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How to Power up Your Morning Routine
Maximum Productivity for the Day Ahead
How’s your morning routine? You do have one, don’t you? If you feel like your days fly by with little or no productivity, it may be time to get one. Mornings can be rough. Planning for them, can help.
Here’s our four top tips for powering up your morning routine to make sure your day gets off on the right note!
1) Quit Coffee
Do you think the only way to wake up is with caffeine? Consider giving up that daily cup of coffee, and trading it for an ice cold glass of lemon water instead.
The writers at Inc.com have this to say, “Lukewarm water with a fresh lemon squeezed into it has numerous benefits–but you need to drink it first thing in the morning. It starts your metabolism, which burns fat while sustaining muscle, cleanses your mouth and throat, and gives you a boost of energy. Then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, drinking, or eating. This might be a toughie for caffeine addicts, but you can manage 30 minutes and it’s a great way to reduce the need for a coffee fix.”1
Boosting your metabolism, first thing in the morning, can positively affect your entire day. You’ll feel more energized and eventually, more productive. Quitting caffeine may require some weaning and cutting back over time. It’s not recommended to quit caffeine cold turkey.
2) Write it Down
What’s the first thing you reach for in the morning? Is it your phone? Researchers suggest that maybe it should be a notebook and a pen.
“In a study published in the journal Thinking and Reasoning, researchers Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks reported that imaginative insights are most likely to come to us when we’re groggy and unfocused. The mental processes that inhibit distracting or irrelevant thoughts are at their weakest in these moments, allowing unexpected and sometimes inspired connections to be made.”2
Instead of jumping out of bed at the sound of an alarm, or reaching for our phones to scroll our news feeds, we should take a few moments and jot down thoughts we are experiencing in our sleepiest moments. Before allowing yourself to wake up, be sure to hang on to any creativity you can muster before you’re fully awake.
3) Stop Snoozing
“Don’t snooze. When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting, so it is of poor quality,” says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.
“Instead, try moving your alarm farther from your bed, so you have to stand up to turn it off.”3
Once you are standing, your body will slowly adjust to waking up. Starting your day, when your alarm sounds, will allow everything else to fall into place.
4) Establish Rituals
Whatever it is that you need to do to get yourself ready each day, do it. Do it daily and repeat. Establishing a routine for yourself will make your mornings more manageable and get you on your way to accomplishing great tasks.
“Rituals are considered the most effective self-empowering tools, even if they appear banal and eccentric at times. Ancient tradition understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality. You may have your bed-time and mid-afternoon rituals, but morning rituals are the most powerful and effective in charging your day.”4
What you do each morning sets you up for expected outcomes. By training yourself to do the same things each day, you form a habit, and have to think less and less about what it is you are doing. That will give you more time to focus on things that need your attention.
Powering up your morning routine is certain to power up your entire day. Getting up on the right side of the bed and on the right foot can have a positive, lasting effect on the rest of your day. Planning ahead can ensure that you follow through with your new habits.