In the same way that an evening routine of multiple steps alerts your body that it is time to sleep, a regular morning routine can charge the senses and stimulate the brain, creating the clarity needed to be effective through the whole day.
Even if you need to be at the office early in the morning and find yourself often times rushing, you can create a morning routine that prepares you for an easier commute and to show up as your most productive self.
First of all, think about what is missing from your day that you have always wanted to fit in, or something that might support you during this particular time. For instance, when I was living in Bali for several months and trying to manifest a particular outcome regarding my career, I became interested in the law of attraction and decided to practice visualization exercises every morning.
I began a routine that involved a 15-minute guided manifesting mediation followed by a 15-minute journaling exercise. Once I began I did it every morning until I left the island because I was so amazed at how much more productive I was each day.
The morning is an auspicious time for many to complete certain tasks, especially those with a circadian rhythm that is geared toward the early morning. Pick one thing to focus on to add into your new routine, being careful to select something that feels within reach.
A 10-minute stretch before your morning shower? A guided mediation? Or perhaps you have always been a morning person and feel able to add a morning jog or writing session. Whatever it is, make sure it feels easy as well as beneficial.
Next, think about things that you are either already doing or that you know you ‘should’ be doing and consider how to ritualize them or do them in an order that becomes consistent.
I’ve come to enjoy drinking water as soon as I wake up in the morning and it has become the first thing on my list, so much so that I keep a water bottle with the precise amount next to my bed to be enjoyed as soon as I hear my alarm.
I then wash my hands and put cold water on my face, followed by making my bed and then a walk. By the time I’ve gone outside, my body is fully aware that it’s time for action and I find it hard to be unproductive, even on the weekends when I have nothing planned.
A few items to consider adding as you get started:
What works for you? Some enjoy a glass of room temperature lemon water in the morning, while others prefer a larger amount of water and letting it work through the body before consuming anything else each morning. Even if it’s just drinking a glass as you think about the day ahead, adding water to your morning routine could make a huge difference.
Don’t be afraid to start small. Creating and sticking to even the most simple of morning routines is going to boost will power and discipline that you can build upon later if you feel like you might want to do more. Don’t try to go from struggling to get to work on time each day to committing to a 5K run early in the morning. Habits can be extremely easy to break, leading to a loss of motivation that could be hard to undo. Instead, develop a routine that supports your morning and builds your confidence over time.
Good luck, and good morning!
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Janice Formichella is a freelance writer, proofreader, and break-up coach living in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Arizona, she enjoys women’s history, outdoor fitness, and a great green smoothie. You can follow her on Instagram at Janiceonthemove or read about her working from home adventures at JaniceFormichella.com
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