A good morning routine enables us to do more and sets us up for success. But it does more than that. It inspires us to improve ourselves each day and do even more.
Here are some suggestions on how to win the morning.
Find your Why
A lot has been said about morning routines that you should do this or you should do that but it will start still on your “WHY”.
What do you want more of in your day? Do you aim for more productivity? Do you want to improve your health physically? Do you want to feel calm and focused at the start of your day?
An example of this would be the famed English novelist, Jane Austen. She starts her day with her creative time. She was known to immediately play the piano after waking up. After that, she will have breakfast with her family. When the meal is done, only then will she start to write.
Figure out what your goals are and move from there. Once you have thought about what you want out of your morning routine, you’ll be able to identify your purpose and stay consistent on your journey.
Find a routine that will work for you
Not all morning routines are created equal. We are all different, lemon water could work for someone while others would just drink plain water or coffee first thing in the morning.
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global begins each day with yoga and meditation. On the other hand, President Obama, 44th President of the US always does his cardio and weight routine, followed by breakfast with his daughters. The goal here is to find what will be the best morning start for you.
Create a “Not to do List” and replace it with good ones
While we keep our normal To-Do Lists for the day, it’s also important to check off what you should not be doing as well.
Start with one thing that takes you away from your goals or intentions for the day, for example, snoozing your phone or checking your social media first thing in the morning. These are some things that you can stop to help you have a clearer focus on the day.
Afterward, you can then replace the things you no longer want to do with other better ways to start your day like listening to music, motivational podcasts, journaling, yoga, or meditation.
Options are endless. What is important is for you to make a list of the things you would like to try. Start slow and start incorporating any habit you like into your daily morning routine.
Maintain and stay consistent with your habits
Develop a consistent morning routine by applying habits that could work all week long. Setting up your routine for 7 days a week will likely be more beneficial for you as you get the hang of it.
Steve Jobs, the late Apple CEO, spent his mornings with the question, “If today were my last day on earth what would I do differently?” This allows his creative mind to re-evaluate his work and purpose.
Create a balance of both work and play in your routine. Your goal is not to have a perfect morning routine but one that is always aligned with your personal goals and intentions.
Remember these are just examples and suggestions. At the end of the day, you’re the one to decide if you want to make small changes for self-improvement. Starting slow and staying consistent is the way to go.
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Source: Science of People