With the new year (and new decade) upon us, you’re probably looking for ways to increase your productivity and tackle all your biggest, hairiest goals.
If you’re serious about crushing all those goals this year, you’ll want to make sure you’re starting your day off right. When you have a great morning, you’re better prepared to face the rest of your day.
Keep reading for four ideas that will help you shake up your morning routine, increase your energy, and set yourself up for success each day.
Get some exercise.
This is one of my biggest goals for 2020. Too often, I’m so focused on other things and don’t make nearly enough time for physical fitness.
When you incorporate exercise into your morning routine, you’ll feel better both in the moment and overall. Plus, you’ll have a nice burst of energy—and a rush of endorphins—that will empower you to take on your other tasks.
If you don’t have time or money to go to the gym, try going for walks or runs, or simply doing a few exercises at home. Here are a few tips for winter workouts from Start Healthy magazine.
Write for 10 minutes.
As a writer myself, I’m admittedly a little biased about this tip. But I’ve found that expressing myself in writing is never a bad way to start my day.
Find a space where you can have a bit of privacy. Turn on some music that helps you relax and focus. (How about some lo-fi hip-hop?) Set a timer for 10 minutes on your phone. Then, simply start writing.
Try not to censor yourself. Write about whatever’s on your mind, whether that’s the work you have planned for the day ahead, your goals, or simply how you’re feeling in the moment. There are no rules—just make sure you keep writing until the timer goes off.
This morning writing ritual should help you get in tune with where your mind is at each day, while also providing a record you can revisit down the line. Pay attention to how your writing evolves over time, as well as how your perspective has changed.
Take a cold shower.
Admittedly, this idea isn’t going to be for everyone. Cold showers aren’t especially pleasant (especially when it’s cold and dark outside). However, some very successful people—including upcoming Stay Paid podcast guest Danny Morel—swear by them.
If you’ve ever splashed cold water on your face to stay alert, you can imagine how taking an icy shower in the morning would give you a jolt of energy. It’s also been suggested that cold showers can increase circulation and help reduce stress.
One quick disclaimer: doctors say you should avoid cold showersif you suffer from cardiovascular disease or you’re at risk for heart attack or stroke. But, if you’re of sound health and looking for something to replace that morning cup of coffee, you might consider giving a quick, cold shower a try.
Read, watch, or listen to something that inspires you.
When you get in the right frame of mind first thing in the morning, it’s that much easier to face whatever the day might throw at you.
Plenty of top producers meditate or practice a daily devotion of some kind (and maybe you do, too). If you’re having a hard time developing a positive mind-set, consider getting a little help from something that inspires you.
- Watch a motivational clip on YouTube.
- Listen to some of your favorite songs.
- Read a book or listen to a podcast by someone you admire.
If you need some recommendations for books or podcasts, check out these blogs by ReminderMedia president Luke Acree.
Hopefully these ideas have you thinking about some ways you can change up your morning routine this year. Remember: a great day starts with a great morning. When you begin your day with intention and action, you’re already way ahead of anyone who simply rolls out of bed and goes to work.