Daily productivity starts as soon as you wake up, and a powerful morning routine can increase your efficiency; so it’s no wonder the world’s most successful people have consistent morning routines.
1. Review the Day Before
Start each day with a quick review of the previous one. Every day, you will do some things well, and some things not so well. It is important to identify and write these down on a daily basis so you can improve at a faster rate. This habit has allowed me to turn my weaknesses into strengths.
- Make a section in your notebook with two columns.
- Well: Create a list of bullet points detailing what you did well the day before; this will help motivate you to keep up the good work!
- Improve: Write examples of what you found challenging the day prior; but remember, this exercise is not meant to bring you down, it will help highlight the areas that need your attention.
2. Plan Your Day
Planning your day is probably the most productive activity you can do in the morning. This gives you structure throughout your working time to think about your daily activities. One of the benefits of doing this is that there are fewer nasty surprises, meetings or tasks that you forgot about, ensuring you still have plenty of time to eat, exercise and sleep.
- Try writing a page of daily planning and make it a habit.
- Aim to split your day into:
- Morning (7 am to 12 pm)
- Afternoon (12 pm to 6 pm)
- Evening (6 pm to 10 pm)
- Write down what you will do for each hour of the day.
3. Write a Page of Journaling
Journaling each day allows you to get your thoughts out of your head and onto the paper. The mind isn’t always the best tool to process the tens of thousands of thoughts you have each day, so writing them down allows you to better structure your thinking whilst identifying patterns. This process helps you to think more rationally and make better decisions. You will find your thoughts becoming more logical on paper instead of allowing them to swirl around for too long in your mind.
- Try to write one page of thoughts each morning (this should only take five minutes).
- Jot down the first things that come to your mind e.g., “I am feeling great today! I am looking forward to…”
4. Meditate for 10 Minutes
Meditation is a daily habit that builds mental strength to handle the vast number of thoughts you have each and every day. Through meditation, we can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful and from unhappy to happy. This is a powerful tool that many of the world’s leaders use on a daily basis. For example, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Dalio, and Rupert Murdoch all meditate every day.
- Try a meditation app such as Headspace, which helps make meditation a regular, enjoyable part of your day.
- Aim to meditate with the app for at least 10 minutes every day.
- Don’t worry if you have lots of thoughts during your meditation, this is natural and will subside over time.
- Try to meditate at the same time every day (I meditate every morning).
5. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is widely acknowledged as the most important meal of the day. It provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Without breakfast, you are essentially running on empty, which is similar to trying to start a car without petrol!
- Try eating a meal every morning within two hours of waking up.
- Keep your meal as simple as possible, so it doesn’t take too long to prepare.
These 5-morning habits will transform your daily productivity and are used consistently by most of the world’s top leaders and performers. A strong morning routine will help you to see success every single day, no matter how challenging your day is.
- Pick one of the habits above and try to do it every day for the next 30 days!