With only 24 hours and a million things to do, overwhelm can easily arise and result in a totally unproductive or underproductive day. Productivity is basically being able to achieve as much of those million things as you can within 24 hours.
For some, productivity means achieving or touching all their daily goals, for others it means achieving one thing at a time, even one a day. Whatever your definition of productivity is, a good morning routine can help you achieve that.
Each new day is like a blank check, how you start it may determine how you end it because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. This is why you cannot afford to neglect your morning routine.
With the right morning routine you’d be off to a great start and be more likely to succeed at reaching your goals and performing optimally every day, improving your sense of fulfillment, achievement and general mental wellbeing.
In this article I’ll be sharing 8 essential things you can do or add to your morning routine to help you have a more productive day starting from tomorrow.
8 Things to Add to Your Morning Ritual or Routine
- Wake Early
To have a more productive day tomorrow you need to start today. In other words, to wake early tomorrow you need to retire to bed early today.
Sometimes we sleep late, snooze several times and eventually wake up late only to realize we’re late for work. At such times we’re totally disorganized. Some people may skip bath and breakfast in order to meet up, drive dangerously, arrive the office only to discover they forgot the office keys at home.
To avoid this kind of scenario you need to sleep early so you can wake early, plan and organize your day without any pressures. This way you’re less likely to make mistakes or commit blunders.
After a good night’s rest your body is usually refreshed.Your mind too. Waking up early makes you feel in control, a great state of mind to be in.
At this stage I highly recommend a combination of meditation, prayers and soul lifting music. This can do wonders for you if well handled, and is a great way to build on the gains of waking early.
For those who have a strong religious conviction, missing this critical part of their morning routine can throw them off balance for the rest of the day. They can remedy this by playing audio tapes of prayers or music and meditate as they drive through traffic.
After waking early and praying/meditating, engaging in workout is another great way to have a productive day. It doesn’t have to be rigorous or intense, consistent is better.
The right workout regimen will warm you up for the day, stretch your muscles, enhance breathing and blood circulation. There are so many health benefits of constant workout that we should all incorporate it into our morning routine.
Plus, there are tons of fitness apps, YouTube channels and TV programs dedicated to workouts and general fitness. Following them makes workout feel like a group activity and less of a task. Of course you should take a warm or cold bath thereafter and thank me later.
Waking up early makes it easier to prepare and have a proper breakfast. Research shows that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. One of the reasons people skip breakfast and grab snacks instead is lack of time.
A proper balanced breakfast will give you sufficient energy to face the day’s tasks. Running a business, even a home based dropshipping store or freelance writing business can be mentally demanding.
A good breakfast will help you attend to critical business activities on time and efficiently increasing your productivity at the end of the day. This should be a non-negotiable part of your morning routine.
- To-Do Lists
After your breakfast you should draw up a to-do list for the day. This will ensure you do not skip any essential things like meetings, updates, subscription renewals, etc.
A solid to-do list should form part of your morning routine. It helps you keep everything in perspective. At this stage you should have ticked off 5 items already viz:
- Wake early
- Meditate, pray
- Workout, bath
- To-do list
Don’t you already feel like an achiever? A to-do list shows you how much progress you’re making. Whether on paper or via apps, keeping a daily to-do list is a great morning routine.
Self-affirmation is like having a bath, you can never have too much of it and you need it every day. It is basically you telling or reminding yourself that you’re valuable even if no one else does.
Reaffirm your belief in your abilities and skills. At this point you’ve ticked off 6 items on your to-do list, that means you can achieve everything on it. It’s a real confidence booster.
I like to do this in front of my mirror. Even on tough days I like to remind myself that winners don’t quit. It should be a major part of your morning routine if you would succeed in business or as an entrepreneur.
Now that you have your to-do list and self-affirmation all done, it’s time to go out and do what’s left of your to-do list. Here’s where many people fail. They have such amazing to-do lists but end up doing nothing on it.
Sometimes it requires real discipline to stick to your to-do list. Distractions will come, some other times you may not feel like doing it, but the more you do it the more you want to do it.
Every time you want to put off or rule off a task just remember what Nike would tell you if it was in your shoes, “Just do it man)”.
- Keep Track (Done List/Review of Routine)
If you keep a to-do list and commit to doing everything on it, you should also keep a done list side by side, where you tick off every task done or completed. It’s like your own little progress bar.
If you have ten items on your to-do list, seeing 6 done shows you you’re making progress and that there’s only 4 more left to go, giving you the drive to want to finish it off.
At the end of the day you should review your progress. Were you able to achieve all you set out to do? Also plan to relax and retire to bed early so you can resume your morning routine tomorrow.
A good morning routine can do wonders for you and make you more productive. Remember to:
- Wake early
- Meditate, pray
- Eat breakfast
- Write a to-do list
- Practice self-affirmation
- Do the things on your to-do list, and
- Review your progress, and add varieties to spice up your morning routine.
Amos Onwukwe is an AWAI trained Business and Ecommerce Copywriter who has been featured in scores of blogs including Huffington Post, Dumb Little Man, Ecommerce Nation, eCommerce Insights, Understanding Ecommerce, Result First, Floship, Successful Startup 101, Small Biz Club, Small Business Bonfire, among others.