Three Morning Habits To Try This Month
There are two reasons why so many books, videos and articles talk about morning routines.
First, a good morning routine can set you up for the day when used properly. Many successful people believe their morning routines played a big part to their success.
Second, good morning routines are hard to create. If they were easy, we wouldn’t need help from all these books and videos.
With these two points in mind, let’s look at a simple morning routine you can use to start building positive habits.
I’ll give you three suggestions for habits you could add to your morning routine as well as explain why you should consider them. While you don’t have to do all of them, I recommend you try all three for one month so you can see how they can impact your life.
The first habit is to do either ten pushups or ten squats. I know that sounds absurd, so bear with me.
The typical problem with setting a goal of exercising in the morning is people try to do too much too soon. If you’ve ever gone to bed with the intention of going for a run in the morning, only to throw that idea out as soon as you wake up, you know what I’m talking about.
The reason I recommend doing either ten pushups or ten squats is because it’s such a small commitment it’s easy to follow through and actually do it.
Of course ten pushups or squats isn’t a real workout and it’s not meant to be. It’s simply meant to get your blood pumping and get you out of the morning fog. If you can stick to this habit you can eventually raise it to become more of a real exercise, but start out simple to let the habit sink in.
The second habit is to do ten minutes of meditation or any other mindfulness practice. This is a suggestion based on recommendations from Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans (check out my video on Tools of Titans here). Tim states that over 80% of the successful people he interviews have some sort of meditation in their morning routine.
There are plenty of studies that show meditation can have a big impact on your attitude during the day and your stress levels.
Check out this video’s description for suggestions of meditation apps you can use to kick start this habit.
The third habit is to write a to-do list. The reason I recommend this habit is because it gets you thinking about what you want to achieve during the day. Without actively thinking about this and writing it down, you’re likely to go into autopilot and passively go through the day. With a to-do list it gives you a roadmap you can follow. Even if you don’t manage to tick everything off the list by the end of the day, you’re still better off with a to-do list.
Simply jot down the three main things you want to achieve for the day and you’re good to go.
If all of that sounds easy – it’s meant to be. It’s easy so you have no excuses for not doing it. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, do your ten pushups or squats, go meditate for 10 minutes using an app to guide you, then write down three things you want to achieve in the day.
Give it a go for a full month and see how it changes your day. If you do manage to stick to it for a full month, come back here and leave a comment to share what you’ve learned from the experience.
Meditation Apps to Check Out
To-do List Apps to Check Out
SplenDO – Android
Key Lessons to Remember
- Start with a quick and easy routine to help the habits stick
- Avoid over-committing or you won’t stick to your routine
- Start with 10 pushups or 10 squats and gradually raise it to a real workout
- Even 10 minutes of meditation can have a significant impact on your day