Are you the kind of person who has a happy-go-lucky, rise ‘n shine, morning routine? Chances are…you’re not. Very few people actually are. Studies continue to show people who DON’T burn the midnight oil, rise early, and have mapped out morning routines are more productive. So if that’s the case, then why are most of us stuck in the rut of hitting snooze, then when we finally do drag ourselves out of bed, rush around like a crazy person?
The simple answer is that you’re just in the habit of doing what you’ve always done. Which is why the saying goes something like: If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, then you’ll only get what you’ve always got.
If what you’ve got is a chaotic morning and you find yourself struggling to get organized, you may need to start your day in a better way.
Remember, a positive and productive morning routine sets the tone for your entire day. Here are 10 morning routines to set you up for success:
1. Wake up at the same time every single day—including the weekends
Eventually your body will establish a pattern of when it turn itself on and off, and you’ll start waking up a minute before your alarm goes off. Plus, you won’t feel so groggy in the mornings.
2. Get out of bed when the alarm goes off
Sleeping for an extra 10 minutes isn’t going to skyrocket your energy. Actually, studies show that hitting snooze actually zaps a ton of your energy for the day.
3. Prepare yourself a shake with Focused Energy boost
Wake your body up with a refreshing shake or smoothie. If the sound of the blender alone doesn’t do it for you, adding Focused Energy boost to your shake or smoothie is a great way to get super charged and alert in the morning without the acidity of coffee.
4. Take a walk
Even if you only have 20 minutes to go outside and walk around the block, that little bit of exercise gets your blood flowing and mind thinking positive thoughts. It’s also a great way to escape any morning chaos that might be happening in your house. 20 minutes of “me time” can do wonders for the rest of your day.
5. Drink a giant glass of water
A lot of times when we’re tired, it’s just our bodies telling us that we’re thirsty. And since you haven’t put any liquid into your body in 8+ hours, it makes sense that you want to go back to sleep.
6. Stick to your to-do list that you created the night before
Don’t let life sidetrack you. Organize your day the night before and put the things you want to do least at the top of your list. It’s human nature to avoid the things we don’t want to do, but avoiding daunting tasks doesn’t make them disappear. So stop procrastinating—and just do it. If anything, the relief you’ll feel afterwards will make up for the task itself.
7. Stop checking emails and social media first thing in the morning
That right there is a HUGE time-sucker! Plus, by getting sneak peeks into everyone else’s lives, you’re stealing time from your own. If you happen to be a victim of FOMO (fear of missing out), looking at other peoples’ lives as soon as you wake up can also set you up to feel down in the dumps all day.
8. Write in a journal
You don’t have to be an official writer to write. But by spending 10 minutes getting your thoughts out on paper—both good and bad—you’ll be able to clear your head and move on with your day.
9. Check in with your goals
Be sure to keep a list of daily, weekly, yearly, and life-long goals in plain sight. Then review them every morning to get you excited about the day, and to help you make sure you’re doing what you need to do so you can live the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
10. Read something inspirational
Got some favorite quotes that pump you up? What about inspirational articles that really help you remember what your goals are in life? Read them. Read the same ones every morning if you want to. Simple words of wisdom can really help you stay focused and positive so you can have a more fulfilling life.