To set the tone for the day, you need to have a productive morning routine. This can be achieved in many methods and ways but the most important thing is that it works for you.
So you must know yourself. What do you struggle with most in the morning? Do you get enough rest the night before? What is your evening routine before bed (if you have one)? Are you naturally a morning person?
These are questions you should ask yourself because a productive morning routine starts with good morning habits.
So let’s examine a few ways on how to have a productive morning routine.
What Is The Most Productive Morning Routine?
That is all going to depend on things about you, like your nature, your morning temperament, your quality of sleep, mental state, etc.
The most productive morning routine is going to be tailored to your lifestyle. Now if you are trying to change your lifestyle to have even more productivity, then that’s where new ideas come into play.
Don’t Check Your Phone First Thing
I know this can be difficult in the digital age, but if you are old enough to remember what life was like before the smart phone era, think about what your morning was like before you had a device to pray to upon opening your eyes.
Checking your phone first thing in the morning can cause a destructive time robbing spiral of missteps.
This is especially true for social media. The last thing you want to do is get caught up in an endless scrolling cycle of pics and timelines as your first action in the morning.
That same time can be invested into self love and care when you wake up, putting your mind in the right place for the rest of the day’s challenges.
Prepare The Night Before
“Victory loves preparation.”
I was one of those kids in school who would’ve benefited tremendously if I listened to my mother when she told me to do the same thing.
Preparing the night before can set you on a course to conquer the next day, more importantly have a smooth morning.
Workout Earlier In Your Day
I know this is going to hurt if you are not an early riser, but the dividends will make you a believer. Working out in the morning can set the tone for your day. It can be your “anchor”, as Dwayne Johnson would put it, to keep you grounded through the daily grind.
Morning exercise can also give you a boost of energy and improve your daily performance at work.
If this is not already something that you do, you will want to experiment with it for a week or two to find that sweet spot. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Don’t Let Your Email Rob You Of Your Time
This, just like checking your phone first thing, can throw your schedule off big time.
Are you sometimes woken up by that swooshing sounds of morning email?
Do you ignore it? Or is that your wake up call?
No matter what, you must take at least 10-15 minutes for yourself upon waking in the morning to get an awareness of yourself.
If you need to wake up 10 – 15 minutes earlier, then do so. Your biggest priority in life is your health and wellness. If you’re going to give someone your best, then you have to be at your best.
How Can I Be More Productive In The Morning?
What should you do as soon as your eyes open? What mindset should you have upon waking up?
Avoid The Stink And Think
I was never in the military, but one valuable thing I was told by a friend from the military is to get moving right away first thing in the morning.
Have you ever seen in army movies how they jump up first thing in boot camp and immediately make their beds, clean up and head straight to morning PT (physical training)?
This is to put you in a productive mindset as soon as you open your eyes. No time to lay in the bed so you can dwell on the past and fear the future.
Moving right away will keep you focused and in the present. I swear to you, if you practice this for 2 weeks you will feel an incredible difference.
Shower Right Away
Unless you choose to workout first thing in the morning, try starting your day with a shower. A shower will wake you up, it feels great, you get clean, and it increases your alertness.
Showering first thing can also improve your blood circulation.
Make your morning shower a ritual that you enjoy. Try using different scented body wash through the week. Switch up your shampoo and conditioner so you have a different experience every day while you bathe.
If you make it fun, it won’t be so hard to drag yourself into the bathroom.
Add Music To Your Morning
So the idea of having a productive morning routine is to have a plan, or micro plans, of action so you’re at your best. One of the best pieces of advice someone gave me was to play some music in the morning while I get ready for my day.
Putting your favorite music on in the morning can motivate and put you in a very upbeat and positive state. Just make sure it is just that: motivational.
Stay away from anything that is going to put you in a somber or docile mood, for that will be the opposite of what you are trying to do.
Lastly On How To Have A Productive Morning Routine
The name of the game is to keep it simple. An overcomplicated morning is a stressful morning. You want to take care of your essentials but you also want to do it in a relaxed manner.
Have you ever noticed how different you feel when you walk into the gym in the morning without a frantic feeling?
It’s great isn’t it? Well you can have that daily if you establish a productive morning routine.