A good morning routine can make your days more productive! There’s no right or wrong way to create an effective morning routine as it’s very personal. There are strategies that highly successful people follow that set their day up for success. Doesn’t that sound good? Give one or more a try!
1- Wake up when it’s right for you!
If you can easily wake up at 5:00am and head to the gym, good for you. That’s not for everyone though. Don’t force yourself to get up at 5am if you’re a night owl and can’t get to sleep before midnight, as you simply won’t get enough sleep to function properly. If at all possible, plan to get 8 hours of sleep and wake up at an hour that will give you enough time to get to work or whatever you need to do without rushing. Rushing causes stress which decreases or halts productive behaviors.
2- Hydrate and Move
Drinking water when you first wake up can provide energy and prepare your body for the day’s activity. Some type of movement whether it be stretching, yoga, walking, dancing or running is effective is getting the blood flowing and clearing your mind. Something is better than nothing!
3- Focus Your Mind
The best way to focus your mind in the morning is to look at your schedule and to do list for the day that should have been planned in advance, even the night before works. How you start the day can have a major effect on how productive and stressed you will be during the day. Time focused on calming your mind through meditation or reading can be very effective.
4- Eat the Frog
Author Brian Tracy in his book “Eat the Frog” quotes Mark Twain who once said, “If you eat a frog the first thing in the morning, you can go through the day satisfied in knowing that is probably the worst thing is that is going to happen to you all day.”. The frog he was referring to is your work or the most important task you need to accomplish. Making it a habit to tackle and complete the biggest or most difficult task first can give you a great sense of accomplishment in the beginning of your day.