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7 Time Tested Solutions for Creating the Perfect Morning Routine That Will Shock You

Do you hate getting out of bed in the morning? If so, you are definitely not alone. The idea of getting out of bed and facing the day, especially when you have a lot of work to accomplish, can make you want to hit the snooze button a few more times.

The way that you handle your morning routine can have a profound impact on your ability to get things done throughout the day. If you constantly struggle to balance your tasks for the day, then it may help to look at the way you deal with the morning.

Below, I have provided several easy solutions that will help you create the perfect morning routine. You will learn how to develop an effective routine that can carry you through the rest of the day.

Why is Having a Routine So Important?

Before getting into the various ways that you can create a morning routine, it may help to know why having a routine is so important. There is a science to this process. By setting a morning routine, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Become more organized
  • Develop positive habits for life
  • Be prepared to start the day properly

Setting a routine helps to lower your stress levels. You will wake up already knowing what you need to accomplish. Your mind will have fewer challenges to deal with, as your schedule is already set. This gives you the ability to remain more focused on your tasks.

By creating a routine, you can also enjoy improved physical and mental health. Following a morning routine will set the frame of your day. 

How often did you start off with a bad habit like eating an unhealthy breakfast like a croissant or a donut and think: Now it does not matter matter anyway. This day is screwed. Therefore you eat junk food at lunch, eat sweets during the stay and finish your dinner with even more junk food? 

However I have a an established morning routine it sets the tone for the whole day. It becomes a habit that you can continue to use for the rest of your life. You will naturally become more organized and efficient.

I am still surprised that even though I still eat way too much sugar and sweets I am getting stronger and even lose weight (!!!) just because I follow my morning routine. It's all about starting right and follow a proven system. That's will contribute up for about 80% of your success. 

But wow do you get started? What can you do to create the perfect morning routine? Pay attention to the following tips.

Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep

The first step to creating the perfect morning routine begins the night before. You need a good night’s rest in order to be productive the next day. While you are sleeping, your brain is resetting. You are uploading the input that has entered your brain throughout the day so that your mind will be clear when you awake.

Getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night will help you with problem-solving and focus. Your brain needs sleep in order to work properly. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Additionally don't use any technology one hour before you go to bed. You will find this habit alone will reduce your stress level in a way that you cannot imagine right now. 

Develop Positive Habits for Life

Making sure that you get rest is essential. But, there is more to having a great start that simply getting enough rest. As part of your morning routine, you should plan a few activities to help you start the day.

I prefer to follow the advice of Hal Elrod. This guy truly has a remarkable story. After being hit by a vehicle, Hal was declared dead for a total of six minutes. He then spent the next six days in a coma. Upon awakening, Hal transformed his life and developed a simple system that anyone can use to prepare the perfect morning routine. He refers to this as the Miracle Morning.

What is the Miracle Morning? It’s a simple six-step routine that uses habit stacking to help you develop positive habits for life.

I added the shower because it has had a huge impact on my life and energy level. I suggest that you read through this routine and choose 3 to 5 things to work into your morning routine. Over time, you can try to incorporate all of these habits:

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualization
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Scribbling
  • Shower (I added this one)

Together, these habits can be remembered with the acronym – Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Check out each of these and then add them to your routine. If you take a look at the FindFocus Productivity Planner, you will see a spot for writing these into your schedule. Don’t forget to include exercise – there is a spot for it on the right side of the page.

Productivity Planner

Silence

A few minutes of silence can go a long way towards drowning out the noise. When you first wake up, you do not need to immediately begin thinking about all of the work that you need to accomplish. Instead, you should spend a few minutes in silence. Let your thoughts pass by and relax your mind.

Meditation can help, if you tend to dwell on your thoughts and worries. Find a quiet spot to sit comfortably. Close your eyes and begin focusing on your breathing. Inhale through your nose and then exhale through your mouth. As thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge them and let them pass. If you get stuck on a thought, return your focus to your breathing.

Affirmations

You have probably heard of affirmations before. While the concept may seem silly, at first, affirmations are used by some of the top entertainers, entrepreneurs, and successful people in this world.

Here are a few examples of affirmations that you can use. Ask yourself, “What do I want, why do I want it, and what do I need to do to get there?” These questions help you determine what steps you need to take today to move towards reaching your goals. Remember to consider the big picture. Consider your weekly, monthly, and yearly goals that you have outlined in your copy of the Productivity Planner.

Set Your Goals

Visualization

The next tip is to visualize want you want to achieve today. Consider your affirmations, as they can go hand in hand. When you are thinking about what you can do to accomplish your goals, you should actually visualize yourself performing the actions needed to complete the task. For example, you could visualize yourself completing an assignment or wrapping up your work for the day.

Exercise

Exercise provides a great way to get your blood flowing. Not only will this help wake you up, it is good for your health. You don’t need to incorporate a full workout into your morning routine.

Just start with a few simple exercises to get your heart pumping. This could include push-ups, jumping jacks, leg raises, a short yoga routine, or even a quick jog around the block.

Reading

Once you get up, after a good night’s rest, you should read for a short while. Spend up to 30 minutes reading in order to help wake up your brain and get the wheels churning. You could read a chapter from a book that you're trying to complete or read an article from the daily paper. If you feel that you do not have enough time for 30-minutes of reading, then you could at least spend a few minutes with a book.

Read

Scribbling

The last habit that you could adopt, as a part of your morning routine, is to scribble. Write down what you have achieved and what you want to achieve. Set your commitments for the day. Again, I suggest that you use the Productivity Planner to set your commitments. It helps to keep everything organized, so you have a single sheet to look at.

Taking a Cold Shower

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has found that habitually taking cold showers shows a significant reduction in days taken off from work due to illness. The randomized controlled trial, which involved over 3000 participants, looked at various parameters, and found a statistically significant reduction due to cold showers. 

Yes it's cold, I know. However the benefits are so much that I will write a separate blog post about it. Next time you take a shower just try to finish it cold. Just for one minute and notice how you feel.  

Make Your Routine a Daily Habit

You can use all of six of these habits or choose a few that you want to add to your daily plan. But, the main goal is to actually stick to your routine.

Make sure that you continue to follow the same routine each morning and write your plans down on a piece of paper. That's what my Productivity Planner is for. It does not become a routine until you have repeated it several times. In fact, on average, it takes at least 2 months of repetition for an activity or routine to become a habit. So don't overwhelm yourself. Start with one small thing of this list and follow through. Even if it's one one minute of silence or 10 pushups and soon you will find that you adjust every detail of your routine over the next weeks and months. 

 

 

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Martin Boeddeker is the founder of FindFocus.net, the One-Page Productivity Planner and the mind behind the FindFocus Distraction Blocker for Mac. He studied industrial engineering and management in Germany and worked for some of the biggest companies in the world. With FindFocus he wants to help people to get rid of what he calls DigitalADD so they focus on the things that truly matter in life.

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