How you start your morning can impact your whole day. Here’s how the world’s most successful people start their incredible mornings.
I never used to never be really great with the whole morning routine thing. My morning used to consist of waking up after pressing the snooze button a few times, then grabbing my phone off the nightstand and looking at any new social media posts and checking any recent e-mails, taking a quick shower, then grabbing a coffee and something quick to eat before starting work.
I realized that this was a really bad morning routine and something needed to change. That’s when I started to study how the most successful people in the world start their day as well as read a really good book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
After that, I realized that almost everyone who is very successful follows some type of morning routine or ritual in order to have more energy, get focused, and start the day off right.
Since then, I decided to make a huge change and started to wake up a lot earlier every morning in order to have enough time to get started with my own morning routine. It definitely was not easy when first getting started, but now that it’s become a regular practice it has made an incredible difference in my life.
Here are 8 ways that truly successful people get their day started on the right track every morning.
1. They drink water
One of the easiest and best things that you can do after waking up is to drink at least 16 ounces of water. Water fires up your metabolism, helps your body flush out toxins, hydrates you, and helps to get your brain going.
2. They exercise
Exercising in the morning gets your endorphins going and does a great job at waking you up. You should do exercise that helps you get the physical results that you’re looking for. If you just want to get moving then stretching and a morning walk or yoga would be great.
You don’t necessarily need to spend 2 hours in the gym strength training, but at least do something to get you moving and active for a minimum of 15 – 30 minutes.
3. They meditate
Meditation helps to improve your focus, productivity, and stress levels for the rest of the day. You don’t need to spend an hour in order to get really great results. I normally feel really good after 10-15 minutes, but some people can feel refreshed and clear after only 5-7 minutes.
4. They don’t check their email first thing in the morning
While checking e-mail may feel productive, it really distracts you from what needs to be done first and allows other people’s agendas to control your morning. Make it a practice not to check e-mail until you’ve completed the most important tasks that you need to do.
5. They plan their day
Most people start the day without any plan and then react to whatever comes up throughout the day. Instead, spend a few minutes to plan and write down exactly what you want to accomplish throughout the day.
Just the act of writing alone helps your brain focus on the day’s priorities and tasks, which in turn gets you that much closer to actually completing them.
6. They review and rewrite their goals
Every morning write down your most important goals without referring to your previous list of goals and keep doing this day after day. Each day, you’ll sometimes notice that your goals will change, you’ll forget what goals you had the day before, and the order of priority will change as your life changes. But you’ll notice that over time you’ll be re-writing the same goals every day and really focusing on those.
This is a technique was made popular by Brian Tracy and will really help you complete your most important goals
7. They read, watch videos or listen to an audiobook / podcast
A lot of people enjoy reading the newspaper or social media posts in the morning, but depending on what you read, these can negatively affect your mood and happiness level.
Instead of doing this, spend a few minutes reading some pages of a great book, watch a TED talk or inspiring YouTube video, or listen to few minutes of an audiobook. This will help by putting you in a positive and productive mood as well as increasing your knowledge at the same time.
8. They pick the most difficult task to complete before anything else
Think of the most difficult and challenging thing that you absolutely are going to dread doing during the day and then do this first thing in the morning when you have the most energy and willpower.
This will help you build positive momentum throughout the rest of the day and reduce the amount of energy that you’d spend procrastinating and worrying about finishing the task.
I’d love to hear about your morning routine – if you have one.
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