5 Easy Ways to Transform Your Morning Routine for Max Productivity
A great night of sleep and a solid morning routine are two things every hardworking career woman with big dreams *needs* in her daily life. In fact, some of the most admirable #girlbosses say that their morning rituals are what help them power through the day. Though yours doesn’t need to be as rigid or fanatical as some of the other morning routines of successful people we’ve read about (sorry, Gwyneth!), you *might* be able to improve yours by adding a few super thoughtful activities that take barely any time at all. Scroll on for five quick morning activities that might make a major difference in your day.
1. Quiet Time: Making time for quiet morning moments allows you to start your day in a grounded way, which will help you stay calm and uber-focused all day. Whether you take a few minutes in bed (phone-free!) for yourself before you start getting ready, or sit down to eat your breakfast rather than dashing out the door, be sure to make room for at least 10 minutes of peaceful downtime. You have the entire day ahead for convos, tunes, shows and phone calls, after all.
2. Positive Thinking: The power of positive thinking has been proven time and time again, so why not incorporate it into your morning routine with daily affirmations (saying confidence-boosting phrases out loud) or simple visualization? If you’re not sure which affirmations can help you channel your best energy, try browsing your fave blogs or Pinterest pages for quotes that stand out to you. When it comes to visualizing, it can be as easy as closing your eyes and imagining the best case scenario or dream outcome for various situations that’ll present themselves during your day. Remember that you get what you give — the positive energy you put into the universe WILL come back around.
3. Journaling: Putting your thoughts on paper can be seriously cathartic and makes it easy to track trends, patterns and accomplishments in your life. Carve out a few moments each morning to write or sketch whatever flows out. You might find that this exercise also helps you tap into your creativity or unleashes an awesome new idea.
4. Exercise: Working out in the early hours isn’t for everyone, but there’s definitely something to be said for getting your endorphins flowing right off the bat. You’ll also jumpstart your metabolism and get the benefits of a huge boost of energy. Another plus? Squeezing in morning exercise means that you won’t be tempted to skip it if you feel tired after a long day at work. If a morning workout definitely isn’t for you, try fitting in 15 minutes of stretches, or walk or bike to work.
5. Learning: Morning brain fog is legit, but it doesn’t mean you have to fall victim to it. Make time to read a few pages of the page-turner on your nightstand, put on a podcast or audiobook as you get dressed or use a brain-boosting app during your commute. By the time you get to work, you’ll be rearing and ready to go.
Which part of your morning routine makes your days extra great? Tweet us the deets @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)