You’ll often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the same goes for your morning routine.
If you get this part of your day right, the rest of the day should flow perfectly and in a fashion that enables you to be at your most productive.
Creating a morning routine you can rely on is the first thing you should do when trying to build good habits. The only problem? The morning is when many of us really can’t be bothered to do anything but wake up slowly and grumpily.
If that sounds all-too-familiar or you simply want to make yourself as productive as possible, it’s time to build a proper morning routine.
What is a morning routine?
Before you build a morning routine, you need to get your head around what it is, exactly.
Morning routines are a set of stages you go through at the start of the day which transfer you successfully from a state of having-just-woken-up to raring-to-go.
Morning routines are unique to each individual; what works for you might not work for your best mate or partner, and vice-versa.
The best morning routines consist of consistent alarm times, no snooze button antics, a good, healthy breakfast and some mindfulness.
Benefits of a morning routine
Morning routines offer numerous benefits – too many to list in this blog post, if we’re honest.
It’s also important to note that not all benefits will make themselves known to each person and your benefits might be entirely unique to your situation and personality.
However, there are some common benefits to a morning routine:
- It’ll add structure to your day. Unstructured days will play havoc with your productivity. By having a regular morning routine, you’ll set the scene for far more structure throughout the rest of the day.
- You’ll be better organised. If part of your morning routine includes checking your to-do list, you’ll be far better organised for the hours to come.
- You’ll build better habits. Humans are habitual creatures, and there’s no better way to fine-tune your ability to build good habits than to have a strict but positive morning routine.
- You’ll have more time. How often do you put off doing things just because it’s the morning? Get them out the way then, and you’ll have more time during the rest of the day for more exciting stuff.
- You’ll be more mindful. Mindfulness will go a long way to making you happier, healthier and more productive, and just five minutes of mindfulness during the morning will make all the difference in the long run.
Do I need to get up at 5am?
Not unless you want to.
There’s a bit of a myth that rising early is vitally important if you’re to steal a march on the day and get loads of stuff done before everyone else has opened their eyes.
This works for some people, but may not for you. And, if that’s the case, that’s fine! If you’re not a morning person, getting up at 5am is probably a very bad idea.
The takeaway? Work towards your body’s natural internal clock and set your wake up time for whatever feels most suitable. Just make sure you retain that time and avoid the snooze button at all costs.