“Make your coffee but don’t let it control your morning. YOU control how you feel, not small things like coffee or tea.”
Here is our opinion of some of the best morning routine ideas and habits to adopt for before work or before school. We also include some popular morning routines from famous people. Pick a few for yourself and go with it.
The point of a morning routine is to get your day off starting positive in order to accomplish more and feel better.
1. No Screens For The First Half Hour
The time right after you wake up is for you, and going straight to your computer or other devices is no bueno. The first half hour sets the tone for the rest of the day so don’t start it off enslaved to technology.
2. Drink 3-4 cups (1 liter) of Water
Yes. That much. As soon as you wake up, drink as much water as your stomach can handle. Usually its about 3-4 cups (1 Liter). This will hydrate you for the day and will actually wake you up more than a cup of coffee. Drinking water also gets your bodily systems off to a great start and helps flush out toxins through your bowels. Try it out and you’ll see how much of a difference it will make to your morning routine.
3. Make Your Bed
Leaving behind an unmade bed is terrible for starting off your day. Even if you have to quickly throw the sheets and covers over the bed, it will make a big “mental” difference for the start of your day.
4. Let The Natural Light In
We refer to it at “letting the birds in”. Open up your curtains and blinds right when you wake up. While it may not be fun to wake up to, natural light does help you get started on the right foot.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it. If you’re in a rush, at least drink some juice or grab some fruit on your way out. Your body needs fast absorbing sugars and carbs to get your systems off to a good start. Eating healthy in the morning also sets the tone for the rest of the day. Stay away from complex sugars and carbs like donuts, buttered toast etc. and go with more natural options like fruits, whole grain cereals, or oatmeal.
My Morning Cereal Mix – Ingredients can be found at Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, or Target.
- Whole Grain Honey O’s – A base grain mix with no artificial colors or preservatives.
- Organic Sprouted Cocoa Brown Rice Cereal – Half O’s half this.
- Dried Blueberries
- Dried Goji Berries
- Sunflower Seeds
- Coconut Milk
6. Have Your Coffee or Tea
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without your morning coffee or tea. Make your coffee but don’t let it control your morning. YOU control how you feel, not small things like coffee or tea.
7. Assess Your 3 Most Important Tasks and Do Them
It’s very easy to get through your day without stopping and still not accomplish what you really need to get done. Before starting your day, figure out what your 3 most important tasks are and get those done first, then move on.
Some people think “multi-tasking” is an amazing ability to have, but it can actually work against you. Multi-tasking will get everything “almost” done, rather than done completely and out of your way.
8. 2 Minute Morning Routine Posture Exercise
Try out this routine get your posture in line before falling into bad habits throughout the day.
9. A 15 Minute Walk or Jog
Lace up your shoes and go for a walk or jog around the neighborhood. Consider taking the dog(s) with you. You’ll love it and they’ll love it!
10. Morning Workout Routine
These indoor exercises you can add to your morning routine while your coffee or tea is brewing.
- 2 sets of 10-20 push ups
- 2 sets of 10 squat jumps
- 2 sets of 10-20 sit ups
- 20 full range of motion arm circles in both directions
11. Make It Last
Embed some of these morning routines into your lifestyle instead of just doing them a few times. After a few months it will become automatic and you will have a calm, relaxed and productive morning routine to make you feel your best. Whatever morning routine you decide to adopt and is best for you, will make you feel better and more accomplished throughout the day.
The Daily Morning Routine Of 6 Famous/Successful People
Two things: Cardio and weight routine, followed by breakfast with his daughters.
Shuns morning meetings, eats breakfast at home.
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
Supposedly starts the day with his family (no television), and then reads newspapers.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue
Starts her day with an hour of tennis at the Midtown Tennis Club in New York.
Yoga and meditation.
Walks his three dogs. Works out. Makes coffee for his wife and himself.
Successful People Morning Routine List From Inc.com
The Morning Routine of The Dali Lama
[By] nine a.m. … the Dalai Lama himself had already been up for more than five hours, awakening, as he always does, at three-thirty a.m., to spend his first four hours of the day meditating on the roots of compassion and what he can do for his people, the “Chinese brothers and sisters” who are holding his people hostage, and the rest of us, while also preparing himself for his death.