Every morning is a fresh beginning to a new day. It is a chance to start over and set a dozen fresh initiatives. The mood and productivity of your day can be set by what you do in the morning.
A great example comes from Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook. In her interview with USA Today, she shared the secret to her “successful mornings”: a good night sleep with no interruptions; switching off her gadgets for the night; going to bed at a reasonable hour.
Here are 6 things to do in the morning in order to have a successful and productive day.
1. Wake up
Waking up every morning at a set hour can reduce the necessity of using an alarm clock (which is usually very stressful). Also, a fixed daily wake-up hour will allow you to set a daily routine and plan out your daily tasks and meals.
Regular sleep of 8-hours is a must for any adult to maintain their physical and mental health.
2. Make your bed
Making your bed first thing in the morning gives you a feeling of order and accomplishment. This tiny task helps start off your day in the right manner.
Charles Duhigg, in his book The Power of Habit, refers to making the bed as the first good decision of the day that will create a chain reaction of other good decisions to follow.
3. Look in the mirror
It is most common for people to look in the mirror in the morning while brushing their teeth and washing their face. This action, often taken as granted and not seen as anything special, can also help you make your day better. You are the only person who can determine what your every day will be like, so smile into that mirror and tell yourself that you are awesome and today everything will turn out great! Attitude is everything.
“If you do not make time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness” – Robin Sharma
Poor health is detrimental to success. A morning routine of working out and meditating is a pattern which will aid in fortifying your body, mind and spirit against illness.
5. Eat your breakfast
Successful people eat nutritious breakfasts which are healthy and well-balanced. The ideal breakfast should make you feel mildly full, content and give you a energy boost. Fruits, muesli, oats with milk, and nuts are just a few healthy choices that you can make and add to your eating schedule.
6. Create a To-do list
Planning your day ahead in the morning gives you the most detailed insight into what needs to be done and how much time can be spent on any particular task. Besides that, planning allows you to set your priorities, fit in regular meals, determine your leisure time, and find an hour or two in your schedule for your dearest and nearest.
Additional advantages of having a set routine and a to do list are that following them is much less stressful than just doing things on the spot. You will be less likely to forget the important things, and will usually find the time to perform all of your particular tasks.
Even if you are not a morning person, following a series of small and simple tasks on regular basis will help you to improve your mood and general well-being, increase your productivity and stress resistance, and to successfully accomplish the tasks of your daily routine.