How to create a morning routine
With the breakneck pace of modern life, it can often like there’s barely time to do anything. We wake up in the morning and before we know it, it’s 6pm and yet another day is (literally) riding off into the sunset.
But according toexperts, that is not often a good thing. Feeling like we do not have control over our day and how we spend it can leave us feeling stressed, frustrated or even depressed.
If every day’s a whirlwind for you, leaving you constantly out of time and hustling to catch up with tasks, you need to take back control of your life. And one of the best ways to do this is by having a morning routine.
How do you go about creating one? That’s what we’ll discuss today. Let’s get in.
The value of a morning routine
Very successful people, according to productivity experts, share a common trait – they usually have well-developed morning routines.
Arianna Huffington, for example, always commences her day with yoga and meditation. Dwayne Johnson puts in the work in his “steel jungle” every morning, and Barack Obama starts every day with cardio and weights, followed by breakfast with his daughters.
Why do these successful people pay so much attention to morning routines? Well, according to science, there’s a strong connection between starting the day well and being highly productive.
A study reported by theHarvard Business Review found that we are at our most proactive and productive in the morning. Self-control isgreatest in the morning and people who harness this period are able to start their day brighter, more intentionally and may achieve more before the end of the day.
TheAmerican Psychological Association also reports that people who have a healthy morning routine experience lower stress, depression and increased life satisfaction.
So, if you’ve been wondering how to supercharge your day and get the best out of it, the secret may lie in your morning routine.
Tips for an effective morning routine
People tend to approach the topic of morning routines all wrong. We look at people who already have successful routines and think “if I could just incorporate some of that, I think I’ll be good”. But that doesn’t often work.
People who benefit from their morning routines only do so because it’s tailor-made for them. Even if they copied elements of it from elsewhere, the specifics of the routine are perfect for them, and that’s why they find success. Getting up at 4am may be great for some people but it might not be the best for you.
As a result, if you want to create a successful morning routine, you need to start with what works for you. To get started on putting together your morning routine, follow these tips:
With these tips in mind, you’re now ready to start putting together your own highly effective morning routine. What should go into it? That’s what we’ll discuss next.
What does an effective morning routine look like?
Remember we said your morning routine should come from within? Here’s where you start putting that to work.
However, because of this, it can be hard to showcase what an effective morning should look like since everyone has different things that work for them. It could be Pilates for some, or yoga for others. If they do what you want, then that’s perfectly fine.
But rather than tell you what must absolutely be in your morning routine, we’ll share great principles that can help you plan your perfect routine. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
With these principles in mind, you can then go on to set the perfect morning routine that works for you.
A great morning routine sets you up for a more productive, motivated day. By also supplementing with the right items, you also increase your ability to stay focused, energized and mentally alert throughout the day.