The morning is one of the most crucial moments of the day, which sometimes dictates how the rest of it will feel.
There are a number of ways to improve the quality of your mornings and ensure you are relaxed and energetic for the day ahead of you. Here are the most effective ones:
10 Ways to Successfully Start Your Day
1. Set Your Alarm Earlier
If you know yourself to be hard to get out of bed, and always late for work, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual. This will give you extra time to get yourself ready and respect the schedule you’ve probably made the night before.
2. Don’t Snooze
However, it’s useless to wake up 15 minutes early if you snooze the alarm and go back to sleep. Apart from making all your efforts in vain, this practice does more damage than you think. When your alarm rings, your body’s sleep cycle is interrupted. By going back to sleep, you restart that cycle, but shock your body when you interrupt it again 15 minutes later. The more times you snooze, the more tired you will wake up.
3. Stretch or Exercise
You can begin stretching before you even get out of bed. We sometimes do it without realizing, get on the side of the bed and stretch our arms. What you should do then is continue with the rest of the body, for a good minute of stretching to chase the sleep away and oxygenate the blood. And this works even better if you add a 15-minute morning workout routine. You will leave the house smiling and ready for anything.
4. Start Preparing Before Sleep
One thing we all have problems with is deciding what to wear in the morning. Looking through your wardrobe for 5 minutes and not choosing anything can be frustrating, to say the least. And can make you late. Why not get rid of that, and have the clothes ready the night before?
Reserve 5 – 10 minutes of your morning time for some relaxation. It may seem uncalled for since you’ve just woken up, but your mind is not that focused during the morning, and something to calm it can go a long way. Listen to some music or simply sit still and let your mind run free for a bit while enjoying your morning coffee by the window, watching the horizon.
6. Drink Water
You should realize that your body just came back after roughly 8 hours of sleep, during which it used up resources. Resources like water, which is why you should hurry to replenish. Even if you’re not that thirsty, drink a large glass of water after you wake up and your body will definitely thank you later.
7. Always Have Breakfast
And, of course, water is not the only resource your body used up. Other nutrients need to be replenished as well, and a well-balanced morning breakfast can go a long way towards a productive day. There are many “recipes” for the perfect breakfast, but generally, something high in protein, coupled with orange juice, will do the trick. Sugar is recommended as well for better memory, but only about one cube.
8. Plan the Day
During breakfast, plan out the rest of your day. Think about where you’ll be going, who you will meet and what you’ll be doing in order to formulate a solid timeline of your day. This is when ideas will start popping into your head and you will find better ways to tackle some of the issues you will be confronted with. This will make the world of difference if your goal is to become one of the world’s top CEOs.
9. Focus on One Thing
Unless you have a solid and practiced morning routine, you will find it difficult, sometimes annoying to do some of the things you plan the night before. That is why you should never try to multitask. Take things slow and one at a time to avoid getting angry or upset and ruining the rest of the morning, possibly the day.
10. Start With What Is Important
When you get to work, always start with your most important and complex task that day. After a healthy morning routine, you will be at your peak when it comes to focus and awareness, and you will be better able to handle difficult assignments. It will also prevent you from procrastinating and leaving it for tomorrow.
It all looks great on paper and definitely doable when you read everything during the lunch break. And, in fact, it really is. You just need to be determined to follow the plan you set for yourself. It will be harder at first, sure, but in a couple of weeks, you’ll feel as if you’ve been doing it since forever.