Everything comes down to the first minutes of your day. How would your day be like if the first thing you do is procrastinating over the snooze button? I have 5 single morning rituals that can change everything for you. And those are…
1. Waking up earlier.
An early-morning routine is powerful because it allows you to take time for yourself. In the early hours, it’s quiet, and there are fewer people vying for your attention. Many successful CEOs, including the former CEO of PepsiCo, begin their workday before 6 a.m., and if you can fill those hours with something meaningful, it will set the right tone for your day.
2. Putting off texting and emails.
When you grab your phone first thing in the morning to check messages, your mind can’t help but shift into reaction mode. When you constantly check your phone, it can lead to increased stress, because you feel an immediate need to respond to demands. Before you know it, you’ve lost control of your day.
Instead of letting others dictate your priorities, give yourself at least an hour to focus without external distractions. If you struggle to let go of your digital leash, put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed so you aren’t tempted to check your messages when you wake up.
3. Giving thanks.
Gratitude is a powerful way to put things into perspective. By acknowledging the things that are working in your favor, the one thing that isn’t won’t seem as problematic. As soon as you wake up, say three things you’re grateful for to start your day with positive energy.
4. Reading your goals aloud.
You already know the importance of setting goals but reading the goals you’ve set for yourself helps ensure they don’t fall by the wayside. Every month, I set 30-day goals and write a letter to myself as if I’ve already achieved those goals. Every morning, I read this letter out loud to remind myself of what I’m working toward and to hardwire my brain for success. If you don’t plan your goals, you have already planned your failure.
5. Nourishing your body.
Just as your mental state in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, what you eat for breakfast helps determine what you’ll eat throughout the day. If you begin with a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to continue that trend. I start every day with a green smoothie. Remember: Your health is everything. It deserves more attention than those emails.