The Importance of a Morning Routine
A morning routine is what you need to start out everyday right. A morning ritual will keep you on track and thriving, setting you up for massive success the entire day. This will put the little things of your life on autopilot so that you can save your brainpower and focus on the stuff that really matters.
Many people, when they consider creating a morning routine, focus on getting up early and what they need to do to make that happen. However, to create a good morning ritual, you must also consider your evening ritual, as they go hand in hand. If you don’t have a good night routine and get to bed late, you will not feel good when you wake up the next day; and, therefore, you won’t be as productive as you otherwise could be.
The Night Before
Set an alarm to go to bed
If you want to have a productive morning, it’s crucial to go to bed so that you get enough rest. Many of us set alarms to wake up the next day, but we go to bed late, so we feel tired the next day regardless. Below is how to set an alarm that works for you.
Decide how much sleep you would like to get. Some people work better on 7 hours sleep, while others need 9 hours. Figure out what works best for you.
- Plan a wake-up time, and set your alarm.
- Then set a second alarm. This is tonight’s alarm. Find which time to set this by counting back for X hours (X being the amount you need to sleep) + 1 hour. The extra hour is the time you give yourself to do whatever needs done to rest with extra time so that your mind can power down.
- Power down your brain & prep for the next day
When your alarm goes off to tell you that it’s ready to go to bed, you should have a ritual of things you do before you sleep. For example, is there something you don’t like doing in the morning that you can do tonight so that it’s done when you wake up? For example:
– Clearing your work desk
– Preparing your meals for the next day
– Picking out what you’re going to wear
It’s crucial to get as many of the tiring and draining things out of the way the night before so that you wake up refreshed and not drained by decision fatigue.
Turn off your devices (or turn the airplane mode on) once you start getting ready to sleep.
Airplane mode will stop all of the communication on your device (wifi, cellular, and bluetooth), which prevents any emails, texts, tweets, Facebook notifications, and other updates from getting in. This simple thing will help you sleep better. Not only do the EMFs affect your sleep, but it will allow you to be more mindful before you go to bed because your phone won’t be hijacking your attention.
In the morning
Have a large glass of water with lemon
Not only will this wake your body up by getting your metabolism going, but it will also rehydrate you after hours of no water. Imagine not drinking water for the next 8 hours? Feeling thirsty? That’s essentially what you just did while you were sleeping. Your brain is 75% water. When you’re dehydrated, your brain operates on less fuel than it needs, which makes you feel lethargic and drained.
If you like the taste, add a few drops of lemon juice in the water. It aids digestion, boosts the immune system, balances pH levels, clears skin (due to antioxidants), and even freshens your breath.
Exercise or do some physical activity
Get your body moving and the blood flowing, whether it’s going for a run, a mini-workout, or walking your dog, it will get you primed for the day. Doing some physical activity daily will make you stronger and healthier, and it will improve your endurance.
Meditation is about maintaining your focus on a single thing (such as breathing or sounds) and blocking out distractions. You don’t have to meditate for hours every day, that wouldn’t be very beneficial for you and it may not be possible due to your schedule; so, start with at least 5 minutes in the morning and go up to 20 minutes that is enough. It will make a difference. Those 5 minutes of meditation will help you to focus, increase productivity, and lower stress levels for the rest of the day.
Priming your mind for positivity in the morning will make a massive difference in your day. Whether it’s showing gratitude by writing out 3 things you’re thankful for or saying a simple positive affirmation such as, “I will have a great day and achieve everything I plan today,” you will be setting a tone that will stick.
Eat a Healthy Meal Or Fast (IF)
Your productivity is determined by the fuel you give your brain therefore the food you eat can affect your entire day. So obviously the biggest “productivity hack” is fueling your body with the best food for the day to keep you energized and nourished.
Choose a protein rich meal such as eggs, a protein smoothie or some Greek yogurt with some berries, nuts or seeds. Protein is important to jump start the neurotransmitters in the brain that enhance mental function. Or just skip breakfast all together and do Intermittent Fasting. Read: The Sweet Spot For Intermittent Fasting
Read and/or Write down Your Goals
Life gets busy and hectic as things come up during our day that we weren’t expecting. Whether they are big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish. Each morning, you should be reciting or writing (preferably both) your goals for the day. This way, your goals will stay on top of your mind, and your brain will align your actions to them.
Take a few Minutes to Plan Your Day
Most people live in a reactive mode rather than a proactive mode. By simply taking a few minutes each day to plan what you would like to happen, you will be ahead of 95% of everyone else. Take some private time to consider what you wish to achieve today, and set an intention.
Set Your Most Important Tasks
After reviewing your goals in Step 5, you should pick the 3 tasks that will have the biggest long-term impact on your life.
Write these 3 things down on a piece of paper and place it somewhere you’ll see it throughout the day. Make sure these 3 things are actually realistic to get done and not just baloney wishes.
Do the hardest task first
Your willpower is strongest in the morning so this is the best time to take advantage of it and do your hardest task first. By accomplishing your hardest task first you’re more likely to complete it and also set yourself up for a successful day as the rest of your tasks will be easier.
Following the 80/20 rule, if you do all the things above, you’ll see a huge improvement in sleep quality and may not need anything else. Personally, as well as the things above, I read about things you can take before you go to bed to get more quality sleep. Below is what you can take and why.
Magnesium is a component of more than 325 different enzymes in the human body. It plays an important role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production, and the deactivation of adrenaline. With that said, due to the very low levels of it found in food, most people are deficient in it unless they take supplements. You can take a magnesium supplement such as, Magnesium Malate, about 30 minutes before going to bed. This gives you much more restful sleep due to natural calming and relaxation effects.
A Spoonful of Raw Honey
Your brain uses a lot of energy to fuel all the processes it goes through during the night. An efficient form of energy comes from sugar stored within the liver. A spoonful of raw honey improves sleep by keeping liver glycogen full. It’s important however that it is Raw Honey and not cooked honey that you typically find in grocery stores.
That’s it now you know everything you need to create and develop a great morning ritual!
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