Are you looking to create personalized morning habits that work for you but you’re not sure where to start?
Have you been hearing about all the hype regarding early rising but you’re not sure what to do?
Do you want to be more productive but you’re not sure how to do it?
Well, you’re in the right place!
In this post, I’ll share my top tips on morning habits for a productive day. This way you can start your day in a positive way and improve your productivity.
Many top performers and successful people have implemented specific morning habits and they all say the same thing: the way you start your morning has an impact on how the rest of your day unfolds.
As Robin Sharma says, “Own your morning, elevate your life”.
Are you hitting the snooze button multiple times?
Are you focusing on all the anxious thoughts you have first thing in the morning?
Are you grabbing your phone to check Facebook, Instagram or your emails before you even get out of bed?
All of these unconscious habits set the tone for the rest of your day. That’s why it’s important to start your day with intention and with deliberate action.
So I ask you, how do you want to experience the beginning of your day? Do you want to start your day with intention and purpose or without any conscious thought?
19 morning habits for a productive day
1. Get up early
Waking up earlier than usual is a great way to give yourself a little extra time to take care of you. It’s up to you to decide at what time you should wake up. Experiment with different times and see how your body reacts and adjust accordingly!
2. Place your alarm clock far from your bed
When your alarm goes off, you’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off and that gets your body out of bed pretty darn fast.
3 Use a natural sunrise alarm clock
Instead of having your phone or a regular alarm clock wake you up, try using a natural sunrise alarm clock. These clocks mimic the sunrise and wake you with a gradually increasing amount of light. This is a much gentler way of waking up than with noise!
4. Forget the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button may seem like a good idea to get in an extra 5 minutes of sleep but this actually makes you feel more tired. Instead, countdown from 5 to 0 and get up. Don’t think about it, just do it.
5. No social media for at least 1 hour after waking up
I know it’s tempting to pull out your phone or tablet and check out your social media feeds as soon as you wake up. However, by doing this, we are in a state of reaction instead of intention, especially since we can’t control what we’re going to read.
Do you really want to read about what Donald Trump tweeted in the middle of the night or the next celebrity divorce as soon as you wake up?
When we first wake up, our brain is much more susceptible to the things we read and listen to, so be intentional instead of passive!
6. Make your bed
When you make your bed every morning you accomplish the first task of your day and this encourages you to tackle the next task and the next and the next. Plus, it makes your room look tidier as an added bonus!
7. Open your windows and let in some natural light
Once you’re out of bed, open the windows, breathe in some fresh air and air out your room.
And yes, do this even in the winter!
8. Drink a large glass of water
When you wake up after a long sleep, your body is naturally dehydrated, even if you drank water before going to bed. Drinking water first thing in the morning boosts your brain power and makes you feel fresher, more energetic, and healthier. You can make this a little more exciting by adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for added health benefits!
I love reading in the morning. It’s such a different feeling than reading at night. I’m much more alert and retain the information so much better. When I read before going to sleep, I end having to re-read a lot of the times because I can’t remember most of it!
10. Do some cardio
Exercising first thing in the morning is amazing for your health and well-being. It cleanses your cortisol levels, increases your dopamine and serotonin levels and elevates your metabolism. You can go for a run, do some jumping jacks or anything else that gets your heart pumping!
11. Do some yoga or stretches
Yoga in the morning is a wonderful way to wake your body up after a night’s sleep. There are so many free online classes on Youtube, the options are endless! You don’t have to be super flexible (I know I’m not!) and you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment. Just find a class that works for you and there are some you can even do while you’re still in bed (how awesome is that?!).
12. Listen to podcasts
Why not listen to podcasts or audiobooks while you wait for your water to boil or your coffee to brew? There are so many awesome podcasts out there, I’m sure you’ll find one that gets you motivated!
13. Write in a journal
Take some time to reflect on the previous day, how you feel, what you’ve accomplished and write them down. Don’t censure anything, just let the ideas flow. You can use journal prompts if you’re not sure where to start.
For me, journaling is a huge help when I’m struggling with something or when I’m unsure how to move forward on a specific subject.
It’s also a great way to focus on positive aspects of my life and feel more grateful
14. Make a morning playlist
Make a playlist of your favorite songs that uplift you and make you want to dance. Listening to music I love always brings a smile to my face and energizes me more than anything else.
When starting out, listen to a guided meditation, it’s much easier than sitting in total silence wondering what the heck you’re doing (trust me, I tried!). You don’t have to do it for long, just 10 minutes a day can have such a positive effect on your mindset.
16. Repeat positive affirmations
Imagine if you had your own personal cheerleader, what would she say? Find an affirmation that represents the intention you want to set for your day. Use bold words like Beautiful, Amazing, Wonderful, Awesome. Repeat that affirmation in your mind or out loud throughout your morning and little by little, you’ll start to believe it!
My personal affirmation these days is “I am the awesome creator of my own success”.
Side tip: I created watercolor affirmation cards that I taped to my bathroom mirror so that I see them every day when getting ready.
17. Write down your top 3 goals for the day
Think of the things you want to accomplish today and write them down. Don’t go overboard with this, focus on little steps that would make you feel proud to have accomplished at the end of the day. I usually come up with 1 personal and 2 professional goals per day.
18. Eat a healthy breakfast
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why?
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school.
Try to eat something hearty that will help tide you over until lunch so that you don’t go reaching for those cookies at 10 am 😉
19. Prepare what you need the night before
I found that the best way to have a wonderful, relaxing morning is to not have to make a ton of decisions as soon as I wake up. I pick out the clothes I want to wear the next day, set out my work out clothes and prepare my breakfast, all the night before! This frees up quite some time in my morning routine and it prevents decision fatigue.
There you have it, 19 morning habits for a productive day!
You don’t have to do them all, not even close! Pick the ones that seem the easiest for you to try and build from there. You can do as little or as many as you want and remember, have fun with it! You’ll be much more likely to stick with habits if you enjoy them.
If you want to implement your own morning routine, make sure to grab my Morning Routine Worksheet! In it, you’ll find everything you need including a step by step process to create your perfect morning routine, 41 ideas to add to your morning routine, and my morning routine for inspiration!
Now it’s up to you to create your perfect morning routine! Let me know in the comments what your mornings look like!
Till next time,