11 Essential Habits to Start Your Most Productive Day

Are you guilty of pressing the snooze button at least 10 times before you roll out of bed and then feel groggy when you finally get up? Do you wait until the absolute last minute to roll out of bed before you need to head to work? If you fall into these categories then it might be time to think about creating a morning routine.

How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, not having a morning routine can be detrimental to your mood, productivity, and performance.

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Creating and implementing a strong morning routine will help you start the day more productive. Regardless if it is a weekday or weekend, a consistent morning routine will put you in the right mindset for the rest of the day.

In this article, we’ll talk about how to start your morning for a more productive day and the three important parts of establishing a morning routine.

How To Start Your Morning For A More Productive Day

Having a good morning routine will leave you feeling fresh, prepared, in control, and ready to take on the day, instead of feeling rushed, groggy, and half awake. There are three essential parts to prepare for a good morning routine, your environment, your body, and your mind.

Your Environment

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1. Prepare the Night Before

A good start to the day requires starting the night before. Having a plan for your morning routine and preparing everything the night before will make the morning go by a lot smoother. If you plan on exercising, lay your workout clothes out, fill up a water bottle and leave it next to your nightstand, make sure your alarms are set, and have your clothes for the day already laid out.

We use a lot of brain power to make decisions every day, so preparing everything we can the night before reduces the decision-making process, and it’s especially helpful when you are just waking up. So go over your routine and see what you can prepare the night before.

2. Wake Up to Light

Exposure to sunlight in the morning helps set our circadian rhythm, so over time we can establish a better sleep routine and sleep is essential to our health.

If you use blackout curtains, you can use automatic curtain openers. If there is no natural light out when you wake up, you can try the gradual wake-up alarm lights that mimic a slow sunrise, these wake-up lights also have soothing alarm sounds rather than harsh panic alarms for waking up.

3. Make Your Bed

An organized environment helps our minds stay organized. Making your bed is more than making your room look tidy, it teaches you discipline and helps you overcome yourself. There will be a little voice in your head convincing you not to do it, but doing it regardless of how you feel teaches you to overcome those thoughts and to step out of your comfort zone, and that is the path to success.

Such a small task that you think is meaningless actually teaches you a skill that is powerful for handling other situations throughout your day. It’s a reminder that even though you didn’t want to, you did it anyway, and that’s a great mindset to carry through your day and life.

Your Body

Productive morning routine

4. Move Your Body

If you had a good night’s sleep, you’ve been in bed for at least 8 hours, which means you haven’t moved your body for 8 hours. Moving your body in some way when you first wake up is a great way to release the happy chemicals in your brain. Simply walking is just as effective, but you can also run, strength train, bicycle, or whatever your choice is, just move your body.

Making time to exercise in the morning also means you’ll have a better chance of staying consistent. people who exercise after work are less likely to stay consistent because things will come up or they get too tired, and they’ll have more chances to make excuses to not do it.

5. Take A Cold Shower

I’m well aware there is a big debate about showering in the morning versus the night, but I’m all for feeling refreshed in the morning, especially if you exercise in the morning.

However, if you are in for a mental challenge with many benefits, consider a quick cold shower rinse. You can read the benefits here about cold water therapy for yourself.

6. Eat Breakfast and Hydrate

I know you’re going to say “But I’m not hungry in the morning”, and a lot of people aren’t, but the benefits of eating breakfast in the morning outweigh not eating breakfast. A study by the University of Iowa College of Public Health found that “participants who never ate breakfast were 87% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and stroke than those who ate breakfast every day”.

Eating a healthy breakfast also sets the tone for the rest of your meals. You’ll be able to focus more because you won’t be ravenously hungry thinking about lunch which will help you make better choices. You won’t overeat and have a mid-day crash. If you don’t have time, consider meal-prepping breakfast. Here are some breakfast meal-prep ideas to get you started.

Your Mind


7. Meditate

There are countless research over and over again on how great meditation is for you. It enhances focus, mood, energy, and many more benefits. Start with as little as 5 minutes and work your way up. There are great apps like Calm or Headspace to help you get started.

8. Express Gratitude

Happiness is a state of mind, it’s your perspective and how you choose to react. We oftentimes forget everything we have because of comparison, but a great way to remind ourselves is to take the time to acknowledge, admire, say thanks, and show gratitude every day. This can be as simple as writing down one thing you are grateful for every day.

9. Avoid Social Media, News, and Email

When we wake up, our body is already full of cortisol (the stress hormone), so to not make it worse, avoid negative distractions like social media, the news, or checking your email first thing in the morning. Delay to later in the day after you have already done your morning routine and you are in a better, relaxed, and calm mood.

10. Read a Book

This can be done any time of the day as a stress reliever, and there are benefits to both reading at night and morning. However, in the morning you are more refreshed so you’ll retain information better. Reading something for joy or learning puts you in a better mood and gets your creativity and imagination going.

11. Listen to Podcasts

Listen to a podcast on your way to work. Get inspired, laugh, and fill your mind with all kinds of positive things before you start your day, that way you’ll be in a good mindset for the rest of the day.

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Hong Singer

I'm the creator of Ambition Forward. I keep things simple by focusing on the goal and being consistent in my actions to get the results I want, and I'm here to help you do the same. I encourage you to look for the things that bring you joy and go for it!

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