The outcome of each day and even of our lives is determined by the things we consistently do.
What’s the hype about mornings anyway?
Because every lifestyle blogger seems to have something to write about morning routines and morning habits.
Well, morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Ruin the morning, ruin the day, holds true so many times.
I understood the power of morning on my birthday last year. Apart from the fact that I was a stressed new mom, some persons annoyed me in the morning, and as much as I tried to enjoy the rest of the day, I just couldn’t.
I decided that that wouldn’t happen to me again. So on my birthday this year, which was last week, I made sure I started my morning on a great note, and that influenced the turnout of events.
Were there people/things that pissed me off?
But I handled them very well and didn’t let them ruin my day.
If my morning didn’t start well, I wouldn’t have been able to deal with the negative situations appropriately.
So, mornings are worth the hype!
If you want to make sense of each day, you’ve got to set in place a morning routine or morning habits to enhance your productivity.
Below are simple morning habits/morning routine to help you make the most of your day:
Simple Morning Routine/Morning Habits for a Highly Productive Day
The Night Before
1. Plan for the next day
Before you go to bed at night, take some time to think about your goals for the next day. This way, you wake up with a sense of purpose and mission. You won’t wake up clueless about how you want the day to be like.
Setting daily goals to achieve will do you a whole world of good:
- It guides your activities
When you have a list of written goals to achieve for the day, it’ll guide you on what to do and not to do for the day.
- It gives your life order
Productivity cannot happen in a chaotic atmosphere. When you have an idea of what to do per time, you live orderly and this helps you to be productive because you know what you should be doing at a particular time and what to do next.
- It saves your time
When you know what to spend your day doing, you save yourself the time and stress of thinking of what you should do and not do.
- It serves as a standard to measure your activities and progress
If you don’t have daily set goals, how will you know if you had a productive day? Setting daily goals will help you to measure how well you spent the day and if you did the things you intended to do.
- It gives you a sense of fulfilment
There’s a sense of accomplishment you experience when you tick off an item on your to-do list. You feel proud of yourself for setting a goal and fulfilling it.
2. Plan your outfit
Choosing your outfit the night before will save you the confusion and indecision of picking an outfit when you’re running late for work in the morning.
Also, it’ll leave your closet in order because you’re likely to turn your closet upside down when you’re frantically searching for what to wear in the morning.
If you have kids, it’s more important that you pick their outfits the night before because it takes time to get kids ready in the morning. I have a daughter, so I know.
3. Plan your meal
Does it not make sense to know what you and the family will have for breakfast and get to it, instead of waking up and feeling clueless about it?
You don’t necessarily need to have a food timetable if it doesn’t work for you, but having an idea of what to eat in the morning the night before will give you a sense of direction.
It’ll also save you the time you’d have spent in deciding what to make for breakfast.
4. Set an alarm
Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning so you don’t sleep in.
In the Morning
There’s no better way to start the day than to focus on the things you’re grateful for.
Gratitude helps you to start the day with a positive mindset.
Even though you’re not living your dream life YET, there are definitely things you’re grateful for – life, family, a job that puts food on your table, good health, a roof over your head etc.
Be grateful for the things that make life possible for you.
Take a few minutes to think and write down fresh thoughts that crop up in your mind when your mind is yet to be filled with activities of the day.
Never underestimate the power of morning thoughts.
If you’re a Christian, have your quiet time (prayer, Bible study, and meditation). Pray for strength and wisdom to handle whatever comes your way during the day.
Exercises keep the body fit and also prepare your body for the day’s work.
It could be difficult to do outdoor exercises when you have little ones to care for.
You can wake up earlier to exercise, go to the gym, or simply do some home workouts.
You can skip exercising if you walk or cycle to work because walking and cycling are forms of exercise.
7. Glance through your to-do list
Go through the to-do list you wrote the previous night or quickly write one. This gives your day structure.
8. Body care
It’s important to refresh your body by brushing your teeth, taking a bath, applying moisturizer, using a deodorant/perfume, and applying some makeup if you’re into it.
Looking good is good business. Start the day looking beautiful. This helps you to feel confident.
9. Eat breakfast
If you are a breakfast person, don’t skip breakfast.
You won’t lose the weight you’re trying to lose by starving yourself because you’re likely to overeat or eat junks when you don’t eat a healthy breakfast.
Breakfast supplies the fuel you need to start the day so you don’t feel tired or grumpy.
If you are not a breakfast person or you are an intermittent faster, you can skip breakfast.
10. Do something refreshing
Do things that refresh your soul, anything that puts you in a good mood.
Take deep breaths, listen to music, read a book, play with your kids (my daughter’s laughter is so refreshing to my soul), sing, dance, write etc.
This way, you’re preparing your soul for the day’s task.
11. Avoid distractions (little or no social media)
These days, most of us pick our phones first thing in the morning to check our notifications and social media updates.
While there’s no crime in doing this, spending too much time scrolling through every page and handle can get you carried away and make it hard to keep up with the plan you have for the day.
It’s advisable to put away social media and every other form of distractions until you achieve your morning tasks/routine.
12. Positive affirmations
There’s power in spoken words.
While it’s good to know some things in your heart, saying them out gives life to those words and brings them to your consciousness.
Speak out what you want for yourself and for the day. Confess positive things about yourself and your day.
Let the universe hear and obey your words.
Here are some positive affirmations to confess in the morning to make your day awesome:
It’s a beautiful day for me
I am blessed
Nothing shall ruin my day
I am beautiful, intelligent, and talented
I love myself
I am loved
I make mistakes, and that’s okay. I’m human,
I’m not perfect
I determine my own happiness
I love my body
I can be whatever I desire to be
I can achieve anything I set my mind to achieve etc.
If you’re a Christian, confess the scriptures. The word of God is ‘spirit and life’, It’s ‘sharper than any two-edged sword’.
“I am wonderfully and fearfully made”
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”
“No harm shall come near me”
“I am a child of God”
“Lines are fallen to me in pleasant places”
“I have the power to make wealth”
“I shall have good success”
With this morning routine/habits, you can be sure to have a productive day. Your day might not necessarily be perfect, but you’ll be able to handle whatever the day throws at you because you started your day well.
I wish you a highly productive (every) day.