Establishing a consistent morning routine can really take the quality of your day to the next level – it sets up your entire day for optimizing efficiency and reducing distractions.
The specifics can vary from person to person but I believe there are certain activities that should always be included in your routine.
You must codify the first 60-90 minutes of your day and keep them consistent, obviously there are going to be days when you won’t be able to incorporate some of your regular rituals but sometimes just ticking off the essentials is all you need. So, what are the essentials?
- Consistent waking time
- Light healthy breakfast
To build upon these three essentials, you can start to incorporate other exercises, techniques, and habits that will really start to take your day to the next level.
One of the main exercises that I have found to really elevate my mood is to be consciously grateful for something. It doesn’t have to be much, it can be as simple as acknowledging how lucky you are to have clean running water, or for your loving family and friends.
This exercise is also a great technique to use if you are apprehensive about something in your day
Tony Robbins, the world’s most famous life coach explains: “you cannot be grateful and fearful at the same time, gratitude anchors appreciating instead of expectation”.
Some other simple techniques I have found to have a great impact on my day are:
- Making my bed upon waking
This gives you the feeling – even after a shit day – that there was still something you had control over. This small habit can become a simple brain hack.
Arriving home and seeing a tidy bed can alleviate some of the stresses during the day – don’t believe me? Give it a try!
- Meditating for 10-20 minutes
Mediation helps develop your power of concentration by returning your concentration to the breath. It clears the mind of any unconscious thought patterns swelling around from the night before, giving you an element of calm focus throughout your day to keep you grounded.
A good place to start is to check out my blog on meditation.
I do think everyone should incorporate some form of meditation and/or gratitude exercise into their mornings, for it will dramatically shift the way you feel. When you focus on what you have instead of what you want, your mood instantly shifts; you go about life with increased appreciation for everyone and everything. Gratitude is one the simplest exercises and will have the biggest impact on your life.
I was sceptical about this one but after trying it I have noticed it really does work as therapeutic intervention for your day.
Simply spend 5-10 minutes writing about what’s on your mind. How do you feel this morning? What worries, if any, are on your mind? What are you grateful for? What do you want to achieve today?
This helps me be more content by putting my thoughts to paper and extracting any unnecessary worries/anxieties that I may be holding – surprisingly this significantly reduces negative thoughts throughout the day.
If you find yourself making the excuse that you don’t have enough time, the simple answer is MAKE time. Wake up earlier if you have to, stop wasting 10 minutes checking social media, or remove unnecessary time reading/watching the news. If you can’t find 10-20 minutes to incorporate something that is going to radically improve your day or life, there is something wrong, so no excuses.
I encourage you to give these techniques a try, they will provide a solid platform for you to begin your own routine that works for you. With consistent effort and a bit of disciple, your morning rituals will start to influence the quality of your day. I guarantee it!
I would love to hear from you if you have any specific morning rituals that have worked for you.