In order to start your day right, you’ve got to get into some good habits. We have compiled a list of seven morning rituals that may seem hard to adopt, but will ultimately reap major rewards, if you stick with them. The researchers say “morning people were more proactive than evening types”. However, being an effective early riser isn’t just about waking up before everyone else. It’s about putting yourself in a positive mind-set and getting important things done before everyone else.
1. Make a plan the night before
This isn’t a morning ritual, but it’s a habit that’s definitely helps you to start your day more productively. So make sure to set yourself up for a successful morning by creating a game plan the night before, kind of to-do list. It’s always helpful to have everything you need for the day laid out and ready to go when you wake up. Write out a little schedule on what you need to accomplish the next day.
2. Wake up painfully early
Sorry! Night owls. It’s time to adapt. Yes, this might sound awful, but if you get to sleep earlier, that will reduce the pain of such early wake ups over time. Most successful people wake up early, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog.
3. Start the day right with exercise
The morning is probably the ideal time to exercise. Exercise is great not only for physical health, but also for mental health. US President Barack Obama starts out each day with strength and cardio training while Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey does three repetitions of a seven-minute workout.
4. Tackle your high-priority projects
The quiet hours of the morning can be the ideal time to focus on an important work project without being interrupted. Moreover, this is the time when you are fresh and loaded with energy.
5. Work on a side projects
Your side project is easy to skip when you’ve been in meetings all day, are tired and hungry, and have to figure out what’s for dinner. That’s why many successful people put in an hour or so on their personal projects before they officially start their days. Carving out the time in the morning to write, and making it a habit, meant she would actually follow through.
6. Just talk to your partner or Have sex
In the evening, it’s more likely you’ll be tired from the day’s activities. That’s why many successful people make connecting with their partners a morning ritual.
7. Enjoy the silence
Practicing mindfulness isn’t a waste of time. Try to reserve a few minutes for silent contemplation at the start of every day. You can use those peaceful moments to meditate, envision your future success, pray, or reflect on what you’re grateful for — whatever works for you. That short pause can put you in a great mind-set for the rest of the day.