Some of the most successful people in the world admit that they have a morning ritual that they’re pretty consistent with. They may do something different every once in a while, but for the most part, they’ve got their mornings down pat.
One of the reasons they’ve developed a morning ritual is because they understand the significance of structure and routine. Now I don’t mean they’re rigid with rules, but they come up with a morning schedule that helps them feel happier, more energetic, and more focused.
Are you wondering what some common morning rituals are that can help you become more productive and joyful? The following are things you can do in the mornings to get your day started off with a positive bang:
Quiet and Solitude
Once you’re out the door in the morning it’s probably pretty busy, right? One morning ritual that people try to commit to is taking time to be quiet. You can call this meditation, prayer time, silent time, or solitude, but essentially it’s you taking some time to just be quiet with yourself and/or with your higher power. Take five, ten, or fifteen minutes to just be still, focus on your breath, and give your mind a well-deserved rest. If you will do this consistently before you start your day, you’re apt to feel more peaceful, joyful, and maybe even be more productive.
Shoot for some form of exercise in the morning to get that endorphin rush and more oxygen into your lungs. Even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes, that body movement is a great way to start your day. You’ll feel more alert, focused, and give your body the energy boost it needs to get you going at a good pace.
Feed Your Mind
Surely you know that feeding the body some sort of healthy food in the morning is good for you, but what about your mind? Do you take time to feed your mind positive and motivational things in the morning? Do you begin your day feeling motivated or are you dreading another day? Take some time to read something inspiring, listen to a positive podcast, or watch a motivational video. A well-fed mind tends to be sharper, more focused and can lead you to feel more joyful and productive.
Before you head out the door, create your task list for the day. Whether you’ve got three things to do, or twenty, write down on paper, in your daily planner, or in your phone “to-do” list. By doing so, you’ll be more likely to accomplish your tasks and you’ll feel more relaxed because you won’t be trying to hold everything in your mind throughout the day. How many times have you tried that and then forget to do something? Therefore, make that morning task list.
Visualize a Great Day
It only takes a minute to visualize you having a great day. By doing this each day, you’re setting in motion positive vibes for a better day. This isn’t to say that every day will be perfect, because life doesn’t work like that, but positive visualization can be powerful and can help you keep your goals in mind throughout each day.
Take these tips into consideration and make a commitment to begin implementing some rituals into your mornings. As you do, you’ll be performing actions that will set the tone for the rest of your day – a great day!