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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Guest Post: How to Nail Your Morning Routine to Have a Good Day

Some mornings just feel right. You wake up without any alarm. The sunlight entering your room feels pleasant and soothing. You come back from your morning jog all energized and looking forward to the day.

And sometimes you have the complete opposite days. You don’t wake up in your best mood. You don’t feel like working out and deep inside your heart, you know that today isn’t going to be a great day.

Aren’t these everyday scenarios for most of us?

To have delightful mornings, it’s important to have a solid morning routine in place. Successful individuals such as Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama are known to have kickass morning routines and they are nailing it every day.

To create a morning schedule, just add some good habits to your current lifestyle - it will dramatically improve your life. To get you started, below is a list of little things you can add to your morning routine to have a good day.

Let’s take a look at them:

1. Resist the snooze
Time required: A few seconds (and a lot of willpower)

It could be tempting to hit the snooze button and get those ten minutes of extra sleep. Mind you, it’s going to do more harm than good. Ideally, the human body needs 7-8 hours of sleep to be at its optimum best. So, make the tough call to wake up as soon as your alarm starts ringing.

Benefits of waking up early:
     Sense of accomplishment
     More time for other activities
     Relaxed start of the body

2. Drink a glass of water
Time required: One minute or less

It’s a good practice to drink water as the first thing in the morning. As you’ve had a sound sleep for about 6-8 hours, your body gets dehydrated. Add lemon, cucumber, ice cubes or just drink it straight up. It starts your metabolism on the right note and keeps your digestive processes running smoothly. 

Benefits of drinking water:
     Replenishes water levels
     Refreshes body and mind
     Better metabolism

3. Be grateful
Time required: Five minutes

It’s always a great idea to start your day on a positive note and what better way than practicing gratitude. Life becomes a blessing when you start treating it like one. Being grateful increases your long-term well-being by more than 10percent which is the same as doubling your income. Successful people like that of Tony Robbins and Arianna Huffington always take out time to be grateful from their hectic schedules.

Benefits of practicing gratitude:
     Makes you happier and optimistic
     Strengthens your emotions
     Makes you more likable

4. Complete a 7-minute workout
Time required: 7-10 minutes (including warm-up)

It could be hard to find time to exercise when you are spending more than 10 hours at work. However, if you could just spare 7 minutes to break a sweat in morning, you’re going to have a super-productive day at work. You can easily find several seven-minute workout apps for your Android phones and iPhones.

Benefits of exercising:
     Strengthens muscles and bones
     Increases energy levels
     Reduces risk of chronic diseases

5. Choose your 3 MITs for the day
Time required: 5-7 minutes

As a part of your morning routine, develop a habit of making to-do lists and planning your day. The most effective way to go about it is to choose your three most important tasks (MIT) for the day. It will help you stay focused on things that actually matter so that you can plan your day keeping your priorities straight. You can use tools like ProofHub and Evernote to plan, prioritize, and manage daily tasks.

Benefits of making to-do lists:
     Creates order and structure
     Lets you coordinate similar tasks
     Makes you more accountable

6. Read a book
Time required: 15-30 minutes

If you think that gone are those days when you could find time to leisurely read your favorite book or novel, you are wrong. By carving out 15-30 minutes every morning, you can read whatever you want and expand your knowledge. Warren Buffett and Steve Jobs are one of those people who read multiple newspapers and books to stay updated and relevant.

Benefits of reading in morning:
     More likely to grasp information faster
     Improves concentration levels
     Fewer distractions and disturbances

7. Keep your phone away
Time required: A few seconds (with constant reminders)

Phones have become an inevitable part of our lives. So much so that people start searching for it before they even open their eyes. Checking social media accounts and replying to emails isn’t a great thing to do as the first thing in the morning. Keep a fixed time for phone usage and use morning time for something constructive.

Benefits of less phone usage:
     More time for other things
     Keeps your brain relaxed

8. Eat a real breakfast
Time required: 5-10 minutes

Eating healthy and nutritious food is essential for your well-being. Make it a priority to have a power breakfast every morning. It will provide required nutrients to the body to enable it to be productive and efficient all day long. Include everything to have a wholesome meal. Try incorporating fruits, veggies, salads, lentils to not miss out on essential minerals and vitamins.

Benefits of power breakfast
     Promotes healthy eating habits
     Keeps weight and body mass index in check
     Better skin

9. Watch an Inspiring video
Time required: 5-10 minutes

The best way to start your day is by watching kickass motivational videos or listening to some foot-tapping numbers. It fills you with much-needed energy and empowers you to tap into your potential.

Benefits of watching motivational content:
     Uplifts mood
     Fills you with motivation
     Inspires to take action

Summing it up
The way you handle your morning routine could remarkably change your life for all the good reasons. I’ve only included things that are less time-consuming and doable.

Feel free to share your morning routine rituals in the comments below.

About the Author:
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.

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