Mornings are precious, the quiet time to yourself before the phone starts ringing and the emails start flowing through your inbox. Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, creating a morning routine that best fits your needs is key to a successful and productive day. Creating and implementing a routine into your morning allows you to take charge of your schedule, crush your to-do list, and tackle anything that is thrown at you! Set your alarm, these morning routine tips are worth getting up for!
Wake Up Early
Set your alarm, be disciplined and intentional about starting your day. If you’re not a morning person, start by setting your alarm 15 minutes early, and gradually wake up earlier each week until you reach your goal wake-up time. Waking up early can have such a positive impact on your day. From feeling more in control, having extra time in the day to do things that matter to you, and ultimately feeling less stressed because you’re not rushing out the door. Trust us on this one, you’ll be glad you did!
Spend Time in Mediation
As tempting as it is to get up and get moving, it’s just as important to slow down, release any tension, and practice gratitude before your day officially starts. Studies have shown that meditation is directly linked to reducing stress, boosting your creativity and it also improves your ability to focus! Consider making a list of things you’re grateful for, or visualize how your day will go so you can move throughout your day with intention.
Workout & Fuel Your Body
Whether you practice yoga, take the dog for the walk around the neighborhood, or prefer a long run, getting the blood flowing first thing in the morning is linked to great health benefits. From reducing blood pressure and stress to improving mood and metabolism, starting the day with a pep in your step is a great way to jumpstart your productivity! Once your workout is complete, prepare a balanced breakfast to fuel your body and mind for a big day ahead!
Check Your Schedule & Set Your Priorities
Look at your calendar and mentally prepare for the meetings and tasks headed your way. Not only will you feel more prepared having the visual, but it will allow you the opportunity to prioritize, keep you on track, and remain focused on critical tasks. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by thing things you have on your plate, take a second and review your priorities. Ask yourself what is urgent, and what can wait until tomorrow. Eliminating distractions and the small tasks that can be completed another day will ensure you are as productive you can be.
Grab Your Coffee
No matter your morning beverage preference, whether it be a protein shake, fresh fruit smoothie, green tea, or a venti iced vanilla latte from Starbucks, do one last thing for yourself before you start your day. Savor each sip, hit the ground running, and crush your to-do list!