If Your Resolution Is to Exercise More
The idea of getting on the treadmill or going to a CrossFit class first thing after you wake up can seem daunting, but it’s not impossible. Leaving your workout clothes right by your bed is a great, unmissable reminder when you wake up that you need to work out. Get your water bottle set and your gym bag together, and whatever else you need, the night before — it’s all about making your transition from bed to exercise as quick and easy as possible so you have less time to talk yourself out of it. But whatever workout you prefer, don’t make it too daunting, as that’s another easy way to decide to skip it — even if you only exercise for 10 minutes, that’s 10 minutes you weren’t doing before.
If Your Resolution Is to Lose Weight
You might think that losing weight means you need to eat less in the morning, and if you start every day with a bowl of biscuits and sausage gravy, yeah, it’s probably best for you to make a transition to smoothies in 2021. (Like exercise, you can corral yourself into eating better by making it quicker and easier to have a healthy breakfast than something unhealthy — for instance, make a big batch of smoothies the night before, and you can drink ‘em all week.) But studies have shown a solid, protein-heavy breakfast can help you feel full all day, leading you to eat less and lose weight overall. Turkey bacon, chicken sausage, eggs and Greek yogurt are all good options to start the day. If you need an extra boost, step on the scale as soon as you wake up — it’ll help you keep your dieting goals in mind until bedtime.
If Your Resolution Is to Stop Procrastinating
Have trouble getting out of bed? It’s understandable. Beds are the coziest, especially in the winter. The average American takes 24 minutes to get out of bed in the morning, which is nearly three hits of the snooze button. There are some easy tricks to force yourself to get up, including setting your alarm on the far side of the room, having an alarm that is both loud and obnoxious (perhaps a song you despise!), getting one of those brightening alarm clocks, and setting a programmable coffee maker so your morning joe is waiting for you. It can also help to have something to force you out of bed in the morning — not the easiest thing to find while we’re in the pandemic and many people are working at home, but scheduling doctor appointments or work meetings first thing can do the trick. But, unsurprisingly, the best way to get out of bed in the morning is always going to be to make sure you get enough sleep the night before.
If Your Resolution Is to Get Organized
If you want to stay focused and on schedule through the day, you have to start focused and on schedule in the morning. Creating a routine — getting out of bed at a regular time (even on weekends, if you can stand it), coffee, exercise, shower, shave, etc.— can help set the tone for the day. Spending your breakfast making a scheduled to-do list for the day instead of checking your phone will provide a guide map for everything you need to do and help get your mind in gear instead of languishing in sleepy semi-consciousness. Actually, try to ignore your phone entirely; it’s the biggest attention sucker and time-waster we have — save it until your first coffee break during work.