It’s no secret that mornings hold a lot of possibilities for bettering ourselves and reaching our goals. That’s why so many successful CEOs and entrepreneurs have their own morning routines that range from eating a staple breakfast each morning to starting each morning with movement.
But don’t just take our word for it. There are many studies and research that highlight the benefits of establishing a morning routine. Morning routines have been shown to lower stress levels. Stress often crops up when we feel like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish all that we need to. By waking up earlier, we carve out more time in our day that allows us to not only check off our work to-dos, but also our personal goals.
Waking up at the same time each day and having a regular bedtime will also help you improve your sleep habits. Consistent sleep and wake times will help your body develop a natural rhythm, making mornings easier and also boosting the quality of your sleep.
A morning routine can also help give you a leg up on your peers. Waking up before many people have even stirred for the day allows you time to improve yourself or get a head start on a big work project. Either way, waking up earlier in the day will give you more time to accomplish whatever goals you may have for yourself.
It may seem daunting to wake up earlier or know what to fill that extra time with, so we’ve compiled a few tips for establishing a morning routine and what you can do to give yourself a more productive head start.
1. Make Your Bed
This may seem like a no-brainer, but making your bed as soon as you wake up will not only prevent you from crawling back into bed for a few more minutes of sleep, it will also tee yourself up for crossing many more things off of your to-do list throughout the day. Even accomplishing something as small as making your bed can be a small “win” to help set the stage for a productive day.
2. Open Your Blinds
A great way to help yourself wake up in the mornings is to open up your blinds and let in the natural sunlight. Natural light alerts your brain that it’s time to wake for the day, and also signals the brain to release serotonin, which can help start your day on a positive note.
3. Start the Morning with Water
After hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. By drinking coffee first thing in the morning, you’re not doing your body any favors. Instead, drink at least 8 ounces of water when you first wake up.
Plus, water helps to increase our red blood cell counts which increases the amount of oxygen we receive to the brain. This boosts alertness and energy, which is something we could all use a little more of in the morning.
4. Listen to an Audiobook
Another great way to start your day on a productive note is to use your mornings to learn more about your industry or develop a skill by listening to an audiobook or a podcast. You could listen along as you’re preparing a healthy breakfast or while you hit the gym. Either way, you’ll be doing something positive for yourself, which is really what morning routines are all about.