“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
- Will Durant
However you measure success, the ingredients of that achievement are built through boring, repetitive habits. Specifically, how you spend your days. If you get the day right, the weeks, months, and years tend to take care of themselves. And that starts with getting your mornings right.1. The best morning routines start the night before. Do anything that’ll make your morning easier.
- Get your coffee going
- Prep your lunch
- Make your task list
- Get your workout clothes ready
- Pack your work bag
Leave your phone on DND or in a drawer—give yourself at least 30 minutes of clear air to start the day. You'll be more relaxed, and your notifications won’t go anywhere.
3. Make your bed. This is all about not leaving anything undone… which leads to a clear mind. Keep your space tidy and start your day with an easy win.
It sounds simple, but a made bed gives you momentum to help you deal with whatever challenges the day throws at you.
4. Breathwork. Try the 4-7-8 breathing method. It's easier than meditation, and It’ll help you relax and reduce stress.
Aim to do it 2-4 times a day—before bed is also a good time (many people who use the 4-7-8 method fall asleep in under a minute).
5. Drink water. Up to 60% of your body is water—staying hydrated is vital.
Drink a glass or two of water first thing in the morning to replace fluids you’ve lost overnight. Personally, I prefer to squeeze an entire lemon in my first glass.
6. Exercise. You don’t need to do an intense workout first thing to feel the benefits of exercise in the morning.
Get out for a short walk to get your blood flowing and enjoy some sun on your face. As little as 15 minutes will elevate your mood and set the stage for your day.
7. Gratitude. Write down one or two things you’re grateful for each morning. Gratitude promotes improved self-esteem, will make you happier, and helps you create an abundance mindset.
8. Sleep. All of these things not only help you have a great day, but they also set the stage for a good night's sleep. Sleep is the Swiss Army knife of health.
Have a great week!
CEO | Firepoint & Realvolve
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