Which morning routine do you feel great in?
Morning routine: 10 tips for a productive start to the day
From Sascha Bever
Meanwhile, terms such as mindset, beliefs and personality development are socially acceptable. And that's just as well. Because no matter what business, startup or mobile app you are currently working on - the best project you can ever work on is yourself.
All of this plays a major role, especially for us founders: We often go through huge ups and downs, take responsibility for employees, face varied challenges and absolutely want to move forward.
How you can get even more out of yourself and your business will benefit from it, I'll show you with a simple topic, the Morning routine.
Simple because it can be implemented quickly and can really ensure quick success.
You will find out why your mood is important, how you can influence it in the morning and you will receive practical tips for structuring the morning routine.
Your mood is the most important thing
When you are in a good mood, you not only exude it, you will also be more productive, more efficient and happier with your tasks. You will pull things into your life that fit that mood and people who are just like you.
The right way to start the day has an enormous impact. And since it is easy to form successful routines and habits, especially in the morning, let's look at a few options.
Usually your autopilot takes the lead when you wake up.
While you are slowly becoming awake and fit, he unwinds your program. The first steps in the morning are completely automatic. You can expand this autopilot and add a few steps that will take you further forward. If you carry out these steps continuously for a while, they will also run automatically.
There are really dozens of great things to program into your autopilot in the morning. I can only give you a small selection here. Try for yourself what gives you energy and joy for the day.
Important is: Make your start to the day as nice as possible. The start of the day has a force, how you go through the rest of the day, what your mood is like and what you perceive.
10 possible elements of your morning routine - and what they can do for you
The following suggestions are of course not in any particular order. However, the order is important because it will remind you of the individual elements. If you try tomorrow morning to swap the timing of showering and brushing your teeth, for example, you will notice that the sequence has burned in.
1 - Visualize your goals
That's what it's about: Our brain can not only plan, analyze and structure. It has another amazing property: the limbic system, a part of the brain that unconsciously controls our emotions, cannot distinguish between reality and fiction!
So the same brain activities and thus also physical reactions take place when you imagine something as when you actually experience it.
Okay, but what does that mean and how can we take advantage of this property?
Your benefit:Your brain sends out messenger substances when it gets the stimulus to do so. The visual idea of how you are achieving your goals will, with a little practice and relaxation, feel like you've just actually achieved them. Happiness hormones and feelings will be released and you will feel good.
The other advantages: You focus completely, you motivate yourself and a lot more. You'll be surprised! To do this, close your eyes, relax and fully immerse yourself in the moment of goal achievement. What do you see? What are you feeling?
Turn up the scene properly, as if you were watching your own life film.
2 - start vital
That's what it's about: During the night, the body continues to metabolize and supply itself from its stores. The next morning you should replenish it early and make up for the fluid loss from the night.
A light diet that the body can process quickly is ideal so that your organism can supply itself with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Just as the psychological state can affect your body, it works the other way around. Psychosomatics is not a one-way street - Somapsycho is the counterpart.
So when the body feels good and vital, this is also noticeable in your mood and your brain.
Your benefit:The main thing is to replace the feeling of sluggishness with a feeling of vitality. Of course, this should apply to all meals, but especially in the morning.
Anyone who devours three rolls with Nutella and hearty cold cuts immediately after getting up will usually receive the receipt that the body is first concentrating on processing and digestion. This means that there is a lack of energy elsewhere. Make yourself a fruit smoothie instead. If you're not the breakfast person anyway, drink at least a glass of water with squeezed lemon.
Replacing coffee with matcha / green tea (also contains caffeine as a stimulant) can work wonders. Your smoothie can contain several of these FOOD ingredients:
In principle, of course, you can mix / puree everything in fruit and vegetables. The main thing is that you provide your body with nutrients that it does not need to use much energy to process.
3 - cold shower
That's what it's about: Admittedly, it takes a lot of effort. But the effect is worth it. Taking a cold shower will increase your white blood cells, so your immune system will be strengthened. In addition, the veins and veins widen, which really gets your circulation going. A double espresso is nothing against this pick-me-up.
Your benefit: You are instantly awake. You save time showering and you start the day with a solved challenge. Because it takes discipline and effort to stand under the cold shower.
There is also another psychological effect: at night, your subconscious processes the last time. This can still hang on you the next morning. You can use the cold shower as a ritual to wash down any negatives. Since you perceive the cold water much more clearly on the skin, you can consciously follow its path over your body.
It pulls the negative with it and sinks it into the sink.
4 - Exercise
That's what it's about: Exercise should generally be on your agenda. This is about your health and your body. You won't get either of these again, so use them sensibly. The focus does not have to be on a sporty appearance, but simply on maintaining the functionality of your body.
Because it is just like in nature: What is not needed is disposed of, which means that muscles can break down and your functionality can be restricted. Especially with us desk criminals, the one-sided posture and the associated negative consequences are an enormous risk.
Your benefit:With exercise in the morning you supply your body with oxygen, boost your metabolism and already in the morning you have the feeling that you have done something for yourself. In addition: Then you have it gone and you don't have to get up in the evening or look at the clock to see if you can still make it to the studio.
If you don't want to shovel free time for a 30-minute workout in the morning, you should at least mobilize yourself with a few minutes of targeted exercises. Fire up Google and see what suits you. The main thing is that you move in the morning.
5 - Meditate
That's what it's about:The voice in your head never shuts up, which barely allows you to calm down. Add to this the hectic everyday life, which leaves little time to switch off and find yourself again. The meditation serves exactly to interrupt the stream of thoughts.
Apps like 7Mind or Headspace can help you by accompanying the meditation aurally.
Your benefit:10 minutes in the morning can have a magical effect.
Just sit down and relax, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. When the flood of thoughts subsides and the voice in the head falls silent, space is created. This space is filled with creativity, solutions that you have pondered for a long time, things that you wanted to remember, etc.
There are numerous studies and surveys that even brilliant minds like Einstein only saw solutions and creativity when their thoughts were silent.
6 - Write a journal
That's what it's about: It's about getting to grips with the day ahead in the morning. What do you want to achieve? How much time do you invest in what? Daily success massively increases the likelihood that you will end up where you want to be.
The Kickoff Journal was developed precisely with this claim that you get absolute focus in a few minutes in the morning and can reflect on your day in the evening. Because the whole thing shouldn't be too complicated - what's the use of a blank sheet of paper in a noble leather notebook if it demotivates you to fill it up somehow?
Your benefit:It doesn't fly past you, but is chosen right in the morning to bring you closer to your goals.
Therefore, it makes sense that you think about what's going on and why you want to do it. In this way, you permanently control whether you are still on the right track or deviating due to carelessness. This not only helps clarity, but also gives you a good boost of motivation and inspiration.
7 - Ask yourself questions
That's what it's about:You already know that your mood has a huge impact on your success. So the task is simple: How do I get into a good mood or how do I get out of a bad mood quickly?
A little while ago I read from Tony Robbins, one of the most famous successful trainers, that he too has made a habit of asking himself questions in his morning routine, which gives him strength to answer.
Just ask them in the morning and answer them quietly for. Sometimes you have to make yourself aware of how far you have actually come.
Your benefit:Clearly, positive, motivated and success-attracting mood.
I'm going to ask you Tony Robbins' 7 questions because I find them well structured. Add your own or change the places that catch your eye as you read:
- What makes me happiest right now? What is it that makes me so happy? How does it feel?
- Where do I feel the greatest enthusiasm at the moment? What exactly excites me about it and how does it feel?
- What am i proud of What exactly is it that makes me proud? How does it feel?
- What am I grateful for? What exactly is it that makes me grateful? How does it feel?
- What do I enjoy most at the moment? What exactly do I enjoy about it? How does it feel?
- What are my obligations? Why do I feel obliged to do so? How does it feel?
- Who do i love Who loves me? What makes me adorable How does it feel?
8 - Structure your day
That's what it's about:We humans are not only creatures of habit, we also love plans. They provide support and orientation. The only problem with this is that if we don't create it ourselves, we look for external specifications. And Zack, is the boss or work colleague in control, or the day slips through our fingers.
Therefore: Take over the planning for the day!
Your benefit:A structured daily routine promotes your effectiveness and productivity. You know what's going on, how much time you want to invest and you can even plan for the unexpected. Experiment for yourself at which intervals you want to plan. I wouldn't recommend sprints longer than 30 minutes, as you should interrupt your task for a few minutes afterwards anyway.
Go through the day, think about what is coming up and how much time you want to invest and create a schedule. That should give a huge boost to get started.
9 - Don't overdo it
Having a morning routine can help you change your life. It can help you form successful habits, find them more vital and productive.
Please keep in mind that too much of a good thing can have the opposite effect: If you overdo it with the many individual elements, you may lose your motivation and you won't do anything at all.
So take it step by step and don't lose the joy!
10 - Avoid external influence
It's about focusing on yourself and getting in the right mood. This should actually make it clear what does NOT belong in the morning routine:
- Messages: The morning routine is yours, and through this type of communication, the focus can quickly shift from you to others.
- Social Media / News: Uncontrolled input for you can quickly influence your thoughts and thus your actions. Do not let the start of the day spoil you with news that you can neither influence nor verify.
- Post / Mails: Otherwise you are very quickly back in the cycle that you are already busy with things, although you first want to know for yourself where it should lead.
It's not the morning routine that determines your success. But it is the mood that has a decisive influence on it. And your start to the day, in turn, has a huge impact on your mood.
Treat yourself to a morning start that lets you get down to business full of energy.
If you continue to sleep until the last minute, rush to work and only really come to yourself there, you will find it difficult to work on your goals in a good mood.
The Kickoff Journal offers an excellent opportunity to implement some of the above points in the form of a pocket coach. The division into morning planning and evening reflection literally calls for it to be built into a successful morning routine.
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