I have recently been getting very into morning routines. And discovering the fact that a powerful morning is the secret to success for people like Oprah Winfrey and Seth Godin was a definite incentive to motivate me to start waking up early.
Setting the alarm clock before you go to bed is the easy part. What comes next will take desire, dedication, and determination.
Without dangling the fruit in front of your face, I am going to cut right to the chase.
The untold secret to having a powerful and productive morning is that there is no one way to do it. There are some habits you could do and maintain but there is no one set routine that guarantees success.
It takes a few tries to get it right, but once you do, you will never look at life the same again.
According to Daniel Handler,
Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
Why should I become a morning person?
Morning people are generally happier than night owls. Why? Because they have made full use of the time they have been provided within a day.
We all have 24 hours a day which is equivalent to 86400 seconds. Time is precious. So it wouldn’t be wrong to think of the time in terms of money.
So now imagine you have 86,400 in your bank account. What would you choose to do with it? Waste it on sleep or things that don’t inspire or use and invest it wisely. Jay Shetty explains this concept really well in this video:
Your mornings must be used to do things that make you happy and feel the most accomplished.
I have gone through many books, articles, and videos that taught me the best habits of different people.
I have incorporated them all into one to create the Essential Guide to Have A Productive Morning:
- Sleep at a reasonable hour
If you want to become a morning person or wish to have a productive morning, you must be willing to put in the hours (of sleep). Everyone requires a minimum of five to eight hours of sleep every day.
Now the number may vary from person to person. But for best results keep it between five and eight and try to stick to the same amount every day.
Keep a track for a few weeks and see how many hours you need to feel fresh and how many make you feel groggy.
Now some of you may be thinking, “What if I have a ton of work to do or I have to get to a party? I definitely won’t be done at a reasonable hour in that case!”
Well, of course, you won’t.
But you have just got to take one for your dreams and wake up at your usual morning time anyways.
2. Choose your morning time
Scientific research claims that the best time to wake up in the morning is between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Distractions are minimal and you can really focus on getting things done before the chaos of the world comes at you.
Pick whatever time suits you between your work, family and social hours and stick to it every day.
That’s the key right there: STICK TO IT
For me, this has always been the hardest part because I really do love my sleep. But the benefits of waking up early are far too many for me to let my laziness win.
WAKE UP AS SOON AS THE ALARM RINGS!
One of my favourite tricks to help me wake up is to do the Mel Robbins “5 Second Rule”, which states that:
When you are in a tricky situation or are feeling lazy or unmotivated to do something but you know your life would be so much better if you just did it use the five-second rule.
Count backward from five to 1. When you reach one that is your cue to jump up and do the task you have been putting off.
3. Affirm Success, Prosperity, and Happiness
Or anything else you truly wish to achieve in your life.
That moment when your mind is coming out of the sleep zone and getting used to reality is a powerful time to train your brain to believe something you wish to be true.
A mantra I like to use:
I am strong, kind, positive and confident
I am worthy and deserving of my dream life
I am a blessed child of the Universe, I am safe and protected
I radiate happiness and spread joy wherever I am and wherever I go
Your morning affirmations can contain any of the key feelings and experiences you wish to experience in the day.
And once your mind knows how to feel give it a little boost by saying three things you are thankful for to really raise your vibrations and start the day off on a positive note.
4. Get Excited
Now it’s time to get pumped, do something that really gets you excited and ready to take on the day.
The most popular activity in this step: Listening to music.
Pick out your morning playlist beforehand and pump up the jams.
Music has countless benefits and is a great mood booster to help you start your day on the right note.
5. The Basics
Just brush your teeth and wash your face dude!
Oh and maybe grab a cup of coffee and some nutritious food to give you the energy you need to tackle your day.
Please note, if you are like me and you do not like eating early in the morning, feel free to leave the eating for the end of the routine.
6. Get active
Most people choose to start their day with a 10 – 20-minute meditation and swear by its benefits.
Here’s a great 10-minute meditation you can start with:
Meditation has a ton of benefits including clarity of thinking, sense of calm and boosted productivity. You can check out more science-based benefits in this article by HealthLine.
And if meditation is really not your cup of tea or even if it is, the next thing you can get super active and exercise.
Yoga, pilates, Zumba, etc.
Whatever you like, now would be the best time to do it.
Nothing gets your endorphins going like a great workout.
7. Flex that Brain
Now it’s time to start flexing your brain a bit.
You have two options to do so:
- Read a few pages of the book you are currently reading
- Morning pages
Option b is the process of writing one to three pages of whatever is on your mind. There is no need for paragraphs or context, just word dump it all.
It’s a great stress buster and will help you feel less anxious and think clearly.
8. Get Ready
Now is when you take a bath and change into fresh clothes and get ready to take on your family tasks or work tasks of the day.
9. Do one super tough task
After completing the above steps you will feel really good and be up for anything.
This is why you should do the toughest task of the day right away.
Is it making a super uncomfortable call or completing an article before the deadline?
Now is the time to get it done!
10. Create A Ritual
Steps three through ten was really for you to get some quality time with yourself before you have to go out and tackle the day.
You can do all of them or just pick and choose what you like to create your perfect morning.
What I have mentioned above should take roughly about 2 hours to complete.
Steps eight and nine are when your day really starts. You can go out and take care of your other commitments with a fulfilled and calm mind.
That’s the end of the Essential Guide to Have A Productive Morning
Each tip has been selected as they have promised great results from the articles and videos I have found them in.
But that’s not the only reason.
I have personally tried out each step to see how it works for me in order to create my own personal morning routine.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments below and if you found this blog helpful please do share it with your friends and family who need some help waking up in the morning.