Did you know that motivation is something you can easily switch on? How you spend your first hours in the morning will set the tone for the whole day.
Adopt this morning routine and you will never have a problem with motivation.
First let’s define motivation, it is the condition of being eager to act or work. It is so simple and yet we have such a problem with motivation, like it’s some special skill only accessible to rare people.
So how do we find motivation, how do we become excited about work?
We need a right state of mind and body, a good morning routine that will send us ready and eager to tackle our business and do all we need to do that day.
1. WAKE UP ON TIME
Make a habit of waking up every morning at least 2 hours before leaving the house or starting to work. This will give you enough time for all morning rituals that will send a message to your mind that it is time to warm up the engines and get to work.
Morning should be time of mental and physical preparation for the day. Making a habit of early waking up will have a big impact on your productivity.
Another thing to consider is waking up at the same time every morning. That way you will allow your body to get in rhythm and do all the maintenance work in time before you wake up.
After a while you will notice that you are waking up well rested all by yourself, without the need of an alarm, at the same time every single morning.
If you wake up feeling agitated, irritated or anxious try this 3 minute meditation to relax and feel happy.
2. BRING IN THE SUN
Light sends signals to your body that it’s morning and it’s time to wake up.
Light and darkness trigger the release of different hormones by the brain. Darkness increases production of melatonin. Melatonin, also called sleep hormone, is a natural relaxant that helps you fall asleep.
Whereas light and especially sunlight triggers production of serotonin. Serotonin brings about feelings of happiness, optimism and eagerness to act.
So turn on the lights if the sun is not up yet and start with your morning routine.
Drinking enough water must be part of your morning routine. After a whole night without water your body is dehydrated. And the most important thing in the morning should be to drink enough water to recover.
You feel bad in the morning?
These are the symptoms of mild dehydration:
- dry mouth, lips and eyes
Sounds familiar? No wonder you lack motivation.
Make a habit of drinking 2-4 glasses of water first thing after getting out of bed and see how your body will improve.
If you really have difficulty drinking plain water, try making flavored detox water, it’s a tasty and healthy way of staying hydrated.
4. ACTIVATE YOUR BODY
Light workout is a great habit to incorporate in your morning routine. During sleep your body doesn’t move much and it can feel heavy and numb. Short workout improves circulation, activates body and brain, boosts metabolism and releases endorphins(feel good hormones).
If you don’t have a habit of exercising do at least light stretches or 3 times 30 seconds running in place or jumping jacks. Anything to move that body little bit will do the trick. Or try one of these morning yoga sequences for energetic and productive day.
It is very important to warm up your body early in the morning and send fresh blood pumping. You will be amazed just how much your concentration will improve.
5. WRITE MORNING THOUGHTS
As much as it’s important to activate the body it is equally important to activate the brain.
Most of us have a habit of starting the day by reading and importing new information in the brain and that makes it (brain) a little bit lazy.
Instead of reading try writing your own thoughts. Make it a 15-minute morning routine. Write all your thoughts and feelings, write whatever is on your mind, good or bad, on a piece of paper. Point is to release your mind so it is unburdened.
And don’t worry what you will write or how it will look.
It doesn’t matter you can always throw away that paper anyway. Look at it this way, you are not writing a masterpiece, you are just cleansing your mind.
There are so many benefits of writing morning thoughts.
- activates your brain
- brings your thoughts in order
- clears your mind
- boosts motivation
It’s easier to focus on what is ahead of us when we let go of what is behind us.
6. EAT HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST
You must fuel your body and mind for them to be in top form. Your habit must be to eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast every morning, no excuses.
Improvements you will feel and see will amaze you. You will have much more energy and your brain will work faster and be sharper.
If you need more convincing read why you should never skip breakfast.
Eggs are a great breakfast choice and here are some very tasty recipes that can be done in 15 minutes, perfect for quick healthy and filling breakfast. Or if you are more of a sweet type try these oat snacks full of healthy nutrients to give you energy for the day.
7. HAVE A QUICK TALK WITH YOURSELF
Find your morning positive thoughts and say them to yourself. Even if you don’t believe in the power of positive thoughts or affirmations, do them anyway, if nothing your confidence and mood will improve.
For example you can say something like this:
˝I am intelligent, creative and competent person. Today I will do my best and it will be enough.˝
Have a habit of saying your sentences before you leave the house. Say them out loud, possibly in front of a mirror.
It will give you confidence to deal with hard tasks and remind you to cool down with perfectionism. No one is perfect and in my experience chasing perfection kills productivity.
Blend this morning routine with your usual morning activities and feel your motivation increasing day after day.
And remember your future is created by what you do today not tomorrow.
Which morning habits help you boost productivity?