I’ve never thought I’d say it but I find that how I start my day does influence my day. I’ve been resisting morning routines for a very long time and used to just go with the flow. As I started learning and incorporating different ideas I found that on the days I follow simple morning rituals, my days just flow better and I am more productive. So here are 10 suggestions for little things you can start incorporate into your mornings that will set you up for success.
Enjoy the quiet
Meditating or even some simple breathing can help you begin your day with a sense of calm. Instead of reaching for your phone or checking email first thing in the morning, take just a few minutes to sit and experience the quiet. If you are in a relationship – cuddle your partner. If you are single – enjoy the peace and quiet and the duvet all to yourself. You will be busy and active for the rest of the day, gift yourself the quiet beginning. It will set the tone for your day and will help increase your focus, energy, and optimism.
I teach my clients to start their day by morning writing – this has first been taught by Julia Cameroon in the Artist way. It’s not journaling in the traditional sense – it’s dumping out on a page of paper of everything that’s sitting on your heart and mind. Doing it daily allows me to start fresh and be calmer and more productive.
Set your daily intention
What do you want to feel today? How do you want to show up? What do you need to pay attention to? What needs to happen today to make this day a success?
You know that your body dehydrates when you sleep so remedy it as soon as you open your eyes. Keep a bottle of water next to your bed. Replace reaching for your phone as soon as you open your eyes with reaching for your water.
Move your body
If you were going to choose one thing, the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests adding a short muscle-stretching sequence of exercises to your morning schedule. Studies show that consistent stretching in the morning can increase flexibility, improve circulation, reduce stress throughout your day and improve posture.
Listen to music
Starting your day with upbeat and fun music will not only wake you up but it will fill you with positive energy for your day. Here is one of my favourite morning playlists.
Start your day off by smiling at yourself in the bathroom mirror. Smiling will have a positive effect on your overall attitude and well-being, even when it starts out a little forced.
Life is busy and morning routines can be a bit rushed. It can be very tempting when you are running behind to skip breakfast and instead grab a coffee and a muffin from your coffee shop. You can plan your breakfast the night before but try to have a mix of fat, protein and fibre to keep the blood sugar in place and set yourself up for success. You can download my breakfast recipes here.
Do your personal development
Your commute is a perfect opportunity for a little bit of personal development, that’s why you usually can find me with ear buds in my ears listening podcasts or Audiobooks. Some of my favourite podcasters are Amy Porterfield, Jenna Kutcher, Rachel Hollis and Dave Hollis. Not in the mood for learning? A good novel is great as well.
Do your hardest task first
It might seem enticing to get a bunch of easy things checked off your to-do list, but doing your hardest task first leads to a more productive and happier day. You are more likely to remember the day as being a good one when your day gets better and is easier over time.
I wonder how do you start your day? Let me know if the comments below, I would love to get inspired.