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“Routines are powerful when they become rituals that no longer requires conscious thought and willpower. Without iteration, however, they can become stale and can be hard to keep up.”
– Joel Gascoigne
(From My Morning routine)
I don’t follow every routine which I decide to make. But I do follow some which are the most important ones according to me. Every person will have a different list of important routines. Do you agree? And that depends on what you want in that period of time.
Also, you are not able to follow your every decided routine because you must not be getting enough of time throughout the day.
To give an example, I have some routines such as my morning routine, socializing routine, entertainment routine and a few more. But it happens that due to time constraint I might not finish some of the above-mentioned routines. So I have to skip them. Now how I decide which routine should I skip for the day? Obviously, the ones which are less important than the others.
For me, my morning routine before leaving for work is the most important as it helps me to keep fit, plan for the day, get through the daily chores. An early morning routine improves the ability to make decisions, along with other benefits. A person’s early morning routine impacts his entire day. You can test this out by following a different morning routine each day. Wake up early someday, do all the tasks. And someday get up late do other tasks. Actually, it is the most important part of the day as all the other tasks of the day are indirectly dependant on it.
The morning tasks activate the body, so wouldn’t it be a big mistake if you eliminate them? It’s the base of your fitness. What are the early morning tasks that you should carry out? That is what I will talk about in this post.
1. Make your bed
This should be the first task after waking up from a good night’s sleep. Are you thinking,“Why this is in the list? Is it even important?”
To this, I will reply,”You should do it.” Even if you don’t feel like doing it, just do it. It is you who sleeps on that bed, so it is good if it comes under one of your jobs. This activity becomes a catalyst to achieve the daily goals. It gives you a sense of achievement and a motive to complete your other tasks. Also, you will get a good bed when you return back tired in the evening.
2. Drink plenty of water
Drink at least 2-3 glass of water empty stomach after waking up.
Drinking water empty stomach boosts up energy levels both physically and mentally. This energy boost lasts the entire day. It improves the digestive system by working on the absorption of food in the stomach. This happens if water is the first thing that enters your stomach in the day. It fuels up the stomach by eliminating the dehydration that the body has suffered while you were asleep. The loss of water is caused because of the gap in the night time when you don’t drink water while you are asleep.
You must be thinking- why meditation and not exercising? After drinking so much water, the stomach gets heavy. During the night time, the stomach keeps on getting lighter as all the food gets digested. So, after waking up, drinking a good quantity of water at once, results in this.
Also, it is better to have a time gap of 10-15 minutes between consuming water and exercising. So in this time gap, you can complete the meditation part instead of not doing anything? A better utilization of time!
Meditation brings the positivity in you and makes your mind calm. It makes you more focused.
You are not physically active throughout the day because of office or jobs leading to a busy schedule unless your job involves physical work. Then too, it’s very beneficial to exercise early morning. It will make you feel more alert and active throughout the day. Exercising 4-5 days a week makes a person feel more energetic and have a more positive outlook towards things. It stimulates the power to do things quicker.
I am not intending to ask you to do an intense workout. You just need something to sweat out your body a bit, pump up the blood in the veins or simply to make your body active. You don’t need any pieces of equipment or something that makes it complicated. There are many exercises to activate your body that does not even need any equipment.
Just pick a bunch of these and do sets of each, depending on your capacity. A list of these can include push-ups, squats, leg raises, jumping jacks or simple stretching exercises combined with some jogging.
5. Prepare the plan for the day
Make your day intentional and purposeful. Make specific plans and stay determined. An example to make you understand about the specific plan can be completing dusting and cleaning of house in less than 2 hours and that too before 1 p.m. And an example of a simple plan can be dusting and cleaning the house today. Understand the difference between the two plans which have the same objective.
Make a list of all the tasks that you have to complete that particular day and include the tasks that you had planned to complete the previous day, but couldn’t do it. Try your best to complete them as early as possible to be systematic. Complete the difficult and more important tasks first. It will give you a sense of accomplishing something and will impart a positive energy which will help you throughout the day.
Decide your focus and at least complete the two or three most important tasks for the day. You will experience a sense of satisfaction and a better night sleep.
Planning saves time and keeps you on track. It increases the chances of accomplishing the goals instead of just thinking about them. Meditation and exercise make you calm, so making your plan for the day after these activities results in a better and effective plan.
6. Sit with the newspaper
I try my best to read the newspaper daily. I do miss it many times when I just keep on hitting the snooze button and end up getting out of bed late or when I am in a hurry for other more important works at that moment.
Try your best to read the newspaper every day as it keeps you updated about the everyday events and incidents. It also improves the intellect, along with helping with communication skills.
7. Fill up your stomach
After all the physical work such as exercising, we feel hungry. It is very important to satisfy this hunger. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you miss this, you will end up overeating and eating junk foods throughout the day. Also, breakfast should be the heaviest meal of the day and dinner should be the lightest.
Just eat something or anything for breakfast, you are going to benefit as compared to people who skip it altogether. You have fewer chances of getting obese, and you won’t feel hungry every other minute, thus, fewer chances of overeating. This is the case for people who eat any breakfast, unaffected by the degree of its nutritiousness.
Eating a nutritious meal can help you improve your performance throughout the day as well as maintain your body weight along with providing sufficient energy to the body. It delivers the minerals and vitamins needed by the body for a healthy functioning throughout the day.
If you don’t know what you should eat for breakfast, check out foods you should not miss for breakfast and foods you should avoid for breakfast.
8. A cold shower
Use cold water for bathing instead of hot or warm water or at least have a cold water rinse at the end of your morning shower. Cold water running down the body boosts up the senses and revives the blood circulation. Cold water will make all your sleepiness and laziness vanish away, making you feel more energetic.
These are the tasks which you must do before leaving for work irrespective of the time you wake up. Consider devoting 2 hours a day for these tasks and wake up accordingly. However, the early you wake up, the better it is. It is best for the body if you wake at around 4 or 5 or at least by 6 am. All the best for your early morning routine before work!!
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