Different people have different ways of getting ready for their day. Just from observing my own habits and the bursts of likes and replies in the morning, a lot of us are now habituated to grab our phones, check our emails, and spend our valuable first blinking moments awake on social media.
Here are alternative habits to change up your morning routine, that just maybe will help set you up for a more productive day ahead.
1 Morning Meditations
I’ve recently taken up this habit and as cliche as it sounds, taking just a few minutes out of my mornings to quiet my mind and pay attention to myself, has been much more beneficial to the state of my mind throughout the day than I had thought.
My morning meditations have introduced the habit of slowing down and intentionally taking time to notice what’s going on in my mind, body, and soul beyond just the flow of random thoughts and reactions.
Also, my morning meditations have helped to highlight optimism as my first focus for the day because I am starting my mornings with the intent on bettering my day and myself in general.
2 Morning Workouts
Morning workouts are a must for me because after a long draining day at work it’s hard to find the motivation to complete a workout. Also, if I have a free night, I’d rather spend my time with friends and loved ones.
Try to wake up an hour or two earlier to make a morning workout. Morning sweat sessions will help to wake up your brain, to free up your nights, and to inject energy to last your all day. Of course, remember to go to sleep earlier to get enough sleep!
3 Writing down or Mental Check List
I admit, writing down a to-do list every morning is not something I religiously do, but I do go through a mental checklist on my tasks for the day everyday. My mind tends to naturally do this the first minutes I am awake in bed. A few stretches here and there, a little tossing and turning, but all while my brain runs through what I have to do and/or accomplish for the day.
It’s a relief to set daily goals and objectives. For myself, this isn’t necessarily work related goals, rather it could be something as simple as getting to the workout on time, meeting a friend for coffee, remembering to make a reservation for Saturday, or to read for 10 minutes before bed.
My point here is, it can be as arbitrary or as specific as you’d like, but the act and routine of running down a list, whether on paper on in our minds, is what’s satisfying and is what creates intention for a more productive day!