Morning rituals can help you win the day. They create small wins that build positive momentum to get you through the day.
You will feel more accomplished and productive when you start your day with morning habits. Automating morning rituals can make your day smoother and more efficient.
Charles Duhigg writes that “Once you realize that habits can change,” you have the freedom (and the responsibility) to create a productive and happy day.
- Fight the snooze buttons
The first win of your day is getting up in the morning without hitting the snooze. Refusing to succumb to the tempting lure of the snooze can be just as hard as running a marathon. But you can become the person who doesn’t snooze in the rearview mirror.
Snoozing is not something that can be stopped. Each person’s solution will be different. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to try different techniques to find the one that works best for you.
In my early twenties, I slept for nearly two hours every day. I tried many ways to stop snoozing. I tried to fall asleep earlier. I changed the ringtones of my alarm. I kept my phone far enough from my bed that I had no choice but to move across the room in order to turn off the alarm. It didn’t work consistently. Failure at the first goal led to frustration.
Clocky, a wheel-driven alarm clock that emits annoying beeping sounds that change frequency and pitch every few minutes, was my answer. Clocky is my alarm clock that I chase around the room in the mornings. After the cardio, I’m ready and raring to go for my day.
Try to approach the challenge of the snooze with scientific curiosity. Don’t get discouraged about failing attempts. Don’t beat yourself up about failing attempts. Instead, remove the failed options from your list and move onto the next step. You’ll find a way that works for your needs.
- Wake up earlier
To defeat the snoozer, you must make an effort to get up earlier. External distractions such as the world around you are dormant until the early hours. Not yet, text messages, e mails, and errands compete for your attention. You are more likely to wake up earlier because you have less distractions. You feel like you have an advantage over the rest of the day. It feels like you’ve gained an extra hour.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is to get up at 5:30 am every morning. That’s fine. If you’re currently getting up at 8am, trying to increase your wake up time by 3 hours is likely to fail. In some cases, you might be able to achieve a significantly earlier wake-up call for a few weeks.
The abrupt change in routine will however quickly become tiresome. Massive changes don’t happen overnight. Start by getting up 15 minutes earlier. This is achievable. It is possible to wake up at 5 am every day for a few more years.
- Make your bed
It is the easiest and fastest way for you to win a small amount at the beginning of your day. This win can be done in less than a minute. It can add a quick boost to productivity and achievement to your early morning.
Organization leads to a well-organized mind. It is easy to organize your house by organizing your bed. A bed that is made before you go to bed can help bring clarity and calmness into your thoughts.
- Enjoy 2 minutes of positive thinking
Be present in the mental states you wish to experience most: focused, inspired, excited, grateful. Answer the following questions. What inspires your? What excites you? What is your focus today? Do this morning ritual regardless of whether you feel stressed, sad, or anxious at the beginning.
When you are able to immerse yourself in gratitude every morning, your brain learns to focus on the positive aspects of every situation. Your outlook will change if you are more excited by what you find inspiring and exciting. By clearly identifying your priorities, you are able to control your day and stop being controlled by circumstances or other agendas.
- Set your goals each morning
To make your dream come true, you need to set ambitious goals. A study from Dominican University of California revealed that participants who wrote their goals had a higher success rate than those who didn’t. It’s better to write them down than to keep them in your mind. It is better to refer back to your goals daily in order for them not only to increase their effectiveness but also to make sure they are always within reach.
Your best strategy is to write down your goals every day. Your intention is powerfully declared by writing down your goals each day. This will help you cement your goals and make them more concrete. It gives your brain a constant signal that these goals are essential to you.
You will find that your subconscious mind is able to focus on your dream while you work on other projects throughout your day. Your mind will continuously search for new ways of moving towards your dream destination. This is how you train your brain to work for you unpaid.
- Envision living your dream life for 5 minutes
In the theater of you mind, play your dreams. Engage the five sensory senses. You can see yourself enjoying two weeks in Paris. It’s amazing what it feels like to wander the streets of the Latin Quarter. What is French food like? It smells like what? What do you smell when you have an espresso in a cafeteria?
It’s hard to reach ambitious goals in life. There will be many plateaus and valleys that you will encounter along your journey. These will encourage you to reach higher goals and make it easier. Imagine living your ideal week, day, and life. This can increase your motivation. This will help you understand the purpose and meaning behind your goals. This will give you the motivation and direction to get through any rough patches on the road to your dreams.
- Work towards your dream
Prior to moving on to your daily errands or work, you should make progress towards your dream every day. Set aside five minutes each morning for your dream. You can slowly work your way to an hour.
Instead of spending the first hour of your day running errands, invest that time in a project that excites and motivates you. We only have so much willpower each day. Concentrate on your most important project and you can draw all of your willpower.
You can quickly go down the wrong path if your efforts are directed to the wrong activities. If you direct your attention to your dream at every day’s beginning, you will be closer to your goal today than you were yesterday. Each incremental step makes a significant difference over time.
These small wins can be combined to make a powerful combination that will fuel your day. You will feel more confident throughout the day and be better prepared for dealing with any obstacles. You will be able to overcome any challenges that may arise throughout the day.