~ RALPH WALDO EMERSON
"The early bird catches the worm." Often an unpopular phrase to which most of us have probably rolled our eyes at, especially at a young age!
But as we got older, many of us have realized that there are many reasons we want to be the early bird. The worm is not only a prize for the bird but a necessity. There just doesn't seem to be enough time to get to everything with our hectic schedules.
Setting the alarm for a bit earlier and getting a headstart on the day, means we can get so much more done, but in a less frenzied way.
By waking up earlier, you are already halfway there. But how you spend the first few hours of your morning can significantly impact how the rest of the day will pan out.
Having a morning routine can set you up for efficiency, productivity, time-saving, and a boost of energy for the rest of the day.
A 2008 study published in The Journal of General Psychology found that early risers are less prone to procrastinating than their night owl counterparts. No wonder many successful people throughout history are early birds and have set morning routines.
In this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentions that he rises at 3:45 a.m. to go through email before hitting the gym. Richard Branson from the Virgin Group wakes at around 5 a.m. but admits that it is a habit you must work on maintaining.
We all know that it's essential to drink water to have a healthy body, but when you drink water is also important!
Drinking water first thing when you wake up can give you a jumpstart on your hydration for the day and improve your mental clarity when you wake up. Try starting your day with a refreshing glass of water!
2. PRAY OR MEDITATE
Whether you pray or meditate, having a dedicated quiet time has many benefits.
It is a time to refocus, boost self-awareness, find inner peace, religious reflection, and control stress and anxiety.
3. HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION
Do you tend to waste a lot of time throughout the day? A lot of that could be because of a lack of direction.
If you write down what you want to get done during the day, you are way more likely to think about those tasks and strive to accomplish them. It's like setting yourself mini goals for the day.
You are always more efficient when you have a plan, and noting it down in the morning (or the night before) helps you ensure you have enough time to do so and get to everything.
If you like writing and putting pen to paper, start your day with journaling? Studies have shown that the practice helps reduce stress and anxiety, improve job performance, and help people process troubling experiences.
5. READ OR LISTEN TO A PODCAST
For an excellent start to your day, make your mornings about self-growth and pick up a book or listen to a podcast. Even if only for a few minutes!
Doing this gets your mind thinking about the discussed topics and can positively impact your mood and inspire you for the rest of the day.
6. MAKE THE BED
You may think what the point of making your bed is if you're just going to sleep in it again and make it messy, right?
This simple task not only makes your room look cleaner and organized but also creates a feeling of accomplishment. If you can execute this simple task, imagine what else you can achieve during the day!
As exercise psychologist Jasmin Theard says, "Exercise leads to the secretion of neurotransmitters that promote mental clarity and an improved attention span. You'll feel a sense of accomplishment as well as rejuvenated and recharged."
It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Even a short workout in the morning or a light walk can already make a significant impact.
Working out in the morning gives your body a little jump start and some energy for you in the morning. And if you are up early enough for the sunrise, you are in for a treat!
A proper breakfast can help power you through the day.
Breakfast gives us the fuel we need in the morning and throughout the day.
It will keep you regular, stabilize your metabolism, and make you less prone to mindless, unhealthy snacking, which can plummet energy levels.
Even making some simple smoothies or grabbing a handful of healthy granola is better than not eating breakfast at all!