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If you’re anything like me, then you’ve read a ton of articles on morning habits of the insanely wealthy, influential, and successful and shook your head at the impossibility of it.
Wake up at 4 am?! 6-mile jog?! Are you kidding me?! Guess I’ll stay poor.
Am I being drastic? Perhaps, but honestly, some of those articles leave me feeling that way. Who in their right mind gets up at 4 am and goes to the gym? They’re insane… except they’re not. It takes very little research to understand why those people have the kinds of morning habits they do.
The Oprah’s, Mark Zuckerberg’s, and Tim Cook’s of the world understand that their personal priorities are more important than the priorities of others. Their routines can come off as strange because they are personal routines, aka “me time”.
Leaders spend their mornings doing exactly what they want or need to do in order to boost productivity, creativity, and energy levels and keep them going for the rest of the day. And there’s no better time of day to claim as your own than the morning. Why? Because the way you spend your morning dictates how the rest of your day will go!
I’ve seen positive effects from having a personal morning routine of my own and believe me when I say there’s no looking back. No exercise, no breakfast, and no morning motivation would leave me cranky, unfocused, and impatient, especially at work. However, if I get some reading or blogging done, eat a banana, take a walk or do some exercise, and then go to work? Step aside, folks! Olivia Pope has entered the building!
Thankfully, you don’t have to wake up at 4 am and play tennis at New York’s Midtown Tennis Club like Vogue’s Anna Wintour to make the most of your day. Here’s a list of habits that average millennials like ourselves can incorporate into personal routines of our own:
1. Drink Lemon Water
Drinking water first thing in the morning is one of the best things you could do for your body. Your body just went 6-8 hours without water; you’re thirsty even if you don’t feel like it! Add some lemon and you’ve added nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants, and a boost in your metabolism and energy levels. Next time life hands you lemons, consider making lemon water.
2. Visualize Your Day
Planning goals or targets for your day keeps you focused on what the day’s goals are and makes you more likely to accomplish them. Visualizing your day doesn’t have to be an exact or meticulous project. It could be making a quick list in your planner or phone. Or, you could be like me and decide the top three things you want to do for the day and remind yourself throughout the day until they’re completed.
Study after study has concluded that there are numerous benefits to frequent exercise. There are physical benefits such as promoting weight loss and building lean muscle depending on the kind of exercise being done. Then, there are mental benefits such as enhanced social competence, increased energy levels, and a more positive outlook on life, all of which are necessary for being a successful fempreneur or career woman. So, get movin’!
4. Eat a healthy breakfast.
I know there are some of us who still don’t eat breakfast.
College Old habits can die a very slow death, unfortunately. The truth is that you’re better off eating anything (yes, even Frosted Flakes) than nothing at all. If you could make that breakfast a healthy one? You’re reaching new levels of productivity! Having quick, easy meals ready for you in the morning could be of great help. A banana, yogurt or cottage cheese, and cup of orange juice are my favorite go-to’s.
Meditating for some minutes every morning is great, especially if you have a job that can be stressful. It could be a 20-minute prayer or inspirational session, or simply spending an extra five minutes in bed, focusing on your breathing and simply taking in the calm. I often like to take a few minutes to relax, just be, and tell myself positive or motivational affirmations that will last me throughout the day.
What are some of your morning habits?