As an entrepreneur, wife and mother I have a lot to do each day. Because of that, I’m always looking for ways to make my morning routine more effective. I’ve spent some time perfecting a routine that works for me, and think it’s worthwhile for everyone to do the same. There are some specific benefits to a morning routine for those who have some health goals for the coming year as well. Here’s a few reasons why you need a morning routine…
Throughout the day we are required to make countless decisions that tax our willpower and require significant thought. Our willpower is strongest in the morning, so utilizing this time to do things that are important for our day, but that may not be the most desirable things to do, ensures that I accomplish what needs to be done for that day. I personally use the “eat your frog” method and do three things each morning that move my business forward, but that I don’t enjoy doing, getting those things over with first thing in the am!
Time For Exercise
For those who find it hard to squeeze exercise into their day, getting it done early in the morning while the kids are still asleep, can help you establish this healthy habit. While I personally exercise later in the day, many find early morning exercise to increase their energy levels and improve their mood throughout the rest of the day. This is something worth experimenting with, when establishing your morning routine.
You Control your Day
Having a morning routine allows you to start your day the way you want to. No rushing around anxiously, go through the motions, waiting for life to happen. Instead, you’re able to go through your day, unhurriedly, focused and with intention. For me, this is critical since I have so much to accomplish each day. I simply can not wake up frantically feeling behind or unprepared. I need to have some control over how things play out, and getting started with my morning routine helps me to do that.
My morning routine is still evolving, but there are a few things that have remained constant.
Focus on the night before
My morning routine starts the night before. I go to bed by 10pm, and shut off all electronic devices by 9pm. The blue light from those devices can really affect your circadian rhythms and make sleep difficult. So, I am making a concerted effort to distance myself from the many screens in my life, prior to going to bed.
I shower immediately after waking up. I have been experimenting with cold water therapy and slowly making my water colder throughout my shower. This really wakes me up, but is taking a bit of getting used to!
After my shower, I drink some ice water to keep my body hydrated. I often wake up feeling a bit dehydrated, so this is critical for me. In addition, hydration is particularly important since I fast until about noon.
Eat the Frog
After drinking some water I immediately start working. My goal is to do three things that move my business forward but are my least desired tasks. Getting these things done first thing, takes them off my plate for the rest of the day.
I take some time each morning to get out in the sun. Obviously, this is easy for me since I live in Florida and have sun available to me all year long! However, getting out for just 20 minutes per day helps your body produce melatonin, which helps you fall asleep more easily each night.
I am extremely intentional about starting my day with professional development. I listen to something every morning that is related to either fitness, business or leadership, so I am constantly learning how to better serve my clients and grow my business.
My morning routine effectively sets me up for success each day. Finding something that works for you may take a bit of time, but ultimately will help you to feel more in control of your days. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend you invest some time in building a routine that makes sense for you. If you do have a morning routine, don’t be afraid to tweak it as the seasons of your life and business change.
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