Edited by Alison Carminke
Do you follow a routine in the morning? If you’re like me, you’re probably glad if you can sip your morning coffee with half-closed eyes without anyone disturbing you. One way or another, this is a routine. The same goes for checking your phone immediately after you wake up.
But did you know that our day is determined by how we start off our mornings? Just think about that: When you start your day with a constructive routine like doing a little yoga practice or meditation, your mood lifts and you can find yourself accomplishing more things throughout the day.
This is especially important if you run your own business and want to become successful with it. Because setting yourself in the right state of mind at the start of each day helps you deal better with struggles and challenges, and motivates you to push through when it gets tough.
In short: following a constructive and productive morning routine helps you become more consistent with what’s really important to you, in this case your business.
Now, how exactly can a morning routine help you be more consistent?
For starters, a special routine in the morning gives you more time for yourself in peace and quiet, before the whole world wakes up and distracts you with its hustle and bustle. And that helps you to stay organized throughout the day.
More importantly, a morning routine helps you create the energy and the right mindset to consistently tackle the challenges of a busy day as an entrepreneur.
So here are some ideas on how you can start your day off right.
Example of my daily routine:
Usually, I wake up around 7 am (in the summertime at 6 am) and start my habit-stacking routine which includes the following tasks:
- thinking about the things I’m grateful for
- making my bed
- washing my face
- drinking a cup of tea or coffee
- reading a chapter of a book/learn a new language for 20 minutes
- writing down new ideas and concepts for my business or private life and letting creativity flow for a while
- defining the big three tasks for the day
And by 9 am I usually start my working day with full energy, creativity and some new ideas for my business and/or private life.
However, there are so many more things you can implement in your daily morning routine that help you boost your productivity throughout the day, such as:
- Cross off yesterday onyour calendar
- Do a short exercise session
- Listen to a podcast
- Watch a TED talk
- Work on a crossword puzzle
- Read good news
- Review your previous day’s spending
- Take care of plants
- Spend time on a hobby
- Take your dog for a walk
- Review your goals
- Learn a new skill
- Do some yoga
- Practice deep breathing
- Visualize your goals
- Say affirmations in front of a mirror
It is so important to adjust your morning routine to your personal preferences. So don’t get fixated on the notion that a morning routine has to last x minutes or that you need to do x or y. Just do whatever feels right to you and you can be sure to boost your day and your mood.
However, remember that there are routines that do more harm than good and that leave you feeling down and passive throughout the day. Such as checking your phone or email right after waking up, or hitting the snooze button until you’re in a hurry to get up. So before implementing new routines, check what you’ve been doing every morning so far, identify the bad habits and see how you can improve.
And then, step by step, establish your perfect morning routine which will help you get your mind on the right track and keep the consistency up in your work.
You might have to try out a few things before you find your perfect routine, but don’t let that stop you from starting.