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- Morning routines have been pretty in vouge in business circles lately. If you do X, Y, and Z you can win the morning and triumph even before you start your work day. That's overstating it a little bit. But it's true that a lot of people benefit from positive rituals not to mention healthy habits. Here are a few possibilities you can choose from. To start your day on the right note, let's begin with the basics. So, how do most people start their day? With caffeine. But, that can actually be a great ritual. As with all things, you can definitely overdo it with coffee or tea.
But if you're consuming them moderately, it can be a great pleasure and a way to start the day by rewarding yourself with a treat. There are a couple of options to keep this in check. For me, because I work from home, I deliberately don't have a coffee machine at home, even though that's cheaper. Going out each morning to buy a cup of coffee gets me dressed and out of the house, and I'm more likely to be productive when I get home. Now, if you don't live close to a coffee shop, you might take a more artisanal approach. Treating coffee or tea like an art form as they do in Italy or Japan for instance can ensure you're really appreciating the experience rather than just guzzling something.
That presence sets an important tenor for the day. Another possible way to start your morning is by reading. You can imagine that diving into your inbox right away might be a little stressful and a little depressing, yet so many of us grab for our phones the minute we wake up. Instead, think about what information you'd like to be taking in. Maybe like me you're a news junkie. I liked to be well-informed, and it makes me feel like a better citizen. Other folks say that the news is just too stressful for them first thing in the morning. But if that's the case, you have plenty of options.
You can make progress on some fiction or pleasure-reading. If you give yourself say 30 minutes a day, you could easily finish a book every week or two, which adds up. Or, you could read some professional development books, and really get a competitive leg-up at work by exposing yourself to new ideas. Exercise is another fantastic choice to start your day. Of course we all know we should be doing it, but life intervenes. Four activity experts agree though that the best time to exercise is first thing in the morning. That's not because it's inherently superior, but rather because it's the time that you're least likely to get pulled away or sidetracked.
You might intend to go after work, but let's say your colleague begs you to stay late and help them with a project, or you might want to head to the gym during lunch, but your conference call runs long so you don't go. You're far more likely to actually go to the gym if you make it a ritual first thing in the morning. Finally, another popular morning pastime is journaling. This was popularized a number of years ago by Julia Cameron who wrote the book The Artist's Way. She encourages people to write three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing every morning.
This might appeal to you as a way of clarifying your thoughts, working out things you're stressed about, or maybe just coming up with new, creative ideas. An alternative is a focus-writing project you're committed to. Maybe it's working on a novel or perhaps becoming a blogger. You can take time first thing in the morning to dig into that. A morning ritual won't solve all your problems, but if you can start your day with activities that are enjoyable and meaningful, helps you head into work with a positive outlook, a head start on self-improvement, which is a great way to start your day.
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