If you’ve read articles about some of the most successful people in the world, chances are you have read that they have a morning routine. It’s no coincidence that people like Richard Branson, Tim Cook or even Beyoncé have all claimed to do a number of things before most people even get up in the morning. Whether you’re striving to become someone as successful as Tim Cook or just want a successful day ahead, your morning habits will help set the tone for the rest of the day. These morning habits will help you make smart and healthy decisions and have you feeling accomplished by the end of your day.
Wake Up Early
As we mentioned before, many successful people get up and get stuff done even before most people begin to wake up. Hitting that snooze button isn’t a thing when you have a full day ahead to prepare for. If you train yourself to wake up early, you will cause yourself less stress getting ready for the day. When you feel rushed to get out the door and make it to work or school on time, everything else will just seem to fall off balance. By waking up early, you can take your time and start your morning off right by meditating, getting ready and catching up on the local news or any missed emails.
By fitting in a morning workout, you are already setting yourself up for a successful day. Exercising helps lower stress and ultimately lowers blood pressure. This is a great way to help alleviate anything that has been on your mind or will help you handle it better when the stress may strike later on in the day. Plus, by getting your workout done early in the morning, you will be able to check that box off on your daily to-do list, getting you even closer to fulfilling your daily chores.
Having a successful day doesn’t come easy without a little preparation. Make a to-do list for the day and plan out how you will accomplish that list by either writing down your plan or thinking out loud. Having a list of things that you plan to get done will help you move throughout the day with intention, letting you have a successful day in the end.
We’re sure you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are cold hard facts that prove this to be true, one of which is that it helps you focus throughout the day. By skipping breakfast, your body will be lacking the nutrients and energy that it needs to help you focus and get your tasks done. Take some time to sit down for a bowl of oatmeal or whip up some delicious avocado toast.
Pack a Snack
When you are getting things ready for the day, throw in some healthy snacks for you to munch on throughout the day. Fruit, veggies, or a granola bar are great snack options to bring with you to work. Keeping your body fueled throughout the day is crucial to keeping your mind focused and your body capable of completing those daily tasks that must get done. They will be the perfect pick-me-up for when that three o’clock slump kicks in.
The still sounds of the morning offer a great setup for some meditation. Before anyone else gets up (whether it be your spouse, kids, or a co-worker sending you early morning emails) take some time to sit in the stillness and reflect on the day. It is rare to be able to sit in complete silence and simply enjoy the sounds of Earth. Take this time to let any stress leave your body and regain focus for the day ahead.