Every morning when I wake up, I focus on a morning routine that prepares my mind and body for the rest of the day. I look at my morning routine as an important part of my daily life. I want a morning routine that helps me to be productive and focused in my daily tasks. The goal is to get myself in a state where I feel I am physically and mentally in an optimal state. This way I can feel that I can take on whatever is thrown at me throughout the day.
I know some of us may not have a dedicated morning routine. Maybe you just wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and you are out the door for work. This can work for you, but does it really set the stage for you to be as productive as you can be? On the other hand, there are some who have a formalized morning routine that involves eating a certain diet, exercise, meditating, planning for the day, etc. I have noticed over the years that for me, I need to do certain things every morning that make me feel good and ready to take on the day. I am continuously trying out new things to see whether or not they add value to my morning routine. It is basically an experiment to see which actions in your morning routine leads to a positive benefit for you.
I like to look at my morning routine as how many professional athletes have a pregame routine to get themselves into being ready for game mode. One of my favorite NBA players, Kevin Garnett, is well known for his pregame routine.
I have found the following to be valuable in my morning routine and have tremendously helped me to have a better day.
- Exercise - Over two years ago, after many years of not being diligent in my physical health, I started going to early morning exercise classes at the local YMCA. It did wonders for me over time. It improved both my physical and mental health which helped me to be more productive.
- Breakfast - Do not skip breakfast. I know for many that there's the urge to quickly get started with your work. However, your body needs fuel to start off the day. Each of us has a diet that works best for us. I always make sure to get some kind of protein in my breakfast. I am telling you again, do not skip breakfast.
- Water - One of the first things that I do after I wake up is drink two large glasses of water. There are numerous health benefits to keeping your body properly hydrated. I have noticed that the occasional days where I don't drink enough water, I do not feel as good. I then have to drink a lot of water to make up for it.
- Meditating - The number of evidence for the physical and mental benefits of meditation continues to grow. This is something that I have failed to turn into a habit. Maybe one to two times a month I manage to meditate for a few minutes. I need to change this and make this part of my daily morning routine.
- Task planning - I often find it helpful to spend a few minutes and plan out the tasks I hope to accomplish for the day. Sometimes I use a to-do mobile app or just pen and paper. I recommend jotting down a couple of the high-value tasks that you hope to complete for the day. Think of it like a mini roadmap for the day.
- Tea - I enjoy having a cup of black tea every morning.
I view my morning routine as an important component of my daily life. It sets the stage for me to be as productive as I can be and be ready to take on the challenges for the day. I advise that you find what things you can do as soon as you wake up that are conducive to you having a productive day. We all face numerous decisions every day and decision fatigue can quickly drain our energy. However, being mentally and physically prepared at the start of the day can help us push back against decision fatigue with greater ease.