It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person or not, a well-crafted morning routine can improve anyone’s life. Don’t be like most people, who hit snooze half a dozen times before rolling out of bed and going about their day without a plan.
Don’t let life happen to you.
Make a decision to approach your day mindfully. Many highly successful people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Scott Adams (the creator of ‘Dilbert’) and Nir Eyal find that starting their days with a well-defined ritual helps them to focus on individual tasks and maintain a high level of performance.
Creating a morning ritual does not have to take a great deal of effort or thought. A few simple, positive actions can launch you into the day with a clear mind and positive energy.
The best morning rituals all contain a number of set elements that serve a number of basic needs.
Water and nutrition
After a long night’s rest the human body needs hydration and nutrition to start the day’s activities.
Similarly, the human body needs priming after the long night of inactivity.
Do a few yoga positions, work out on exercise equipment or go for a short run. Energizing your body will also energize your mind for the day’s work. This doesn’t mean you have to do a full-blown workout session, but rather spend four to seven minutes on quick exercises that will get your body going.
If you wake up fuzzy brained, taking a moment to focus your thoughts will help you get organized and remain productive during the day.
Get up fifteen minutes earlier than you normally do, and spend a few minutes in quiet meditation. This ritual can help you avoid the hectic mental busyness that often infiltrates your mind first thing in the morning.
Building this habit will bring you a calmer mindset and give you a clear perspective throughout the waking hours. If meditation sounds like something only Tibetan monks do, apps like Headspace and Calm can help you get started.
Read for 20 to 30 minutes.
Many people find that reading helps to put them in a good frame of mind for the whole day. Doesn’t really matter if it’s a fiction book, or a book on organization, success or positive thinking.
If you’re struggling with finding a good book, join Goodread’s reading challenge and create a reading list for the rest of the year. This way you’ll always have something to read in the morning.
Write 750 words
Writing is not only for best-selling authors, journalists and bloggers. Everybody can and should write. Try using the 750words web app to help you build the writing habit.
“It can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. — from 750words.com”
Eat the Frog
Take care of important business first. If you have vital tasks to accomplish for the day, take care of them first.
Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. — Mark Twain
Naturally, in order for this to work, you need to choose your frog first. One of the best ways to do this, is to write down 3 tasks you want to complete in a given day at the end of the previous day. In other words:
- At the end of the day, write 3 tasks you want to accomplish tomorrow;
- Next morning, start your day by looking at this list;
The only thing that’s left is to choose the most important task from the list and tackle it first thing in the morning, while your mind is still fresh and active.
Over to You
I think you already know what morning habits are absolutely not working for you, so why do you insist on doing them every morning? Focus on what is making your mornings better and build your morning ritual around that.
Do you have a morning ritual of your own? What do you usually do right after opening your eyes in the morning? Do you think that you need a morning routine? Let me know in the comments section below.