Establishing a morning routine can give you more time to achieve your goals and start your day on your own terms.
I always give 100% to everything I do in my life. On the one hand, that’s my enormous strength, because once I decide that I want to follow the chosen path, it is hard to stop me from pursuing my goal. On the other hand, it was something that ultimately led me to burnout and not wanting to continue my journey in the same direction.
I have always struggled with maintaining healthy working hours. The number of tasks to be done each day prompted me to start work very early in the morning and continue it all day until late in the evening.
The irony is that I didn’t want to work that way. By the end of the day, I felt overwhelmed because I didn’t have enough time to live outside of work. When I decided to cut my hours and spend more time on other activities than at work, I felt overwhelmed as I had much more to do the next day.
Waking up at 5:00 a.m. brewing coffee and starting the working day right away; checking emails, replying, preparing and sending offers and being very busy since I took my legs off the bed. All because the early morning was my most productive hours, and the quality and speed of my morning work were much better than ever after. An overwhelming feeling that I don’t have enough time during the day and had to start early, otherwise I will not finish my work.
I finally find a solution to build a lifestyle business that allows me to combine my passion and life purpose with my profession. In the past few years, I have removed most mental and emotional obstacles caused by subconsciously repeating generational patterns and self-sabotaging behavior. But my work habit from the early morning hours remains.
Rushes to running
When I started running 7,000 miles through Asia, I unconsciously transferred the same behavior to a new activity. Instead of opening my laptop and answering emails, I put on my shoes and immediately went to the door and started running. I wake up in the morning, and I had to do it right away. Just pack my bag, put on my clothes, have a quick breakfast or even start running without it. All because I don’t have enough time later and I have to do it now.
Another Way to Self-sabotage
Eventually, I realized that my morning routine was nothing but an unhealthy pattern that stuck to me. Habit that I need to change the same way as any other habit.
I also realized that my overwhelming feeling of not having time to complete all my daily tasks it’s because of the way I start my day. And my limited productive hours are an excuse to stay in my comfort zone and make me feel good for not being same much productive at work in the afternoon. It turned out to be another way to self-sabotage my happiness and success.
It’s not so hard to change your habits once you understand the core of the pattern which you repeat. Make sure to build strong reason why you want to change it. I still love to wake up very early morning, at 5 a.m. But I don’t touch any electronic devices and not making any other sort of work for the first two hours.
Here’s how to turn old morning habits into a new, healthy routine to keep you happy and productive all day long.
Morning Routine Habit #1: Set alarm clock at the same time every day
- By waking up at the same time each day, your body clock will stabilize. This will help you to be more productive, improving your sleep quality, and reducing possible sleep deprivation.
- It is also scientifically proven to reduces caffeine addiction, improve alertness, sharpen concentration and short-term memory. It reduce irritability and pain, and improve mood and immune system.
Morning Routine Habit #2: Make the bed
- It will establish a positive habit that you are getting things done.
- Making your bed every morning it’s a success habit. When you come back at the end of the day, you will be back to success.
- How you do whatever you do is how you do everything.
Morning Routine Habit #3: Drink water
- Everyone knows we should drink at least 2,5 liter of water every day, but most of us don’t do this. This simple task will help you feel fulfilled and set the tone for your day.
- Drinking water in the morning is crucial because most of us are very dehydrated at night. This makes sense because you haven’t been drinking any water during the night.
Morning Routine Habit #4: Meditate for 15 minutes
- Meditation causes endorphins to increase activity in the area of the brain, which is associated with positive emotions and experiences.
- Science proves that meditation helps combat anxiety and the “busy mind” syndrome, promote awareness and improve pain tolerance. Also, it changes the structure of your brain, which is called ‘neuroplasticity.’
- Regular meditation causes better concentration, better decision making, less stress, and better perspective-taking.
- Like many other skills, meditation takes practice, so don’t get discouraged if your thoughts wander at first.
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Morning Routine Habit #5: Exercise
- Exercising in the morning has a ton of benefits. It boost your energy, speed up your metabolism, make you more productive, generally happier, and helps you sleep better.
- Morning training will also give you a sense of fulfillment and introduce a positive mindset to the coming day.
- It could be walking, running, cross fitness, yoga or anything else. The idea is to move, change your physiology and prepare your day for success.
- It also has a positive effect on the appearance of the skin, weight control and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
Morning Routine Habit #6: Make a tea and journal about your thoughts, gratitude, and goals
- The journal is my favorite part of my morning routine checklist. It is the time when you can write your ideas, goals, dreams and have a brighter vision for your future.
- Journaling is one of those simple habits that has a powerful effect on your performance. I prefer to handwrite my journal, and I always write in capital letters.
Morning Routine Habit #7: Learn or read for 20 minutes
- Spend time each morning consuming information that will help you in the future. Learning provides escape when you need it, knowledge when you seek it, great entertainment, and reduce stress.
- Start your day by reading books, listening to podcast or watching TED Talks (my favorite). You will feed your mind with the high-quality contribution. That leads to new ideas, breakthroughs, and greater motivation.
Morning Routine Habit #8: Make ‘to-feel’ list
- Always prepare your to-do list in the evening, so every morning, you will already know what you want to accomplish on a particular day. When you wake up in the morning, you don’t need to think about it anymore.
- Something what I recently started inspired by Jim Kwik is preparing every morning ‘to-feel’ list. I just started practicing it, and I don’t know yet any results, but I love the idea. Here is what Jim Kwik says about it:
- A lot of who we are is our states and emotions.
- I don’t want to feel a certain way by accident but by design.
- I decide how I want to feel so I can design my day that way: to feel loved, to feel curious, to feel bewilderment, to feel connected, to feel gratitude.
Morning Routine Habit #9: First, work on your priorities
- Your willpower is strongest in the morning. What you choose to do depends on your personal and professional goals. Firstly, you should focus on a task that requires self-control and concentration – this will help you have a more productive day overall.
- Being productive is not about being busy doing a lot of things. It’s about consistently focusing on the most important tasks that create the best value for you or your business.
I am convinced that healthy morning routine after some time can literally change your life. Remember, a good start to the day sets the tone for a very productive and successful day.