For some of us, the first thing we do when we wake up is Some of us hop online to check social media, others check their emails, others eat breakfast, exercise, or meditate. There are so many different ways, different people start their mornings. So what morning routine is the best? Well there’s no ideal morning routine that fits everyone, but we can learn a lot from the morning routines of successful people.
Do the Big things first
There’s a famous quote which says ” Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” Do your biggest tasks first. When you start with a big item, the rest of your day looks pretty great by comparison. Your first work of the day should be something meaningful and significant, a task that might take a lot of focus, will, and determination to accomplish.
How do you go about this? Write your to-do list the night before, starting from the biggest task to the smallest:
- At the end of your day, write down the tasks you need to complete tomorrow.
- Look at the list immediately you get to work the next day
- Start your day by accomplishing the first difficult task on your list
- End your day by creating another list for tomorrow.
Or you could simply write down the top three things you would like to achieve the next day the night before, then use that list to start your day.
Start Your Day With Exercise
Excercise is one for the best ways to start your day, it is good for your mental and physical health and it’s one of the best ways to clear your head. And the good thing is that you don;t even have to exercise for a long time, 15 minutes of a proper workout is a good enough way to start your morning.
Review Your Goals
Everybody has goals. Whether big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish sooner or later. Reviewing your goals in the morning is a good way to motivate yourself, because your goals are a reminder that you are working for/towards something. So if you wake up uninspired and demotivated, look at your goals to remind yourself of the reason you wake early every morning. You also need to review your daily goals so that you can create plans to reach those goals, put your day in perspective and know what’s important to accomplish.
Meditation is good for you. You can meditate at any time of the day, but research suggests that the best time to meditate is first thing in the morning; when your mind is free and clear and the stresses of the day haven’t crept in. You might think my meditation takes a long time but the truth is it really doesn’t. You can meditate for a long time if you want, but it’s not a must. You can meditate with whatever time you have, even if it’s only five minutes. Meditating causes the pituitary gland in your brain to secrete endorphins. Endorphins make us feel good, emotionally and physically. Meditation also enhances activity in the area of your brain that’s associated with positive emotions.
The Steve Jobs Morning Routine
Steve Jobs revealed in 2005 the motivational tactic that he used to start each and every day. “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Isn’t that pretty powerful?
Like we said, there’s no ideal way for everyone to start their morning, but the important thing is to have a morning routine, it doesn’t have to be a list of things, it could be just one thing e.g reviewing your goals or mediating.
By: Dammy Eneli