After the release of Robin Sharma’s book,The 5 AM Club, a lot of interest arose around the practices of starting the day early with a morning routine to increase productivity. After all, the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders get an early start while the rest of the world is sound asleep. Today I’m going to share with you great ways to supercharge your morning with a productive morning routine!
Wake up Early
Wake up with the sun! In his book, Robin Sharma recommends waking up at 5am to activate success. With the rest of the world asleep, it’s easier to focus and get started before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. An added bonus, people who wake up early, tend to have more energy throughout the day.
A simple exercise routine in the morning can do wonders to your mood. When you exercise in the morning, your body releases endorphins, aka, the feel good hormones. These hormones are responsible for making you feel good after a workout. So, if you add in exercise to your morning routine, you will be feeling great throughout the day!
Go out for a quick walk. Do 20 minutes of yoga or take it next level with a cardio routine. Just get moving!
Listen to a Podcast
Find yourself a professional development podcast and get to learning! There are so many options for you to choose from. Better yet, listen while you get your workout in. It’s so important to keep an open mind and continue to better yourself. This not only feeds your mind but many times you can learn techniques to further your business as well…that’s 3 birds with one stone!
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
A healthy breakfast is more or less a prerequisite to start a productive day. When you are up early, you have more time to start your morning which means more time to actually eat breakfast! Having a good breakfast in the morning has long term health benefits. It improves cognitive function, heart health, and prevents obesity and high blood pressure.
Be sure to take time for yourself while eating breakfast to truly get a great start to your day.
Make a To-do List
Make a to-do list! Write down everything you wish to accomplish in your day. Include everything from the big tasks to the minor ones. Be sure to make it manageable so you are not getting overwhelmed. Having a to-do list will help eliminate distractions.
Believe it or not, checking off a task from your list gives you the motivation to move on to the rest in better spirits and energy.
Solve a Puzzle
Get the blood flow to your brain by solving a puzzle. Do a crossword, or play sudoku. Anything that stimulates and activates those juices in your brain. Solving a puzzle at the start of the day gives you a sense of accomplishment from the get go!
Meditation might look different to each individual person. Take 5-10 minutes in the morning to reflect on your life and your dreams. Unplug from social media and all the moving parts around you and appreciate the beauty of life! You can use this time to ponder all of the things that you are grateful for and fill your brain with positive thoughts! If you are new to meditation there are many apps that can guide you right through it like the Calm app.
Take some time to tidy up before you head out for the day. Make your bed, clean up the kitchen, tidy up the living room. Cleaning up in the morning is another great way to start your day with a sense of accomplishment, it’s also a great stress reliever! Sometimes our messy homes can be a source of stress for us. An added bonus, you come home to a clean space!
Take a Shower
A shower in the morning is not only good for your health, but it also gives you a rejuvenating burst of energy for the entire day. A morning shower also improves blood circulation which can help alleviate stress.
This may sound like a lot, but most of these hardly take more than 5- 10 minutes. You probably already do many of these things daily without realizing it. When you adopt these practices consciously to start a productive day, you will notice positive changes in your life and an increase in your productivity!
Need even more help in starting your day? Check out Kate Mann’s Motivated Morning. It has been a great help in trying to establish a better morning routine to increase productivity.
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