Improve Your Morning Routine: How to Make Every Day a Great Day!
They say your morning can set the tone for your entire day. But, for most of us, it can be hard (at least initially) to see past waking up, showering, eating, and going to work. And while that's certainly the most utilitarian version of a morning routine, it's also woefully incomplete.
Even though you shouldn't allow yourself to get too hung up on a morning routine where it may ruin the rest of your day, you should take steps to make sure it's both smooth and productive.
So if you're are wondering how you can optimize your morning routine, keep reading for an in-depth look.
How Can I Improve My Morning Routine?
While everybody is unique and can benefit from different routines, there are a few hard and fast techniques that are universal. Just keep in mind that starting a mourning routine, that maximizes your day's potential, means implementing some discipline. Not all these steps will be easy.
1. Don't Snooze Your Alarm
One of the hardest parts of starting a morning routine off right is getting up as soon as the alarm goes off. While it's ever-so-tempting to hit the snooze button to capture a few more delicious minutes of sleep, doing so can negatively impact your entire day.
The mindset behind snoozing your alarm is "I'm not ready, I can't do this yet." While this mentality might be completely subconscious, it already puts you behind the curve. Whether it means going to bed earlier, keeping your alarm clock across the room, or setting your alarm to the loudest and most annoying tone possible, make sure you're not hitting that snooze button.
2. Immediately Make Your Bed
Next, start out each day by completing a simple and tone-setting task - make your bed. This concept, popularized at a commencement speech by Admiral McRaven, suggests that completing this seemingly menial task ingrains both a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue to get things done.
Making your bed immediately makes your room look more tidy, which encourages you to pick up dirty clothes off the floor, take any dishes to the kitchen sink, etc. The snowball effect puts you in a task-oriented mode first thing in the morning, which makes for a more productive day.
If you're wondering "What's the first actionable step I can take in my morning routine?" this is it.
3. Drink a Full Glass of Water
While it may be your instinct to aim for the coffee pot first thing in the morning, you should first gulp down a few glasses of water. For some people, this will seem nearly impossible. However, doing so comes with several benefits.
Drinking water first thing in the morning helps your body rid itself of toxins and makes you more alert. It also hydrates your muscles and organs. Drinking water first thing in the morning even helps kickstart your metabolism.
4. Have Your Outfit Laid Out the Night Before
While this is technically part of your evening routine the night before, your clothes should be laid out for you in the morning. This preparation is an easy win because it already knocks one task off your list of things to do.
This technique can also extend past your work clothes. You should also have your briefcase (or other work bags) packed, as well as your gym back, lunch, and anything else you need for the day. This helps your morning flow and typically prevents you from leaving anything at home accidentally.
5. Feed Your Mind While Sipping Coffee
You're probably reading about drinking water above and thinking "But coffee is a vital part of my morning routine!" Don't worry, we know.
Once you've consumed a few glasses of water, you can sit down and enjoy your nice relaxing cup of coffee or tea.
While it may be tempting to use this "coffee time" to jump on social media or play a game on your phone, we don't recommend it. Instead, feed your brain by reading something inspiring or intellectual.
6. Write Down Your Goals for the Day
Now that your brain has had time to charge, it's ready to think about the day ahead.
To avoid getting stressed out by all the daily tasks you need to complete, write down everything you want to accomplish for the day and everything you need to remember (grocery shopping, dry cleaning, taking your kid to practice, etc.). Making a list your goals to help keep you on track and reduce stress.
7. Get Physical
One of the best things you can implement into your morning routine is your workout. Exercising is vital and could add years to your life, although, this may require you getting up even earlier.
Even if it's a quick ten-minute yoga, jog/walk around the block or a stretching routine, it's important to get your body moving.
8. Avoid Anything on Your Not-To-Do List
If you're thinking "How do I make sure I don't sabotage my morning routine?" the answer lies in discipline. For example, your phone is a huge distraction, most Americans check it at least 80 times a day. Leave it in the other room during your morning routine to save yourself from, well, yourself.
If you need it for listening to music while working out, don't allow yourself to get distracted on social media, answering text messages, etc.
9. Have Contingencies
Finally, if you're looking to guarantee the success of your morning routine, you need to make sure you have contingencies in place. For example, if you can't go on your jog because it's raining outside, what else can you do?
Get rid of all distractions and set up barriers in your life to ensure your morning routine goes uninterrupted including having a Plan B in the event that something doesn't work out.
Looking to Make Every Day a Great Day?
We know what you're thinking - "There's a lot that needs to go into my morning routine!" While it may seem daunting at first, the more these practices become a habit, the easier it will become. Just start out by adding one piece of the puzzle at a time.