What are the things that successful people are doing in the morning, every morning, that help them win the day. Because that’s where it all starts right? If you accomplish something in the morning, you will be set up for success for the remainder of the day. These five things are how I start my mornings. My five habits came about by trying different things out, seeing what works best for me and what makes me feel the most accomplished in the morning. Some of these are small wins but that’s important because winning early in the morning is going to help you win the day. There are some days when I don’t do all of these and that’s ok, as long as I hit at least three of them I feel like I’m off to a good start.
#1. Waking up early.
This can be daunting to some. For me, I’ve always been a morning person and I’ve always felt the most accomplished with this one habit. It can be hard though. There are days when you just want to get that extra 30 minutes or an hour because you’re exhausted from a long night the night before. Or maybe you’re just not a morning person and hiss at the sunlight like a vampire when it hits your face in the morning. Honestly, even though I’m a morning person naturally, those first few minutes after the alarm clock goes off are extremely hard. The thought of hitting the snooze button and drifting off back to dreamland can be so tempting.
The good news is that anyone can become a morning person. But it might take some time. Here’s a few tips:
- Go to sleep earlier. Kind of obvious right? But if you don’t get the adequate rest that you need, sooner or later it will catch up with you and you will just end up feeling exhausted all the time. That kind of defeats the purpose.
- Only set one alarm. It’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise. You’re just giving yourself less opportunities to snooze by not having one hundred back up alarms.
- Hit stop on the alarm clock, not snooze, and get out of bed right away. If you hit snooze, you’re gonna snooze. But if you stop it right away then you’re not going to want to fall back asleep for fear that you are going to wake up late.
- Don’t talk yourself out of it. Don’t give yourself the option to stay in bed.
You got this!
This is the biggest win for me in the morning. I get up at 4:30am and have time to accomplish so much more before the rest of the world wakes up. For me, it gives me some alone time to do the next steps below. I have a two year old, and once she wakes up it’s game on, and if you’re a parent I’m sure you can relate. So if I can get up early and have some time to myself, it makes for a much better day. Don’t let the day get ahead of you.
#2. Working out
This is usually the next thing I do after waking up. Sometimes I’ll wait until the end of the day to get a workout in, but there’s something about getting it done before doing anything else. For one, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. If you get right into it after waking up, you won’t have the rest of the day to make excuses or to talk yourself out of it. It’s done, and you can move on with your day. Secondly, if gives you a huge mental boost. You just got a killer workout done first thing in the morning. You’re going to feel great and accomplished.
#3. Prayer & Meditation
A large amount of world-class performers start their day with some type of meditation. It helps you focus and brings you to a present state of awareness that will help you through your day. If you can get outside of your head and observe your thoughts instead of letting your thoughts control you, then you can go about your day with the right perspective and calmness. If you are new to meditation, there are apps like Headspace, or you can look up a guided meditation online.
For me, I spend 10-15 minutes in prayer in the morning, and then read from The Bible.
It truly is calming to sit in silence and pray or meditate, both giving you the right mindset going into your day.
#4. Affirmations and Goal Setting
Your thoughts will turn into beliefs. You are what you think. So start the day by speaking affirmations. At least three. Some examples are:
- I am going to have a great day today.
- I am confident in my ability to (fill in the blank).
- I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.
These are just some examples, find what works for you and what you need to affirm in your life. By doing this and thinking this way, you will have the confidence and real belief that you can accomplish your goals.
After the affirmations I write down some daily goals, things I want accomplish that day. I keep the list short, maybe four daily goals and I’m not scheduling out the whole day here. These are just milestones I want to reach throughout the day but I want to keep it flexible so I have the best chance of achieving them. Daily goals will help me stay focused on any larger, long term goals I have.
#5. Preparing Coffee or Tea
Who doesn’t love a cup of warm coffee or tea in the morning? I’m more of a coffee person, I like it black and no sugar, but I’ll sip on the occasional green tea. There’s multiple reasons I drink coffee and there are real benefits and the research to support it. But that’s for another post. All I know is that I enjoy the taste, the smell, and the little jolt of energy that comes with it. I also like that it doesn’t break my fast if I’m intermittent fasting.
Having routines and habits set in place in the morning can make or break the day. Life is so uncertain, I know if I can at least take control of my morning, then I can be ready for whatever the day brings.
Do you have any routines or habits in the morning? I’d love to hear what other people are doing. Let me know!
Thanks for reading.