In my seven months of being a college student, I’ve come to truly love coffee (duh) and mornings (what?). No, seriously. Coming from a self-proclaimed night owl who used to hate. . . ok, still hates getting out of bed, yes indeed: I love mornings.
Dedicating some time to simply being with God and preparing for the day ahead sets a mood of intentionality, positivity, and productivity that lasts all day. Here are 5 simple habits I've been forming that help me enjoy and maximize my mornings.
1. Decide on one thing to look forward to in the morning. For me, this is simply a cup
of coffee or tea, which I’m sure many of you can identify with. Knowing you have something small to look forward to will motivate you to get out of bed and start your day.
2. Listen to the best kick-start-your-day type of music. In other words, Rend Collective (credit to my super awesome Bible study leader for this idea). If you haven’t heard of them, I have my favorite song by them linked down below in a YouTube video. You’ll see why it’s such a powerful song to listen to in the morning! The truth is, music is crazy effective, and it can change your entire attitude about the day in a matter of minutes.
3. Get some fresh air. . . even if you live in the frozen tundra. Believe me, I know. Where I live, a winter morning may be -20 degrees with a -50-degree wind chill. However, even getting three breaths of fresh, outside air is a great way to wake up and feel rejuvenated. Even if the most you can stand is to stick your head out the front door for 2 seconds, go for it. You’ll feel the effects!
4. Spend time with God. For me, this is a time when I pray, read my Bible, and usually read a devotional on my phone. While I honestly don’t make the time to do this every day, I’ve found it to be the most impactful part of my best mornings.
Specifically, I’ve found value in asking God for guidance and opportunities to do His will throughout the day. This transforms the impending dullness of a routine day into an exciting mission field where every action and interaction can be used to glorify God. And guess what? You can also ask Him for courage, boldness, and His presence to help you do His will. He won’t simply inspire you and send you out from your quiet time alone. No, He’s waiting excitedly for the invitation to join you and empower you throughout the day!
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
5. Make a to-do list. Organize all your thoughts and goals for the day in one place. This is a huge step in intentionality. It will keep you from aimlessly drifting through the day and procrastinating. And to be honest, who doesn't love officially checking the little box next to the things you've gotten done?
On the most ideal morning, I’d do all these things without rushing. I’d head out into the day feeling excited and prepared and not tired at all. Obviously that’s not realistic, though. Life is busy. It's crazy, consistently. Just start small. Wake up ten minutes earlier. Choose one or two of these habits, build them up, and go from there. Soon you may end up loving the mornings, too!
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!