One of the things that help us have a productive day or be successful has to do with not only just our habits, skills, or people that we know, but also the morning routine that we perform on a daily basis. It is one of the most important things that can determine whether or not you will start the day off in a productive manner or with a slump. It is so important that successful people make sure that they do theirs every single day no matter what.
“My morning routine definitely sets the tone for my day. If I’m rushed and stressed in the morning, that will carry through my work day.” – Tessa Miller
What Is A Morning Ritual?
A morning ritual is basically a morning routine that consists of certain activities that you might do every day once you get out of bed to start the day off. Different people have different morning routines. However, even if you do have a morning routine, depending on what you do for your morning routine matters. If anything in your morning routine doesn’t benefit you in a positive manner, then you will probably end up having a not so productive day and lowering your chances of being successful.
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What Are Some Examples Of Morning Routines Performed By Successful People?
There are a lot of morning routines out there, but I will only list a few.
STEVE JOB’S MORNING ROUTINE: ONE SIMPLE QUESTION
Back in 2005, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford. One of the lines he said was actually his morning routine. He used this as a motivational tactic to start off his day in a productive manner.
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Powerful. Deep. Motivational. This question is effective because it helps you discover what unproductive tasks that you were planning to do and to potentially remove any excuses for doing it. It might work for some people, it might not for others. Would asking this question help you stay focused and keep your goals and priorities in perspective? Let me know in the comments below.
MICHELLE GLASS: PRESIDENT OF STARBUCKS
A morning routine can be as simple as doing a short exercise. In the case of Michelle, she always woke up at 4:30 AM in the morning and starts the day off with a run.
BARACK OBAMA: PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
He starts his day off with a workout, reading several newspapers (got to keep up with world events after all), eat breakfast with the family, and then he starts his work day around 9 AM.
COMMON MORNING ROUTINE HABITS PERFORMED BY THOSE WHO ARE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL
They Take Time to Reflect
In a world filled with noise and distractions, it is very easy to lose sight of what’s important and what’s not. That’s why before starting the day out, many successful people take time to clear their mind of any distractions and outside noise to get their priorities straight and their mindset on track. There are many ways to do this: yoga, meditation, or simply just quietly reflecting on the things they’ve done so far. I personally do this often to help eliminate any stress as well as to get myself in the right frame of mind regardless of what horrid or tedious tasks that is to come. It also helps me organize my priorities and actions better.
In the morning, most people are still groggy after a good night’s sleep, and staying awake is tough. One great way is to get the heart pumping and some oxygen flowing through your bloodstream. Exercise does just that, as well as helping you get your body in shape or stay in shape. After all, one of the most important assets besides time is our health. A simple jog around the block or a few stretches will do the trick. Others might lift a few weights here and there, play a short round of basketball, or whatever physical exercise they prefer.
Breakfast is Important
Sadly, this is one tip that I fail to accomplish the most, and that is to eat a healthy breakfast every day. After all, our body needs its vitamins and nutrients to stay energized for the busy day ahead of us.
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How Do I Create A Morning Routine?
It’s simple. All you need to do is to find out what works for you and what doesn’t. You can experiment a few things for a few days and go through a process of elimination. This will take several attempts to get used to, but nevertheless, the one thing that you must remember is to be consistent and stay committed.
Make sure the things you plan to incorporate into your morning routine will benefit you in some way. Your goal for having a morning routine is to have a productive day. So you might want to figure out what are some things you can do to help you energized and filled with the motivational power needed to accomplish that. You can start slow and steady with easy to do tasks that are small and doable. You can even start off with the basics of fixing your bed and letting some natural light into the house!
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Other ways is to stack positive habits back to back and do them in the morning as soon as you get out of bed. Again, you are free to experiment with this. You can even try copying some morning routines that successful people do.
More Examples Of Morning Routine Habits
- Eat nutritious foods
- Reviewing your goals
- Having a glass of cold water with lemon
- Reading your favorite book or blog articles
Lastly, don’t get caught up on worrying so much on what works and what doesn’t. Life is too short to worry about the little details in this. If something passes and you find yourself comfortable with it. Stick with it, and continue on with your day.
What I want you to take away from this article is that every day, you should wake up with a purpose. You should have a way to energize and motivate yourself so that you can start the day off in a productive manner that will allow you to focus and be successful without relying on the help of others. After all, opportunities don’t simply show up knocking on your doorsteps, it is your responsibility to seek them out. If you have a morning routine that you find to be helpful, feel free to share it with us in the comments below!