I'm a few weeks into practicing my new daily schedule I created for myself. This is something I put together to ensure that each day is as productive as possible. However, since I don't actually start doing work until 11:30 A.M. I created a morning routine that helps set my day up for success.
The more I get into the habit of including these five items the happier I’m feeling, and the more energy I have during the day. Although some of these work for me, they might not work the best in your schedule (although the water one is necessary).
Here is my breakdown of five things I do before 10 A.M. to set myself up for a productive day.
Drink Plenty of Water
Many people go right to the coffee in the morning, but I need to hydrate with good ole' H2O first thing in the morning. Our brains operate much better when our bodies are hydrated, and if they aren't we can feel fatiqued and unmotivated. I usually make sure a full glass of water is on my nightstand before going to bed, so I can hydrate first thing in the morning. Here are a few ways that water is essential to your morning:
- Helps remove waste and toxins from your body
- Increases your energy and makes you more alert
- Helps to increase your metabolism
- Boosts your immune system
Meditate for 10-20 Minutes
I'm going to do a more extensive post in the future about how meditation has helped me relieve stress, and become more productive, but this is a must-do for me in the morning. After I drink my water, and start feeling awake I'll close myself off in the spare bedroom, set my phone timer for 10-20 minutes, close my eyes, and focus on my breathing.
The way I feel after meditating is so refreshing. If there was any anxiety I was feeling, or I woke up stressed about something, meditating first thing in the morning usually helps to wipe that away. The largest benefit I’ve had has been the way I react to things that happen to me. Where in the past, if something were to go wrong during my day, I would usually overreact which would do nothing to make the situation any better. Since I started meditating, I become pro-active rather than reactive. I’m now able to acknowledge the problem for what it is and continue on with a peace of mind, and the ability to work on solving it.
Read 1-1.5 Hours
Learning is very important to me. I strive to gain new perspectives on the world of business and entrepreneurship. By scheduling time to read into my morning routine, I no longer have the excuse that I just don't have the time. Since I've started blocking off times to read during the morning and night, I have completed reading 7 books! See my recent reads here.
Understanding how I'm feeling, and what I can do to change my attitude/mood is essential to setting myself up for a successful and most importantly happy day. I take 15-20 minutes to just write my thoughts out on paper. This also helps me get out anything I'm feeling, that I might have been bottling up inside. Doing this has helped better my focus, and I am now able to get more done throughout the day.
I used to be very inconsistent with getting my exercise in daily. I hated getting my heart rate up so early in the morning, and when I had tried to do it in the past it would make me feel exhausted the rest of the day. However, the last couple weeks I pushed through the uncomfortable process of going in the morning, and I'm glad I did. By working out in the morning, it's one less "to-do" I have to worry about later in my day, and allows me more time and energy to focus towards other tasks I need to complete. In addition, by getting my heart rate up I feel more awake and alert than I had previously felt in the mornings.
Like I said, what works for me might not work for you. I didn't just jump into all of this at once. I slowly ramped up the time and energy I would spend on the working out, reading, and meditation. Over time, it became easier to change my routine, and develop new habits, and I have no doubt it can for you. What are some things you do in the morning that helps you win your days? Please share below in the comments!