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Getting your day off to a great start with a solid morning routine is super important, and once you’ve set yourself up for the day in a good frame of mind everything else will fall into place. Sure, a good morning grooming routine is key, but it’s more than that. As the saying goes, “The morning maketh the day.” So wake up, let’s go!
#1 – Remove friction in the morning
A smooth morning starts with getting preparing the night before – set out your clothing, write down your to-do list, prepare your breakfast, whatever you need for a nice onramp into the day. A little prep goes a long way.
#2 – Make your bed
It’s not just about being neat, this small act of routine helps create an early win and sets you up for mental success for the rest of the day. Yes, seriously. Hey, this guy swears by it, and we think he knows a thing or two.
#3 – Wake up early
Now we’re not advocating a 5 am wake up call if you’re not a morning person but it is important to set aside enough time to have a stress and rush-free morning. Try adding 15-30 minutes for a few of these tips and see how well it works.
#4 – Meditation/quick journaling
Having some time for your mental health and reflection is a really overlooked aspect. Whether you take a few minutes to journal like Tim Ferriss or remind yourself of what you’re grateful for like Tony Robbins, the success of these two entrepreneurs proves they’ve got the right morning routine in place.
#5 – Have a proper breakfast
Everyone’s ideal breakfast is different, from eggs to a protein shake, but starting solid, nutritious base wil fuel you both mentally and physically for the whole day.
#6 – Make a to-do list
Kicking off the day with an organizational exercise is a great way to starting thinking clearly and stay focused. Create 1 to 3 MIT’s (Most Important Things) for the day and do those before you do anything else.
#7 – Take a tech timeout
Sure, we all do it, the alarm goes off and we immediately grab our phones. But it’s time to break that habit and start with waiting to check your phone in the morning. We’re on our devices all day and it’s important to start the day off with a break so skip the phone, email, and social media until after you’ve marked some MIT’s off your list or eaten breakfast.
#8 – Get the blood flowing
Whether you’re a morning workout person or not, getting the blood moving early on is great for your mental state. Hit the gym, go for a run, or even just do a set of pushups or jumping jacks, you’ll have a more productive day and start in a better mood.