Nearly all successful entrepreneurs, CEO’s, athletes, and artists have a morning routine. Whether you are an early bird or night owl, the way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. That’s why establishing a morning routine will help you develop good habits that can enable you to focus, accomplish more in your workday, and achieve your goals.
Read on for nine morning rituals to boost your energy, creativity, productivity, and overall wellbeing.
- Wake Early. Successful people start their day out early. Allowing more time to focus on creativity and setting your day for productivity. In the early morning hours, you tend to have less interruptions and can focus on things that matter to YOU. If early starts are difficult for you, begin by waking 15-30 minutes earlier each day until it starts to feel natural. It’s normal to feel groggy for the first few days or weeks, however waking up at the same time each day trains your circadian rhythm, which will eventually make it much easier to get up in the mornings and achieve deeper, more restful sleep at night.
- Hydrate. You might not feel it, but after a long night’s sleep your body wakes up naturally dehydrated. The amount of water you consume the evening before makes little difference. By the time you wake up, you need to hydrate your body for the day ahead. Water also increases the oxygen we receive to the brain, which creates more alertness and energy. Drinking water first thing in the morning increases your metabolism and lubricates joints.
- Exercise. This can look like: taking a morning walk around your neighborhood, doing a at-home yoga session, or going to a local gym for a class. No matter what you choose, moving your body will not just make you think clearer, be healthier and scientifically happier, it allows you to combat stress as well.
- Meditate. Meditating in the morning can set the tone for your day. Meditation is the practice of training your attention/awareness and calming your mind by drawing your focus away from “busy” thoughts. Reset focus on what you want to accomplish in your business, personal life, health, and relationships. The mind is a very powerful tool, and when you concentrate your energies on a selective set of goals, amazing things begin to happen.
- Gratitude. Happy people are more successful people. According to a Harvard Medical School study on positive psychology, gratitude is associated with greater happiness. This can be done by writing down what you are grateful for in a journal, by saying them out loud, or even focusing on them during your morning meditation.
- Detox from Technology. Many highly successful people start their day by avoiding their smartphone for the first 30–60 minutes. This way, they can focus on their own goals instead of being forced to react to other people’s requests and messages from the start of their day.
- Set Intentions. Each morning, Benjamin Franklin woke up at 5 a.m. and asked himself, “What good shall I do this day?” Most people, unfortunately, start the day without a clear plan or intention, which leaves them open to distractions and time-wasting. Creating a to-do list ensures you can accomplish the highest priority tasks for that day, empowering you to feel less stressed and more productive.
Find Inspiration. Early morning can be a “sacred” time that you can use for self-care. Before anyone else is awake and the demands of the day start pulling your focus, find inspiration by listening to a podcast (my fav) or reading a book. When I used to commute two hours out of my day, I would use that time to listen to podcasts or an audio book. This can put you in a positive mindset for the day!
Review. Take a few minutes twice a day to review your long term goals. This is a powerful way to focus the mind, leading to a stronger commitment to achieving your goals. If you have a vision board or even a 300 list, this would be a good time to review those items.
Remember, a strong start of the day sets the tone for a highly productive and successful day! This is precisely why nearly all successful people have a morning routine. Try it out!
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Let me know in the comments at least three things you may try from the list above…