Many people have trouble with their habits because they don’t follow a morning routine “system” for sticking to them.
It’s easy to forget about a new routine when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.
If you follow a “morning routine” every day, you’ll create a short ritual (under 30 minutes) where you can complete a number of small habits that can improve your life.
The trick here is knowing which habits to include in your morning routine.
In this post, we’ll go over 22 ideas that take under five minutes apiece.
Let’s get to it.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
Before we jump into the habits, let’s take a moment and talk about the benefits of a morning routine. For starters, people are the most productive when they wake up, and setting up a routine ensures that they maintain that level of productivity for longer periods of time.
Following a system when you first wake up, means you’ll have more time to reflect in a quiet atmosphere (less hustle and bustle) and it gives you the opportunity to be organized for the rest of the day. More importantly, this daily habit helps you create energy and the right “mindset” to tackle the challenges of a busy day. (For more on this concept, check out my book Wake Up Successful.)
Waking up early is a success habit that nearly all leaders follow, notes Sujan Patel in his blog post on the routines of fortune 500 leaders. Noting how early many high powered leaders start their work days.
The good news?
Everything in the following list can be accomplished in as little as five minutes. A morning routine does not necessarily mean you need to be up at 4:00 am. It only means you need to set aside a little bit of extra time every day.
These quick routines mean you can stack one habit on top of another and complete a lot of important things in a single block of 30 minutes.
Simply look at the following list and choose the habits that make the most sense for your lifestyle.
1. Fix Your Broken Windows
No, you don’t have any actual broken windows, but you probably have a number of small things that add to your stress levels if you don’t address them early on.
Some common broken windows include:
- Unmade beds
- Cluttered mail
- Unsorted laundry
- Messy kitchen
- Trash that needs to be taken out
Most of these can be fixed in a matter of minutes, yet we allow ourselves to ignore them and let them sit in the back of our minds for the rest of the day. Take care of your broken windows and then you’ll see a dramatic decrease in your levels of stress.
2. Weigh Yourself Every Day
I know, this isn’t something that you want to hear. But, weighing yourself on a regular basis can help you establish clear health and fitness goals. Also, it’s important to know that your weight will fluctuate on a daily basis, so you don’t have to be bummed if your weight goes up for a day or two. Finally, be sure you weigh yourself at the same time for the most accurate results.
3. Practice Rebounding
Rebounding is a trendy new exercise routine that is changing how people start their day. You need a small trampoline (here’s one that I have personally used).
There are numerous benefits to rebounding:
- Cleared sinuses
- Toned muscles
- Stronger lymphatic system
- Increased creativity
One of the best things about rebounding is that it doesn’t take up a lot of space. Whether you live in an apartment or a home of your own, you can start rebounding right away.
4. Have a Glass of Cold Water with Lemon
Start your day by drinking a 16 ounce glass of lemon water. (Make sure your drinking water is clean and safe by using a quality water filter pitcher). We’re not talking about putting in a whole lemon and juicing it. Instead it’s better to do just a few drops.
This habit helps you:
- Wake up faster
- Freshen your breath
- Get large amounts of vitamins
- Reduce the feeling of hunger
- Aid your digestive system
This is a lot easier to do than it seems, and it’s a great way to start your day. All you need to do is pour some water into a glass and add a couple drops of lemon juice. Easy, right?
==>>Learn more about lemon water benefits: 10 Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water In The Morning
5. Take Daily Vitamins
Daily vitamins are a must for anyone, and you’ll feel better about your day if you take them on a consistent basis.
Vitamins are essential because they:
- Help build a stronger immune system
- Increase awareness
- Ensures your body gets essential nutrients
- Build stronger bone
Vitamins can give your body the boost it needs to get started and help your mind stay focused throughout the day. Be sure to read the directions on specific vitamins so that you are taking them properly.
==>>Learn more about the benefits of taking vitamins daily: Potential Benefits of Multivitamins
6. Maintain a Food Journal
This is another aspect of your morning that you probably don’t want to do, but need to do if you want to lose weight. Maintaining a food journal helps you see exactly what you’re putting into your body and how much you’re eating. You’d be surprised at just how much you consume in a given day.
Food journals are effective because they:
- Make you responsible for what you eat
- Give you a physical representation of your daily habits
- Encourage you to avoid little “snacks”
- Help you meet your health goals
Food journals might seem like a negative thing at first, but you’ll soon be able to take pride in recording what you eat.
==>>Check out this site to learn more about food journals: The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal
7. Review Your Goals
Everybody has goals. Whether they are big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish. Sadly, the daily hustle and bustle of life can make us get off track.
You need to review your goals so that you can:
- Create plans to reach those goals
- Put your day in perspective
- Know what’s important to accomplish