The One Morning Routine That Will Change Your Life
Morning Routines That Set the Stage for Success
- Rise early: When you get up early, you have time to plan for your day, both mentally and physically. You can enjoy the calm before the storm, and if you have a family, early morning can provide you quality time with your children or spouse.
- Eat a healthy breakfast: "Hunger" is actually a scientific phenomenon. When you are hungry, your body goes into survival mode, impacting your ability to focus on tasks and makes you irritable.
- Exercise: You don't have to run ten miles before the sun comes up, but you can take a walk, do some calisthenics, practice yoga, whatever you enjoy. Exercise helps reduce stress, boost metabolism, and improves sleep.
- Plan: Write out your plan for the day so you know what you can expect (more on this in a minute).
- Strategize: If you have a problem that has been plaguing you, the early morning can be a very good time to approach a solution with fresh eyes and a relaxed mind.
- Work on a passion project: Do something that gets your juices flowing. Take time in the morning to focus on a hobby you enjoy or a passion project that has fallen by the wayside.
- Read: Have a lengthy reading list of articles, blogs, or books you can't seem to get to in the evening? Take 20 minutes in the morning and catch up on your reading.
The One Thing You MUST Do for True Productivity
The single most important thing you can incorporate into your morning routine to set yourself up for a productive day is to plan your day before it starts. You want to know what you're going to do, where you're going to be, and what needs doing.
- The appointments you have.
- The tasks on your to-do list.
- The projects you are involved in, which are just large collections of to-dos.
What to Do When You Get Off Track
So you've started your day off right. You got plenty of sleep and engaged in morning rituals that will power you through the day. You've got your written plan, and nothing can stop you.