The early bird catches the worm.
But if that bird wakes only to dive, beak first, into social media, emails and caffeinated stress…well, perhaps it should have stayed in bed.
The exact time that you wake up is less important than the actions that you take immediately after waking.
So in today’s video I’m sharing the five habits that make up my morning routine. These actions help me feel more productive, more centered, and less frazzled for the day ahead.
This routine doesn’t take long (you can complete it all within 10 minutes) and it’s really easy to implement. Below the video I’m sharing some extra tips on how you can get started with each of these steps.
But before you press play I want you to think about your average weekday morning. Is your overall AM vibe one of relaxation and awakening? Or is it a mad scramble to get ready and out the door?
How would you like to feel at the start of each new day? Why would you like to feel that way?
What’s getting in the way of that?
While adopting new habits don’t always happen overnight — although, to be fair, this is one that could be — understanding why you’re making a change will help you follow through.
Once you’ve had a chance to watch I’d love to hear from you. So please stick around and join in the discussion at the bottom of the page.
To Recap, Here’s What We Covered
Habit #1 Appreciate The Act Of Waking
Even when I really, really don’t want to be getting up I put a smile on my face and say: “thank you for another wonderful day”. It’s a simple act that only takes seconds but sets the tone for a positive and grateful day ahead.
Habit #2 Drink Water
Room temperature is best, so leave a large glass of filtered water on the bench before you go to bed each night. Drink it all before that first sip of coffee or tea.
Habit #3 Read Something Inspiring
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read.”
Set aside 2 — 5 minutes to read something that energizes your mind. It might be a chapter from a book, a poem, a quote, a bible passage… It might be a positive note that you wrote to yourself the night before.
Habit #4 Make A 3-Point To Do List
This is even better to do the night before. Numerous studies have shown that we can only expect to achieve three main tasks each day, and adding more to the list makes us feel overwhelmed and decreases productivity. Choose the three big rocks that, if you can cross them off, will make you feel satisfied at the end of the day.
Habit #5 Move Your Body
Doing cardio before breakfast can actually help to boost your metabolism and burn fat. Which is cool, but the main reason that I do it then is to avoid getting a cramp from exercising after eating! Don’t sweat it if you don’t have time for a full workout, just repeat one move continuously for 60 — 120 seconds. This might be a plank, lunges or wall pushups. Anything to get the blood pumping.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
Do you have a healthy morning habit that you couldn’t live without? Let me know by leaving a comment below.