If you are like many people, your day starts something like this: blurry-eyed and yawning, you wake only because your annoying alarm clock won’t stop blaring. You might hit the snooze button two or three times before you can finally climb out from under your comforter, only looking forward to the moment when you can crawl back into bed at the end of the day. Because you spent so much time procrastinating getting out of bed, you have to rush through your morning routine, and may find yourself five or ten minutes late to work if you choose to quickly grab a coffee and a doughnut at the drive-thru. You spend the rest of the morning in a fog, not really waking up before mid-morning.
Many people start their days in this way, and don’t understand why they feel dissatisfied with their lives. However, the way you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day, so if you start in this reluctant and negative way, you can expect this attitude to prevail beneath the surface the whole day. There are certain habits that successful people do in the morning to ensure that their day goes as well as possible. In this blog, we will go over some habits you can adopt in the morning that will set you up for success.
Get up earlier
We may lose some readers at this suggestion, but it can actually really help you with your goals to wake up earlier. If you are the type of person who feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, think about the fact that waking up earlier gives you the time you have been missing. By getting up one hour earlier than normal, you can start your day clearer, calmer, and in a better mood than you would if you had to frantically rush around because you overslept.
Make your bed
This may seem like a silly thing to concern yourself with, but making your bed every morning can actually have a profound effect on your productivity during the day. First of all, getting into such a simple habit can make it easier for you to establish other habits, setting yourself up for success. Additionally, the act of making your bed puts your brain into organization mode immediately. Finally, a made bed promotes a feeling of calm, which is a good way to start the day.
List out your goals
A great way to put yourself in a goal-oriented frame of mind immediately is to list out your goals for the day first thing in the morning. This makes it less stressful to accomplish what you want because you have actually pinpointed what it is you want to do throughout the day. You don’t have to struggle to remember what you need to do because it is already listed out for you. By writing down at least a few small tasks in the morning, it helps you with time management throughout the day.
You may be focused on getting that first cup of coffee in the morning, but it is advantageous to prioritize a glass of good old H2O first. After sleeping all night, your body has been without water for hours. In order to get your digestive system up and running efficiently, drink water first thing when you wake up. Even if you just take a sip every few minutes all morning, you can get a good amount of your daily recommended amount of water, a great jumpstart to the day.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Your mother told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and she wasn’t wrong. By eating breakfast within an hour of waking, you ensure that your blood sugar levels are stable, making it easier to make healthy choices throughout the day. Do yourself a favor and prioritize eating a healthy breakfast in the morning. Something rich in protein, like eggs or non-fat greek yogurt, will help you stay full, as well as something with fiber, such as leafy green vegetables or steel-cut oats. Just be sure not to load up on too much sugar, which will be sure to lead to a crash in the afternoon.
Get in a workout
Working out in the morning is a great way to set yourself up for success the rest of the day. Whether you do yoga, run around the block, or come into our fitness center to pump some iron, a workout is a great way to maximize your energy and jumpstart your metabolism. An awesome workout in the morning serves you for the rest of the day.
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