Morning routines are a vital part of living a successful life. There’s something effective about repeating the same positive habits every single day.
Whereas most people wake up in “reaction mode” by checking their email or logging into Facebook, you can complete a series of actions that will have a positive impact on the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges to building a morning routine is knowing what habits to pick. There are hundreds of options. So, use these habits that are done by most successful people. They do them when they first get up in the morning.
In this article, I will review habits that will improve your day.
WEAR A STEP- TRACKING DEVICE
Wearing a step-tracking device can have an amazing impact on your physical fitness. If you’re not familiar with them, step trackers are small devices or watches that track your total steps and floors climbed every day.
At first glance, “putting on a step-tracking device” might seem like an inconsequential habit. But there are a surprising number of people who buy these devices and never wear them. If you start each day by clipping on this device, you’ll take that crucial first step to build the exercise habit. And when you constantly wear this device, you’ll find reasons to get more movement throughout the day. This is another super simple habit. When you wake up in the morning, put on your step-tracking device. This should be the first action you complete to start the day.
If you don’t have a step tracker, they come in many types and most are not costly.
FILL A 32-OUNCE WATER BOTTLE
Mild dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue, affect your concentration, impair short-term memory, and impede mental function. If you want to be at your most productive, it’s important for your brain to be firing on all cylinders. Therefore, you should make sure you are sufficiently hydrated before starting work.
Fill a thirty-two-ounce bottle and drink it over the next few hours.
Either warm or cold water is fine—there are health benefits to both, so pick whichever you prefer. If you find plain water unpalatable, try adding ice and a squeeze of lemon.
The right amount of water intake is eight eight-ounce glasses per day, a total of sixty-four ounces. This number will vary according to your weight and level of physical activity. Temperature and environmental conditions affect this also.
Keep it simple by filling up your bottle twice a day and committing to drinking the entire thing. That should be enough to give you a basic level of hydration.
COMPLETE A 7-15 MINUTE WORKOUT
Okay, let me get one point out of the way before we talk about the benefits of this small action. If you live a completely sedentary lifestyle, then completing a seven-minute daily workout is a good step in the right direction.
All that said, a great way to start or end your day is to use an app like 7 Minute Workout, which acts like a personal trainer that guides you through a 12-exercise total-body workout. Obviously, it only takes you seven minutes to complete. As you master that raise it to 15 minutes if so inclined.
This is another simple habit. Just start up the app and complete the recommended exercises. If not an app use any program you like. Just do one.
You should get a decent amount of exercise that’s better than what most people do during their day.
PREPARE A SMOOTHIE DRINK
Need a quick pick-me-up? Try making an antioxidant smoothie. These delicious drinks contain essential vitamins and minerals, so drinking one in the morning can give you energy that will last for many hours.
There are a lot of smoothie recipes on the Internet, Keywebco has some too. I recommend mixing up different recipes that include proteins, fruits, vegetables, potassium, and antioxidants.
Meditation helps you maintain focus on one thing (such as your breathing or the sounds of the ocean) and block out any other distractions. It has been proven to have numerous benefits, including reduced stress, improved creativity, better focus, and improved memory.
Some people meditate for hours on end, while others just take a few minutes out of their mornings. I suggest you start by meditating for five minutes. Find a quiet place that’s free from distractions and set a timer for five minutes. Start by taking a deep breath and releasing the tension from your diaphragm. Stretch your muscles so you stay comfortable while you focus inward. Focus on clearing your mind and thinking about the present moment.
It’s natural to experience frustration the first few times you meditate. If this happens to you, focus on your breathing and let your feelings of frustration dissipate. Focus on your body parts so you know when the meditation starts to take hold.
If you have trouble focusing, then try the Calm or Headspace apps, which provide specific prompts that you can use to create a relaxed state of mind.
It’s easy to think that being grateful for what you have in life is something you do for other people. But the main benefit is an internal one. Not only does it make you feel better, but it also helps you become a better person because you’ll gain more appreciation for what you already have.
There are many benefits of building the gratitude habit. Here are a few to consider:
Gratitude makes us happier.
Gratitude helps you reach your goals. Gratitude makes you a more likable person. Gratitude will help you succeed in your career.
Keeping a gratitude list doesn’t need to be a formal process. You can write it online, in a journal, or even on a spare scrap of paper. What’s important is to think about what (and who) you’re thankful for and then write it down somewhere.
To get started, Use this four-step process:
1. Be Consistent: Choose a number of items to be grateful for every day and then stick to this format. The key thing is to have a number in your mind ahead of time.
2. Be Specific: Take time to clearly describe why you’re grateful for a person, event, or item.
3. Share your thoughts: Being grateful to yourself is only half of the job, then express this gratitude to the people who made it happen.
4. Find the good in the bad: Use this habit to look for a positive outcome or an important lesson you learned.
READ A CHAPTER IN A BOOK
Reading is a simple task that can provide you
with benefits such as:
Giving your mind a workout as you learn something new or escape into a different world.
Improving your concentration as you singularly focus on one activity.
Reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
In my opinion, reading is a leisure habit that should be enjoyed throughout the day, but it can also provide a mental break between two difficult tasks.
Set aside 5 to 10 minutes to read first thing in the morning. A chapter is a perfect length because it is long enough to complete one strategy (nonfiction) or one scene (fiction) without it disrupting your workday.
If you’re struggling to find a good book, I search this way:
Google: best [genre] book.
Google: best [genre] book [current]
If you bring a book wherever you go, then you’ll always have a way to relax for 5 to 10 minutes during a hectic workday.
WRITE IN “MORNING PAGES”
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, the stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages – they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind – and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand.
Working through Morning Pages for ten minutes is an excellent mindfulness habit because you completely focus on putting your thoughts onto paper. It’s a way to liberate your mind from the mental chatter that can set your morning off to a negative or anxious start.
If writing Morning Pages feels too unstructured for you, you can write in a journal about specific topics of your choosing or use journal prompts. Like Morning Pages, journaling brings your wandering mind to attention by actively engaging with your thoughts.
Journaling can help you focus on your inner world, your goals, and even your nightly dreams. Buy a few spiral notebooks or journals in addition to quality writing pens that flow well on paper.
Start by deciding where you want to write. It could be sitting in your bed, as soon as you awaken. Or you may need a shower and a cup of coffee before you are clearheaded enough to begin. Just be sure your notebook and pen are visible and readily available in your writings. Take a few deep breaths with your eyes closed, and then simply begin writing. For Morning Pages, simply write whatever comes into your head. It doesn’t need to make sense or have any particular purpose.
If you decide to focus on more directed journal writing, decide on the type of journaling you wish to do. You might want to write in:
A dream journal
A gratitude journal
A relationship journal
A prayer journal
Or you can even draw or doodle in your journal
You can use journal prompts that you create for yourself or that you find online. Barrie uses the prompt, “What do I need to know today?” Then she waits for ideas or thoughts to arise that she writes down in her journal.
You can be as creative or simple as you wish with your Morning Pages or journaling. The purpose is to spend ten mindful minutes with pen in hand, writing down the contents of your mind—whether the thoughts are directed or stream of consciousness.
Once the ten minutes is up, finish the sentence you are writing or the thought you want to capture and close your journal. Save what you have written to read at a later date. Allowing some time to go by before you read your journal entry can shed some additional light on the meaning of your writing.
REVIEW YOUR GOALS
Everybody has goals. Sadly, they get pushed off often. Goals can be set for the day, week, month, quarter, or year. My rule of thumb is to create five to seven goals per quarter (i.e., every three months), and I recommend you do the same. Quarterly goals are far enough away so that you can achieve significant outcomes. But it’s also a short enough period that you can adjust if your long-term plans change. Keep your goals in an easy-to-access place. This could be in a binder or an app like Evernote. Then, once or twice a day, take five minutes to review these goals.
During this review, read each goal aloud and think about the tasks you have scheduled for that day. For each item, ask yourself, “How does this action bring me closer to one of my goals?” If you can’t come up with a good answer, then perhaps it’s a task that you should be skipped or delegated.
The best strategy for planning out your day is to focus on your most important tasks (MITs) before anything else. This eliminates the problem of scheduling too many activities, and the feeling of failure when you don’t accomplish them all.
Identifying three MITs ahead of time keeps you focused on priority activities. In fact, if you only complete the MITs, then you can still consider it a productive day.
If you keep a list of your projects in an app (like Todoist or Evernote), then it’s easy to identify your next tasks. From this list, pick the three tasks that have the highest priority or are considered both urgent and important. Don’t work on anything else until you have completed these MITs.
IDENTIFY YOUR 3
MOST IMPORTANT TASKS
It’s fun to learn new things on a regular basis. You could pick anything from juggling or coding to speaking a new language. Not only do these activities challenge your mind, but they can also become an enjoyable hobby that reduces your stress. That’s why you should consider practicing self-education to learn something new.
And the morning is the perfect time to practice self- education. When leaving your house, you can turn on a podcast or audiobook that directly relates to the skill you’d to develop. So instead of wasting time while driving, you can use it as an opportunity to learn something new.
Steps to Learn Anything, Increase Your Knowledge, and Master New Skills, I talk about a lot of ways to efficiently learn new skills. Two of the strategies that are to schedule time for deliberate practice and to research what you need to learn. Odds are, five minutes isn’t enough time for deliberate practice—but it’s perfectly adequate for researching one skill-related topic or a challenge that you’re currently facing.
As an example, one of my current goals is to complete a few projects. The problem? I don’t have all the software. So, today my “practice self-education habit” was researching the specific questions to ask when buying The software.
With ten minutes of research, I learned about the difference between costs and options. While this doesn’t give me an expert-level knowledge on the software, I now know the right questions to ask when I head into the social media later and ask about it.
Practicing self-education is a perfect task for those longer breaks during the day, like on a drive, at lunchtime, or in the evening. This is the time when you can listen to podcasts, scan through blogs, or read books that focus on one specific, interest-related challenge.
10 DAILY HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE | Productivity + Happiness
10 things I do daily 10 Daily Habits For Highly Successful People. Create a HAPPY & HEALTHY LIFE
Improve your life by doing these 10 things
1. Read Books - Self Help and Nonfiction
2. Stimulate Your Brain By Doing Brain Activities
3. Practice Gratitude
4. Set A Daily Intention
5. Move and Listen To Your Body - Exercise & Rest
6. Get Outside - Healthy Exposure To Vitamin D
7. Create a Power To Do List
8. Hydrate - H2O
9. Self Care / Self Love - Meditate, Eat Healthy, Clean
10. Work On Side Project or Hobby
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