5 morning rituals that will change your life and make you more productive throughout the day.
I’ve been trying to be more deliberate with my schedule over the last few months since I have so much on my plate. Sometimes I’m successful, and sometimes I fall off the wagon and feel like a hot mess and that I’m getting nothing accomplished.
But the times that I get my to do list checked off and still have extra time for myself and my family are the days when I start my morning off right. Having a morning ritual puts me in the right frame of mind to take on the day and make it a success. Morning rituals for happiness and productivity can truly be life changing. I think that how we spend our mornings sets the tone for our whole day.
The first thing I will say about morning rituals is don’t start your day on your phone. When you start your day by looking at your phone you not only get sucked into whatever is on there (social media, email, etc.), but you are the reactive instead of proactive for the rest of the day. I spend the first 30 minutes of every morning away from my phone and I swear it makes such a difference.
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Here are 5 morning rituals that will change your life.
1. Wake up earlier.
“Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” “The early bird gets the worm.” There’s a reason these sayings exist.
Waking up early, as hard as it can be at times, gives you time to actually wake up and make time for yourself. You can write down what you want to accomplish for the day (I’ll talk more about that in a bit). You can enjoy your morning coffee. And you can take time to get review what you have scheduled for the day. Getting up early keeps you from rushing through your morning. I have had mornings where I miss my alarm and am running around trying to get ready for work. These are the days I feel stressed the rest of the day. I don’t like those days.
Set your alarm for 5 minutes earlier for a few days, then 10 minutes. Work your way up to 15 minutes or half an hour before your normal wake up time. I usually wake up at 6:00, but I’m slowly working to get back to waking up at 5:30 so I can have more time for my morning routine. When I get my morning routine done, I feel so much more accomplished throughout the day!
2. Have quiet time.
This is my favorite thing to do on my days off. I get up at the same time I would if I were going to work, grab a cup of coffee, my journal and the book I’m reading and enjoy the peace and quiet. Having that quiet alone time really sets my mood for the day, and just puts me in a good place. The days I sleep in and get up just before my kids do are the days that I feel off.
3. Stretch it out!
When you wake up stiff and a bit sore, take 5 minutes to stretch out your back, neck, legs and arms. You’ll feel better in no time!
4. Write down 3 things that would make your day great.
I’ve shared my love of the 5 Minute Journal before. It is the journal the hubs and I write in every morning and evening to record our goals and accomplishments for the day. We also recently started using the SELF Journal, and I am loving it so far! It’s a little more on the pricey side for a journal, but if you have goals you want to accomplish this is the journal you need! I’ve never had something hold me more accountable and make me want to reach my goals more than this journal.
Journaling has really helped to change my mindset and I feel like a happier person overall. I’ve shared before how journaling can change your life, and it really is true. My morning ritual wouldn’t be complete without time for journaling. Writing it down and then reviewing it at night makes you feel accomplished and gives you something to look forward to as you go about your day.
If you’re looking for other journaling ideas, make sure you read my post on 7 types of journals to keep.
5. Listen to something that motivates you.
I used to listen to personal development audio books during my commute. Now I listen to Podcasts while I workout, on long drives and whenever I find the time. Maybe for you it’s turning up Taylor Swift that puts a little pep in your step. Whatever motivates and inspires you, listen to that.
If you’ve ever thought, “Why have a morning ritual?” I hope this helps answer that for you. There are so many fabulous ways to create morning rituals that will change your life. Making a few minor adjustments in how you go about your morning can really set the tone for your day.
What morning rituals do you have that start your day off right?