Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. Here is a proven way that will definitely help you to create a morning routine that will set you up for success.
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts in a frenzy—snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door—the rest of your day seems to reflect that mood of chaos as well?
The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so it’s time to start planning accordingly. When you form healthy habitual behaviors for the morning, you set your day up for success.
Whether you are aware of them or not, you operate under habits (both good and bad) all the time—they are an integral part of your daily existence. Part of developing a healthy habit is to become intentional with it. Most habits are formed because they are easy or along the path of least resistance. If you want to cultivate positive habits, you may need to put some intentional effort into forming them until they become second nature.
This is particularly true with morning habits. What you cultivate in the morning influences how you feel, act, and think during the rest of your day.
Proven Way To Start Your Day As You Want It Should Be
When you get out of bed, your phone has probably been on the charger all night. Similarly, your body has been charged up with sleep–now it’s time to charge up your mind.
I need to start my day out with an energy boost. Usually, I’ll do some type of exercise, whether I’m at home or on the road. It doesn’t take much to get the blood flowing.
Next is a good cup of coffee and a great breakfast. There are all sorts of studies showing that what you eat in the morning will set you up for success in your health, so even if you’re not a “breakfast person,” at least give it a try.
It’s crucial to figure out what suits you the best in the morning. What gets your blood pumping? Do you need exercise, caffeine, some good calories?
Figure out what works for you, and get going.
Make Your Bed
Tim Ferriss, author and podcast host (The Tim Ferriss Show) has interviewed more than a hundred highly successful people with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, and in a variety of industries. He always asks, “What’s your morning routine?” Along the way, he has collected five habits that he has incorporated into his morning routine, and one of them is making his bed.
It may seem like a waste of time, unimportant, or unnecessary (you’re just going to use it again at night), but making your bed is a simple action you can take in the morning that makes you start your day feeling accomplished—and what better tone to set than a sense of pride and accomplishment? Taking charge and completing simple tasks will give you the foundation to take on more and more throughout the day.
Warm Water, Fresh Start
Drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. The Ayurvedic technique of adding lemon to a warm glass of water helps remove toxins from your digestive tract that may have built up overnight, provides a good source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, supports weight loss, and stimulates metabolism and digestion. Bottoms up first thing in the a.m. for a healthy—and refreshing—start to your day.
Build a No-Think Routine
Elite athletes are well-known for their morning routines. They get up early, eat the same things every day, and go straight to their workouts. Their routines fascinate us because the routine is an important key to their success. They know ahead of time exactly what they will do to achieve their goals.
If it’s important for Olympic athletes, it’s important for you to achieve Olympic-style aspirations in business.
When you wake up in the morning, you should already have a plan of how you’re going to start the day. Before you get out of bed, review the first 3–5 actions you will take.
The mental energy you save will astound you because you free up “working memory” you can use for more positive things. On the days that you wake up groggy, this will be an absolute lifesaver. Trust me, your day will be full of things that are more worth your mental energy and more demanding of it.
Do the simple thinking before you fall asleep so you don’t have to use your freshest thoughts in the morning to figure out what you’re going to wear or what you should eat.
Save that energy for the big things.
Rediscover Your “To-Do” List
Take a few minutes to write down a “to-do” list for the day ahead. Then prioritize it so your day’s list has only 3 to 5 items on it—ranked in order of priority to make sure you tackle the most pressing things first.
Writing down your “to-do’s” instead of keeping them floating around in your mind helps clear mental chatter. You also give yourself a sense of purpose each day when you know what you need to get done. And there is something satisfying about crossing off tasks on your list—it really cultivates a sense of accomplishment.
When to Start? Tomorrow
Make a plan before you go to bed. Write it down to help solidify it in your brain. Then go to bed confident that tomorrow is going to be a great day.
Then wake up and work out the plan! See what a difference it makes in your energy, attitude, and productivity.
The next time you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, fight back. Center yourself and do a mental review of your goals and ambitions.
Never give in to a defeated morning. Get back to your routine ASAP and your chances for having a great day increase 100X!