Mornings set the pace for the whole day, at least for the first part of it, and starting your day right can set you up for success.
Roy F. Baumeister says in his book that our willpower is strongest in the morning, making it the most important time of your day. The first hour of your day determines the rest of it, and you should build a strong foundation for it. The key to this is your morning routine.
Yeah, I know - brushing your teeth and chomping down toast doesn’t seem like a goal-getting technique. It’s not.
But the kind of morning routine that energises you and helps put you in a positive mindset is.
Having an intentional morning routine places control of your life directly in your hands, and by starting this the moment you wake up, you will be empowered to conquer your goals throughout the day.
Why is this?
A morning routine lets your brain breathe
Your brain has been resting for 8 hours, and it needs some time to warm up properly before you can put it to good use. Morning routines create a sense of normalcy and stability, which is very important for your cognitive health. Every decision that you make takes up a little bit of your energy and glucose, and you really don’t want to tire your brain out so early in the morning! Yes, deciding whether you should wear your hair up or down uses precious energy. It’s called decision fatigue, and it’s why people like former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes (the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire - yes, with a B), and Mark Zuckerberg choose to wear the same thing every day.
Many things are going to need your mental energy today, and it’s good to let your brain work on autopilot for some things while you are still waking up, so that you can save your energy for the more important stuff.
It prepares you for success
Taking a few minutes in the morning to plan for the day will do wonders. It helps you focus on your goals for the day, and gets your mind ready to achieve your goals. Knowing what you are doing each day is very important as you will have a mission, rather than starting your day not quite sure what you have on your plate.
Remember what Roy Baumeister said? Your willpower is strongest in the morning. Use that.
Convinced that morning routines are important?
Good news, you can create your perfect goal-getting morning today.
To help you get started, I have a few tips:
- Incorporate something for your body, like having a healthy breakfast.
- Do something that makes you happy. I like browsing Instagram, hehe.
- Try not to rush. Waking up 5 minutes earlier can mean enjoying your cup of coffee in the morning, and not rushing out the door while chewing breakfast.