As someone who doesn’t report to an office, I have the luxury of starting my day whenever (and however) I want. But as my schedule became less structured, the importance of a solid morning routine (and an early one at that) became vital to my success. Do I have to wake up at 6am every day? Absolutely not. But I choose to. A good morning sets the tone for an even better day. So here are some of my tips on starting the day for success.
1) About Last Night
A good morning starts the night before. I always try to tidy up the apartment, wash the dishes, put away the clothes, and write out a to-do list for the next day. So I can wake up to a clean space and a clear mind. Because waking up to last night’s dishes is not exactly the best way to start the day.
2) Don’t Rise & Grind
Printed on coffee mugs and scripted on instagram, the popular social media mantra “rise and grind” is not my favorite approach to starting out your morning. In the first few moments of waking, don’t check your emails or hop onto instagram. Instead of reaching for your phone, try this instead:
3) Drink Up
I start every morning with a glass of lemon water (I infuse sliced lemons in a jar the night before). It’s a great way to reset, refresh, and detox your body first thing in the morning. Plus it energizes you and boosts your metabolism.
And instead of going straight for the coffee, start with a cup of antioxidant-rich green tea. I usually follow up with an essential cup of joe after, but sipping on tea first flushes out the toxins, and is an opportunity to appreciate a nice quiet ritual.
4) Get Moving
It’s vital to enjoy the slow moments of the morning, but I try not to linger too long. After 30-45 minutes I try to get moving. Whether that’s a brisk morning walk, light stretches, or hitting the treadmill—working out releases serotonin in the brain. And sets you up for a great day.
5) Be Mindful
The act of mindfulness is something I try to practice throughout my day, but it’s even more potent in the morning. The definition is pretty self-explanatory: It’s simply being mindful of your actions. From washing your face to brushing your teeth to making your bed, take the time to be thoughtful with your actions. You’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in setting the tone for your day.