Budgets, bills, and savings accounts were our focus for February’s #TEG30DayChallenge and just in time for tax season! We now hope you feel a little more in control of your finances and prepared for your future. We even answered some of your questions mid-month to make mastering your income manageable.

After a few too many months of cold weather, we’ve hit what we call the winter blues. Sound familiar? It mostly entails the epic battle against dry skin, satisfying your beach bound wanderlust via Pinterest, and whittling away at your winter gourd stash.

Well, it’s time to take a deep breath and exhale that stale attitude. Anyone recall our summer 30 Days of Motivated Mornings? We do, and those sunshine-filled mornings didn’t just get us out of bed, they got us into the mood to seize the day.

We are embracing that same attitude this month and challenging you to create a morning routine. Morning people are successful people. Just ask any CEO, politician, or professional athlete—they all start their day at the crack of dawn, gaining a leg up on the competition. Creating a routine and setting out to complete a few tasks before your day starts will leave you energized and make you feel accomplished before your day has even begun.

Try your hand at these suggestions:

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier, and actually get up. No snoozing your alarm clock. 30 minutes can make a world of difference when you want to get a little more done or just to simply have a more relaxing morning. Try reading this article for tips on how to wake up feeling refreshed.
  • Avoid technology in the morning. No scrolling through Instagram or checking emails from bed. When you start your day, try actually letting it unfold without any digital distraction. Odds are that you stare at screens for most of your work day, so an hour without them won’t be detrimental, promise. It’s a hard habit to break, so try charging your phone away from your bedside—across the room or *gasp* in another room and revert back to a digital alarm clock.
  • Get ready. Is beauty your last priority in the morning? Then try using this extra time to develop a skincare routine, refining your makeup skills, or trying something new with your hair. Mascara can do wonders, but the act of spending a little extra time focusing on yourself has more benefit to your happiness.
  • Take time for breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day, so quit skipping it or grabbing it at Starbucks. Try one of these: 10 breakfast bowls, 20 minute morning.

    Read more: http://theeverygirl.com/the-everygirl-30-day-challenge-create-a-morning-routine/

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