A good morning routine is essential for anyone who wants to be as productive as possible, as often as possible. The question we face is, what exactly are the components of a good morning routine. To help answer that question in detail, fitness expert Christopher Lee of Buffalo, New York, discusses seven elements and actions to help people get the day off to a good start.
1. Wake up at the same time
There are several well-documented advantages of waking up at the same time every day – yes, even on the weekends. Waking up early and consistently at the same time helps promote better sleep at night. As you sleep better, your body will adjust, and you will rise rested and ready for the day, each day. While sleeping in on the weekend may seem almost like an entitlement, you will pay the price the next day if you do. You will likely sleep poorly the night after sleeping in and will be tired the following day. Your routine will be interrupted, and you will struggle to get back to your productive sleep regimen.
2. Create an attitude of gratitude
Your day will invariably get off to a better start if you begin with a heart and mind full of gratitude for the people and things that bring you joy. The attitude with which you start your day is a choice, and the importance of starting with a positive attitude can not be overestimated. A positive attitude will make you feel better, look better, and perform better.
Regular exercise will provide additional strength and energy to be productive throughout your day. It may be challenging to find time each day to exercise, but think of it as an investment in your ability to achieve peak performance on future days.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast
Food fuels your body. Eating a light but healthy breakfast will help you avoid feeling sluggish during the day. A few minutes to eat well in the morning will pay dividends throughout the day.
5. Evaluate Goals
Your “big rock” goals are achieved by the incremental steps you take every day. You should review and evaluate (make sure they are still valid) your life goals every morning. Make sure the efforts you have planned for that day will bring you closer to achieving those goals.
6. Review Schedule
Know where you are headed. It is essential to know your plan for the day before you step out the door. Thinking about your scheduled tasks, meetings, appointments, and projects early in the day will allow you time to formulate the best plan to accomplish all you need to do that day.
7. Create an “out the door” habit
Few things can wreck your day, like forgetting your phone, keys, wallet, or some other essential item needed during the day. One way to altogether avoid this potential crisis is to establish an “out the door” habit that includes a review of the things you need every day. It can be as simple as reciting “phone, wallet, keys, (adding whatever else you want to ensure you always have with you)” while checking that you have them each time you exit the door. Once this becomes a habit, you will be amazed at how many times this life hack saves you from forgetting something important.
About Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee, originally from Buffalo, New York, is a certified personal trainer who specializes in workout plans that help his clients look and feel more athletic and avoid injury in the process. He emphasizes a healthy diet and lifestyle so clients can adequately fuel to reach their fitness goals, and his exercise programs are custom-designed to help build strength and agility.
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