The series of actions you take in the mornings when you wake up, are described as your morning routine. A lot of people are not intentional about it but it could determine how productive you’d be for the rest of the day. Morning routines are very helpful. They make you focus on what matters. Morning routines basically set the the tone for the day, therefore, they are very important.
Adopting someone else’s routine might not work for you. If Jeff Bezos decides to publish his morning activities, it might not yield the same results for others. Hence, you must discover what is better for you to follow. That said, the first step in creating your perfect morning routine is to figure out what you want. What do you want to get out of your morning routine?
Knowing the purpose of your morning routine will help you stick to it during those few minutes when you’d rather remain in bed after the alarm goes off.
If you want a few moments for calm, you could consider doing meditation, yoga, listening to an inspirational song when you wake up. If you want to start your day off in an energetic way, you could exercise or go for a run as soon as your alarm goes off. For those who might live far from work or your business and want to beat traffic, you can choose to keep things simple, with a string of efficient actions which could be to wake up, shower, get dressed, eat or pack your breakfast and get to work.
It’s a new year, let’s be more intentional about how we start our day. Spend some time deciding what actions you can take to help you achieve your ideal morning routine and stick to it.
Once you have figured out how you want your morning routine to be, the next step would be test it. Try it for a few days and see what’s working and what’s not. If the routine doesn’t work at all, you can always try another until you discover what suits you.
You also have the option of adjusting and tweaking things over the next weeks/months until you eventually have a morning routine that sets you up for a productive day.
Your morning routine is a piece of the bigger picture of goal setting, productivity, and time management. If you can take charge of your mornings, you can manage a healthy lifestyle that wouldn’t lead to burnout.