Master Your Morning Routine: 10 Tips for a Productive Day Ahead

Master Your Morning Routine: 10 Tips for a Productive Day Ahead

Mel Robbins “ How you set your day up is how it ends up”

I’m not sure what your mornings look like, but until last year, mine were a whirlwind. I’d snooze the alarm until I absolutely couldn’t anymore, then rush out of bed in a frenzy. Packing lunch, doing my hair, attempting some semblance of a makeup look—all done in a hurry. By the time I dashed out the door, I was already filled with that rushed energy, which I then carried with me onto the road. Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I’d become irritable, frustrated with the world around me. By the time I reached work, I felt exhausted, as if I’d been up for hours. Maybe some of you can relate, but let me tell you, this formula doesn’t work. It’s like setting yourself up for failure or a chaotic day.

After listening to a few podcasts and reading some chapters of self-help books, I decided to change things up and see if it made a difference. I adapted what I learned to suit my own routine and needs. Now, I wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than before. No more hitting the snooze button; when the alarm goes off, I’m up. Here are a few changes I’ve made to my routine:

Morning Stretch: I dedicate 5 minutes to gentle stretching, preferably outside or where I can soak up some sunlight, to awaken my body and mind.

Brain Drain: Taking inspiration from “The Artist’s Way,” I engage in a morning ritual of writing three pages about anything on my mind. Whether it’s good, bad, happy, or sad, this practice serves as a mental cleanse, clearing space for fresh thoughts and ideas to emerge throughout the day.

Prayer/Meditation: I allocate 10-15 minutes to prayer or meditation. Seated at my altar, I focus on my breath or play a soothing soundtrack to centre myself, fostering a sense of inner peace and alignment before starting the day.

Slow Morning Rituals: I approach my morning routine with a sense of calmness, taking my time to shower, get dressed, and do my hair and makeup mindfully. By eliminating rush and haste, I set a tranquil tone for the day ahead.

By the time I step out of my house, I do so with a newfound sense of calm and purpose. I’ve learned to prioritize my well-being and give myself the time and space I need to start the day on the right foot. As I settle into my car, I eagerly anticipate the journey ahead, knowing that I have the power to shape my day with positivity and intention. During my commute, I indulge in a playlist or podcast, immersing myself in the soothing sounds and insightful conversations that accompany me on my journey. Rather than succumbing to the stress of traffic, I choose to remain centred and focused, finding humour in the absurdities of rush-hour chaos. As I arrive at work, I do so with a sense of calm confidence, ready to tackle whatever challenges the day may bring.

This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. You will need to sit with this and work out what will work for you. Also, don’t overwhelm yourself and make too many changes at once. Start small, take baby steps, and try your best to be consistent.

Here are 10 easy morning routine tips see what you can add to your morning routine:

  1. Wake Up Earlier: Give yourself extra time in the morning to avoid rushing.
  2. Avoid Snoozing: Resist the temptation to hit the snooze button.
  3. Hydrate: Start your day with a glass of water to hydrate your body.
  4. Stretch or Exercise: Spend a few minutes stretching or doing light exercise to wake up your body.
  5. Mindful Breathing: Practice deep breathing or meditation to centre yourself.
  6. Plan Your Day: Take a few moments to outline your tasks for the day ahead.
  7. Healthy Breakfast: Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast to kickstart your metabolism.
  8. Limit Screen Time: Avoid checking emails or social media first thing in the morning.
  9. Gratitude Journaling: Write down a few things you’re grateful for to cultivate a positive mindset.
  10. Set Intentions: Decide on one thing you want to accomplish or focus on for the day.

As for references, here are six podcasts and books that may be beneficial:

  1. Podcast: “The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss often discusses morning routines and productivity hacks.
  2. Book: “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod – Provides a framework for creating a successful morning routine.
  3. Book: “Atomic Habits” by James Clear – Explores the science of habit formation, including morning rituals.
  4. Book: “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma Advocates for waking up early and using the morning for self-improvement.
  5. Podcast: The Million Dollar Morning Routine: 6 Steps to a Solid Morning Routine | The Mel Robbins Podcast

These resources can offer further insights and inspiration for refining your morning routine.

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