5 tips to get your morning off to a great start

coffee I've been finding myself in a bit of a funk at the moment. I don't know if it's all of the change at home or having a stressful time of it at work or just generally being stretched too thinly in all directions, but I'm struggling to have the same energetic pace and super positive outlook that I'm usually annoying people with.

Weirdly, I've been finding mornings the hardest. I know loads of people can take a couple of hours to fully get into the groove of the day, but I'm usually an "up and at 'em" kinda gal, and have always been most productive pre-2pm slump. In an attempt to get my productivity and general cheer back on track, I've been thinking a little bit more about how I start my days and trying to get into a more positive morning routine. And I'm pleased to report it's been working - I'm hopeful that with a little bit more spring sunshine I'll be back to my chirpy self.

So I thought I'd share my best tips with you in case you too are struggling a bit at the moment. Here are 5 tips to get your morning off to a great start...

1) COFFEE.

I'll admit it, I used to be a Yorkshire Tea kinda gal. I couldn't get started until I'd had a hot, strong brew and I looked forward to my first cuppa every morning. But since cutting out all caffeinated drinks at the beginning of the year and slowly reintroducing them, coffee is my new favourite. I love that a strong coffee can instantly make me feel more awake and energetic, and while I'm lacking in natural energy, I feel like a good caffeine injection helps me gear up for the day ahead.

2) Make a positive playlist

One of the things that really gets me up and going in the morning is listening to some upbeat music. When I know I've got a busy day at the office I like to listen to a bit of Swifty on my commute (because Taylor Swift is life, obvs), but it could be songs that remind you of a great holiday or the sort of thing that would get you on the dancefloor on a Saturday night. Music is amazing for motivating you.

3) Give yourself an extra ten minutes

I've read loads of these lists that advise waking up an hour early to practice yoga or journal about your feelings or prepare a fresh, organic lunch, and while it would be great to be able to do all of these things, if waking up an hour earlier was really THAT easy, we'd all be doing it, wouldn't we? An extra ten minutes however shouldn't be too hard at all, and it means you can get ready without feeling rushed or stressed, or catch up on your favourite blogs or grab yourself a nice coffee on the way to the office. It gets the day off to a calmer, more positive start, and stops you feeling totally frazzled and ready for a glass of wine (just me?!) by 10am.

4) Do something nice for someone else

It might be letting someone out in the long queue of commuter hell traffic or making your other half a cuppa. Perhaps you could pick up some fancy biccies for your team or let the sassy lady on your train know that you love her dress. Doing nice things for other people is wonderful because not only does it make them feel good, but it makes you feel smilier too. Win win. And if the person you do something nice for pays it forward, we could all be having much more pleasant mornings!

5) Write a to do list (and stick to it)

I've been finding recently that I've been getting to work and checking emails and cracking on with things ad hoc. I've been easily distracted and before I know it's 2pm and I haven't done any of the big meaty important things. This quickly leads to a crisis of confidence and feeling unproductive and generally bleughhhhh about myself. I've been finding that writing a to do list every morning and making sure I get the big things ticked off first has been making me feel way more efficient and on track for world domination.