You don’t have to start every morning by running to work with a toothbrush in your mouth.
You can instead get a morning routine, filled with things to get more energy, productivity and success out of your day.
I’ve had this morning routine for a year now, and I don’t exaggerate when I say it has changed my life.
So here are 11 morning habits that’ll lead to a successful, productive and awesome day.
You’ve been asleep for 8 straight hours without water – think it’s a good idea to drink some?
Water energizes you, clears your mind and makes sure so you know, don’t die.
I have a confession to make.
I’m addicted to music.
My whole day is completely ruined if I don’t hear it. If I go 5 hours without it (which I’ve stupidly done) I’m depressed.
I may have a slight bias towards music, but the science is with me as well:
Even though breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day, I can’t go without it.
Breakfast eaten right gives you long-lasting energy, is delicious and healthy.
Believe it or not, I think I’ve found a scientific diet book – How Not to Die. The author spends 90% of the book talking about boring studies upon studies.
Based on that book, here’s my take on a breakfast:
Reading books makes you smarter, inspired and gives you practical information.
If you want to read more, listening to audiobooks or podcasts in the morning is a great way to do so. It lets you do something productive while doing morning chores, such as brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and walking around.
If you want to find books to read, check out this post that I wrote: 8 Powerful Productivity Books (And Their Lessons)
Fun fact: reading for 10 minutes every morning accumulates to 1 book a month (Assuming an average non-fiction book length of 50 000 words and the average reading speed of 200 words per minute)
Take a deep breath.
Meditation isn’t some religious belief; it’s scientifically proven to have huge benefits such as increased focus, happiness and productivity.
And contrary to popular belief, it’s extremely simple:
Gratitude is proven to improve many areas of your life – 31 to be exact. Here’s an overview of all the benefits:
Just write 3 things you’re grateful for, like gum, spoons and your life. Think about how awesome they are and how lucky you are to have them.
I also write down one great experience I had yesterday.
I probably don’t have to tell you that exercise improves happiness, health and productivity.
But one thing most people don’t know is that an intense, short workout can give you most of the benefits of a longer, more moderate workout. It’s called high intensity interval training, and just a few minutes of it can give long-lasting effects.
One of those workouts is the 7-Minute Workout, which only uses your bodyweight. You do 12 different exercises for 30 seconds each with a 10 second pause between. Here’s the free app I used for iPhone and Android, which guides you through the workout.
Taking a cold shower gives you a shock, waking you up like no other thing.
It also trains you to do get out of your comfort zone:
I shower for 2 minutes after exercising, so it doesn’t requiere extra time. I step into the shower, turn on the coldest and get a shock.
I spend 5 minutes every morning deciding the 3 most important things I can do that day. I only have to ask myself one question:
If I only accomplished 3 things today, what would they be?
Why is it so effective? For 3 reasons:
Walking in nature (while listening to hilarious standup) is one of my favorite things in the world.
Going outside has several benefits:
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain
Do the most important thing that you’re likely to procrastinate on first thing every morning. Here are some benefits:
If you don’t have a morning routine, my tip is to choose one habit and make sure you’ll stick to it.
If you’re already a morning routine master, please do every habit which intrigues you.
It can transform your day.
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