There’s power in having a good morning routine, which is why we’re giving you some helpful ideas to add to yours – and they’re easy enough to follow through with, too
The course of your day is more often than not determined by your morning and the routine you follow – if you have one, that is. Article after article tells us that many of the world’s most successful people have a specific morning routine that they follow almost religiously. But the truth is, if your mornings are filled with distractions, procrastination and sluggishness, it’s quite likely that the rest of your day will follow suit. That’s why it’s so important to start your day off on the right track, and sticking to a simple routine each morning can help you do this. Here’s how…
You can actually start improving your morning routine by starting the day before. Mornings can be quite a rush and can make you feel anxious if you’re in a bit of a hurry. Planning ahead makes a world of difference to the flow of your morning, as it gives you more time to focus on the important things that need to get done. This way you can grab the things that are ready and start the day off organised and calm. Be one step ahead by choosing your outfit for the next day the night before. In fact, getting most, if not all, things ready for the next day ahead of time is a major time saver. It is also a good idea to prep your meals beforehand, or at least just try to plan a healthy breakfast and lunch the day before.
Rise And Shine
Ever heard the saying ‘The early bird catches the worm’? Well, it’s not that far from the truth when it comes to the time you wake up in the morning. It’s said that some of the world’s biggest achievers wake up before the crack of dawn. A few of these people include Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Tim Cook and Mark Wahlberg. Of course, we are not suggesting that you set your alarm for 4 am, but waking up thirty minutes or an hour earlier could make a big difference and help you to get things done more effectively, as it is no secret that we’re at our sharpest early in the morning. Once you find a time that works for you, try waking up at that time every morning. It’s said that doing so can also improve your sleep patterns at night.
Get In The Mood
What you do directly after waking up can have a big influence on the rest of your day, from your mood to your productivity. You may have heard this before, but don’t scroll through your phone the very second that you open your eyes. This will not only add to your anxiety and distract you, but it will also take up time that could have been used for something more beneficial. Some experts say that you shouldn’t touch your phone for at least an hour after waking. Rather lift your mood by introducing mindful habits and positive thoughts. Perhaps think of one thing that you are thankful for that day, something you are looking forward to in the day ahead, or anything inspiring that will get you determined to do your best. Thinking positive thoughts throughout the day could also help ensure that you don’t wake up on the proverbial wrong side of the bed the following morning.
Choose Your Actions Wisely
Starting your day off with the proper activities is the best way to put yourself in the correct mindset. Perhaps one of the first tasks to complete is that of making your bed. Not only will this give you quite a great sense of accomplishment, but you will feel so much more at ease knowing that your space is neat and tidy. It’s a good idea to take some time to clear your mind too before you start with the day’s tasks. Prayer, meditation or journalling are some great ways to attain that sense of peace. You can also write down your intentions for the day. This will motivate you and hold you accountable for your daily achievements. Lastly, move your body! Whether it’s going to the gym, doing at-home workouts, or yoga, exercise gives you a boost of energy that will carry you through the day. Once you’ve done these tasks in the morning, you’ve set the tone for the rest of the day and you’re likely to go to bed proud and at ease. A successful and productive day: check!
Words by Bianca Muller