Have you ever heard that how you start your day will directly impact the rest of your day, week, month or even life?
I strongly believe that a good morning routine lays the foundation for how we live and shape our lives.
I used to be involved in a deadbeat relationship with my snooze button and would snooze until the very last possible minute, drag myself out of bed when I absolutely had to get up unless I wanted to get fired.
It was so stressful and this awful way of starting the day ultimately had an effect on how the rest of my day was going to go.
Luckily, that is now over.
The actions you take in the morning can have an amazing effect on all areas of your life.
We’re about to get into the good stuff – things to do in the morning in order for you to feel more productive, have more time, be in control and feel happier overall.
These are the steps I took to break my old patterns in the morning.
You win the morning, you win the day.
18 Things To Do In The Morning To Be More Productive:
1. Start Slow & Keep It Simple
To avoid any last-minute resistance and overwhelm, be sure to start slow.
Take one step at a time and keep things simple.
Start by implementing ONE thing from this list, rather than going after everything all at once.
2. Never EVER Snooze
It’s time to say goodbye to your snooze button, forever.
If you snooze, you will only be more tired and won’t have the energy needed to maintain a productive morning routine.
3. Lemon Water
Start your day with a glass of lemon water, to give you more energy.
There are plenty of cleansing properties in lemons, which will flush out toxins and waste lying around in your system.
4. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
I don’t have to tell you this, but breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.
As cheesy as this sounds and as tired you are of hearing it – it couldn’t be truer.
Start your day by eating a solid and nourishing breakfast that’ll keep you full until lunch.
5. No Social Media
Social media is the true devil in the morning.
It will rob you of the creative energy flow that you’ve built up overnight and turn it into something much less useful.
Social media use also goes hand and in hand with its buddy procrastination.
Stop the meaningless scrolling – at least wait until lunch.
It’s me-time now.
Spend your peaceful mornings reading the book you’ve always wanted to read but never had the time to.
Reading can be very meditating, plus you’ll learn something new.
If you read 10 pages a day, you’ll finish a book in one month.
That’s 12 books a year from just reading 10 pages every morning.
7. Drink More Water
After you’ve chugged the lemon water – have some more water.
Your body needs to replenish after being dehydrated for 7-8 hours.
You can’t have enough water and it will give you the energy you need to take action.
8. Move It On Up!
Move your body and get that blood pumping.
Get your workout out of the way, so you don’t have to think about it in the evening (when you’re too tired anyway).
It doesn’t have to take long and you don’t even have to go through the struggle of going to the gym.
- Go for a brisk walk
- Do a set of star jumps by your bed as soon as you get up
9. Burn Incense Or Diffuse Essential Oils
Set the mood and burn incense or diffuse essential oils.
It’ll make your home smell like a spa, and who doesn’t love a good spa atmosphere?
Plus, it will definitely up the game of your self-care routine.
Lavender is a great essential oil to get started with – it soothes, relaxes and calms.
10. Make Your Bed
Things to do in the morning does not have to be complicated at all.
A simple action like making your bed can do wonders for your mental health.
Why not get this out of the way first thing? It will help you to feel more organized and productive – plus, it will look nice.
13. Watch A Ted Talk
If you want to start the day off by listening to wise people with good insights – TED is the way to go.
I’ve listed my favorite TED talks for personal development in this blog post.
12. Listen To An Audiobook Or Podcast That Motivates You
Listen to an audiobook on Audible or your favorite podcasts to inspire you to start the day on a happy and inspired note.
Go to this post to familiarize yourself with my favorite podcasts.
13. Learn Something New
If there has ever been something that you really wanted to learn, this is the time.
Watch a tutorial on Youtube, learn a new language, or educate yourself on a preferred topic.
20 minutes every morning can make such a big difference!
14. Plan Your Mornings Dot To The Dot
Get your planning done before you go to bed.
That way, you’ll know exactly what’s on the agenda for your morning routine. You don’t have time for decision-making, you need to take action and get to work.
Put down the results you want to achieve in a given timeframe on your calendar.
Give yourself enough time to complete each task and make sure you honor your commitment.
Set a deadline and stick to it.
15. Open The Blinds First Thing
You need that daylight, girl.
Getting ready for the day in the dark is not a good idea.
We need that sunshine and daylight to kick our circadian clock into gear.
If we expose ourselves to daylight first thing in the morning, it lets our brain know it’s time to focus, concentrate and start the day.
16. Create Something
You are at your most creative in the morning.
Use this time to create something.
It can be anything.
- Doodle on a piece of paper
- Journal (learn how to start a journal here)
- Write freely about a dream you had
- Draft your business plan
- And so on..
17. Ask Your Mind Supportive Questions
Ask your mind a positively charged and future-focused question that supports you.
- How can I make today amazing?
- How can I love more today?
- How can I be happier?
- What is one thing I can do this morning to move forward with my goal?
Last by not least – start your day in the most peaceful way possible – by meditating.
Free your mind from the chaos and everything else that’s going on in your life and focus on your breathing.
5 minutes a day is better than nothing at all.
Start slow and you’ll be on your way. It’s called a meditation practice for a reason. Start today and it will change your life and help boost your creativity and decrease anxiety.
Remember that there is no right way to meditate, so you can’t mess up.
Sit in silence and focus on your breathing.