Daily habits has been covered extensively in recent years, particularly the impact a morning ritual has on success.
Flustered and stressed is how I used to start my day.
I knew I had to create a morning ritual, if I wanted to improve my performance in my business and personal life.
It’s so easy to fall into a rut. Then before you look, we’re wondering where the time has gone.
I used to be the one who would stay up late at night; struggle to wake up, then make a mad, frantic dash to work with only minutes to spare. Flustered and disorganized I’d start my day.
A few small changes to my morning routine have gone a long way.
Here are my top suggestions to get your morning off on the right foot.
Avoid the News
Updating yourself on whose been shot and stabbed overnight first thing will leave you depressed. Become more intentional about the energy you allow in your space. Feeling depressed is not a good way to start the day! Listen to something motivational on YouTube, Jim Rohn and Abraham Hicks are my faves. Trust me, if there is something in the news that you really need to know about, you will find out later on in the day.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed each morning, “will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed,” a Navy Seal advised students at a commencement address. “Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.” This is a BIG one and makes all the difference. Besides, who doesn’t like coming home to a nicely made bed?!
Sleep is underrated. I’m weary of people who brag about only needing 4 hours a night. Nothing can compensate for a good night’s sleep to ensure you’re operating at your best. Arianna Huffington regularly speaks about this: “I have one piece of advice for you: sleep your way to the top,” she once said.
Lay Out Your Clothes The Night Before
I’ve streamlined my wardrobe since learning that decision fatigue is real. The less decisions I have to make on minor things like what color pants to wear, the better. It’s the reason Mark Zuckerburg wears the same thing everyday. The reason Steve Jobs always wore a black roll neck. I’m not quite there yet, I still like my colors but I am committed to simplifying my wardrobe.
Tap into Your Spirituality
A prayer; meditation; or carving out 15 mins before the busyness of the day takes over to review your goals, write in your journal and to set your intention for the day, will help develop laser focus and clear your mind. I’m a huge fan of the calm app.
Exercise is key. Not only will the endorphins help you sleep better they also will boost your overall mood. I’m not always able to make it to the gym, but this 7 minute work app is great if you’re pushed for time.
Eat Your Greens
I only full appreciated how the food I was consuming was adversely impacting my level of energy, concentration and overall mood after doing a 21 one day vegan cleanse. I had sooo much more energy. I’ve since radically changed my diet. I now start the day feeling energized from a green juice, packed with lush greens. My skin thanks me too!