Wake up and smell the routine
Rise and shine! Must have heard that phrase a zillion times, but all you do is hit that snooze button when your alarm goes off in the morning. Getting up and going about your day with zeal is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it CAN be! All you need is to maintain a set morning routine daily.
How you spend your morning sets the pace for the rest of the day. John Irving, an American-Canadian novelist and screenwriter once said, “Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” So, start getting obsessed with following a morning routine to see how your day changes. Here are our recommendations
1. GET STARTED A NIGHT BEFORE
We get so stressed about unfinished work and not being productive in the day that we end up experiencing sleepless nights! Poor sleep the night before, will leave you feeling horrid in the morning and lead to an unproductive day. If this fear plagues you, we have a solution. Start planning the important tasks for the next day the night before. If you schedule your work for the coming day, you sleep being assured that you have a system in place and this makes you wake up fresh and active.
2. REFILL YOUR TANK
Most of us sleep through the night without waking up to drink water. Your body is dehydrated by the time you wake up, and we have to replenish this empty tank. Water as a source of productivity might seem odd, but waking up and drinking a glass of water not only hydrates you—but also activates your system, helps flush out toxins—and overall just gets your day going. Remember to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Don’t stop at one glass!
3. TAKE OUT SOME PERSONAL TIME
It’s easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle that comes your way during the day. Finding quiet moments is important to rewire your body from the slumber you have woken up from. We know the first inclination you have is to check your phone. Any new emails? Messages? ‘Oh let me just scroll through social media.’ Yes, you should do all this and more, but just not the minute after you’ve opened your eyes in the morning! Limit your distractions and go about your morning routine with ease. When you have time and are ready to respond to your emails, open them and get productive.
4. MOVE YOUR BODY
What is a better way to get your blood rushing and body moving than exercising? You wake up sluggish and the easiest way to drive that feeling away is to add physical movement into your morning routine. Your exercise set doesn’t need to be very long: A short round of cardio or running or even yoga—will get your blood pumping, energising your body! This keeps you mentally and physically alert throughout the day.
5. TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Taking a cold shower can be uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it’s the most effective in waking you up! There are a lot of benefits of having a 60-sec cold water shower—it improves blood circulation, reduces stress levels and even improves your immune system.
6. PRIORITISE YOUR BREAKFAST
Avoid skipping breakfast no matter how busy you are! It is the most important meal of the day. Eating a healthy nutritious meal is a fool-proof way to keep yourself energised throughout the day. Make yourself a breakfast that fuels your body, is full of the good stuff ( fruits, eggs, nuts or veggies), and start your day with a bang! A happy tummy will help you focus better too!
7. EXECUTE DIFFICULT TASKS FIRST
If you have planned your day the night before, you have all your tasks laid out in front of you. Your energy is at its peak in the morning, so if there is an important/difficult task that is scheduled for the day, start your morning by executing that first—this just leaves you with the easier tasks for the rest of the day, as your energy starts to nose dive!
Most successful people like American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet, always talk about starting his day early and following a strict morning routine. These tips are easy and doable if you commit 100 per cent to them. Then, watch yourself succeed no matter what you set out to do, daily!
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