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Tips for Creating a Successful Morning Routine

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Waking up for work or school may feel like a chore, but if you do it right, it can set you on the path towards productivity and long-term success. With these quick and easy tips, you’ll not only begin each day with positive habits, but increase your level of productivity, improve your health, and find yourself with more energy while you work.
Wake up at the same time every day
The first step in building a successful morning routine is to develop a structure, and the easiest way to start that process is to designate a firm wake-up time. Depending on what you do for a living, the time can fluctuate — you don’t have to jump out of bed at 5 a.m. to be productive if your job doesn’t require it or if it just doesn’t work for your sleep schedule. However, it’s vital to make sure you’re leaving yourself enough space to accomplish your pre-work tasks. Just make sure to keep it consistent.
Grab a drink and eat some breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s easy to push to the back burner if you’re in a rush. Even so, eating soon after you wake up is a phenomenal way to kick-start your metabolism and give your body the energy it needs to carry you through the day. According to dietician and healthy-lifestyle expert Lisa De Fazio, the best options should balance high-fiber carbohydrates and low-fat proteins, as they will correct your blood-sugar levels without spiking them. Some of her recommendations include oatmeal, fruit and yogurt parfaits, low-sugar cereals, and smoothies.
It’s also a great idea to grab a drink at the beginning of the day. Obviously, the healthiest option is water, as it rehydrates your body and doesn’t come with any added sugars — which means you should consider ditching those store-bought flavor packets in favor of fresh-squeezed lemon juice if you wanted a bit more kick. Coffee is great, too, as long as you don’t mix in a ton of cream or sugar.
Start moving
While the idea of rolling out of bed and into the gym may sound wholly unpleasant, early-morning exercise will help you feel energized throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be a multi-mile run or a demanding weight-lifting endeavor; even something as simple as a quick walk in the morning air or a few jumping jacks will get your blood pumping and help you shake off the cobwebs. Moreover, it will go a long way towards raising your overall level of activity and help you stay healthy. If you need proof, just look at the long list of CEOs and successful individuals who start their days with a bit of exercise.
Tackle the tough stuff first
Even though it may be tempting to ease your way into the workday by hitting a few small tasks at the beginning, many experts suggest that that approach may be backward. According to well-known self-development author Brian Tracy, trying to push off daunting work can lead to procrastination, which will lower your overall productivity level. Or, as Mark Twain put it, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.” In essence, hitting the hardest task on your calendar right upfront will not only give you the most amount of time to complete it but also make the rest of your day feel like a reward.
Waking up isn’t always easy, but armed with these tips, you’ll be able to find a morning routine that works for you, jump-starts your day, and increases your productivity.
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