“How you start your day is how you live your day.”
Almost every successful person I know has a powerful morning routine. It primes them for a day of intention, mindfulness, and productivity. It provides a way for them to work on themselves before working on others. It creates positive momentum and a sense of accomplishment that leads to a brighter and more enjoyable day.
A powerful morning routine doesn’t need to last for hours. It can be done in as little as 5 minutes, and can be adjusted to the amount of time you have available.
Here are the 3 Steps to a Powerful Morning Routine:
Before opening your text messages, social media, or emails, spend some time completely disconnected from the world. If you check those things the moment you wake, you’re already on someone else’s clock. A few minutes spent in complete silence will calm your mind, relieve stress, and get you focused on what needs to be done that day.
Gratitude (or prayer)
Power List (or a to-do list)
2. Personal Development
Before you help others, you must first help yourself. Daily personal development will ensure that you’re consistently building your mind, just as you would build your body in the gym. Consume positive, uplifting, growth-oriented material first thing in the morning to get in the right frame of mind for the rest of your day.
Reading a book/article
Listening to a podcast/audiobook
Watching an educational/motivational video
Get your body moving first thing in the morning to get the juices flowing, improve your mood, and think more clearly. It doesn’t have to be a full workout, although that’s certainly an option. Even 5-10 minutes of purposeful mobility, walking, or bodyweight exercises can dramatically improve the way you approach the rest of your day.
Yoga (or mobility/stretching)
Bodyweight exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc.)