7 Best Morning Routine Ideas for Success and Productivity
Why do we need a morning routine when it’s so much easier to sleep in until it's time to head straight to work? Sleep is more important, isn’t it?
Not necessarily. The reason so many successful people have established a morning routine is that they realize what you do in the morning can significantly impact how you feel and how much you accomplish during the day. Doing the right things in the morning will boost your mood and energy levels, help you become more productive, and mentally prepare you to deal with the stresses of a day at work.
Here are a few activities you should consider adding to your morning routine for a more productive and positive day.
Poll: Your Morning Routine
Do you have an established morning routine?
1. The Night Before
Start planning for a smooth morning the night before by organizing your files and documents you need for tomorrow, set out your clothes, sit down with your planner and map out what you need to do before, during and after work. You can even prepare your breakfast the night before if you have some leftover downtime before bed. Overnight oats are easy, healthy, and will be waiting in the fridge when you’re ready for breakfast.
When you have everything prepared for the next morning before heading to bed, you’ll save yourself the stress of gathering your work materials or deciding what to wear with the clock ticking down to when you need to be in the office.
Working out first thing in the morning sounds exhausting when all you want to do is get an extra hour or two of shuteye. But breaking a sweat in the morning can boost your energy levels and force your brain to get in gear to tackle the day. You’ll feel more alert, positive, and motivated due to the adrenaline and endorphins released during physical activity.
Yoga, pilates, or strength training are the best options to get your blood pumping, but if you like running or biking, try not to exhaust yourself. A light 20-30 minute jog or bike should do the trick. Depending on your fitness levels, you may need more or less exercise to get the same effect, so experiment with different kinds of workouts and durations to find a combination that works for you.
3. Personal Hygiene
Most of us barely have time for breakfast in the morning, so how would we have time for a full shower and shampoo? It may be more convenient to wash up in the evening and skip the shower in the morning, but showering before work does more than make you smell good. Going through a personal hygiene routine in the morning will help mentally prepare you for the day as you clean and primp yourself. When you feel clean and well put together, you’ll naturally feel more confident and refreshed.
So many of us are inconsistent with eating a proper breakfast in the morning, and even more of us tend to skip it all together despite nutritionists’ insistence on the importance of eating breakfast. Sure, most of us just don’t have the time for a proper sit-down meal before work, and that’s fine. You don’t need to have a full three-course meal for breakfast. Just make sure you fuel your body with something in the morning, so you’re not running on empty.
Quick and easy breakfasts can be a smoothie, overnight oats, a quick egg scramble, or even a fruit salad.
5. Review Your To-Dos
Most of us have so much going on that we have a checklist of things we need to do because we just can’t remember them all. So before your day starts for real, go over your to-do list for the day for a quick reminder. Going over your to-dos will help you visualize what you need to accomplish and allow you to create a mental plan on how you’re going to complete each task. Once you have that plan in your head, you’ll feel much more prepared to blast through them during the day.
Reading may sound like something you do to wind down at the end of the day, but setting aside 15-30 minutes in the morning to read a book will help ground, inspire, and prepare your mind for work. While choosing a non-fiction book may be better for morning reads than diving into a fantasy novel, depending on your profession, but any book will do the trick.
7. Practice Positivity
Arm yourself with the power of positivity before every work day by doing something that puts you in a happy place. When you feel happy and positive, you’ll feel more empowered to deal with stressful situations. Negative people or circumstances will also be less likely to bring you down.
Poll: Morning Activity
Do you do any of these activities in the morning?
Tips For Building Your Morning Routine
Like forming all new habits, a new routine is easier to maintain by changing a little bit at a time. The first step is to create more time in the morning, so start by sleeping a little earlier every night and getting up earlier every morning in 30-minute segments.
And don’t feel like you need to implement all the morning routines all at once. Start with doing one or two things and go from there. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and maintain, so you don’t overburden yourself in the morning. The point is to start your morning off on the right foot, and not to add more stress to your day.
On that same note, choose only activities that you think you’ll enjoy doing and will motivate you to get out of bed in the morning. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t enjoy just because some successful person out there is doing the same thing.
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