Having an effective morning routine can be a strong way to set up the rest of your day for success. You don’t even have to be a “morning person” to try some of these tips!
- Harvard biologist Christoph Randler conducted a study that revealed early risers are more proactive; they more readily anticipate problems, and minimize them efficiently – leading to greater success. You don’t have to get up before the sun to find success, but try waking up 30 – 60 minutes earlier that you currently do. With this newfound, more proactive time in your day you can: plan your optimal week, do one of our quick workout hacks (without a gym), make yourself healthy breakfast, or healthy lunch for later in the day! Remember to also go to bed earlier as well; take a bit of that not-as-productive evening time so that you’re not losing sleep.
- Visualization/Meditation: Do you have a list of a million things to do in the morning and sometimes wonder how you’re going to get through the day? Take 10 minutes to visualize what you want from your day, and envision yourself accomplishing it. This will help you prioritize what is most important, and will empower you to stay focused on reaching those goals first. Meditation is another tool that you can use to help ground yourself in the present moment. After meditating, you may walk away feeling more energized, centered, driven, or with a sharper perspective.
- Check something off your to-do list right away! Is there a small project you keep putting off? Do you keep meaning to go through that stack of mail? Do it, first thing in the morning! By ticking something off, you’ll give yourself a sense of accomplishment that can motivate you and encourage productivity throughout your day.
- Get moving! You don’t have to be a morning workout person to get some blood flowing: stretch lightly, take the dog on a walk, or do some jumping jacks as you’re waiting for your coffee to brew!
- Do something you LOVE! Play your favorite songs as you make breakfast; find a podcast that brings you joy that you can listen to on your way to work; text a friend you miss to say hello. Starting your day off on a positive note can fuel you with more energy, and drive you to make more positive choices throughout your day.
Again, if you want to really maximize your newfound 30 to 60 minutes every morning, take FEWER THAN 10 of them and try these 7 proven hacks for finally getting your body back in under 10 minutes a day (without a gym!)
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