The key to success is how you start your day, with research suggesting that early risers are more proactive, but it’s also about what you actually do with your morning. The most successful people in life probably don’t all have the same routine - but undoubtedly they’ll all hit the ground running (some literally). Maybe before you press the snooze button for the 5th time, think about how you could spend those spare hours a little differently…
1. Wake up early
The majority of CEOs are up and about before 6am on a weekday - Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, wakes up at 4am to read. If you usually set your alarm for 8am but want to start waking up earlier, set it back fifteen minutes earlier every morning until you hit your goal. This will help ease your body-clock into it.
2. Listen to something inspirational
Whether you choose to listen to a podcast or interview, listening to something that inspires you will also help to motivate you throughout your day.
3. Make time for mindfulness
Spare a few moments to clear your mind and focus, whether it’s through prayer, meditation or a relaxation technique. We spend our days on-the-go, so a few moments of quiet concentration can really help relieve stress and promote positive energy. Another way of doing this could be to write down three things you’re grateful for.
4. Drink lemon water
As well as being a thirst-quenching, refreshing drink, lemon water actually helps digestion and rehydrates the body.
5. Think about the day ahead
Once you’ve taken time time to focus on yourself (or nothing!), then you can check your emails, social media and the news. For maximum productivity, look at things that relate to your line of work - whether it’s fashion or law, it helps to keep up with industry goings on and it’s the perfect way to start getting you into the right headspace for the day ahead.
The late Steve Jobs would reportedly ask himself every morning, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”. While this might be a little excessive, it really does help to think about what you want to achieve through the day. Run through your schedule and perhaps set yourself some goals. Having a clear agenda can help ensure your day goes how you want it to.
6. Get moving
One of the top tips from the likes of Richard Branson is to start the day with a little exercise. Getting it done early prevents putting it off later in the day when you’re feeling more tired, and if Obama has time to start each day with strength and cardio training, you do too! Whether it’s going for a run, yoga, swimming or a class, getting your blood and heart pumping is one of the best ways to improve your mood and wake yourself up.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast
"No one would ever mistake me for an expert on engines, but I know one thing: they don't work without fuel!" says Oprah. Breakfast is actually the most important meal of the day because it sources your energy for the day ahead so be sure to fuel up correctly.
8. Read news
Each morning, read the news in the paper or online and find out what’s going on around the world. News is often used as a conversation starter in the workplace so it’s good to be up to date.
9. Reminder of personal goals
Finally, remind yourself why you’re doing this, who you’re doing it for and where you want to get to. There is no better motivator than yourself, so keep pushing and remind yourself that you can do it!
Ultimately, a good morning routine sets you up for the day, encouraging positivity and energy while promoting a sense of wellbeing. Be consistent with it and a morning ritual really can change your life and lead to success.
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