Here's a fun fact about me - I love mornings. I've always been an early riser, but mornings can still suck and hitting snooze is always slightly tempting.
What I've learned in the past few months is that many high-performing individuals - Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Bill Gates, Oprah - is that they seem to be pretty meticulous about how they start their day. Mornings can set the tone for the entire day, so being intentional about you begin is important.
Want to start your mornings in a way that will keep you motivated and productive for the rest of the day? Here's a few tips!
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day
While it might sound crazy, studies have been done on this and turns out, this is beneficial for your body. It gets you in a routine and you'll find that hitting snooze won't be as tempting.
Light, hydration, movement
I think Aubrey Marcus talks about this, but the point is to get up as soon as your alarm goes off, open the curtains to get in natural light, drink some water (but brush your teeth first), and get moving! Natural light tells your brain that it is time to wake up. Water is a big part of staying healthy. Staying active is also crucial to being healthy and most high performers get a workout in every morning.
Wake up early and use that time for yourself
Don't wake up at the last minute and rush out the door. If you don't already, wake up at least an hour before you do now and use that time for yourself - meditate, pray, workout, journal, read, plan your day, watch the news while you sip your coffee.
Don't start your day by scrolling through Instagram
I use my phone as an alarm, but after I turn my alarm off, I put my phone back down. I use it again when I do my morning workout, but I don't actually check e-mails or even scroll through Instagram until about 10 a.m.
Curious about other ways high performers start their morning? Read about it on Business Insider and incorporate some of their morning routines into your own!