Many successful individuals including Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, and Tim Ferriss have realized that what you do before breakfast can dramatically set the tone for the rest of your day.
If you are reading this, chances are that you are looking to improve your habits. Try to incorporate these tasks and strategies into your morning routine and enjoy the benefits the come with it.
They Make Their Bed
It so crucial for you to make your bed first thing in the morning. This is because, it is the first productive action that you commit for the day but also your first accomplishment of the day. By making your bed every single day, you build a key habit towards setting the tone of each day. This reinforces the ideology that the small things in life matter. As Admiral McRaven once said, “if you can’t do the little things right, you will never be able to do the big things right.”
If for whatever reason, you don’t have a good day, coming home to a made bed will always give you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
Meditation is a major key towards resetting your mind for the upcoming day. By connecting with yourself on a deeper level you are able to view the bigger picture much more clearly. Meditation is something that is different for everyone. Some choose to close their eyes, lay in a relaxed position and begin to clear their mind while others like to sit beside water and to clear their mind.
Regardless of what method works for you, find a way to meditate every morning. It will truly enhance the quality of your day ahead.
They Practice The Art of Grateful Writing
There is something very empowering about writing things down. It is the first step towards manifesting your destiny. By waking up every morning and writing down things that you are truly greatful for, it makes the tasks ahead seem much more approachable.
Tim Ferris, a successful entrepreneur, speaker, and author has noted many times that he spends 5 minutes every morning writing down what he is thankful for and also what he is looking forward to. By doing this consistently, he starts his day off with empowerment and confidence.
Whether it is reading the daily news or an old book, reading stimulates the brain in certain ways that very few other activities can. Reading is a proven stress reducer. We can all get tied away through the bombardment of life’s everyday problems. Reading can act as the mental transportation from reality into different elements of thought.
Warren Buffett is known to spend the majority of his mornings reading as he has stated that reading is major component as to why he is so successful financially and mentally.
They Plan Their Day Ahead
Planning is the most crucial thing you can do to stay proactive. If you fail to do so, you could be running in circles and not even knowing it. By planning your day ahead in the morning, you set definite goals for yourself to reach. You will confidently know when you have completed all of your goals ultimately giving you a sense of accomplishment and fuel to tackle more tasks the next day.
Oprah Winfrey wakes up every morning to review and highlight the tasks that she has to accomplish during the day ahead. She claims that by reading through these tasks, it gives her a sense of goal setting at the beginning and a sense of accomplishment by the end.
It goes without question that the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise can dramatically improve the quality of your life. Exercise burns fat, reduces stress, increase metabolism, and much more.
Many successful individuals have come to the realization that their days are simply too busy to slip in a workout somewhere in between. To offset this obstacle, these individuals choose to workout first thing in the morning. By completing an intense morning workout, they experience benefits such as boosted energy throughout the day, boosted moods, reduced sugar & caffeine cravings along with many other positives.
They Take a Cold Shower
Very few things can immediately kick start your day like a cold shower. You will begin to feel invigorated and energized. Cold showers increase blood circulation which is part of the reason you experience the “refreshing sensations.”
If this seems like a big jump for you, try this method instead. Take your typical warm shower but when you are nearing the end, slowly turn the dial to make the water colder. Within a few minutes, you will be fully submerged in a cold shower and you will walk out feeling great.