Do you have more bad days than good days? Do you want to make your days better? Then you just need to do one thing: follow a good morning routine and watch how it changes your life.
Are you always rushing through your day? Struggling to keep up with deadlines? Getting the bare minimum done instead of doing your best to achieve your goals? Then it’s high time that you begin your day with good morning habits. If you are always reacting, instead of acting, then sticking to a morning routine can give you the leg up you need right now. “You can’t make everything go according to plan. But you can change one thing that’s wholly under your control: your morning. And that will change everything about the rest of your day,” explains author Jeremy Anderberg in an Art Of Manliness article.
How a morning routine can help you
Routines and habits prime you to be prepared and strive for success instead of getting entangled with challenges and obstacles. These enable us to think clearly, take the right action and achieve a lot more than we would have otherwise. Routines empower us to ensure that we focus on the most important things and get them done instead of struggling with our day.
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But how can a morning routine help you? The answer is confirmation bias. It is a cognitive and psychological tendency that makes our brain seek and interpret information in a specific way which confirms our preconceptions and perspectives. So when you have a good or bad experience in the morning, your brain will search for ways to confirm that particular experience throughout the day. Hence, when you have a bad morning experience, your brain will seek confirmation and spoil the rest of the day. However, when you have a good morning experience, “your brain will not only look past those seemingly negative experiences, but search for ways to confirm this positive a.m. vibe throughout the rest of the day,” adds Jeremy.
Here’s what science says
In a TIME magazine article, K. Aleisha Fetters writes “Whether you’re an early bird or the definitive opposite of a morning person, a mounting body of research shows that exactly what you do (or don’t do) during the first few hours of your day makes a huge impact on your happiness, productivity levels and even your overall health.” And it is even backed by science.
According to a 2018 study, creating habits and routine can significantly help us in the long run. The research states “Routine is consistently found to be important for children. However, the importance of routine is not unique to children. Observational research indicates that individuals in good health engage in highly routine health behaviors.” Another 2016 study, revealed that following good habits and routine on a daily basis, especially during the early stages of life, can determine success in adult life. Another study conducted in 2018, revealed that sticking to a morning routine can significantly reduce sleep inertia, increase morning activity levels, boost energy levels and improve performance.
5 Strategies for the best morning routine
So if you are keen on having a good work day, move towards your goals and have a better life experience, then here are some strategies that you need to follow, according to the Art Of Manliness:
1. Establish the Rule of 3
When we lack clarity about what exactly we need or want to work on ourselves, it can become a lot easier for us to get derailed due to unforeseen circumstances or other people. This is why it is crucial that we use the Rule of 3 to guide us through our day. Author Chris Bailey describes the concept as:
“At the beginning of each day, before you start working, decide what three things you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Do the same at the start of every week.”
Hence, you need to start your day by setting 3 specific tasks that you will focus on for the day, despite whatever the circumstances are. These 3 priorities will help you get closer to your long term goal one day at a time. Although you can set your priorities when you wake up, Jeremy Anderberg suggests it is best “to do it at the end of the previous work day.”