10 Morning Habits You Need in 2020 for Productivity and Success

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For most people, mornings are associated with being tired and groggy, dragging yourself out of bed and rushing off to work. 


Now I don’t know about you, but that is not my idea of a great morning routine, and it’s certainly not one that will set you up for productivity and success, either.


When filled with the right things, mornings can actually be one of your most joyous times and can set the tone for the whole day ahead.


Once you find the right productive morning routine you will actually enjoy getting up in the mornings rather than dread doing so (shocking, right?!)


So if you’re looking for a way to transform your morning, keep reading and you’ll find out how to create your very own morning routine of champions!

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Morning routines of successful entrepreneurs


Don’t just take my word for it, there are real scientific benefits of a morning routine and research has shown that routine in general is beneficial for mental health and productivity levels. 


Just look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs… it’s highly likely that they aren’t laying in bed in the mornings snoozing their alarm on repeat for an hour before they stumble out of bed.


Quite the opposite, in fact, almost all of them state that they get up earlier than most, and while their morning routines differ from one another they all have one thing in common - consistency.

 

The consistency of the routine is arguably the most important factor. It’s not enough to wake up early one day and do all the things to just go back to snoozing your alarm the following morning.


The best course of action is to start off slow and incorporate one positive habit at a time.


You may wish to use a habit tracker in order to track your progress and know when it’s the right time to start adding in additional steps.


10 Morning Habits for a Productive Morning Routine


Different routines work for different people, but there are general habits that we know are beneficial that you may wish to incorporate into your own routine.


Just remember, whatever habits you decide to adopt in your productive morning routine, the most important thing you can do is be consistent


1. Wake up early


There is something about waking up early that does wonders for productivity. 


It’s obvious when you think about it… it increases the window between the time you wake and the time that the rest of the world starts moving, meaning you have more time to just focus on yourself and do your own thing.


For example, if you start work at 9am but roll out of bed at 8am, you’re only leaving yourself an hour to inevitably rush about and get ready, rather than to start your day slowly and mindfully.


Now imagine you get up at 6am, that’s 3 whole hours that you now have to fill with habits that will set you up for a productive rest of the day.


For this reason, I truly believe that a productive morning routine always begins with getting up early.

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2. Drink water


We naturally dehydrate overnight since we don’t drink anything for around 8 hours (that’s if we’re getting enough sleep!) This means it’s important to rehydrate our bodies at the earliest opportunity.


Water is essential for cell function, and dehydration can lead to reduced energy levels and brain function, which is not what we need for productivity and success.


Take a large glass or resuable bottle of water with you to bed and drink it as soon as you wake in the morning.


For an added boost to increase hydration and kickstart your digestion add a slice of lemon!


3. Make your bed


Starting your day with a small win is a great way to boost your mood and boost your productivity levels.


Yes, it may sound silly, but making your bed really is enough to give you that accomplished feeling and increase your likelihood of success.


It also just makes your room look that much tidier which makes a huge difference to your mood and anxiety levels!


4. Meditate


It’s no secret that meditation is an amazing practice at any time of day, but its especially effective in the morning.


Beginning your day with meditation can completely shift your vibrational level and set a positive and relaxing tone going forward.


If you’re new to meditation, check out this free beginners meditation guide to help get you started. It also includes a habit tracker to really help you solidify a daily practice!

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5. Journal


My morning just wouldn’t be complete without journaling. This is one of my favourite tools to get my thoughts out and clear my head to start the day fresh!

 

Journaling in the morning is great because you’re still in a semi-conscious state, which allows you to tap into those inner thoughts and feelings that are difficult to access throughout the rest of the day.


Before you begin your day, take some time to write out your thoughts and make room for what’s to come. You may also wish to start a gratitude journal to make use of two beneficial practices in one!


6. Practice affirmations


When you repeat affirmations in the morning, you are quite literally announcing that you’re going to have a positive and successful day!


Not only does this put you in a high vibrational state to attract success with the law of attraction, but it also shifts your mindset and boosts your productivity levels. 


In other words, morning affirmations are an amazing way to hack your brain and put you in the right headspace for success!


You may wish to incorporate them into your journaling practice, but to really amp up their effectiveness try saying them aloud in a mirror to really connect with the words you’re speaking.


7. Exercise


Exercise, and aerobic exercise in particular, gets your blood pumping and releases endorphins. This boosts both your energy levels and your mood, which is the perfect way to start your day.


If you’ve ever exercised in the morning, you’ll know what I’m talking about! Even just ten minutes of movement can get you feeling pumped and ready for the day ahead.


Feel free to substitute aerobic exercise for yoga - anything that gets you moving is better than sitting around!

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8. Shower


I don’t know about you, but showering in the morning makes a huge difference to me. If I don’t shower, I just feel a little less awake and more groggy.


Showering in the morning is that extra step I need to feel cleansed and energised. It washes off old energies and helps me to feel like I’m starting the day fresh (quite literally).


If you’re typically a nighttime showerer, try switching it up to the mornings and notice how you feel. If you’re getting up earlier then this shouldn’t be a problem!


And try to avoid skipping a shower where possible. Even if you’re feeling lazy, you’d be surprised how much of a positive difference a quick rinse can do!


9. Eat breakfast


You may have heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and honestly, I feel like there’s definitely some truth to this - eating breakfast is really a non-negotiable for me if I want to have a productive day.


You may feel like you don’t need breakfast to function, but that doesn’t mean that you should go without it!


We get our energy from food, so nourishing our bodies with fuel before we go on with the rest of our day makes perfect sense if we want to be our most productive.


What’s more, try to avoid high carb breakfasts such as cereal or toast since these really don’t give us much in the way of sustainable energy.


Instead, try to incorporate healthy fats and proteins to fuel your brain and keep you going for longer!


10. Plan your day


Planning is an essential part of productivity - if you go about life without a plan then it’s highly unlikely you’re going to stumble into success (unless you’re very lucky).


Make sure that you have a plan in place before you begin your day to ensure that you stay focused on your goals and are moving towards them at a steady pace.


If you want an even more productive morning routine, then plan your day the evening before! 


Sure, this technically doesn’t count as a morning habit but it will greatly impact your productivity all the same.


If you plan your days in the evening then this frees up your morning to focus on all the other productive morning habits you love to do, and when the time comes to start work you can do so right away!


Hopefully these morning routine tips give you some inspiration to start your own productive morning routine that suits your lifestyle!


Remember, even incorporating one of these positive habits is a step in the right direction for more productivity and success.


Are there any morning habits that are non-negotiables for you? Let me know in the comments!


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About Esther

Esther is the founder of Through the Phases, and author of the Breakthrough Manifestation Workbook.  Her mission is to guide others to grow to their full potential and create their dream life using spiritual and personal growth practices. Read more about her story here!

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