Do you ever wonder how some people just seem to have it all together?
They seem to get 50 things done in a day while you’re trying to figure out what to make for dinner and its already 6 pm (yikes). One thing that all successful people have in common; they have a well thought out and planned routine that they stick to every day.
It is not a coincidence that these people with a daily routine seem to get more done in a day. Practicing good habits every day eventually becomes second-nature and that’s when a routine is established.
But isn’t that boring? It depends. It’s up to you to structure your day in a way that works for you and not how you think it should be based on what others do.
So how do you form a daily routine and maintain it? By forming good habits. The best way to form new habits is through repetition.
Highly productive and successful people do a combination of these things:
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Wake up early and at the same time each day.
Yup, that’s right. How do you expect to get anything done if you’re waking up at noon every day? Highly productive people are usually up between 4:00 am to 5:00 am. Even on the weekends!
Waking up at the same time each day gets your “internal body clock” used to your routine and you’ll find that you start sleeping better once you’ve got this down.
And If you usually wake up at 7:00, those extra two hours gives you more time to get things done (especially if you have kids).
Meditate, Pray, or Journal.
Taking as little as 5 minutes in the morning just to be still and meditate works wonders! Usually, in the mornings, the first thing most of us do is reach for that cell phone. Starting the day looking at emails or social media can make you anxious. Try starting your day without screens. It will put you in the right frame of mind to have a pleasant day.
Journaling is something that I’ve started to do myself (and it’s very therapeutic). Use this time to brain dump or just get anything that’s bothering you or on your mind onto paper. You may write about your feelings, things you’re grateful for, what you plan to do for the day, ideas for your blog, or updates to things you may have accomplished the days before.
Devotions and prayer are not required but people who are religious often find that taking the time first thing in the morning to read the bible and spend time in prayer fills a spiritual void and gets them through the day.
The best time of day to get workouts done is the time when you can do it consistently. For some people, that’s first thing in the morning because there are fewer distractions and they’re more likely to get it done at that time than to wait till later in the day. There are also some benefits to morning workouts like increased energy, better focused, and a better mood throughout the day.
The saying is true; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who eat a well-balanced breakfast are more likely to make better food choices throughout the day and are more focused and energized.
Tackle the Hardest Task First Thing in The Morning.
Most people are more productive in the first few hours in the morning when their mental energy is the highest. It only makes sense to use that energy to get the hardest task out of the way. Leave it for later and you’ll either be so anxious about it, you push it off to another time or be too tired to even get it done at all.
Everyone may not do each one of these things but the point is, they have an established routine that gets them prepared and motivated for the day ahead. This is an opportunity to improve and grow and set yourself up for continued success.
Do you plan on starting a morning routine? Let me know in the comments!
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