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The Morning Routine Checklist = a common denominator of success.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
– Robert Frost

What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama all have in common — aside from being outrageously successful in whatever they seem to put their minds to? All of these figures and many people just like them have a structured morning routine. While the rest of many of us are continually slapping the snooze button on our alarm clocks in order to wring a few more minutes out of dreamland, these thought leaders regularly beat the rooster out of bed and set the tone of their day with a successful morning routine. You may be saying, “Of course they do — they’re freaks of nature.” In reality, many of these high-octave achievers attribute their morning routine as one of the reasons why they are so successful. What do their morning routine checklists have in common? What duties are they conquering at such an ungodly hour? How are their morning routines shaping their day?

What does a successful morning routine look like?

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
– Richard Whately

morning coffee outdoorsWhen most of us think of a morning routine, it just sounds like getting up earlier in order to squeeze more work into the day — ugh, hardly inviting, especially in comparison to a nice warm bed. In reality, the best morning routines rarely incorporate any decision making at all. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes this idea to the next level by always wearing the same clothing every morning just in order to remove one more decision from his morning routine. The primary goal of a great morning routine is to prime your mind and body for the demands of the day. A morning routine is a time set aside for you to ready yourself for a successful day.

Priming the Body In a Morning Routine

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the physical end, many incorporate exercises into this time. Former President Barack Obama typically starts his day with a 2-hour workout. Virgin owner and entrepreneur Richard Branson opts for a swim around his island. Priming both the mind and body, Microsoft mogul Bill Gates puts in some time on a treadmill while watching a class on a subject. All of the figures researched for this piece also reported starting their day with a fairly balanced breakfast including drinking enough water. A study of those who live the longest also found the commonality of the importance of breakfast, frequently saying to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. When you eat can be just as important to your overall physical and mental health as what you eat.

Priming The Attitude in a Morning Routine

The biggest task in the morning is to try to keep my headspace from being invaded by the outside world.
– Austin Kleon

writing thankful affirmationsWe all know that waking up on the wrong side of the bed can shape one’s success of the day. Beginning the day a morning routine that infuses positivity and motivation can act like coffee for the spirit. For this reason, many successful individuals include meditation or prayer into their morning routine. For others, positive affirmations and feels of gratitude can propel them into the workday. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins primes his trademark positivity by listing off people and things that he is grateful to have in his life. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a morning routine of looking in the mirror and asking himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” Barack Obama makes it a habit to avoid absolutely any criticism during his morning routine — a challenging feat for a former leader of the free world! In your own world, this may mean resisting the urge to check your email inbox, the news, or some forms of social media until you’ve completed your morning “you time.” Lacing your morning routine with a thread of positivity throughout will help carry you through the day. The day will always be there when you’re ready for it.

If you don’t have 10 minutes to give to yourself, you don’t have a life.
– Tony Robbins

The Best Morning Routine Checklist: One That Fits You

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
– Richard Whately

If you’re someone who treasures sleeping in or you’re just not a “morning person”, everything in this piece may sound out of reach at best and nauseating at worst. Just how Rome wasn’t built in a day, developing the best morning routine must be built slowly and must fit your own needs. Make a list of activities you feel would benefit you most in the morning in the order of priority. Start one morning simply by being awake during that time and then day by day (or week by week, if that’s more your speed), seek to accomplish more of what is on your list. Feel free to cross out tasks that don’t end up being as beneficial as you had originally imagined and continue to emphasize the tasks that best benefit your day.

Your Morning Routine Begins The Night Before

If you expect to develop a solid morning routine, but you regularly find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media or in front of the television at midnight or later, you’re setting yourself up for failure. In keeping with the idea of making fewer decisions, see how many morning decisions you can make the night before. In order to gather the motivation to do so, imagine that you’re doing nice things for your future self. While you may not want to figure what to wear the next day or do clean the evening’s dirty dishes the night before, your future-self will be grateful to your past-self that you did. The night before, make a list of things you’d like to accomplish in the morning and see how many of these tasks’ decision can be made the night before.

Let us review the elements of a beneficial morning routine:

  • Prepare the night before
  • Eliminate decision making and negativity
  • Nurture your body with fluids and beneficial foods
  • Awaken your body with exercise
  • Awaken your mind with meditation, prayer, positive affirmations, or learning
  • Experiment with what works and how time could be better utilized during that time

By building the best morning routine checklist for yourself, this will help you to put your best foot forward and conquer whatever the day has in store.

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
– William Blake

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