10 Morning Routine Ideas for a Productive Day

 


A productive morning routine is a great way to start your day. Spending your first few waking hours on social media isn't the best idea. You waste so much time and you end up getting your day started much later than you planned to. It's crazy how quickly 5 minutes can turn into an hour when you're scrolling on social media. Start your morning reading your goals, refreshing your mind and boosting your energy levels to complete your tasks efficiently.

You don't need to do loads of things to ensure you have a beneficial morning routine. You're actually better off doing less than more, as long as it works for you that's what matters. In the past, my routine was way too long. I found myself doing things that weren't even a part of my morning routine. Self-discipline is key here, you need to remind yourself why you are doing it in the first place. Don't just make one for the sake of it just so you can tell everyone "I have a morning routine, I'm soooo amazing!". When in reality, it doesn't serve you in any way or you don't stick to it.

Why should you have a morning routine?

My reasons for creating a morning routine include:

  • It mentally prepares me for my day
  • It helps me to use my mornings efficiently
  • It allows me to focus better
  • It boosts my energy levels 

Here's how my morning starts off:

1) 6:00 - 6:15 - Meditation

2) 6:15 - 6:20 - Read my goals

3) 6:20 - 6:25 - Pray

4) 6:25 - 6:55 - Read a book or my bible 

5) 6:55 - 7:05 - Brain exercise

5) 7:15 - 7:45 - Exercise 

6) 7:45 - 8:15 - Shower

7) 8:15 - 8:40 - Breakfast (take probiotics and cod liver oil) - I usually read a news article or listen to a podcast then start my tasks for the day.

I have to sleep early the night before (I aim for around 10 pm) so I can complete my morning routine. It's become a habit for me and when I don't do it, my day doesn't feel the same and I'm not as focused. Don't feel bad if you feel like you waste your mornings. I never stuck to my routine initially, and it took me a really long time to develop it as a habit. Becoming good at anything takes practice. Be patient with yourself and remember it's never too late to start.

I'm really happy I'm getting much better at managing my time. I have my off days here and there, but I've come a very very long way. Having a routine in place will help you to manage your mornings better, so I strongly suggest you create one if you don't have one already! 

What should you add to your morning routine?

I wouldn't recommend adding every single suggestion mentioned below, but it's definitely worth adding or trying at least 3-4 tasks when you wake up. 

1) Meditation - 

I added meditation to my routine last year. Meditation is hard. If you're someone who tends to overthink or has a mind that doesn't seem to ever stop thinking, you'll find stillness extremely difficult to practice. This doesn't mean you can't become better at it. Most people think that meditation is about stopping yourself from thinking but this isn't true. It's all about being present, focusing on your breathing, becoming aware of your thoughts and letting them go. 

I don't think I was meditating right before which is why I never found it effective. I suggest trying the 4-7-8 breathing technique as it's a great way to practice meditation:

  • Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds (push your stomach out as you breathe in to increase your oxygen intake)
  • Hold your breath for 7 seconds
  • Breath out through your mouth for 8 seconds

2) Read a book

What do the richest and most successful people have in common? They all read. Reading is a true gateway to the unknown. You will always be a student in life because there is always be something to learn. There are too many incredible books out there that you need to get your hands on. Educating yourself in the morning allows you to spend time investing in yourself. Even if you don't have time for reading, you could try audiobooks to ensure you don't miss out on a good story.

3) Affirmations

Affirmations can help you manifest your desires and goals by calling everything you want into your life. Repeat affirmations daily to renew your mind and change any negative beliefs. Let's say you had a bad relationship with money because you always saw your parents stressing about money growing up. It would be useful to start saying positive affirmations about money to view it differently and to attract more into your life.

4) Exercise

A few months ago, I was exercising regularly but I stopped because the restricted diet I was on made me lose too much weight. Now that I've started to get back into exercising, I'm more consistent (I couldn't deal with the excuses I was making any more). Doing a form of exercise in the morning is an effective way to start your morning. It doesn't have to be intense, even a low impact workout can be impactful. Exercise wakes your body up by getting the blood flowing in your body and increases your energy level. The release of endorphins after exercising gives you a chance to get rid of those Monday blues!

5) Journalling

I don't journal as often as I should but whenever I do, it reminds me to journal more. Sometimes we have to be our own therapist. Journalling helps you to clear your mind and identify your current feelings. It also puts things into perspective by acknowledging any issues you may have and finding the solution. 

These are a few journal prompts to consider:
  • What does your dream life look like?
  • Who am I?
  • How am I feeling?
  • What am I grateful for?

You might find that dedicating at least once a week to journalling can be more effective than journaling daily. Find what works with you and make sure to stick to it. 

6) Quiet Time

Spending time with God is crucial if you want a relationship with him. I try to dedicate a few days in the week to praise and worship. Usually, I do this in the evenings but sometimes I do it in the morning too. Going back to God helps us to shift our focus onto him, we can't do this life thing alone. Every time I try to control every element of my life I always get overwhelmed.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

It's a relief to know God is with me wherever go, and I can always go to him when I'm in need. Getting in touch with your faith in the morning is a valuable use of your time. And I can ensure you, you'll feel really uplifted throughout the day.

7) Reading your goals

Remembering your why is the only thing that will help you to keep going when times are tough and in moments of procrastination. Reading your goals in the morning gives you a sense of re-alignment. You know what you're striving for and when you hope to achieve it. I read my monthly goals every day and my yearly goals occasionally. If you keep envisioning the end result, you will get there sooner than you think.

8) Brain Exercise

Need some morning stimulation? Daily brain exercises are perfect. My mind wanders too much and I always found it difficult to concentrate for long periods. This is why I started to meditate and complete daily brain exercises. Over time, it will improve my focus and my mind will wander less. Peak and Elevate are amazing apps to use for brain exercises (if only I found them earlier!). You can work on improving your memory, problem-solving skills and much more. Your brain is a muscle and it will only stay powerful if you train it. 

9) Eat A Nutritious Breakfast

They don't say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for no reason! A healthy breakfast gives you the energy your body needs, which is why you should avoid skipping it. When you're hungry you tend to be less focused and more distracted. You can avoid doing this by giving yourself enough time to eat something before you start your day.

My favourite breakfasts are:
  • Chia seed vanilla oatmeal with coconut yoghurt and berries.
  • Blueberry, flaxseed and coconut smoothie
  • Granola and yoghurt 

10) Write Down Three Things You Want to Accomplish 

If you want some structure to your life, schedule the night before. This is the most important thing for me to do if I want to have a productive day. You can review your schedule in the morning and identify three things you want to accomplish. This would give you a sense of direction because you know what you need to achieve to put you ahead.

A morning routine shouldn't be long-winded, it should be practical and effective. Habits are not formed overnight so you should give yourself some time to get used to it. It will only work when you make the effort to be consistent and reap the benefits. Following a daily morning routine will make you realise that your days are more effective. Try to attempt at least 3 of these ideas and I promise you, your life won't feel the same. As long as you develop a routine that gets you motivated, focused, and energised, you'll have a great morning routine in place. 



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