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A good morning routine is as much mental as it is physical, and waking up rushed and unprepared can lead to a day filled with stress and chaos. If you’re looking for new ways to improve your morning routine, try these tricks used by some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world.
Put Something In Your Stomach
Too many Americans run out the door for work without eating or drinking anything. Even if you work from home, eating a proper breakfast or having a cup of coffee can completely transform your workday:
- High-protein, low-carb breakfasts can prevent late-morning crashes and fuel your body and brain for the day.
- A cup of coffee or espresso, sans all the sugar, is a great boost for the mind.
- Learn to love eggs, if you don’t already. They’re a fast, cheap source of protein and nutrients.
Use A Real Alarm Clock
Stop using your phone to wake up in the morning. In fact, you shouldn’t keep your phone in the bedroom at all. Looking at your smartphone’s screen before bed can negatively affect your natural sleep cycle and keeping it on the nightstand will do nothing but hinder a solid morning routine.
Buy a real alarm clock and keep it at a distance from your bed, forcing you to actually get out from under the covers to turn it off (no snoozing). If you don’t want to wake up in the dark during the winter, look into a Philips Wake-Up Light which simulates natural sunlight early in the morning.
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Before the bathroom, before the shower, before your first sip of coffee, make your bed. It’s the easiest way to feel accomplished first thing in the morning and it makes for a much more welcoming environment when you go to bed at night.
Move Or Hang
An early morning workout will help kickstart your metabolism and boost the brain for better productivity, but it also has the benefit of saving valuable time in the afternoon. With a membership to a gym with locations nationwide, like 24 Hour Fitness, an early morning workout can give back valuable time in the afternoon for running errands, working late or making dinner. Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to worry about exercising throughout the day.
But if breakfast, bed-making, and gratitude already fill your morning, just hang; no, literally. Hanging from a pull-up bar (it’s easy to add one to your door frame) helps decompress the spine, improve mobility in your shoulders and strengthen grip, but it also provides a good stretch in the morning. If you want to get some pull-ups in then, that’s fine too, but just hanging for 30-60 seconds each morning will work wonders.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.