The Power of a Positive Morning Routine
Does your morning routine consist of staying in bed as late as possible while barely making it to work on time? Or worse, do you lie in bed having intense negotiations with yourself as to whether or not today is the day to call out for a duvet day?
Getting the day off on the wrong foot can negatively impact your entire day, which can snowball into a rough week personally and professionally.
Imagine how different your life would be if you had a morning routine that ensured a good day instead.
- If you’re like most people, your morning probably goes something like this:
- The alarm goes off.
- Hit snooze (3 times, at least).
- Lie there and think about how much you don’t want to get up. Or maybe you think about how much you dislike your job.
- Get dressed.
- Run out the door with a snack (or nothing) in hand.
How can you expect to have a great day when that’s your morning routine? A good day requires preparation and a solid foundation.
Consider these ideas when developing a power-upped morning routine:
- Wake up earlier. Going to bed earlier makes this task easier. You’ll need some extra time in the morning to accommodate your constructive changes. I wake up an hour early for snuggles with my pups. I'm serious.
- Get up immediately. Avoid lying there and thinking negatively about your day, life, job, challenges, or anything else. It’s harder to think negative thoughts if you’re up and doing something. The moment the alarm sounds is called the "Heroic Moment." Be a hero and get your head up immediately before you convince yourself that five minutes won't hurt.
- Drink a glass of water. You’ve likely gone 8+ hours without a drink. Have a big glass of water. Leave a bottle of water on the bathroom counter the night before if that’s more convenient. Just be sure to get your water—you’ll feel 10 times better in 10 minutes. I'm sure there is some science to back that up, but trust me, it works.
- Enjoy a little exercise. Take a walk, jump on the treadmill, do some pushups, or tell Alexa to turn up a disco playlist, and dance. I'm partial to the latter. It doesn’t matter which exercise you do but do something. Focus on positive thoughts and get your body moving.
- Shower. This is the perfect time to use affirmations. You’re not doing anything intellectually stimulating anyway. Use the time to tell yourself how great you are and how beautiful life is. Commit to making other people know how great they are too. It may sound silly, but you get what you put out there.
- Eat a good breakfast. Have some yogurt and fruit or whip up a frittata. But sit down and have at least a small meal. Again, focus on the positive affirmations. Enjoy telling yourself how wonderful you are while you’re savoring your food.
- Meditate or read something inspiring. Take 10 minutes to meditate or read. Inspirational reading material will motivate you and get your ready for the day.
- Review your goals. Take 5 minutes and review your goals. Goals that are reviewed regularly are far more likely to be met. Make your goals a priority. Not just work goals—you're not either your work self or your home self. You are one phenomenal force.
- Attack the day. Now you’re ready to get out there and accomplish something. How could you not be successful? Continue thinking positively for as long as possible. You’ll find that you can make it a little longer each day staying in that power-upped mode as long as you make it a habit.
What I've outlined above may take 90 minutes or more to complete. If that’s longer than you can spend, come up with an abbreviated version that works for you. The keys are to get your water, practice positive self-talk, and have time to eat in peace.
A well thought out morning routine can have a significant impact on your life, happiness, and success. Give it a try and see how it changes your day. Your boss will be thrilled, too, guaranteed.
Let me know how you power-up your day in the comments below. I want to know.