but I am so sick of having sad feet! Honestly, the way sneakers are made today you can barely tell if they’re for exercise or everyday.

I pack my tote bag with all the essentials for a day on-the-go. Normally I go to a coffee shop to do homework, but today I plan on going to my college’s library instead. I brought:

  • my journal
  • a snack
  • my water bottle
  • school book
  • laptop
  • headphones
  • pencil case

Summary of my Day:

My first goal was to take a walk. It was a beautiful day in Boston and I took a short walk in the Public Garden. This was a great time for me to reflect and talk to my mom on the phone!

Then, I tasked myself with finishing a book for a school assignment. After my walk I went to the library and had no trouble. I read the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, and I love it.

I was able to put away my clothes and pack clothes for home simultaneously. Then, around dinner time I started my proposal presentation for a writing class.

I’ve found that a slow morning that takes an hour or two inside the home leads to a more functional day outside the home. The best thing about today was that it wasn’t stressful. I felt accomplished, productive, and most of all, happy.

 

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