The sunlight peaks through the edges of your windows, and the chirping birds slowly make you more and more conscious of the world outside. Should you doze a few more minutes, hit snooze on the alarm a few times, or jump out of bed to start the day? Such a big decision!
How you do anything, is how you do everything. The way that you start your day has an affect on the rest of your waking hours. Over the long term, the small decisions that we make on a day to day basis dictate the trajectory, and the quality of our lives. That means starting the day with productivity and purpose is a must.
So how do we go about optimizing our morning routines? It’s important to understand that an effective morning routine doesn’t start in the morning – it starts the night before. Set aside the clothes you plan to wear ahead of time, because it’s important to leave yourself with as few decisions as possible as you kick off the day. Half an hour before you plan to go to sleep, shut off all social media, and stop using any electronics with a screen. The blue light that our electronics emit affects our circadian rythym, and tricks our brains into thinking it’s daylight outside. Have you ever been tired as you browse your news feed, and then can’t seem to fall asleep once you’re in bed? If so, you’ve experienced first hand how our screens can alter the quality of our sleep.
To optimize your routine in the morning, there are a several simple ways you can guarantee you’ll have a great start to the day, and will feel productive and focused for hours afterwards.