How you start your day can set-you up for success. Without a morning routine to set you up for success you may spend your entire day bouncing from task to task and never feeling like you are getting much accomplished.

This pandemic has been wreaking havoc for over a year. Some of us have lived in pajamas, even more of us regularly forget what day it is, we talk about a “new normal” … I think we all would say we’d like a little more control and to be more productive, creative, and enjoy more of our day.

Do you know that a morning routine can do that?

Ken Brokaw from Forbes.com says, “𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘞𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺, 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘵𝘩.” There isn’t a “one size fits all” morning routine, but we can look at the routines of successful people and research to help our mornings begin with a good start.

Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished man; innovative, creative, successful. His daily routine began with a question, “What good shall I do today?” His first two hours included washing, breakfast, setting the plan for the day, and addressing Powerful Goodness(his name for God).

At NBT we aim to bring support and healing to our clients while providing tools and tips for self-care. A healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul are all linked together and should be incorporated into any self-care routine. It all starts with our morning habits that will set us up for daily success.

Here are our top three that should be included daily:
1. Hydration – Your body went an entire night without fluid. We wake up every morning dehydrated, so quench that thirst by drinking at least one full glass of water before anything else. Warm water with lemon is a great choice as it promotes digestion and increases your metabolic rate.
2. Get Moving – I’m not saying a heavy workout, but get your body moving. This could be a simple walk or gentle stretching/yoga. AM movement gets your blood flowing, improves focus and clarity, increases alertness and gives your metabolism a boost.
3. FUEL your body – I’m not talking about sugary donuts. Eating a balanced and healthy breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, boosts your energy levels and stimulates your brain.

Our top three can just be the base of your routine. As, I mentioned before, there isn’t a routine that will fit everyone. Here are a few other ideas to add to your routine so you can customize it to fit your life:

“Get Organized” – Getting organized will help keep you focused throughout your day.
● To-Do list – organize your tasks to complete, but make it an achievable list that brings in JOY and FUN.
● Meal plan – allows you to not be caught off-guard and have to make an unhealthy, quick choice during the day.
● Appointments – review your day so you know what is planned.

“Clear the Clutter” – Studies show that physical clutter causes mental clutter and stress. Clearing physical clutter can actually help you have a more productive work day, and with a lot of the world still working from home, this can be huge!
● Laundry – pick it up off the floor
● Cleaning – pick up the house or get those dishes put away

“Peace and Quiet” – Having purposed silent time can have a powerful impact!
● Prayer/Meditation
● Affirmations
● Reading

“Get Connected” – Whether you live with others or you connect virtually, having personal connection with family or friends can truly bring balance and joy to your day.
● Focused family time – put down the technology and be 100% present with your loved ones
● Conversation
● Check-ins

“Me, Myself, and I” – Self-care is so important. That is why we placed these three first on our list: hydration, movement, nutrition. There are other activities that could fall into the self-care category.
● Shower – If you are home for the day a simple shower can brighten our mood and bring clarity to the start of our day.
● Get dressed – don’t stay in your PJs all day. This simple act can re-frame our mindset.
● Hobby
● Gratitude journal – be grateful daily and share with others.
● Watch the sunrise – step outside, put your feet in the grass, get grounded and watch the beauty mother nature brings you.
● Tech-free time – shut the technology off and spend quality time connecting.

It’s never too late to start a good habit. 2020 is done. 2021 is well on it’s way. Let’s make this the start of a “new normal” and meet each day on purpose with purpose! Your morning routine will set your day up for success. What will you choose for your morning routine?