A morning routine is the most surefire way to start your day on a high note. It sets you up for success in everything that follows.
I know, I know… It’s not always easy to get started in the morning when you have an endless amount of tasks to complete and emails to return. In fact, it’s incredibly easy to roll over and go back to sleep
But remember that old adage… “the early bird gets the worm”?
Well, turns out there’s a lot of truth in this phrase
According to research, morning people make an average of $3,000 more per year than night owls. They are also more likely to exercise, have a long-term partner, earn college degrees and sleep seven hours per night.
People who rise early are proactive; they feel in control of their lives and know what steps to take next. They make fewer impulsive decisions and tend to be happier overall (Independent).
To get on that path to a happy, healthy morning routine, consider these tips:
• Turn off all electronic devices.
As tempting as it may be to scroll through your Facebook feed while waiting for the coffee maker to heat up, resist the urge. Doing this will only add stress and anxiety to an already busy day.
• Drink your coffee (or tea) outside.
The best part about making coffee at home is that you don’t need to wake up early to stop by Starbucks. Make your own delicious drink and take it to the porch, where you can enjoy it in peace while soaking up some sunshine
• Exercise, or meditate.
Just like turning off electronic devices, this is a great way to start your day on an even keel. If you’re not into exercising first thing in the morning, you can also try meditating for 10 minutes
• Eat breakfast.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t eat anything in the morning. Eating sustains your energy levels and ensures you don’t get too hungry during the day.
• Put together a to-do list.
This is an excellent way to ensure that you won’t forget anything throughout the day. Try breaking up your tasks into smaller, specific pieces so it’s not overwhelming
• Focus on one thing at a time.
Multitasking is one of the worst things you can do when trying to accomplish anything in your morning routine, so try focusing on just one thing at a time
• Do something that makes you feel proud.
This could be sending an email or text to someone you admire or making your bed, for example. Just make sure it’s something that will make you feel accomplished for the day ahead
• Take a moment to reflect.
At night, sit down and write five things that went well during your day. Then focus on the top three and do everything you can to replicate these positive experiences tomorrow morning (Forbes).
• Check your email.
Set a specific time of day (maybe once two hours after you wake up) to check and respond to email.
• Enforce a bedtime.
Try to get in bed at the same time every night—even if it’s just to read a book—so you can get enough sleep. It will help improve your health and well-being
Try incorporating these tips into your morning routine, and before long, it’ll be one of the best parts of your day.
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