boost your energyLet’s face it. Not everyone is a morning person. Least of all me. But we still drag ourselves out of our cozy beds each day to live our lives.

To be honest, I just woke up and feel like going back to bed but what’s a better time than now to write about having a great morning?

So I did some research, looked at the hardest parts of anyone’s morning, and came up with this quick 5-step guide to getting the best out of every morning so that the rest of your day is absolutely amazing.

Step 1: Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Probably the most important. You can do all the morning rituals you want but if you didn’t get enough quality sleep, then you’ll still be missing out on your full morning potential.

Now not everyone’s the same. Some people only need 6 whereas I need a good 9 hours. Figure out where you stand and make it your target to get that amount of sleep every night. Of course, a little late night partying is allowed every now and then, just don’t over do it.

Here are some quick tips on getting a better night’s sleep:

  • Meditate – clearing your mind can do wonders for getting you into deep sleep right away instead of staring at the ceiling for hours.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evenings.

  • Make going your bed a place of sleep. This means no eating or working in bed. You want to identify sleep with your bed and nothing more. Except maybe for some fun in the sheets ;)

  • If you’re the type of person who can’t shut off their minds, write a list of all the things you need to do tomorrow. This gets them out of your head and organized so you won’t lose sleep over tasks.

  • If you suffer from a sleeping disorder or sleep apnea, be sure to consult your physician about it.

Step 2: Spend Some Alone Me-Time

Set aside a block of time just for yourself. Even if it’s just for 20 minutes. We live in such a connected and busy world it’s often hard to remember to focus on just you. Not your family, not your pets, not your boss, your mortgage, etc. Just you.

If you ever get the feeling you don’t know yourself anymore then it’s time to take a break, do something you love alone, and take the time to focus on who you are. If you’re only always surrounded by people your personal growth may stagnate.

So here are some ideas to get you on that road of self-discovery and enjoy your own company:

  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Write in your journal
  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to but can’t seem to find enough time
  • Do something creative, such as painting or drawing

You get the idea. The point is to do something you love, do it alone, and focus on just you.

Step 3: Drink Plenty Of Water And Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the foundation of any nutritional diet. So eat up. Just make sure it’s healthy. Eating breakfast will energize you get your brain going faster. Don’t underestimate the importance of this meal.

Most people don’t get enough water. So make it part of your daily morning routine to drink one big glass of water. We often wake up dehydrated and don’t know it. So before you go for your coffee, have some water first.

Step 4: Be Productive From The Get-Go

When you get to work, don’t spend time procrastinating. We all do this at one point or another. We know we have Task A, B, and C to do but instead we check Twitter, Facebook, our emails, or surf the net.

This is extremely unproductive and will get you into a bad routine. Instead go straight into what you need to do. This’ll create momentum and encouragement for you to finish everything else on your To-Do list. But of course, we all need breaks.

So schedule 10 to 15 minute breaks in between tasks for you to relax and entertain your distractions for a while. But be disciplined. Once your scheduled break is up, go back to your goals for the day.

Step 5: Outline Your Top 3 Most Important Tasks (M.I.T.s) And Do These First

These are the tasks that you absolutely need to get done. And often they’re the ones that you want to do the least. Well, suck it up and do them. This gives you a great boost of accomplishment each morning and will make the rest of your day easier, happier, and smoother.

This also ingrains good habits within you. The next time you set out a huge goal for yourself you’ll be more likely to finish it as your mind is conditioned to take challenges straight on and finish them. You’ll end up with that “Yes, I can” attitude.

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13 Comments

  • Avatar Unicorn of Hopes and says:

    This is great!

    I meditate everyday! and i sleep so much better, which gives me more energy so I need to sleep even LESS

    Great Article Gabrielle, you are the voice of a generation.

    I am sure we were friends in a previous life.

    Sending you positive energy and sparkles!

  • Avatar Unicorn of Hopes and says:

    This is great!

    I meditate everyday! and i sleep so much better, which gives me more energy so I need to sleep even LESS

    Great Article Gabrielle, you are the voice of a generation.

    I am sure we were friends in a previous life.

    Sending you positive energy and sparkles!

  • Avatar Paul Hoffman says:

    Thanks for the article…I have a process called Good Morning Great Day…It involves Reflection, Intention, Attention, Attitude and Action so you can create powerful moments throughout your day.

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  • Avatar nina says:

    Thank you ,

    Now I will try to drink water in the morning before breakfast

  • Avatar John R#70 says:

    Hi – the water in morn !!!!!!!! yesyesyesyeyes – for sure

    it takes discipline and a note on the cooffeee table – the note helps a lot to remember=== thanks a lot for the post

  • Avatar Shosh says:

    Hi Gabrielle,

    Great post! Thank you for that. What I'm taking from it now is to first do the tasks that I like less. Great idea.

    The idea of water is very good. I would add some lemon juice to it – for so many reasons.

    Thanks again.

  • Avatar nina says:

    Thank you ,
    Now I will try to drink water in the morning before breakfast

  • Avatar John R#70 says:

    Hi – the water in morn !!!!!!!! yesyesyesyeyes – for sure
    it takes discipline and a note on the cooffeee table – the note helps a lot to remember=== thanks a lot for the post

  • Avatar hikinthru says:

    I have problems getting to sleep, and then getting up. I try to do everything you listed and it helps. I also read a while back that it's really important to always GET UP at the same time. I'd never really thought about that end of it. So I tried it, and surprisingly it really has helped. I'm not nearly as groggy in the morning. It's like my body is becoming trained to "wake" and switch the grogginess off at 5:00am (unless I lay awake for a number of hours, which is happening less). I now even get up at the same time on weekends just for continuity. It has helped as much as anything else I've tried.

    Just a suggestion for anyone else with similar problems.

  • Avatar Syl says:

    Thanks for these tips. As an older person, I have just discovered the positive impact of sufficient sleep on my body's retention of water, and by inference, on the functioning of my heart. I was suffering from swollen ankles, taking water pills, etc. Now, as long as I get at least 6-7 hours, my ankles have regained their youthful slenderness.

    The most challenging of these tips is to be productive first. So I am closing this post and getting to work.

    Thanks again

  • Avatar yatin says:

    sincere, practical, spot on! thanks. have just started my day, so perfect timing too!

  • Avatar Jeanne says:

    Great article! All of the suggestions here are terrific, not to mention practical and easy to implement. Even the one about starting out being productive, maybe especially that one. If I start out "lazy" the rest of the day pretty much follows suit!

    My morning routine begins with the 5-minute energy drill from Donna Eden's "Energy Medicine" book (and EM Kit), and it usually gets me going in a positive and energetic direction.

  • Avatar katemarie says:

    ten four on the 'close the post' and get'erdone…such encouragement from the ranks is becoming a mainstay for me…thank you all for being the community of faith in practical and humorous ways…..all of you!

    the water in the am is important! so are whole foods, outdoors time and holding hands….dr mercola shared a video on 'handholding' and it was also 'spot on!'

    tschau!

  • Avatar Shosh says:

    Hi Gabrielle,

    Great post! Thank you for that. What I'm taking from it now is to first do the tasks that I like less. Great idea.

    The idea of water is very good. I would add some lemon juice to it – for so many reasons.

    Thanks again.

  • Avatar Shosh says:

    Hi Gabrielle,

    Great post! Thank you for that. What I'm taking from it now is to first do the tasks that I like less. Great idea.

    The idea of water is very good. I would add some lemon juice to it – for so many reasons.

    Thanks again.

  • Avatar marinda says:

    Hi, great post. I agree with the water drinking – nothing better to get those intestines going. I usually take my “me” time in the morning instead of the evening. I'd rather get up half an hour earlier and do whatever needs to be done without rushing just to enjoy my cup of coffee in piece and quiet before waking the rest of the family. Sometimes this morning quietness is the most precious time of the day especially when my son is sharing it with me. Just sitting together and being quiet is enough to recharge for the day ahead.

  • Avatar Sylvia Smith says:

    I do all that and start with a positive attitude

    getting ready to go with flow is my basic way to go and that ryme and I am going to be on time to day.

  • Avatar Leila says:

    I love the way everyone has different routines and taking ideas from others is great. I like to read and exercise first thing. Thanks.

  • Avatar Marilyn R Williams says:

    The best advice in the post is the hardest to do — start the day by being productive and doing the tasks that you want to put off the most first! Every day that I follow that advice, I go to bed feeling wonderful, productive and good about myself – those are the best days and the memory of the positive feeling helps me the next time I find myself reading emails, posts, comments and writing comments instead of getting stuff done ;) Take care and do good!

  • Avatar hikinthru says:

    I have problems getting to sleep, and then getting up. I try to do everything you listed and it helps. I also read a while back that it's really important to always GET UP at the same time. I'd never really thought about that end of it. So I tried it, and surprisingly it really has helped. I'm not nearly as groggy in the morning. It's like my body is becoming trained to “wake” and switch the grogginess off at 5:00am (unless I lay awake for a number of hours, which is happening less). I now even get up at the same time on weekends just for continuity. It has helped as much as anything else I've tried.

    Just a suggestion for anyone else with similar problems.

  • Avatar Syl says:

    Thanks for these tips. As an older person, I have just discovered the positive impact of sufficient sleep on my body's retention of water, and by inference, on the functioning of my heart. I was suffering from swollen ankles, taking water pills, etc. Now, as long as I get at least 6-7 hours, my ankles have regained their youthful slenderness.

    The most challenging of these tips is to be productive first. So I am closing this post and getting to work.

    Thanks again

  • Avatar Jeanne says:

    Great article! All of the suggestions here are terrific, not to mention practical and easy to implement. Even the one about starting out being productive, maybe especially that one. If I start out “lazy” the rest of the day pretty much follows suit!

    My morning routine begins with the 5-minute energy drill from Donna Eden's “Energy Medicine” book (and EM Kit), and it usually gets me going in a positive and energetic direction.

  • Avatar katemarie says:

    ten four on the 'close the post' and get'erdone…such encouragement from the ranks is becoming a mainstay for me…thank you all for being the community of faith in practical and humorous ways…..all of you!

    the water in the am is important! so are whole foods, outdoors time and holding hands….dr mercola shared a video on 'handholding' and it was also 'spot on!'

    tschau!

  • Avatar Sylvia Smith says:

    I do all that and start with a positive attitude
    getting ready to go with flow is my basic way to go and that ryme and I am going to be on time to day.

  • Avatar Sylvia Smith says:

    ok. I do that and then get to work

  • Avatar Edward says:

    Gabrielle, I think you've been spying on my morning (bad) habits. Thanks. Many of your suggestions have been on the cusp of my thoughts as good changes, but this brings good clarity to them. I am going to give it a really good shot. Thank you.

  • excellent advice and do not take the problems of the day to bed..

  • Avatar Alicia El says:

    Hello everything you have commented on is correct- prayer- warm water or tea- streching – meditatiating on your day you want to create.

  • Avatar Helena says:

    Exercise, too, for going to sleep. Even going in the morning can help, you shouldn't go too late at night because it gives you an energy boost temporarily.
    I'm finding that meditation makes me more aware, and so more awake, so it seems to have the same caveat as exercise.

  • Avatar Natalie Lampi says:

    Thanks or the tips! I know I have a huge problem with procrastinating in the morning, but knowing that going straight into task mode will help energize me should give me the motivation I need to kick that bad habit(at least in the mornings). You mentioned we should comment if we had any tips of our own, and I thought of stretching. I have found from personal experience that no matter what time of day, although especially in the morning so you start your day feeling relaxed and limber, stretching can really help center and energize you!

  • Avatar malaimel raghavan says:

    i am early raiser at four in the morning from childhood, i noted the points to share with my family and friends. iam also expecting some more in future.

  • Avatar Nanor says:

    The nights I cannot sleep i write down thoughts and feelings inside a journal.

    And for some mornings i try to think of a good motivation to get up. Like something really yummy to eat, or to see a person that I'm attracted to.

    Just try to take your mind off of the "tiredness" and transfer that energy into something or anything else!

  • Avatar Nanor says:

    The nights I cannot sleep i write down thoughts and feelings inside a journal.
    And for some mornings i try to think of a good motivation to get up. Like something really yummy to eat, or to see a person that I'm attracted to.
    Just try to take your mind off of the “tiredness” and transfer that energy into something or anything else!

  • Avatar Burt Cumming says:

    I think the best way to start the morning and having a great day all day is to start with "masturbation". If you are lucky enough to have a marital partner or a live in partner of any sex, both of you should indulge in self masturbation in the beginning and then end up with mutual masturbation, until you both climax. Climaxing is the most exciting and important part of this routine, cumming alone or with the partner – "simultaneous climaxing". Try it. There is nothing like it. You will never want to start another day without this practice. It would do a world of good to you and bring you infinite joy!

  • Avatar Burt Cumming says:

    I think the best way to start the morning and having a great day all day is to start with “masturbation”. If you are lucky enough to have a marital partner or a live in partner of any sex, both of you should indulge in self masturbation in the beginning and then end up with mutual masturbation, until you both climax. Climaxing is the most exciting and important part of this routine, cumming alone or with the partner – “simultaneous climaxing”. Try it. There is nothing like it. You will never want to start another day without this practice. It would do a world of good to you and bring you infinite joy!

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  • Avatar Dr RBS Kushwah,IFS says:

    good suggestions! i would like to add that for a good and sound sleep, it is essential that one's mind is stress free. The fixed bed and waking up times will enhance the biological clock to sound for good sleep and awakening. Moreover, taking one to one and half litre of water immediately after the waking up is very useful.

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