Most of my adult life, I haven't been a "morning person." If I could sleep late and begin my day slowly, I would. But most of the time I couldn't.
Although I wasn't a morning person, I was (and am) a responsible person, so if school, work, children, or any other pressing situation required I get up early, I would drag myself out of bed and get going. And that was most days.
Now my children are grown, and I work from home, so I can get up and start my day any time I wish. But ironically, I now enjoy getting up early. One reason is because I am passionate about the work I'm doing as an online entrepreneur, coach, and author. Also, I've learned how critical morning habits are to the entirety of your day. In fact, what you do every morning can make a huge difference in your success and quality of life.
Whether or not you're a morning person, I’m sure you’ve had those days when you got started on the wrong foot. Maybe you slept too late, rushed through your morning routine, skipped breakfast, raced to work, and then felt tired and overwhelmed the rest of the day.
If you have too many days like that, it can really drag you down and impact your productivity and your mental and physical well-being.
Since it's the start of a new year, and you're likely to be thinking about positive changes to make over the next few months, I’d like to suggest you consider a stack of positive morning habits that you build one after the other, until you have a morning routine that zips along on autopilot.
One of the beautiful things about habits is that you can use every habit you create as a trigger for a new habit. Triggers are the automatic behaviors we attach to any new habit we are trying to learn in order to remind us to perform the new habit. One of the main strategies for forming sustainable habits is using something you do daily, like brushing your teeth, as a trigger to perform the habit you're trying to create.
So you can begin a program of “habit stacking” that allows you to eventually accomplish a series of great habits, one after another, first thing in the morning. And you can use each of the habits you accomplish as the trigger for the next one.
So let’s talk about what some of those morning habits in your stack should be. There are certain habits that you’ll find successful people follow every morning to set them up for a productive day. There are others that are just important for your health and general well-being. A combination of these makes for a power-packed morning that leads to a great day.