Have you ever noticed that when your morning starts on a hectic note, it follows you through the rest of the day? Hitting snooze one too many times leads to skipping breakfast and rushing out the door, and finds you at your desk, frazzled and unable to concentrate.
Here’s the thing: the way you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. As business owners, you need to form habits that start your day off right so you can be more productive, focused, and efficient.
We’ve rounded up 10 rituals that kickstart the day of highly successful people.
1. Ditch your smartphone in the morning
According to the IDC, about 80% of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning. Instead of beginning your day in a calm and peaceful state, you become stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed.
2. Reflect on what you are grateful for
Before you rise, take a few minutes to think about what you are thankful for. It can improve your mood and give you a more positive outlook for the day.
3. Go for a glass of warm water instead of a cup of coffee
While coffee can perk us up in the morning, health experts say that water is better. It’s an excellent way to hydrate the body after going for hours without a drink, and also supports digestion and metabolism.
4. Make your bed
Completing a simple goal such as making your bed properly makes the rest of your day less overwhelming. Need convincing? Naval Admiral William McRaven mentioned this in a commencement speech at the University of Texas in Austin:
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right."
Morning meditation lets you start your day feeling grounded, aware and relaxed. This mindful practice helps you calm your racing thoughts and reduce anxiety.
6. Get your body moving
Whether it’s a stroll in the park, dancing to your favorite tunes, or hitting the gym to burn off the calories from yesterday’s dinner, having some sort of physical activity in the morning revitalizes your body and mind. You can switch up the kind of exercise you do every day to keep your routine exciting.
7. Practice self-care
Confidence can stem from looking your best, so put some time and effort into your hygiene and grooming routine. Take a shower, brush those pearly whites, and dress to impress!
8. Eat a healthy breakfast
Did you know that adults who eat a healthy breakfast every morning are more likely to meet their daily nutritional requirements? And besides helping you stay healthy, fueling your body also helps you perform better at work!
9. Avoid having to make a major decision
Most successful people spend their evenings preparing for the day to come, and you should too. Avoid stressing yourself out and tiring your brain in the morning, so you can hit the ground running when you come into work.
10. Get enough sleep
Now, this isn’t exactly a morning habit but is crucial if you want to establish a productive morning routine. A well-rested body and mind allow you to stay focused and perform at one hundred percent the whole day.
So, there you have it! I hope you’ve learned valuable tips on how to start your day with purpose! Take full control over your morning, so you have a better chance at taking control of the rest of your day, too.