All the best gurus and entrepreneurs recommend morning rituals. Tim Ferris, the mega-successful author of The 4-Hour Work Week, brushes his teeth, boils some water and sets up his thermos and tea immediately upon waking. He then writes an entry into his morning journal, without eating or using the Internet at this point.
It’s a simple exercise, but it’s one that gets him into the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. See, what happens when we first wake up in the morning is that we have a totally blank slate. This means we have the chance to have a fantastic, productive day; or we have the chance to have a lazy day where we literally get nothing done.
So let’s take a look at 10 fantastic morning rituals that can help empower your day and improve your life.
1. Wake Up Earlier
Essentially, you can’t really have a super productive morning unless you wake up a little earlier. If you lie in bed until 10am, constantly pressing the snooze button on your alarm, you’re going to miss the chance to set the right tone for the rest of the day.
Waking up earlier not only means you’ve got more time on your hands, but it also means that you’re being productive whilst everyone else is still in bed. This can feel really great. Just the knowledge that you’re a few steps ahead of other people is enough to empower you.
2. Listen To Uplifting Music
There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning and listening to the builders pounding away on the asphalt outside. Not to mention all the noisy kids skipping in the streets on their way to school. Nightmare!
But blocking out these sounds and replacing them with something more uplifting is easy. All you need is your music! Listening to your favourite, get-go music will help to put you in the right frame of mind. It will make you hungry for action.
3. Smile At Yourself
Morning rituals can also be super simple. Okay, smiling at yourself in the mirror might sound super weird, but it’s not quite as weird as you might think. Smiling at yourself is a great way to boost your self-esteem, putting yourself in a positive mindset.
You’re essentially saying to yourself that you’re ready to take on not just the day, but the whole freaking world. You’re saying to yourself that you are good enough, and that you’re going to seize the day. After all, we all love it when a person smiles at us, as it makes us feel good. Smiling is infectious, so smile at yourself!
4. Start With A Smoothie
We’ve all heard the phrase “breakfast of champions”, but how many times have we seen bacon, sausages, fried eggs and hash browns fill up these so-called breakfasts of champions? Sure, they’re tasty, and sure they even do a good job at filling us up. But they’re also saturated in bad fats that cloud our minds and drain us of energy. This is not a smart breakfast if we’re looking to be more productive.
Instead, we recommend a green smoothie. The lift you can get from one of these is incredible, and making one takes a lot less time than making a full fried breakfast. Here is one amazingly delicious recipe: you just need a blender, 3 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves, two frozen bananas, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and a glass. Voila!
5. Exercise For Seven Minutes
This is one of those simple morning rituals that can definitely improve your life. Normally, you’d expect us to just round morning exercise off to ten minutes. But those extra three minutes just eat further into your morning, and we’re looking at ways to enhance this time of the day.
So, seven minutes is all you really need. It’s enough time to shake off any lethargy you’re feeling, but it’s also not too much that it begins to become a drain on your time.
6. Drink Water
After a heavy night snoozing, your body is going to wake up dehydrated. The best way to cure this is to drink water immediately after waking up. Lots of people reach out for a cup of Joe at this time of the day, but we suggest that you leave off the coffee for at least an hour. Water will energise you much more and put the fluids back into your body.
You may even find that you don’t even need that coffee anymore! (Which is a good thing).
7. Switch Off The News
Ever got the bus or the train in the morning only to find it crammed with folk reading the newspaper? It’s so easy to read the newspaper on the commute to work, as it’s convenient and helps to give you something to do on a crowded bus filled with strangers.
But reading the news early in the morning can cast a cloud over our minds. What does reading about negative news stories do for our mindset? Instead, we suggest that you trade the news for something more inspiring. This could be a book, a YouTube video, or even a podcast. Get your mind ticking over with positive thoughts.
8. Express Gratitude
You want to improve your life, which essentially means that you want to be happy. One of the ways to feel happy with your life is to be grateful for what you have. Waking up and expressing gratitude that you have yet another day to make the most of, really can put you in a positive mindset and improve your productivity.
Moreover, the more often you express gratitude, the less likely you are to suffer from negative thoughts throughout the day.
9. Write Down Your Tasks
What have you got to do today? Write it down!
Writing down your tasks for the day is a good way of making sure that you get everything done that needs to be done. Failing to list your day’s tasks means that you run out of time to complete everything, and it also leads to procrastination. Lack of prioritisation is in fact the prime reason we put off doing things. So write down your tasks, and list them in order of importance.
10. Start Work Early
If you work from home, or if you have a task for work that you can complete at home before work in the office begins, we suggest that you get your hardest task done first thing in the morning.
According to research, our willpower is at its highest just after we’ve eaten breakfast. So if you’ve got a task looming that you’ve been putting off for ages, getting it done early will put you in the right mindset for the rest of the day.