How to create your best morning routine for success

What if you could manufacture a perfect day? One of those ah-so-amazing days when you have the “productive touch” (similar to the midas touch but instead of turning things into gold, you open a can of todo-list destroying whoop-ass).

I’m having one of those days today. And what I’ve learned is— it’s no secret to make it happen. I can have one everyday.

What’s the big secret to an incredible day?

Well, I’ve written about it before and I’ll write about it again. It’s the morning routine. If you haven’t read my posts on my daily morning rituals, start there—

Crafting a morning routine is a personal thing. First of all, you can’t do everything. Morning routine implies morning— what I mean is, it shouldn’t consume your entire day. One hour is perfect, two is the maximum.

My (current) morning routine in a nutshell—

  • Wake up between 5-6AM
  • Drink a glass of water, first thing
  • Write 1 Journal Entry, 10 Ideas, and 250-1000 Words
  • Blue Light Therapy
  • Say my Daily Affirmations
  • Visualize my day
  • Run one mile
  • Take a cold shower
  • Plan my day ahead

Your morning routine should evolve and change. If something isn’t working, change it. Don’t latch on just because someone else is doing it.

The psychology of a morning routine

The morning routine sets the tone of your day. No matter how shitty yesterday was or how much you have to do today, the morning routine is your daily constant— your totally 100% selfish ritual. It’s the time that you allocate towards yourself, everyday, no matter what. It keeps you sane.

If you study successful people, one thing that you’ll notice really quickly is that they share a bunch of similar habits— and the daily ritual is one of them. This is why. And being busy isn’t an excuse. In fact, the busier that you get, the MORE you need it.

Build your own morning ritual

So, here’s how you get started— pick 4 habits and start them tomorrow. Yes, just 4. You can add more in later, but it’s best to start small. Pick the ones that resonate with you the most. Do them every morning immediately after you wake up for the next 30 days.

Pick 4 Morning Habits from the List

  • Wake up at 5AM
  • Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed
  • Make your bed immediately
  • Do 20 pushups as soon as you get out of bed
  • Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up
  • Run a mile every single morning
  • Take your multivitamins everyday
  • Floss after breakfast
  • Do Blue Light Therapy to wake yourself up
  • Take a bath in the morning
  • Take a cold shower in the morning (it sucks but you feel AWESOME after)
  • Write a blog post every single morning
  • Write down 10 ideas
  • Write a journal entry
  • Write 250-1000 words on any topic
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan your entire day in 15-60 minute increments
  • Lay out your clothes for the day
  • Dress your absolute best for the day (EVEN if you work from home)

Now, do them for the next 30 days

Every morning, when you wake up, your morning ritual should be the first thing you do. I used to have a big piece of paper taped to the wall that was the first thing I saw every morning. It said “Do your fucking ritual”. Let me know if you do this too because I think it’s awesome.

What if I forget to do it?

As soon as you remember, drop what you’re doing and start your ritual. You probably need something to remind you. Setting a second “morning ritual” alarm clock can help. If you remember when it’s too late (i.e, you’re in the car), do them when you get home.

What if I skip a day?

Add an extra day to the 30. For example, if you skip day 4, you have to keep up your ritual for 31 days instead of 30.

What if I want to do more than 4?

I recommend starting small for a couple of reasons— it’s easier to stick with AND you don’t want your time commitment to get huge. Remember, 1 to 2 hours MAX per day. This is especially important if you’re not used to waking up early.

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How to create your best morning routine for success

Morning people: What a mystery they are. Having the audacity to start their day all perky while the rest of us limp out of bed after a knock-down drag-out fight with the snooze button. Pretty rude if you ask me.

But could they be on to something? Research suggests they are.

Let’s dig into why those early birds are setting themselves up for success (and how you can do the same).

Why You Need a Morning Routine

The expression “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” underscores the importance of a morning routine. How you start your morning sets the tone of your entire day. Benefits of a morning routine include:

1. Starting your day on your own terms. One of the hallmarks of anxiety and depression is feeling like you are not in control of your life. When you create a routine for yourself and stick to it, you empower yourself to reclaim control over how your day starts.

2. Building momentum. Starting your day with little victories creates a confidence snowball effect that will help you tackle the bigger challenges later in your day (more on this later).

3. Improving decision-making and reducing stress. Too many decisions leads to stress, a phenomenon known as The Paradox of Choice, and also hurts your ability to make future decisions. Starting your day with a comfortable and repetitive sequence of activities means you can save the decision-making for when you need it most.

4. Establishing healthy habits. We all know how hard habits are to break. Following a morning routine is effectively creating a habit. Eventually, you’ll be on autopilot with those stretches, affirmations, and nutritious breakfasts.

That’s all great…in theory. But how do I stop being a drowsy, irritable, IV-full-of-coffee-toting shell of a person I am so used to being? I’m glad you asked.

Set Yourself Up for Success

This really isn’t about waking up early, it’s about waking up correctly. There are two major ways that we sabotage ourselves when it comes to waking up:

Step away from the snooze button: Mel Robbins is an expert in many things, one of which is waking up. As Mel explains, hitting the snooze button disrupts our natural sleep cycle and actually puts your brain back to sleep for a few hours (even if you are physically awake). The key to keeping your brain operating a peak performance is waking up the first time around. It SUCKS for about 30 seconds, but you’ll be glad you did it.

I swear, if you touch that phone…: You know the best way hijack your entire day? Going down a social media wormhole or checking your email before getting out of bed and finding “emergencies” that you need to handle “right now.” You set the terms for how your day starts (remember what we said about depression/anxiety and a lack of control). Do not let others (or your phone) decide for you.

Some Ideas for Getting Started

What activities make up a good morning routine? That’s up to you! Try a few different activities and see which fit you best. Here are some suggestions:

Make your bed: Take it from a Navy SEAL, making your bed is a great way to start the day. As Admiral William H. McRaven explains, making your bed is a small, momentum-building task. If you make your bed, you’ve accomplished something before the day even starts and will feel more inspired to conquer the next task.

Exercise: Tell me if this is you: You start your day with every intention to exercise after work but when the time comes you are just so. damn. tired. Exercising in the morning not only gives you a kickstart of natural energy, it’s also one less thing you have to do at the end of an exhausting day. Plus, it’s a really good feeling going about your day and knowing you’ve already worked out. (Pro Tip: Sleep in your gym clothes. Sometimes getting dressed is half the battle).

Journal: There’s something about putting pen to paper. Writing down what your are grateful for, affirmations, or your intentions for the day helps you think about (and manifest) those things explicitly rather than in abstracts.

Practice Mindfulness: The health benefits of mindfulness have been well documented: from heart health, to pain reduction, to Alzheimer’s prevention. This one is the simplest, but also the hardest to master. Try using apps like Calm or Headspace to guide your practice. (Pro Tip: Do not do this is in bed. You are 100% guaranteed to fall back asleep).

Pray: If you are a person of faith, taking some quiet time to pray or read a few pages of scripture is a great centering exercise and gives you a framework to approach the rest of your day.

If you are looking for more ideas, you can also check out The Miracle Morning, a book (and feature film) which explore the “perfect” morning routine and the inspiring people who follow it.

There you have it! I hope you’re feeling more energized and prepared to start the day off right. Please feel free to comment with any wisdom of your own!

How to Create a Successful Morning Routine for Your Child with ADHD

How to create your best morning routine for success

Having a morning routine is something adults have long embraced, with early rituals even inspiring a website, MyMorningRoutine.com. It presents a different routine every day to help motivate people to be more productive the rest of their days. Morning routines are embraced by everyone from bestselling authors and CEOs, to professional athletes and teachers. They help people become more efficient by getting important tasks out of the way, while creating a peaceful state of mind that serves as preparation for what lies ahead. Just like adults thrive with effective morning routines, they’re important for children, too, especially those who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Having a consistent morning routine helps children learn structure and stay focused on learning throughout the day. It also helps parents create an optimal schedule that maximizes their child’s academic potential. Here’s what to keep in mind when constructing a morning routine for your child with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder or really any developmental or behavioral disorder.

Fuel Their Day

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture recommends children eat breakfast because the meal boosts academic performance and improves behavior. Breakfast also helps with tasks requiring attention, problem-solving and memory — just about anything related to the school day. It’s important for parents to eat meals with their children for many reasons.

First, it serves as an example that you’re invested in a good start to the day, too. Make breakfasts nutritionally valuable by crafting meals rich in vitamins and balanced with healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables. Pair them with a glass of water to get kids hydrated and to work toward meeting their daily requirement.

Second, and most important is that it gives kids a great start to their day to have some quality time with their parents before school.

Third, you can take advantage of the time to get their minds primed for the day, too, either by doing some fun activities or by being extra supportive of how great a kid they are (support self-esteem) that gets them mentally prepared for school. Customizable word search puzzles and age-appropriate educational games like memory cards help get minds thinking without diving into tests or multiplication tables. If your child also struggles with a sensory processing disorder, getting some hard work / exercise in the morning is a good idea, too. It can help burn off some of the extra energy if they are a sensory craver or have ADHD that can cause problems in school for kids. Plus it’s an excellent mood-booster.

Visualize Success

A board that includes a child’s checklist of tasks or visual schedule to accomplish in the morning helps visual learners understand what needs to be completed and helps establish consistency each morning. Use stickers or a wipe off marker to mark off duties that have been finished, and include periodic meaningful rewards for sticking to a schedule. Always keep in mind that the most meaningful rewards are those that involve YOU, the parent. Getting an ice cream together on Saturday or other parent-child activities that include having “alone time” with one parent make the best rewards.

Include items related to hygiene (brushing teeth, getting dressed), chores (cleaning up a room) and responsibilities (feeding a pet). Children will know what’s expected of them so they’ll be able to get things done and clearly focus on schoolwork.

Collaborate with Your Kids

When creating a morning routine, it’s essential to involve your children in the process of creating expectations to persuade them to stay on track. In his book “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness,” author and business guru Stephen Covey tells the story of a family who had immense trouble in getting their kids to finish morning tasks without significant prodding. When their parents had a discussion about what needed to be accomplished every morning and asked their kids if they felt capable of completing the tasks on their own, they all agreed. Family productivity skyrocketed because the kids felt empowered to take care of themselves. This can be especially beneficial in kids with ADHD because it gives them a sense of personal responsibility and power. By showing your children you trust them to handle their routine on their own, they’ll start their day on a positive, confident note that will likely carry on into the school day.

Make your physical morning schedule that you hang up together with your kids. Check in with them often to ask how they feel about their routine, what help they need, and how it could be improved. Continue to evolve your morning routine so it’s a balanced one that sets both you as a parent and your child as a student up for success.

How to create your best morning routine for success

Morning people: What a mystery they are. Having the audacity to start their day all perky while the rest of us limp out of bed after a knock-down drag-out fight with the snooze button. Pretty rude if you ask me.

But could they be on to something? Research suggests they are.

Let’s dig into why those early birds are setting themselves up for success (and how you can do the same).

Why You Need a Morning Routine

The expression “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” underscores the importance of a morning routine. How you start your morning sets the tone of your entire day. Benefits of a morning routine include:

1. Starting your day on your own terms. One of the hallmarks of anxiety and depression is feeling like you are not in control of your life. When you create a routine for yourself and stick to it, you empower yourself to reclaim control over how your day starts.

2. Building momentum. Starting your day with little victories creates a confidence snowball effect that will help you tackle the bigger challenges later in your day (more on this later).

3. Improving decision-making and reducing stress. Too many decisions leads to stress, a phenomenon known as The Paradox of Choice, and also hurts your ability to make future decisions. Starting your day with a comfortable and repetitive sequence of activities means you can save the decision-making for when you need it most.

4. Establishing healthy habits. We all know how hard habits are to break. Following a morning routine is effectively creating a habit. Eventually, you’ll be on autopilot with those stretches, affirmations, and nutritious breakfasts.

That’s all great…in theory. But how do I stop being a drowsy, irritable, IV-full-of-coffee-toting shell of a person I am so used to being? I’m glad you asked.

Set Yourself Up for Success

This really isn’t about waking up early, it’s about waking up correctly. There are two major ways that we sabotage ourselves when it comes to waking up:

Step away from the snooze button: Mel Robbins is an expert in many things, one of which is waking up. As Mel explains, hitting the snooze button disrupts our natural sleep cycle and actually puts your brain back to sleep for a few hours (even if you are physically awake). The key to keeping your brain operating a peak performance is waking up the first time around. It SUCKS for about 30 seconds, but you’ll be glad you did it.

I swear, if you touch that phone…: You know the best way hijack your entire day? Going down a social media wormhole or checking your email before getting out of bed and finding “emergencies” that you need to handle “right now.” You set the terms for how your day starts (remember what we said about depression/anxiety and a lack of control). Do not let others (or your phone) decide for you.

Some Ideas for Getting Started

What activities make up a good morning routine? That’s up to you! Try a few different activities and see which fit you best. Here are some suggestions:

Make your bed: Take it from a Navy SEAL, making your bed is a great way to start the day. As Admiral William H. McRaven explains, making your bed is a small, momentum-building task. If you make your bed, you’ve accomplished something before the day even starts and will feel more inspired to conquer the next task.

Exercise: Tell me if this is you: You start your day with every intention to exercise after work but when the time comes you are just so. damn. tired. Exercising in the morning not only gives you a kickstart of natural energy, it’s also one less thing you have to do at the end of an exhausting day. Plus, it’s a really good feeling going about your day and knowing you’ve already worked out. (Pro Tip: Sleep in your gym clothes. Sometimes getting dressed is half the battle).

Journal: There’s something about putting pen to paper. Writing down what your are grateful for, affirmations, or your intentions for the day helps you think about (and manifest) those things explicitly rather than in abstracts.

Practice Mindfulness: The health benefits of mindfulness have been well documented: from heart health, to pain reduction, to Alzheimer’s prevention. This one is the simplest, but also the hardest to master. Try using apps like Calm or Headspace to guide your practice. (Pro Tip: Do not do this is in bed. You are 100% guaranteed to fall back asleep).

Pray: If you are a person of faith, taking some quiet time to pray or read a few pages of scripture is a great centering exercise and gives you a framework to approach the rest of your day.

If you are looking for more ideas, you can also check out The Miracle Morning, a book (and feature film) which explore the “perfect” morning routine and the inspiring people who follow it.

There you have it! I hope you’re feeling more energized and prepared to start the day off right. Please feel free to comment with any wisdom of your own!

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Establishing a solid morning routine is the best way to set yourself up for success, whether you’re going to work, taking care of the kids, or enjoying a day off.

The way you start each morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start your day negatively or feeling rushed, it’ll probably feel much more stressful than if you have a peaceful morning filled with intention.

Without a morning routine, our days can quickly get away from us. You might spend an unintentional hour checking your phone before getting out of bed, and suddenly your morning is gone and you’re scrambling to make up for lost time.

Doesn’t sound ideal, does it? But I bet for many of you reading this (myself included!), it sounds familiar.

The way you start each morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.

Imagine instead that you had a simple yet structured morning routine in place, complete with a few easy rituals that ground you and bring you joy, so that by the time you sit down to work or get ready to tackle a few to-do’s, you’re feeling inspired, motivated, and genuinely excited to kick off the day! Ahhh that sounds better already, doesn’t it?!

But the how is what we’re going to address in this article. And the key to finding your best morning routine is to keep it simple. Our lives are complicated enough! We need to streamline; not add more to our plates.

Enter: your perfect morning routine.

Try These 5 Tips to Create Your Perfect Morning Routine for a Healthier, Happier, More Organized and Productive You:

1. Plan Your Day the Night Before

Wait, so you’re telling me that my morning routine should start the night before? Yep!

Here’s why: when we take a moment (and it doesn’t have to take long) to write down our most important tasks to complete the next day, we free up our minds for a nice peaceful night’s sleep and also set ourselves up for a successful, streamlined morning.

Pro tip: Keep your list of tasks as short as possible – ideally no more than three big ones and three small ones.

If you wake up and then, first cup of coffee still in hand, try to map out what you want to accomplish that day, you may feel a bit scattered, overwhelmed, or uninspired.

You also risk (as I’ve done too many times) checking your email before you get organized, and wind up spending valuable morning hours going through your inbox or doing other less important tasks instead of the most important things to check off your list.

Pro tip: Try to de-prioritize and batch out checking your email to save room for more timely, pressing to-do’s. Instead of checking your email each hour or every time you get a notification, set a time (once or twice a day at most) to check email and resist the urge to do it outside of that allotted window.

Planning your day the night before gives you a jumpstart on your day and allows you space for the rest of your morning rituals so you can fill up before you start to plug in. Which leads us to #2!

2. Create a Custom Morning Ritual

Clair Diaz Ortiz, author of Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life on Purpose, is a firm believer in creating your ideal morning routine. Not my ideal routine, and not hers – yours.

Why? Because everyone’s mornings are different, everyone’s needs are different, and what best serves me may not be what best serves you. However, there are a few common things that we can all pick and choose from to add to our morning rituals:

  • Drink warm lemon water as soon as you wake up to flush your system and naturally boost your energy
  • Meditate or practice a simple form of breathwork to center your mind
  • Journal or read for 15 minutes
  • Listen to uplifting music, a podcast, or a book on tape while you get ready
  • Write down three things you’re grateful for
  • Get outside for a walk!
  • Call a loved one or snuggle a loved one (human or furry)
  • Light a candle or diffuse essential oils
  • Set an intention for the day or repeat an empowering mantra

Whether you do one of these things and slowly add another few, or incorporate several into your regular morning routine, you will notice a positive shift in your mindset and throughout your day.

3. Move Your Body

Exercise is an obvious point that’s included in any article about morning routines – but for good reason! I can personally attest to how much better, clearer, and ready I am for my day after a great workout than when I skip it.

The point is to get your heartrate up and ideally break a sweat. Whether you go for a jog (bonus points for getting outside for some Vitamin D!), practice yoga, do a quick resistance band or free weight workout – whatever you like to do – just get it done.

Hey – if all you’re up for that day is turning up the music and dancing around your living room, that’s great too! In fact, dancing is a potent way of shaking up stuck energy in the body, waking us up, and filling us with joy.

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How to create your best morning routine for success

Morning people: What a mystery they are. Having the audacity to start their day all perky while the rest of us limp out of bed after a knock-down drag-out fight with the snooze button. Pretty rude if you ask me.

But could they be on to something? Research suggests they are.

Let’s dig into why those early birds are setting themselves up for success (and how you can do the same).

Why You Need a Morning Routine

The expression “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” underscores the importance of a morning routine. How you start your morning sets the tone of your entire day. Benefits of a morning routine include:

1. Starting your day on your own terms. One of the hallmarks of anxiety and depression is feeling like you are not in control of your life. When you create a routine for yourself and stick to it, you empower yourself to reclaim control over how your day starts.

2. Building momentum. Starting your day with little victories creates a confidence snowball effect that will help you tackle the bigger challenges later in your day (more on this later).

3. Improving decision-making and reducing stress. Too many decisions leads to stress, a phenomenon known as The Paradox of Choice, and also hurts your ability to make future decisions. Starting your day with a comfortable and repetitive sequence of activities means you can save the decision-making for when you need it most.

4. Establishing healthy habits. We all know how hard habits are to break. Following a morning routine is effectively creating a habit. Eventually, you’ll be on autopilot with those stretches, affirmations, and nutritious breakfasts.

That’s all great…in theory. But how do I stop being a drowsy, irritable, IV-full-of-coffee-toting shell of a person I am so used to being? I’m glad you asked.

Set Yourself Up for Success

This really isn’t about waking up early, it’s about waking up correctly. There are two major ways that we sabotage ourselves when it comes to waking up:

Step away from the snooze button: Mel Robbins is an expert in many things, one of which is waking up. As Mel explains, hitting the snooze button disrupts our natural sleep cycle and actually puts your brain back to sleep for a few hours (even if you are physically awake). The key to keeping your brain operating a peak performance is waking up the first time around. It SUCKS for about 30 seconds, but you’ll be glad you did it.

I swear, if you touch that phone…: You know the best way hijack your entire day? Going down a social media wormhole or checking your email before getting out of bed and finding “emergencies” that you need to handle “right now.” You set the terms for how your day starts (remember what we said about depression/anxiety and a lack of control). Do not let others (or your phone) decide for you.

Some Ideas for Getting Started

What activities make up a good morning routine? That’s up to you! Try a few different activities and see which fit you best. Here are some suggestions:

Make your bed: Take it from a Navy SEAL, making your bed is a great way to start the day. As Admiral William H. McRaven explains, making your bed is a small, momentum-building task. If you make your bed, you’ve accomplished something before the day even starts and will feel more inspired to conquer the next task.

Exercise: Tell me if this is you: You start your day with every intention to exercise after work but when the time comes you are just so. damn. tired. Exercising in the morning not only gives you a kickstart of natural energy, it’s also one less thing you have to do at the end of an exhausting day. Plus, it’s a really good feeling going about your day and knowing you’ve already worked out. (Pro Tip: Sleep in your gym clothes. Sometimes getting dressed is half the battle).

Journal: There’s something about putting pen to paper. Writing down what your are grateful for, affirmations, or your intentions for the day helps you think about (and manifest) those things explicitly rather than in abstracts.

Practice Mindfulness: The health benefits of mindfulness have been well documented: from heart health, to pain reduction, to Alzheimer’s prevention. This one is the simplest, but also the hardest to master. Try using apps like Calm or Headspace to guide your practice. (Pro Tip: Do not do this is in bed. You are 100% guaranteed to fall back asleep).

Pray: If you are a person of faith, taking some quiet time to pray or read a few pages of scripture is a great centering exercise and gives you a framework to approach the rest of your day.

If you are looking for more ideas, you can also check out The Miracle Morning, a book (and feature film) which explore the “perfect” morning routine and the inspiring people who follow it.

There you have it! I hope you’re feeling more energized and prepared to start the day off right. Please feel free to comment with any wisdom of your own!

How to create your best morning routine for success

Productivity is a hot topic right now. We’re all looking for productivity hacks to help us become more efficient with the limited time and energy we have available to us. But is there anything we can do first thing in the morning–before the workday even officially starts–to become more energetic, more focused, and more productive? This article will walk you through nine strategies that will get your day off to the best start possible.

1. Become a morning person.

Research published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology suggests that morning people are actually more proactive than night owls in terms of their overall willingness to take action. The study also found that people who had only a small difference in wake-up time between weekdays and weekends were more proactive; meaning those who got up at roughly the same time every day tended to be more proactive.

Not a morning person by nature? While natural circadian rhythms certainly impact how energetic you feel in the morning, getting to bed earlier and instituting an enjoyable morning routine may make mornings a little more palatable.

2. Prepare the night before.

Mornings can be chaotic at the best of times, but a bit of extra planning the night before can go a long way to minimizing morning stress. Some ways to do this might be setting the timer on the coffee maker, preparing breakfasts or lunches ahead of time, and having your laptop and briefcase ready and waiting by the door.

3. Eat a protein-rich breakfast.

Whether you’re a “breakfast person” or not, that first meal of the day is one of the keys to setting yourself up for a productive morning. Remember that your body has been fasting for the past seven or eight hours, and jump-starting your system with a protein-rich breakfast can get you going. Some quick and easy protein-packed options that even non-breakfast people can stomach include cottage cheese, almonds, eggs, protein shakes, and Greek yogurt.

4. Start the day with a proactive mindset.

Do you generally believe that you’re in control of your own success? People who have a strong internal locus of control believe and expect that they have control over their own destiny. Starting the day with an expectation that what you do matters will give you the best chance of getting off to a productive start.

5. Resist the urge to let your email own you.

Most of us are guilty of checking email before our feet have even hit the floor in the morning. The problem is that this often gets us off to a bad start–responding and reacting to other people’s agendas rather than setting our own course for the day. Resist the urge to let others dictate your schedule, and wait until you’re in the office to check your email and social media accounts.

6. Exercise near the beginning of the day.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that people who exercise during the workday report improved moods and an increased ability to deal with the demands of work. Joe Coulson, one of the researchers behind the study, writes, “It’s generally well-known now that there are many physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from regular exercise. If people try to fit an active break into their working day, they might also experience the added bonus of their whole day feeling much more productive.”

If you already have a regular exercise routine, try moving it to the beginning of the day. Exercising before work can improve your mood, and increase your productivity levels throughout the rest of the day.

7. Spend some time in quiet.

Meditation, prayer, yoga, quiet time–these are all great practices that can get your day off to the right start. Spending 15 to 30 minutes in quiet–whether that’s doing structured meditation, or simply sitting silently with a cup of coffee contemplating the day–can broaden your perspective and give you a calmer, more proactive outlook on the day.

8. Write out a to-do list (but keep it short).

Starting your day with a prioritized list of tasks, actions, and goals can help you make more productive decisions throughout the day. In a recent interview, Amy Dalton, researcher behind a goal-setting study titled “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Benefits of Implementation Intentions Depend on the Number of Goals,” stresses the importance of keeping your list of goals on the short side: “If you have six things to do today, all high priority, and you sit down and start planning everything out in detail, you quickly realize how difficult it will be to do it all. . You feel overwhelmed and, because you don’t think you can pull it all off, you’re less committed. By contrast, people who don’t form specific plans are more likely to believe they can achieve it all.”

9. Arrive at the office at a set time each day.

As a business owner, it can be easy to play fast and loose with your office hours. This is particularly true if you work from home without the accountability of office mates. Set a time for when the workday will start, and then hold yourself to it. In his book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy Baumeister suggests that willpower erodes over the course of the day, meaning you’re more likely to have solid resolve in the morning. Don’t waste this valuable time by putting off the workday any longer than you have to.

Don’t discount the importance of a productive morning routine. Getting off to a good start can mean the difference between an energetic, proactive start and dragging your feet into the day.

What are your secrets to a productive morning? Share below!

There isn’t a set template for the ideal morning that everyone should have, but your best morning routine should energise and motivate you to get things done.

During this circuit breaker period where you’re working from home, it’s even more important to have a good morning routine to set yourself up for a successful and productive day.

Keep reading for the eight steps to create your morning routine!

#1 Switch off the snooze button

How to create your best morning routine for success

Procrastinating waking up starts your day on a bad note! The “extra sleep” that you think you’re getting is actually low quality sleep that will leave you feeling groggy for the rest of the day.

Ignore all that advice on waking up at 6am, some people are just not early risers and that’s okay! The important thing is to set your own fixed timing to wake up and stick to it. If you have trouble waking up on time, check out our tips to make yourself go to sleep earlier.

#2 Meditate

How to create your best morning routine for success

If getting up from your bed is the most gruelling part of your morning, go for the middle ground by sitting upright on your bed instead. With your legs crossed and eyes still closed, take in a deep breath and hold for 10 seconds, then exhale. Repeat another three to five times until you’re mentally ready to get out of bed.

#3 Splash cold water on your face and neck

How to create your best morning routine for success

A sudden hit of cold water is an intimidating thing to do to yourself, so getting this done and over with will make you feel like you’ve already conquered something difficult and feel ready to take on more challenges. It’ll also make you feel awake and refreshed immediately!

If you’re up for the challenge, you can also take a quick shower with cold water. 🥶

#4 Drink a glass of water

How to create your best morning routine for success

Soda and other sweetened drinks are an emotional comfort but won’t do you any favours when it comes to feeling more energised and ready to start the day. Your body will thank you for staying hydrated and healthy by drinking water!

#5 Do some light exercises

How to create your best morning routine for success

Exercise is a great way to energise yourself and it doesn’t have to be a long, hardcore workout. It can be anything from a run around your neighbourhood or a short stretching session in your bedroom, whatever gets your blood pumping and endorphins released!

#6 Eat a healthy breakfast

How to create your best morning routine for success

Junk foods are packed with refined carbohydrates and added sugars which leaves you feeling tired. Put down the potato chips and processed food and have a healthy breakfast instead!

Check out some easy breakfast ideas that you can whip up in no time. If you’re too lazy to cook, you can still find healthy breakfasts like a muesli, oatmeal and yoghurt with fruit.

#7 Do something that makes you happy

How to create your best morning routine for success

Before diving into work, carve out some spare time to relax and do something that makes you happy. Cuddle with your loved ones, play with your pets or indulge in your hobby like reading, writing and drawing. If your hobbies are watching dramas and movies, skip that and do something else that will take less time like reading positive news or look at funny videos, cute pet videos, comedy Instagram accounts and memes.

Even 10 minutes of doing something you love in the morning will lighten your mood, make you happy to start work and be less tempted to procrastinate. Make sure you start work on time!

#8 List out and order your to-dos

How to create your best morning routine for success

Write down or type out a list of things you plan to do for the day in the order of most to least important and urgent. You’ll have a clear idea on what to do first, what you should schedule for later, what to delegate and what to leave for the end of the day.

If you don’t have any semblance of a morning routine right now, pick four from this list and gradually add one at a time every day or every few days. Don’t beat yourself up for not following your routine 100% and change up your routine whenever your priorities, values and responsibilities change.

Check out our tips on how to be more productive while working from home!

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How to create your best morning routine for success

Productivity is a hot topic right now. We’re all looking for productivity hacks to help us become more efficient with the limited time and energy we have available to us. But is there anything we can do first thing in the morning–before the workday even officially starts–to become more energetic, more focused, and more productive? This article will walk you through nine strategies that will get your day off to the best start possible.

1. Become a morning person.

Research published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology suggests that morning people are actually more proactive than night owls in terms of their overall willingness to take action. The study also found that people who had only a small difference in wake-up time between weekdays and weekends were more proactive; meaning those who got up at roughly the same time every day tended to be more proactive.

Not a morning person by nature? While natural circadian rhythms certainly impact how energetic you feel in the morning, getting to bed earlier and instituting an enjoyable morning routine may make mornings a little more palatable.

2. Prepare the night before.

Mornings can be chaotic at the best of times, but a bit of extra planning the night before can go a long way to minimizing morning stress. Some ways to do this might be setting the timer on the coffee maker, preparing breakfasts or lunches ahead of time, and having your laptop and briefcase ready and waiting by the door.

3. Eat a protein-rich breakfast.

Whether you’re a “breakfast person” or not, that first meal of the day is one of the keys to setting yourself up for a productive morning. Remember that your body has been fasting for the past seven or eight hours, and jump-starting your system with a protein-rich breakfast can get you going. Some quick and easy protein-packed options that even non-breakfast people can stomach include cottage cheese, almonds, eggs, protein shakes, and Greek yogurt.

4. Start the day with a proactive mindset.

Do you generally believe that you’re in control of your own success? People who have a strong internal locus of control believe and expect that they have control over their own destiny. Starting the day with an expectation that what you do matters will give you the best chance of getting off to a productive start.

5. Resist the urge to let your email own you.

Most of us are guilty of checking email before our feet have even hit the floor in the morning. The problem is that this often gets us off to a bad start–responding and reacting to other people’s agendas rather than setting our own course for the day. Resist the urge to let others dictate your schedule, and wait until you’re in the office to check your email and social media accounts.

6. Exercise near the beginning of the day.

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that people who exercise during the workday report improved moods and an increased ability to deal with the demands of work. Joe Coulson, one of the researchers behind the study, writes, “It’s generally well-known now that there are many physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from regular exercise. If people try to fit an active break into their working day, they might also experience the added bonus of their whole day feeling much more productive.”

If you already have a regular exercise routine, try moving it to the beginning of the day. Exercising before work can improve your mood, and increase your productivity levels throughout the rest of the day.

7. Spend some time in quiet.

Meditation, prayer, yoga, quiet time–these are all great practices that can get your day off to the right start. Spending 15 to 30 minutes in quiet–whether that’s doing structured meditation, or simply sitting silently with a cup of coffee contemplating the day–can broaden your perspective and give you a calmer, more proactive outlook on the day.

8. Write out a to-do list (but keep it short).

Starting your day with a prioritized list of tasks, actions, and goals can help you make more productive decisions throughout the day. In a recent interview, Amy Dalton, researcher behind a goal-setting study titled “Too Much of a Good Thing: The Benefits of Implementation Intentions Depend on the Number of Goals,” stresses the importance of keeping your list of goals on the short side: “If you have six things to do today, all high priority, and you sit down and start planning everything out in detail, you quickly realize how difficult it will be to do it all. . You feel overwhelmed and, because you don’t think you can pull it all off, you’re less committed. By contrast, people who don’t form specific plans are more likely to believe they can achieve it all.”

9. Arrive at the office at a set time each day.

As a business owner, it can be easy to play fast and loose with your office hours. This is particularly true if you work from home without the accountability of office mates. Set a time for when the workday will start, and then hold yourself to it. In his book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy Baumeister suggests that willpower erodes over the course of the day, meaning you’re more likely to have solid resolve in the morning. Don’t waste this valuable time by putting off the workday any longer than you have to.

Don’t discount the importance of a productive morning routine. Getting off to a good start can mean the difference between an energetic, proactive start and dragging your feet into the day.

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