Get inspired by some of these morning routines that will help you jumpstart your day. By Satyaki Sarkar
The first few things you do after waking up in the morning can have a major influence on the rest of your day, from your demeanour to productivity levels, and even your ability to concentrate and handle stress. This is why some of the world’s most successful leaders have a routine they follow to get them started on the right foot. Here’s what some of them do after rising early in the morning.
For a lot of people waking up early to exercise is one of the hardest things do, it almost feels like a chore. But the fact is that’s the best time for it. Regularly exercising after waking up increases your energy levels, helps clear your mind, refresh your body, and charge you up for the day ahead. It doesn’t drain you out like some people believe, instead it works up your muscles and gets your blood flowing, so that you are extra alert and at the height of your performance throughout the day. Plus there are the obvious health benefits. From Barrack Obama to Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, and Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, several personalities start their day with exercise.
One of the best early morning habits to adopt is meditation. It not only helps clear and calm your mind from the worries and tension of the previous day, it also helps you to compartmentalise your thoughts, and prioritise the rest of your day, in an objective manner. The idea is to quieten down the background noise and process the several thoughts running around your head, and focus on them one by one. Each thought is given its due so that it doesn’t distract you later. Several successful people like Gweneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Richard Gere, Russell Simmons, and Steven Seagal are huge advocates of meditation.
3. Plan the day ahead
The start of a day is a great time to sit with a clear head and plan the rest of it, scheduling responsibilities and tasks on the basis of their priorities. This way you create a methodical to do list for the day and not rely on scattered thoughts to get jobs done. You’re the least disturbed in the morning so you have the time to calmly recollect all that you have to do, jot the tasks down, and sort through them without any of the distractions or stress that build up later in the day. Anything that you missed out the previous day can be added to the list, and you can even re-evaluate whether your goals are realistic or need to be tweaked. Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, and David Cameron, former British PM, are known to do this religiously.
4. Do the not-so-important chores
Once you finish up all the smaller, so-to-say menial tasks in the morning itself, you’re freeing yourself up to focus on more important tasks without any distractions. The smaller tasks no longer occupy space in your mind or your day and you’re free to give your undivided attention to the task at hand and make the most of the time you have. This also prevents smaller chores from being missed out and pushed to the next day.
5. Re-evaluate your work plan
One of the most famous entrepreneurs and businessmen in the world, Steve Jobs started his days by asking himself, “If this was my last day, would I be happy with myself and everything I would be doing today?” He found this immensely helpful in evaluating his goals, behaviour, and achievements. So use that time you have in the mornings to do the same. Ask yourself some pointed questions about the path you’re on and if you’re displeased with the answers then you know something needs to change. Find out what it is and take the necessary steps to remedy it.