When you scroll through any articles about morning habits it seems like you always get the same OUTRAGEOUS things that you should do every morning. “Start your day with a run” “Get up at 5 am every day” “Eat organic food that isn’t accessible to the average human being”. While these habits are great and over time you can build them. I don’t think they’re the ideal habits for beginners. And that’s why I’ve written this article on the 6 morning habits that no one is talking about!
Why Are Morning Habits So Important
If you haven’t read my blog post on the advantages of good habits then you may not understand the importance of habits in daily life. But in short, habits are so important because once you have them set, they take very little willpower and cognition to maintain. Think about your own life. Everything that’s second nature to you is just a habit. Waking up in the morning and getting a shower. Habit. Cleaning your teeth after breakfast. Habit. Even the negative things like checking social media the moment you wake up is just a bad habit. Habits are so effortless compared to willpower you’d be mad not to incorporate them in your life.
But why do you need habits specifically for the morning? Because this sets the mood for the day. Think about your mind like a snowball rolling down a hill. If you let it build up momentum it’s going to get bigger and bigger. The earlier the ball starts rolling, the bigger it’s going to get. So you want to get your momentum started as early as possible. There’s an article on morning motivation here if you’d like to know how to build motivational momentum in the morning. But stay here if you want to know 6 morning habits.
The 6 Morning Habits
First of all, I want to start off by letting you know these habits aren’t going to be impossible to incorporate into your life. On the contrary, they’re specifically here because they’re so easy and so effective.
Write down up to 3 of the biggest tasks to complete
When you wake up in the morning the first thing you want to do before anything else is write down the BIGGEST Tasks you have to do in the day and the steps you are going to take to complete them. That doesn’t mean meticulous planning. But give yourself a rough idea of what you need to do and the timescale you can do it in. If possible try to get them completed before midday if you can. The average adult’s productivity peaks int he late morning so you want to be working on your most important tasks then. But if this isn’t possible make sure you can finish them as soon as possible. Your will-power decreases throughout the day. So the longer you leave them the less likely they are to be completed.
Okay so you may have heard this before but it goes hand in hand with completing big tasks. You’re going to need to visualize a few things:
- Visualise yourself working on the task
- The struggles you will face and overcoming them
- What it will be like once the tasks are completed. The weight you will feel lifted off your shoulders. The feeling of ease for the rest of the day.
Visualisation is going to help you see the end goal and figure out how to work towards it. As well as pre-emptively thinking about roadblocks that might get in your way as you’re getting started.
You may find it hard to wake up and if so then you definitely need to read morning motivation. When you get up in the morning it’s true that you should get your body moving. But this DOESN’T mean you have to do massive amounts of exercise first thing. Just to get yourself motivated. What I do is far simpler. I simply jump up and down. I don’t mean jump as high as I can. But I do bounce around a bit. Those little bounces boxers have in the ring. That is the sort of bounce you want. I used to do this out of habit but I believe there’s a reason it works so well.
Think about WHY a boxer does this. They do it to stay alert, to keep their body ready. The same thing will work perfectly for you too! This is definitely one of the 6 morning habits that helped me the most.
If taking cold showers is to hardcore for you. Then don’t worry you don’t have to do this. But PLEASE don’t keep it warm. What normally happens when you’re nice and toasty? You get tired. WHY would you want to make yourself tired when you’ve just woken up! Turn the shower down as much as you can without getting uncomfortable and leave it there. You’ll be surprised just how much cold you can handle! And if you do take the plunge of a FREEZING shower, how much more invigorated you will feel afterward.
Heard that you should read every morning when you wake up? If you don’t have the time to do that and you want to cram in as much knowledge as possible then listen to an audiobook! Put it on while you commute to work. At 2x speed, I can listen to an audiobook a week. While on my way to work!
“But audiobooks are too expensive”
You can get audible for as little as £6.99 a month. I’m sure you can find some way to find that money to better educate yourself!
Out of all of the 6 morning habits, this ONE habit will change your life completely over time!
Start listening to motivational speakers in the morning. There’s constantly a conversation going on in your head. And it’s not always a positive one. If you get in the habit of listening to motivational speakers every morning. It sets the conversation you’ll be telling yourself for the rest of the day.
Failing this just MAKE SURE you’re filling your head with positive conversation. See your life as an epic movie and you are the main character. Do you think Captain America starts his day off by convincing himself he’s not good enough? No, and neither should you! Make sure from the moment you wake up positive thoughts and conversations are going on in your head!
Are You Going To Incorporate These 6 Morning Habits Into Your Life?
The choice is now yours on whether you’re going to adopt these habits. As you can see none of them are hard to do. And I like them like that. I want these to be habits that are possible for anyone. If you do start using these you will begin to see a drastic change in your life. So I hope you make the right choice.
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And if you’re interested in more good personal habits that will literally change your life then read this article.