Establishing routines is one of the best ways to get everything done while still keeping a healthy mental space. Scheduling your days gives yourself time to complete tasks and discipline your mindset, leading you to realise how much time you spend procrastinating and aimlessly scrolling through social media. Organisation is a crucial skill to have in life and carrying out productive activities in the morning is one of the best ways to feel rewarded from it.
While the thought of waking up early isn’t very appealing for a lot of people, the outcome is actually very satisfying. Giving yourself time to achieve things in the morning makes you feel energised and instantly puts you in a good head space for the rest of the day.
“Win the morning, win the day.” – Tim Ferriss
Starting your day promptly is possibly the best first step to disciplining yourself into forming a morning ritual. Getting up earlier than needed not only presents a great deal more time for productivity, it also means you start the day with an attitude ready to defeat whatever may come your way.
Making your bed is the first chore you should complete after getting up, this will be your second win of the day and you most likely won’t have even been awake for 3 minutes.
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task and yet another. And, if you happen to have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that you made and this will give you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.” – Admiral William McRaven
After making your bed you should drink a glass of water; you’ll be surprised at how much this benefits you. That morning glass of water rids your body of toxins, increases your metabolism, relieves heartburn and indigestion, improves skin radiance, helps to prevent kidney stones and bladder infections, strengthens your immune system and, finally, after 6-9 hours of no liquid intake, it will help to rehydrate your body.
With all this additional time to your morning, you can perform self-building activities, such as meditation and exercise, before showering, carrying out your morning skincare routine and then being ready for the rest of your day – and all of this before you are even awake most days.
These are my favourite tasks to accomplish in the morning but, of course, everything depends on your lifestyle, there may be days when you get to sleep too late to get up early without feeling fatigued or some days you might even just wake up feeling unwell; knowing when to give yourself a break is just as important as knowing when to give your all.