How do you start off your mornings? Do you have a routine or ritual that you go through? Or, is it more of a haphazard series of activities as you rush to get out the door?
Most successful people I know have a morning routine. And, it makes sense. There are several advantages to having one:
- A study by the American Psychological Association shows that creating and following a morning routine leads to a drop in your stress, depression, and anxiety and an increase to your life satisfaction levels. Your motivation goes up and your to-do list becomes less daunting.
- You’re more likely to eat fewer calories. In fact, a study conducted by Northwestern University discovered that, overall, late sleepers ate more calories on a daily basis.
- You are likely to be more productive and focused. Research shows that not only are people more proactive and productive in the morning, but self-control is strongest at the beginning of the day.
- The structure of a morning ritual gives you a direction for your day resulting in more things getting accomplished.
More willpower…less stress…better health…more productivity.. sounds fantastic!
You may say “I have a routine – but I don’t feel like I get the benefits outlined above! What gives?!” Here’s the kicker – just having a routine isn’t enough. It’s what you do in in that routine that counts.
Let’s start off with two bad habits that I know most people have built into their morning routine:
- Hitting the snooze button. A recent survey found that more than 57 percent of Americans hit the snooze button each morning. So what’s the big deal? By hitting the snooze button first thing, you are starting your day off procrastinating (“I’ll wake up later”). You are effectively sending a message to your subconscious mind that you don’t even have the self-discipline to get out of bed in the morning!
- Checking e-mail and social media right away. What this does is start your day off with other people’s lives and priorities. Wouldn’t you rather use your mornings to focus on YOU?
So what are some things that you can do instead?
- Meditate to clear your mind
- Exercise to get your body ready for the day
- Have a gratitude practice
- Read or watch something inspirational (Ted talk, podcast etc.)
- Eat a healthy breakfast with lean protein, fruits and vegetables.
Ready to start your day off right? Come up with a list of positive habits that you can include as part of your morning routine.
For more ideas, check out this great website : http://mymorningroutine.com/showcasing the morning routines of bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs and inspiring creatives living all over the world.
Pooja Dang is a Life Coach specializing in helping her clients to design and build the life they love with the help of customized coaching sessions and straight up, no nonsense advice. Are YOU ready to reinvent yourself? Let’s get started!