The 5-Part Morning Routine for Professional Success
What do you do first thing when you wake up? Do you hit the gym, drink your morning coffee or spend quality time with your pup? If you don’t have a morning routine you’re missing out. What you do in the first 60 mins of your morning can make or break your day. Here are some tips to improve productivity and set the tone high for the rest of the day.
1. Stop hitting the snooze button
Wake up at the same time every single day. Delaying your day by hitting your snooze button is actually confusing your internal clock and making you sleepier. If you struggle with smashing the snooze button try placing your alarm clock across the room. This way you are forced to get out of bed to turn it off and are less likely to fall back asleep.
2. Start your day off with gratitude
Don’t look at your phone for at least 30 mins or you will get caught up scrolling and waste precious time. Make this your morning ritual and it will change your life. Staring your day off with gratitude can be done in many different ways. Maybe this looks like taking ten minutes to write down what makes you happy in a journal or sitting in reflection and reminding yourself all that you have to be thankful for.
3. Do something small that fills up your cup
You can’t pour from an empty cup. You need to prioritize the things that bring you joy. So often we wake up dead focused on conquering our to-do lists or emails and spend hours dealing with other peoples issues without fending to our own. Fill your cup by taking time to do something you love, even just for ten minutes. This can be spending twenty minutes in meditation or scheduling a call to an old friend for later in the day.
4. Brain food & workouts
Are you so busy that you are skipping out on breakfast or grabbing a quick unwholesome snack to get you out of the house in the morning? Start fueling your body with good nutritious food and your body will thank you. Working out is another great way to start your day. Do some yoga or a hit the gym for an early morning cycle class to get your body up and moving. Working out in the morning creates consistency, enhances your metabolism and improves your mental and physical energy.
5. Make a to-do list in order of importance
Take a moment to set your intentions for the day and figure out what you need to get done. Fill your list with about 5 things and number them in order of importance. Knock out the heavy stuff first thing while you’re most alert and focused. If you prioritize your day you will be more productive and less stressed.
If you want to dive deeper into this topic check out Clair Diaz-Oritz’s book Design Your Day for an all-in-one guide on how to purposely spend your time.
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