Having a great morning routine can improve your productivity; allowing you to achieve your goals, feel more organised, and do your daily activities with confidence. This can be beneficial to your career, relationships and health and allow you to live a more fulfilled life.
Your daily routine is personal to you. But if what you do in the morning doesn’t energise you for the rest of your day it’s time to shake it up. Here are some easy to implement ideas to help you improve your morning routine.
Start your morning the night before
Spending a few minutes the night before to get prepared for the next day can save you time and energy in the morning. Before going to bed, pick out what your outfit, prepare your lunch and make a quick to-do list with the essential things to get done for the following day.
By preparing the night before you can sleep easy knowing that everything is taken care of ahead of your morning and you have more time to stat your day off right.
Don’t use the snooze
The snooze button is not your friend. When your alarm goes off, it interrupts the REM cycle, and the repeated intrusions every 10 minutes only ensure that your body’s natural rhythm is off.
Set your alarm for when you need to get out of bed and resist the urge for a few extra light and fragmented minutes of sleep.
Avoid Your Phone
When we first wake up, our eyes haven’t quite adjusted to the light, and phone screens are far too bright for our eyes. It’s recommended that you wait 20 minutes before subjecting your eyes to screen time.
Scrolling through Facebook or Twitter isn’t a great use of our morning time either. Try to make better use of this time by exercising, spending time with family, and ticking off items from your to-do list.
Pick a healthy breakfast that makes you excited to get out of bed. Choose something that will energise you and provide lots of nutrients for your body. Food is your body’s fuel so be sure to fuel your body for the positive and productive day ahead of you.
Drink A Glass of Water
We’re often dehydrated in the mornings. Therefore, it’s likely that you will feel more refreshed after drinking water first thing. If you’re a coffee drinker, try to postpone your morning cup of coffee if you can! Research shows that your cortisol levels are naturally higher one-two hours after you wake up. Higher cortisol levels will mean that the effects of the caffeine will be minimised. But by the time you get to work, your cortisol will have dropped back to normal levels, making it the perfect time for your first coffee of the day.
Create a To-Do list
Look to achieve a few small goals each day. Knowing what to expect of your day can help you to hit the ground running when you get to work. Look forward to achieving these goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them. End the day feeling proud of what you achieved.
Taking the time to slowly move your muscles is a satisfying start to the day. Give your morning a boost by moving your exercise routine to earlier in the day. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few stretches, or a bit of light cardio to ease you into the day.
Do A Power Pose
Body language defines who we are. By posing in a power pose for a few minutes a day, you can become more confident and assertive.
Create a morning playlist
Listening to some music can add an invigorating dimension to your morning routine. Sounds can affect our mood and our body. Create a playlist to reflect how you want your morning to go. A selection of upbeat songs would be my choice but you could also opt for relaxing sounds.
Jane Austen would wake up and immediately play the piano, Barack Obama does a cardio and weight routine, and Steve Jobs would contemplate the philosophical question, “If today were my last day on earth what would I do differently?”. How will you improve your morning routine? Let me know in the comments below.