Win the day with a rockstar morning routine! A powerful routine sets the tone for a productive, successful day. Learn how to establish disciplined morning habits to reap the benefits all day long.
Do you have a morning routine? A morning routine is something that you do the same each and every day, a type of ritual to get your day started. Having powerful morning habits can and will set the tone for your entire day, so making sure you are beginning the day properly is very important.
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As with starting any new habit, it won’t be easy at first. Some days you will want to roll over and go back to sleep and other days you’ll tell yourself you just aren’t “in the mood”. That’s the hard part, but once you set up your new morning ritual it will become easier and get to the point where you look forward to it.
Ask any highly productive person, and they will tell you they have a specific morning routine that defines what they achieve during the day and accounts for their success. They have habits that they have cultivated over time and made part of their lifestyle. Mornings are the most predictable part of the day, and successful people take advantage of having a disciplined routine to reap the productivity that can follow throughout the day.
Let’s look at the benefits to setting up a morning routine.
There is evidence that shows that having that discipline of getting up every morning at the same time is a good foundation to kickstarting a good day. It carries over into the rest of the days in the week, and then months and years. When you enforce an act of discipline at the start of the day, you will simply draw that discipline into various parts of your life. These include your mental focus, health, work, family and diet, among others.
Time is a most valuable asset. Just look at the success that new time-saving technology like Uber, Amazon Prime, and Alexa’s voice has. Adding an extra hour to your routine in the morning can be channeled into doing something productive, perhaps something important to you that you normally overlook.
I don’t know about you, but to me, there is nothing worse than being rushed in the morning. Ever wondered why you feel rushed? Probably because you pressed the snooze button one too many times or maybe you spent too much time trying to make breakfast or put together your outfit. What you wake up to is realizing that you did not allocate adequate time for these activities.
Lower anxiety levels
Recently I have been working hard to improve on my productivity. To my surprise, waking up early boosts my productivity tenfold throughout the day. In fact, on the days when I get up as planned, I have plenty of time to ease into the day without rushing. Stress is directly associated with increased levels of cortisol. This may lead to weight gain, anxiety, and several other health risks. If you have always been in a rush in the morning, try doing things differently tomorrow. Simply get up earlier than usual and take your time to get ready. Then stroll out the door and get to work.
This goes a long way in lowering the chances of being anxious and developing stress in the morning. It’s much easier to dive into our to-do list without pressure. Checking off several tasks in the morning creates the momentum that will help you push through the day. It’s the small wins that matter and push you to win big throughout the day.
5 Morning Habits to Win the Day
When morning habits become a lifestyle to you, you start your day knowing that you are already a winner. For you to transform your life, you must first be willing to accept that habits can be replaced and that you have the power and responsibility to make a change to yours today. Start by thoughtfully designing your day so that a strong foundation is paved for a productive day.
1. Stop Snoozing
Getting up is a bit of a struggle at first, but all it takes to stop hitting the snooze button is tuning your mind into winning every day. If there is a strong temptation and desire to hit the snooze button so that you can catch a few more zzz’s in the morning, the good news is you can break this habit.
Each time your alarm goes off, tell yourself you are a winner by getting up and a loser if you snooze. Kind of harsh, but trust me, no one wants to carry the feeling of being a loser throughout the day. It worked for me, so I believe it can work for anyone. You can, of course, experiment with other tactics to discover what works best for you. You will eventually find one that works for you and when you do, stick to it.
2. Get Up Early
As you try hard to overcome the temptation of a snooze, it is important that you have a purpose to get up early. Mornings are times when you are fresh, have the energy and are away from external distractions of the world. During this time, there are not a lot of things competing for your undivided attention.
When you wake up earlier, you are at an advantage. However, if your wake-up time is 7 am, trying to wake up 5am instead can be extremely challenging. If you want to get up earlier than usual, try and do this gradually. It is a process that your whole body must be ready for. You can try with 30 minutes earlier than normal, then progressively increase by fifteen minutes until you eventually hit your target. Just remember to be realistic in every step that you take and make it count.
The first thing that most people do when they get up is making the bed. This is something quite simple and quick. It simply adds a burst of achievement and productivity to your morning. Why is this step an important part of your waking up? When you organize the environment you are in, you are stimulating your mind to be organized too, which is a simple step that adds clarity and calm, ensuring that you can stay sharp throughout the day.
3. Work Out Mind & Body
No matter what your fitness goals may be, working out as part of a morning routine is an excellent way to turn on your metabolism and brain. You will feel motivated, happy and full of energy that will steer you towards conquering the rest of the day and all activities that come with it.
Here are some of my posts to help motivate you to get moving:
5 Reasons To Walk Each Day
5 Ways To Get Excited About Home Exercise
After turning on your mind through physical exercise, it is important that you allow your mind to immerse in a positive thought process. Sit on a floor mat with your feet crossed. Close your eyes and think about the things that will bring positivity to your day. Focus on your top priorities of the day ahead. Do you want to be grateful, excited, focused, and inspired? Try and answer these questions in your mind. What are the things that you are grateful for today? What inspires you? What excites you?
Allowing your mind to tap into positive thoughts allows you to rid yourself of sadness and anxiety. In other words, you are training your mind to look forward to the best that the day has to offer.
4. Create a Daily Goal List
People who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who didn’t. When you write down your goals, you are in increasing the effectiveness of realizing them. Incorporating this as part of your morning routine is a sign that you are declaring your intentions for the day. It crystallizes your goals in your mind so that they are engraved deeper into your subconscious brain. It is a signal to your brain that achieving these goals is important to you.
As a result, your brain will work hard towards achieving every goal by making sure that you treat every single project you handle during the day with the level of seriousness that will give you a win. In other words, your brain will push you towards realizing your dreams.
5. Visualize Your Dreams
Each morning, take a few moments to see yourself living your dream. Allow your dreams to enter your mind and engage all your senses. Have you been dreaming of a dream vacation? Watch yourself enjoying that vacation with your loved ones and doing all the things you have in your checklist.
Start tapping into your mind by seeing yourself living your ideal day and life. When you start seeing yourself living your dream, you will start feeling a new rush of strength and energy that will motivate and inspire you to keep going.
When you eventually add all the small steps together from your morning habits, you create a powerful routine that will keep powering your days. It is this morning routine that will give you more confidence and keep you equipped to handle every challenge that arises during the day. It really doesn’t matter what or how difficult these challenges are, because if you have strong beliefs and great habits, you can achieve anything.
29 thoughts on “Powerful Morning Habits”
I need to get up earlier and spend time meditating! It’s so hard! Thanks for the help
Hi Jamie – Keep at it 🙂
I so connected with this blog post! Only recently have I been making time in the morning for myself, to clear my head, meditate, visualize goals, and write down daily goals. It has made such a difference. Thanks for all the other tips to powerful morning habits!
Thanks Lindsey, it really makes a big difference to your day 🙂
I agree with this wholeheartedly! It changes the whole day when your morning starts off right. I strive to maintain my morning routine, but there are times when I waiver. This post was an excellent reminder that winning the morning allows you to win the day! Thanks for sharing this!
Hi Amy, it is a great way for us to be able to set the tone of our day 🙂
I have morning routine issues. I just purchased your goal journal to see if this will help me with my morning routine by getting up at the same time every morning. Thanks!
Thank you, Amy! It might be hard in the beginning but keep trying until it becomes a habit. If you need any guidance along the way, feel free to reach out to me (maryjo @ coolbeanliving.com) 🙂
I needed this! I totally snoozed it today 😩 but usually I get up to do my yoga. I gotta get back on the yoga wagon! Lol thank you!
Brianna, yoga is a fantastic way to start the day! 🙂
I had no idea writing down goals helped increase the accomplishment rate! I love the idea of writing down my goals for the day in the morning. Also, funny thing is, this week I decided I would wake up earlier for work because I usually am rushing out the door. The past two mornings have been so peaceful and calm and I even had energy and motivation before to pump out a blog post. Early mornings definitely do set the tone for the whole day!
Hi Katerina. I’m so much more productive during the day when I am not racing to get out the door. Keep giving yourself a little extra time! 🙂
Great tips. Thank you for the well written article. Such a beautiful post!
Thanks so much, Patsy! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂
I agree that a great mindset it an important part of your day. Making time for meditation even for 15 minutes and get in touch with your inner self is a life changer once it becomes a habit!
Deborah – yes!! I couldn’t agree more 💯
These are great tips! Thank you for sharing. I will have to try and implement the ones I don’t currently do. I’ve been very motivated and goal oriented the last few months and getting into good daily habits and routines is a huge help for me!
Thanks Stephanie, keep up the good work 🙂
Thank you for those great tips. I do all but 1 (the exercise for me really is only the part of my daily routine of making the bed, sweeping the floor, laundry… ). Maybe I will have to start squeezing some REAL exercise in too, then I won’t feel so tired when I want to hit the SNOOZE button but can’t.
Susan, if you already do all but the exercise, I’d say that is pretty darn awesome 🙂
True words! I like to start my day with coffee and Jesus, and it just seems to start the day out better. When I sleep in and skip this the day just seems scattered. Good post!
Thanks, Cindy! I agree, my day seems a bit off when it doesn’t start with my regular routine.
I love this. I am that person who snoozes their alarm and rushes to get the kids out the door. I love the idea of setting your goals too. Great read!
I love your idea of not hitting the snooze button by saying you’re a winner if you don’t! It used to be so easy for me to get up early, but its been a struggle recently. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow morning and hopefully I get get going on my morning right away!
Hi Brianna, sometimes being a bit tough on ourselves does the trick. Good luck 🙂
I love these ideas! I struggle with exercising in the morning and not hitting the snooze button. I think I hit it at least 15 times.
LOL Rhiannon – that snooze button is a killer! 😂
This is a great post! One thing I definitely need to work on is getting up earlier. I’ve been working from home for a year now and I still struggle with a early morning schedule. I usually am working by 9 but that’s too late. Thanks for the motivation!! I think I will get a notebook for a daily goal list!!
Thanks, Sherry! Sometimes just getting a reminder is enough to help us set some new habits. Good luck 🙂