We all have heard that saying that people are creatures of habits. And it is so true! But what is even more important - habits tend to form into routines and they can be truly life-changing. Have you ever noticed that after exercising early in the morning you tend to have a more healthy breakfast? One healthy habit leads to more healthy habits.
A successful morning routine lies the foundation for a successful day, thus, it is super important to create your morning routine checklist that keeps you reminding what you have to do in order to win your mornings.
MORNING ROUTINE CHECKLIST
1. Eat a healthy breakfast
Don’t skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day. Your body needs the energy to get you through your day. When you have a balanced breakfast you feel energized and ready to work efficiently and concentrate more.
2. Drink plenty of water
If you get a full seven or eight hours of sleep, that’s a long period of time to go without water. As a result, your body will be dehydrated when you wake up, so it’s important to start the day with water. Keep in mind that if you drink coffee in the morning, you also need to balance it - for one cup of coffee you should drink two glasses of water. The worst thing is to wake up dehydrated and drink coffee first thing in the morning! You have to help your body replenish and recharge, do not do the opposite.
3. Eliminate decision-making
Planning is essential while making your morning routine checklist a real thing. Research shows that willpower is a finite resource. Thus, making small choices like what to wear or what to eat for breakfast can drain your energy leaving you with no willpower to tackle your biggest and most important tasks. Solution? Make those tiny decisions the night before.
4. Avoid technology
Make it your priority to avoid checking your social accounts or email at least the first hour of each day. Checking your phone, reading the news or responding to other’s need for attention put you into reactive mode instead of being in a proactive state of mind where you spend time-consuming only the best information that enriches you and builds a foundation to make better decisions throughout your day.
5. Think about your day ahead
What is a good morning routine? And when do you know if your morning routine is successful? Well, the best proof of success is a day in your life when you feel in charge of your life, focused, determined and doing work that matters without being overwhelmed or exhausted in the evening. Because of that, your mornings should be the time when you go through your calendar and with a laser focus you re-evaluate your most important thing(s) and tasks.
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