Let’s start with the basics! What is a morning routine? Simply put, it’s the same tasks, or rituals, you do each morning around the same time. A morning routine is completely personalized to your interests, goals and schedule. This is a proven, science-based practice that has been shown to provide both psychological and physical benefits.
Here are a few reasons why you need a morning routine…
It Boosts Productivity
Morning routines set the tone for each day and allow us to start each morning with an intention-based mindset. As we start each day we can take time to really prioritize what needs to be accomplished as well as feel that we are starting each day in a proactive mindset vs. reactive.
By adopting this practice, you will likely find that you are more focused throughout your day and better at finishing tasks.
It Relieves Stress
Having a morning routine takes the guesswork out of each day. Although it may seem a bit cumbersome in the beginning, your daily tasks start to become automatic. There is also a therapeutic benefit by moving from task to task.
A few of our favorite morning routines…
Make Your Bed
Making your bed has been coined the world’s “easiest success habit”. Practiced by some of the world’s most successful people, it’s one of the quickest, easiest, most effective morning rituals that can be adopted.
“Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” – Author Charles Duhigg
“For example, those who make their bed in the morning are up to 206.8 percent more likely to be millionaires. It puts your mind into a more productive mindset” -Socio-economist Randall Bell, Ph.D
We will continue to stress how amazing this habit is! Try incorporating this into your morning routine to start your day from a positive place. Gratitude journaling has been shown to improve mood, help you sleep, improve self esteem and so much more.
Pro Tip: If you are looking for a journal, The Five Minute Journal is one of our favorites.
Stop grabbing your phone as soon as you wake up in the morning and try to just be present. By starting each morning with stillness, you are able to set the tone for the rest of your day. Morning meditation is a great way to help you focus and feel less stressed and anxious.
Morning routines are designed to be personalized! Try to incorporate practices that you feel will set you up for success each day and help you be more productive. The most important thing to remember is that good habits take time to build so make sure you stick with your routine for a generous period of time (a month-ish) to really start to reap the benefits.