This is Part 1 of a 3-part Productivity Series in which you will learn how to get the most out of your mornings, afternoons and weekends.
Maximizing our days is really the key to our success.
We are all given the same 24 hours each day to work with. The reality, however, is the only difference between those who are successful and those who aren't, are how they are utilizing those 24 hours.
I've already told you the ONE thing you need to do to have a stress-free morning.
In addition to that ONE thing, having an effective morning routine in general does wonders for your psyche and really sets the tone for your day.
Here are 6 elements of an effective morning routine:
- Wake up early- Waking up at 5am or even earlier allows you the time to get your routine in motion and get your mind right for the day ahead. Have some water near you to hydrate as soon as you wake up.
- Journal- Write in a journal at least 3 things you are a grateful for, what you're proud of or what you plan to accomplish that day. This sets a tone of gratitude and positive intention for the rest of your day.
- Read- I personally read daily devotionals and my Bible and then read something motivational to get me fired up to hit the ground running.
- Meditate- Take a few minutes to meditate either on what you just read or clear your mind completely and just practice breathing exercises. You can find guided meditation apps on your smartphone. I've personally used the Calm and Headspace app and they are both pretty good.
- Exercise- Get your body moving, your blood circulating and your muscles loosened. Either head to the gym or do a workout at home. I typically just workout at home during the week to save time on travel, so I'll follow along to yoga or fitness routine on YouTube or do a circuit on my own using free weights and a mat.
- Eat a healthy breakfast- Fuel your body by eating something clean and full of nutrients, not processed. For me, I'll do a protein green smoothie, oatmeal (not from the packets) or eggs.
I can't emphasize enough how much better you will feel during the day when you implement a morning routine. The difference I feel when I do my morning routine versus when I don't is like night and day. The routine gives you a boost of productivity to effectively tackle all of the day's challenges.
Notice none of these elements include checking email or social media. You will be in a much better headspace to deal with those things AFTER you've completed your routine.
Do you have a morning routine already? Do you do anything that I haven't listed here? If so, let me know in the comments below. Check back next Tuesday for Part 2 of the Productivity Series.