Ahhh, mornings. You love’m or you hate’m.
But mornings are instrumental in conquering the day for many people.
In fact, a lot of the most successful people in the world will tell you they own their mornings. Here are just a few…
- Oprah Winfrey
- Bill Gates
- J.K. Rowling
- Tony Robbins
- Arianna Huffington
It’s enough to be intrigued, and dig a little deeper into what the best things to do in the morning are.
So, bear with me night owls! This does not mean we have to wake up at 4 am. But there’s definitely something to consider here about being intentional with our morning routine. Whether it starts at 5:15 or 9:15!
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Why Do Mornings Matter?
That beautiful time in the morning before kids, work, or other responsibilities is OUR time. Whether it’s 15 minutes or 2 hours.
It’s dedicated solely to nourishing or setting us up for success.
And as a result of setting the foundation, it makes it so much easier to reach those big beautiful goals.
“If you win the morning, you win the day.” – Tim Ferriss
Often a great morning is the difference between an average day and a successful one; quite possibly between an average life and an exceptional one.
5 CRUCIAL Things To Do In The Morning
After a night of sleep, we get to start afresh, energized and focused. So, let’s use that time wisely!
Check out the best things to do in the morning with these SMALL and doable actions!
1. DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
Our bodies are dehydrated in the morning. It’s been 8 hours since drinking anything!
So, do your body a favor and start the day off by downing a glass of water.
It’s an easy way to be on the right path to drink enough throughout the day, and you’ll wake up with so much more energy to accomplish other tasks.
2. FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
Live by design, not by default.
This could be writing your goals down for the day, choosing your top three priorities, or visualizing what you want to happen.
If we don’t have a plan for ourselves, we will NEVER get to where we want to be!
Consider this: just because you are busy and climbing a ladder doesn’t mean it’s the right one!
Make sure you’re working towards what matters to YOU, and not just spinning a hamster wheel. Of all the things to do in the morning, this is the most crucial!
3. MOVE YOUR BODY
This could be an actual workout, or it could just be doing 5 pushups or a light stretch. The point is to wake your body up and get your blood flowing first thing in the morning.
Even if the rest of the day turns out to be awful, and you don’t get a real workout in, you’ll know that you did something to move your body.
4. MAKE YOUR BED
I was SO skeptical of this one. Like, I used to perversely enjoy keeping my bed unmade. But then I read so much about the benefits of starting the day with this small action.
Not only does it miraculously make your personal space much more organized, but it gets your momentum going in the morning by accomplishing something right away.
It puts you in the right mindset to tackle other tasks. It took a while, but I’m a believer.
5. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
This one is so essential to start the day off right.
What you eat first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day! So make it something that does your body good.
If you stray later, at least you know that you took care of yourself in the morning!
Do You Want More “Me” Time?
While the first five will set you up for success, any of these additional things to do in the morning will make an even bigger impact on how you live your life.
After all, we aspire to live well, and all of these will put you on the right path!
Take an extra 10 minutes and read something that will help you grow as a person.
Want to do better with your finances? Read a financial book!
Want to eat better? Read a healthy cookbook!
Or just read a few pages of something that will move or inspire you for the day.
SIT IN SILENCE
Silence is golden.
We all need to re-charge our batteries and slow ourselves down.
Utilize a few minutes before others wake up to breath, pray, meditate, or just drink coffee and enjoy the heavenly quiet.
Write 5 things you’re grateful for or just put down a few thoughts to clear your head. The Five Minute Journal continues to be my FAVORITE way to do this.
Related Post: How To Savor More Life Moments
DO DEEP WORK
The most productive people are that way because they spend periods of time working without distractions. No kids. No Instagram. No email.
This is easier said than done. Yet, that’s exactly why mornings are the BEST time to get deep, productive work in!
Morning can be a golden opportunity to spend time with your kids or spouse. The rest of the day hasn’t gotten in the way yet!
Cuddle and other stuff with your spouse early in the morning, then drink a cup of coffee together before work.
If you have kids, make breakfast a dedicated time with them when you aren’t doing any other tasks.
Something To Think About
Speaking as a mom, building a family has only magnified the need to carve out morning time in a way that is best for me. I’m not sure I could function without it.
Also, this list is not meant to be a “do everything to be successful.”
It’s simply to reflect on all the possible ways we can make mornings work for us.
So, choose to start with just one or two! Start with carving out 15 extra minutes and see where it goes!
What are your favorite things to do in the morning?
Maybe it’s because of my stage of life, but I love the idea of a super inspiring and productive morning.
- Own The Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus
- The Morning Miracle – Hal Elrod
- What Successful People Do Before Breakfast – Laura Vanderkam
- The Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired – Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander