Do morning routines make you more successful?
Do morning routines make you more successful? It’s long been believed that how your morning starts off can pave the way for the rest of your day. Waking up late or missing the alarm can set off a domino effect of events that may leave you feeling rushed, unorganised and off-kilter for the remainder of the day.
Setting morning routines to follow, can assist you to cruise through the start of your day on automatic pilot, allowing you to remain unflustered and reserve brain power. Some of the world’s more successful people know the key to success is developing morning routines. Let’s have a closer look at what they do, so you may get some great morning hacks to apply.
Commit to working out
America’s triple threat dancer, singer and actor, Julianne Hough flaunts her flat abs as she steps into the morning with a KINRGY workout, while Brit billionaire, Richard Branson swears by a morning dip in the ocean – but then he does live on his own island.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine discovered participants who started the day off with a half-hour walk on the treadmill demonstrated better decision-making skills, were better at visual learning and were more attentive throughout an 8-hour day.
Use your internal body clock to wake up
A good night’s sleep is imperative to wake up feeling refreshed. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is an advocate for getting at least 8 hours of sleep and ditching the alarm clock. He even has a routine of organising nothing for each morning. He is a great believer in letting mornings come naturally to keep things fresh. He can go from training, to going into space, to eating breakfast in The Mediterranean. If that’s not inspiration enough to become your own boss, then we don’t know what is.
Another big name who likes to free-wake (alarm-free sleeping) is Oprah Winfrey.
We suggest practising free-waking on the weekends before taking the plunge to turn ff your alarm for a weekday morning.
Give yourself time to just think
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner sets aside 90 minutes of his daily calendar to meditate. He says the daily routine helps him practice empathy and compassion and simply just think. Lady Gaga encourages her ‘Little Monsters’ (the name aptly given to her fan base) to incorporate meditation to help keep their mental health in check. The queen of Bad Romance held Instagram Live streams to encourage people to find inner peace. You can watch her raw and unfiltered meditation session by clicking here.
An innovative thinker, Tim Ferriss the authoer of the ever-trending book The Four-Hour Work Week. Now with the number #1 business podcast and renowned for imparting lifestyle wisdom, Ferris shares lifestyle tips with his followers. Part of Tim’s morning routine includes writing in his journal. He uses morning journaling to set him up for success for the rest of the day.
A blast of cold water
There’s nothing like a cold shower to get you up and at ‘em. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and actress Miranda Kerr both swear by the morning routine of an icy cold shower. In addition to helping motivate and making you hyper-focused, cold showers are said to calm itching skin, may be beneficial in weight loss, good for circulation and healthy hair.
Eat a healthy breakfast
According to US Weekly, actress, Liz Hurley likes oats for a healthy breakfast meal. “..Half has to be vegetables, so you have to have a banana with it or some berries.” Starting your day off with a good healthy meal ensures you have the brainpower to give your all at work.
So, what will you change in your routine to make your mornings more successful?
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