If you want to begin your day feeling inspired and motivated, your morning routine shouldn’t be a robotic drag. In fact, how you spend your morning can actually set you up for how the remainder of the day will be. Spend some time creating a positive morning routine with these 6 morning habits to completely change your day ahead:

Stay disconnected
For many people, connecting to the internet is one of the first things they do when they wake up, sometimes even before they have a shower! Whether you’re checking your work emails, Instagram or Facebook, this habit is a precursor for poor time-management in the day ahead. Do yourself a favour and focus your energy on productive tasks instead.

Don’t rush
Beginning your day in a rush and feeling stressed before the day has even begun will set you up for feeling frazzled and out-of-control right from the beginning. When your alarm jolts you awake or if you sleep through it, you immediately put your body into a stress response. Instead, try to go to bed a little earlier so that you can wake earlier and take more time getting ready in the morning.  

Getting your body moving first thing in the morning energises you for the day ahead. The increased flow of blood and oxygen around the body will stimulate your mind and get those creative juices flowing.

Take a moment to be grateful
Instead of focusing on all the things you have to do that day and being resentful of being busy, take a few moments each morning to be grateful for what you have. This practice will help keep your mind positive and will inspire you to make the most of the day ahead.

Don’t focus on not wanting to go to work
Even if you dislike your job, endlessly focusing on how much you don’t want to go to work each day will do nothing except set you up for a negative day. Instead, be grateful that your job provides you with an income, stability and structure. Try and think about the positive elements of your job, whether it be your colleagues, your working hours or your recent achievements.

Plan your morning at work the night before
Arriving at work and knowing exactly which tasks you should start the day with will help you be productive right from the moment you walk into the office. Each evening before you leave the office, write down a to-do list with prioritised tasks for the next day. Leave it at work on your desk and when you come in the following morning, you will be able to launch straight into your work without wasting time settling in and trying to wrap your mind about what needs to be done for the day.

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