5 Morning Rituals To Kick Start Your Wonderful Day

Ever wonder why your life isn’t any better than it is? It’s probably because you aren’t engaged in a series of time-tested healthy habits bright and early in the a.m. to get your day rarin’ to go. Healthy, successful, beautiful people do certain things first thing upon waking, and so should the rest of us. Studies show!

Assuming you live to the typical life expectancy, you’ll have 25,000 adult mornings — wait, that makes them sound NSFW — it seems like there is nothing but advice out there as to how to spend yours the best possible way to maximize The Ultimate Existence™. But it’s safe to say that in this, as in all things, we’re doing it wrong.

What you’re doing right now upon waking up? Probably checking your phone. Your email. Then weather. Then social media. Something with a computer.

The Importance of a Morning Routine

Before we jump into the habits, let’s take a moment and talk about the benefits of a morning routine. For starters, people are the most productive when they wake up, and setting up a routine ensures that they maintain that level of productivity for longer periods of time.

Following a system first thing in the morning, means you’ll have more time to reflect in a quiet atmosphere (less hustle and bustle) and it gives you the opportunity to be organized for the rest of the day. More importantly, this daily habit helps you create energy and the right “mindset” to tackle the challenges of a busy day.

1.Schedule Your Day

Without a schedule, it’s frighteningly easy to get to the end of the day and realize you’ve achieved nothing of importance. At the very least, you should make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the day and decide where your priorities lie.

Make a list of the tasks you want to complete by the end of the day. Try to be realistic about your efficiency instead of creating a lengthy list of tasks that will be impossible to complete.

1.Do a Stretching Routine

Here’s a great 5 minute stretch that you can do in the morning to wake your muscles up and get them ready for the day ahead. You should always modify any workout to your own abilities, and search until you find one that resonates with you.

You can also use this time to do a yoga routine, or an exercise routine, if you feel so inclined or are trying to lose weight. However, if you currently aren’t exercising regularly we recommend starting off with just some morning stretches until that becomes a habit, and then transitioning into yoga and other exercises when you organically start to feel like you could do more than just stretch.

3.Research One “Side Hustle”

A side hustle is another way to describe a part-time activity that could turn into a full-time income. But there are too many choices out there, which makes it hard to pick one and stick with it.

To research a side hustle, the best starting points are Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation and his book Buy Buttons. Both provide a great overview of the different income-generating opportunities and what you need to do to create a similar business.

Ask yourself a few key questions like:

  • Do I have time to work on this side hustle?
  • What equipment is required to get started?
  • How much money do I need to invest in it?
  • Does the type of business match my personality?
  • Can this business scale into a full-time income?

4. Make One Business Connection

You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Well, it’s true for every area of life, but this is especially true when it comes to your career.

1. LinkedIn: The best social media site for making business connections and profiling your skills, knowledge, and areas of expertise.

2. Beyond: Another social media site for professionals, with over 50 million registered members.

3. Meetup: The preferred site for finding specific groups in the area and connecting with people who are interested in your career field.

4. Facebook Groups: One of the best resources for finding people who share a mutual interest. There are millions of groups here, so it’s not hard to find a few that specialize in your industry.

5. Google Plus: While use of Google’s social site has diminished, it’s still embraced by folks in the business and technology fields. So if have a job like that, then this is a great place to look.

5. Review Your Goals

Everybody has goals. Whether they are big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish. Sadly, the daily hustle and bustle of life can make us get off track.

You need to review your goals so that you can:

  • Create plans to reach those goals
  • Put your day in perspective
  • Know what’s important to accomplish

You can set goals for the day or the year, but you can’t just aimlessly wander around on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you use every minute for what it’s worth and accomplish what you set out for.

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