Morning routine checklist guide
Today I’m switching things up a little and going to talk about your perfect morning.
Because in order to be the best you can be at running your company and managing your team, not to mention just enjoying your day, YOU have to be at your best, mentally and physically.
If you’re waking up and rushing through your morning so you can get to work. Then this episode is especially for you.
A few months ago, I realized I was doing exactly that, getting to work as quickly as I could in the morning because there was a ton of work to do.
I noticed I was feeling run down and tired throughout the day.
Then I recognized what the problem was.
The damned Covid pandemic had changed my morning routine. And instead of adapting, I just eliminated parts so I could get to work faster.
After a year into the pandemic, all the pieces of my morning routine were gone. I let them all go so I could get to work.
And I was burning out, slowly but steadily.
I was worn down, mentally and physically.
I didn’t realize how important my morning routine was to everything else in my life.
I immediately returned to reestablishing my perfect morning, and after just a few days, I felt a million times better in mind, body, and spirit.
So if any of those sounds like pitfalls you may be experiencing, or you’re just looking for a new perfect morning, here’s a morning routine checklist that may help.
- The first thing is your alarm clock if you use one. Make sure it’s using a soothing sound or music to wake you, not a jolting alarm or heavy metal music.
You’re just coming out of being asleep; the mind doesn’t need a loud and annoying sound to shock it and stress it out the first thing in the morning.
- Sit on the edge of your bed and take a few slow deep breaths and exhalations. Wake up your lungs.
- Once up, open the blinds or curtains and let the sunshine in. Morning sunshine gets your internal clock working.
- Drink two tall glasses of water. Yes, even before your coffee.
Our bodies dehydrate while we sleep and need water upon waking.
Water is life. All of your organs, tissue, and cells require water.
Research shows that mild dehydration can negatively affect mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
So drink some water first thing in the morning.
- Make your bed – it’s a simple small thing but gives you the first accomplished task of the day and makes the room look better, making you feel better.
- Meditate – now it’s time to clear the mind and provide it with the daily training of being present. You can either do sitting meditation or a moving meditation practice like yoga or Tai Chi.
Meditation practice, be it sitting or in motion, helps teach the mind to let go of thoughts and just be present, focused on the moment at hand.
There are many styles of meditation that focus on either breath, a mantra you say to yourself over again, a visualization. or a guided meditation while listening to someone else.
Any way you slice it, daily meditation practice offers many benefits to mind and body and your ability to focus and ignore distractions.
- Stretch your body. Put in 15 to 30 minutes of stretching—legs, hips, torso, shoulders, neck, arms. If you did sitting meditation, you could do some form of yoga here.
- Get your body and its systems moving. Take a walk, bike ride, or jump on the treadmill, elliptical, or other devices. Get the cardio going.
- Wind down and cool off from the workout. Read, listen to a podcast, whatever floats your boat.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Now, you can look at your phone (don’t do it until after breakfast).
- Off to work, we go to make the world a better place than yesterday.