It’s Monday morning and you’re alarm goes off at 6 a.m. You hit the snooze. The alarm buzzes again and again you hit the snooze.
Suddenly it’s time to get up or you’ll be late to work.
You had so much you wanted to do this morning but accomplished nothing. You begrudgingly get up, now tired from oversleeping and upset you, yet again, were unproductive before work.
I was right there with you for a long while. It’s only been recently that I found these effective morning habits to increase positivity and productivity. They have changed my whole morning routine and I’m in a much better mindset these day.
If you want to improve your morning routine, whether for positivity, productivity, or both, then this is the post for you. While you don’t have to do all 7 of these habits daily, the more you do and the longer you do them for, the more effect they will have.
On that note, here are some of the daily habits you should incorporate in your morning routine that will change your life.
1. Wake up Consistently
This is honestly the most difficult of the morning habits to follow. The bed can just feel too warm and cozy to want to get out of.
Yet, the most successful people are the ones who have this willpower. They are sacrificing short term temptations (the cozy bed) for their long term goals (happiness, productivity, etc).
If you’re not a morning person, then you can ease into getting up early. Start with waking up 15 minutes early. Every few days to a week add another 15 minutes until you’re at your desired wakeup time.
One tip I find helpful is to use a sunlight simulating alarm clock. I naturally wake up when the sun comes up so this helps act like the sun is rising earlier for a more natural and gentler wake up.
Then try to be consistent as much as possible. I wake up maybe a half hour to an hour later on the weekends, but it’s close enough to my weekly routine. I also then follow the rest of my morning habits. Now if I sleep in more than this, I get groggy and feel less productive.
Find the time that you’re able to wake up without too much fuss and that you can follow you’re morning routine. Don’t force yourself to get up too early if you know you’ll never be able to consistently do this.
Right now 6 a.m. has become my natural wake up time due to consistency (and the sun coming through my window). It would be easy to stay asleep until 7 or 8 a.m. but I know I will be less productive and have less mental energy. I’d like to wake up at 5 a.m. so I can add in more to my morning habits, but I am working on this gradually so it becomes a natural routine.
Pick a time that works for you, work towards it, and then get consistent.
2. Create a Morning Routine You Can Stick With
Speaking on consistency, morning habits are driven by morning routines. You’re brain likes consistency so give it what it wants.
You’re morning routine can be whatever you wish it to be. This could include working out, doing some self care, having alone time, doing some self reflection, cleaning the house, etc.
Again, the key is consistency.
Wake up, drink your water at your bedside table, get dressed and ready for the day or workout and then shower, and then follow the rest of the morning habits for positivity and productivity here.
3. Spend Time Writing in a Journal
Writing in a journal is a great habit that you can use for a variety of different reasons. I developed this habit for my personal development and mindset journey, but it can be used for other reasons (examples: dream journals, following your journey to completing goals, etc).
I highly recommend that you at least start with writing your feelings to get out any of the negative emotions you’re hanging on to. After that, you can free write whatever you’d like or you can follow daily writing prompts to help get you going.
Either way I recommend that you write for at least 15 minutes each morning, 30 if possible, to make sure you’re fully reflecting on your emotions and your life.
Self reflection will help you increase your positivity and increased positivity will allow you to be more productive. Win-win.
My journal recommendation is this reusable one but you can also check out the link below for the other best journals you can use.
4. Morning Routines Should Include Gratitude
This morning habit really helps your positive mindset but can feel a little difficult to start with, especially if you’re going though a rough time.
Every day say (or write down) at least one thing you’re truly grateful for.
For example, as sad that it was that my grandmother passed away in October 2019 at the age of 95, right now I am so grateful that she did not have to be alone in a nursing home during this troubling time in 2020.
You can be grateful for something positive that’s happened in your life, for an opportunity, for having a home, for being able to get outside, etc. There are no limits to what you can be grateful for.
As I write this post, I’m so grateful that I can share all of the tips and advice I’ve learned over the last year of my own personal development work. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to develop my own morning habits for positivity and productivity. I feel like a new person these days by making things happen in my life.
I know if you implement even just a few of these daily habits, you’ll see a great improvement in your own mindset and life.
5. Say Positive Mantras/Affirmations
While I admit it was hard for me to get into positive mantras, also known as affirmations, it’s now one of my favorite things to do to help improve my mindset.
If you don’t know what they are, basically they are positive statements about yourself or situations that you repeat to yourself daily.
Think of some things you’d like to be positive about and then create a statement (in present tense) to repeat to yourself. While they don’t have to necessarily be true currently, they can be things you wish that were true or that you’re working towards.
Here are some examples:
“I wake up in a positive mindset every day.”
“I love my life.”
“Every day I accomplish what I set out to do.”
“I’m excited for all the opportunities I am given.”
“I am happy and productive.”
There are no limits on what you can say. Figure out what would mean the most to you and also what you may need to shift about yourself.
If you’re always feeling tired which has decreased your positivity and productivity, try saying “I wake up energized for the day” or “I am happy, alert, and focused”. Tweak it to your own needs, but you get the idea.
Pick 3-5 mantras or affirmations to say every morning. Do this for the next 21 days to solidify this habit. Then you can choose new mantras if you wish, or continue with the ones you have.
6. Reaffirm Your Goals (Long Term and Daily)
This morning habit can also be used at night but I wanted to have it listed for your morning routine because that is what I am currently doing. I do know many people like to reflect on this at night though, so it’s a personal preference.
Either way, I like to spend a few minutes reflecting on why I’m working towards a more positive mindset and wanting to become more productive.
I say my long-term goals out loud and then say or write down my short term goals again. Each morning I write down a couple of goals that I want to accomplish during the day that will help me achieve my short or long term goals.
For instance, I want to lose weight so this morning I put down a goal of working out for an hour today. I also wanted to work towards my online business goals so I’ve written and published this post first thing this morning. (Writing is now apart of my morning routine).
What goals are you working towards? What 1-3 things can you do TODAY that will help you work towards those goals?
Don’t worry if you’re behind on your goals. Find a positive spin on it to keep that positive mindset you’re growing. For me, I thought I’d be further in my weight loss journey by now, but I’m trying to look on the positive. I’ve been developing my daily workout and stretching habit which will make my weight loss journey easier overall. I’m not forcing the workouts anymore. I can also now almost touch my toes!
Get excited about your goals. Grab your journal and set your intentions for the day so that you can work towards them.
7. Start Your Day with Healthy Habits
Last, but not least, you should start your day with healthy habits. I’m bad at this myself, but I’m working on it.
Start your day with 1-2 glasses of water to get rehydrated. This is especially important if you’re about to have some sort of caffeinated morning beverage which dehydrates you. I’ve cut most caffeine out entirely, minus a cup or two of low caffeine green tea.
Getting a good breakfast is also important and it’s the aspect that I’m still lacking. A nice healthy breakfast can set the tone for the rest of your day. Eggs, bacon, and toast or a bowl of oatmeal vs an energy bar, donut, or nothing at all can make all the difference in your day.
You may also want to get a quick workout in to pump yourself up for the day. If you don’t have time for a full routine, why not march in place, do a quick dance while you get ready for your day, or find another quick way to get in a little activity. Boost up those endorphins.
There are a number of other healthy morning habits you can develop, but I’ll save diving deeper into those another post so this doesn’t become a novel.
Here are some quick habits you may be able to do:
3. Avoid your phone/technology
4. Read a chapter in a book
5. Take a vitamin
6. Listen to the birds
Those are just a few ideas to get you going. There are a lot of healthy habits to add to your morning routine.
I hope this post has given you some ideas that you can put into action every morning. These 7 morning habits for increased positivity and productivity have really helped me and I know they can do the same for you.
If you’re looking for some more ways to be productive or improve your mindset, check out the links below for other posts you may be interested in.