My Proven Productivity Hacks To Starting A Morning Routine

We’ve all heard the saying “the early bird catches the worm.” But how can you be the morning person when you absolutely hate mornings? Is it even possible? What’s the point anyways?

Well, based on Marisa Peers’ transformational work, high performers and productivity go hand in hand. To be a high performer, you must be committed to your goals. According to Peer’s, true commitment starts when you do what you hate to reach your goals.

Sounds strange right?

Take a fitness goal for example. If you’re looking to loose 25 pounds, are you going to love working out? Not necessarily.

At first you’ll likely despise working out. Yet, by the time you begin to see results and reach your goal of losing 25 pounds, you probably will actually enjoy working out!

See, our brains are wired on a rewards system. Once you attain your deepest desire (in this case losing weight), you love the actions you took to get to your goal.

Being a highly productive person, I believe, is quite similar. I also strongly believe in having a morning routine before you start your ‘actual’ day — even if you’re not a morning person. Your routine doesn’t need to be extensive, it just needs to work for you.

Let’s use these examples to illustrate my point.

Sally’s Monday Morning
Sally, a financial analyst, is working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She wakes up at 8:50 to start work at 9am. She hit snooze and ended up sleeping in until 9:18am.

She’s missed a large portion of her morning status, didn’t have coffee, and feels groggy.

During status, she finds out she owes a spreadsheet of projections before noon. So she has no time for coffee but gets started on her project anyway. Luckily, she’s able to finish the projections and deliver them on time. No harm, no foul.

Desiree’s Monday Morning
Desiree, an HR recruiter, is also working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She wakes up at 7:30am even though she starts work at 9am.

She makes her coffee and turns on the TV for the latest news. After she’s finished with her coffee, she showers and gets ‘ready’ for work.

She opens her computer and sees that she has multiple calls with job candidates throughout the morning. She also sees that her boss has asked for an update on which candidates will be moving to the next round of interviews. She knows exactly what’s expected of her and feels ready to conquer her day.

Now, in both examples, the work is being completed with seemingly no issues. However, Sally is spending extra energy on quickly pivoting to meet the demands of her job. On the other hand, Desiree has taken time for herself in the morning. Having a routine can bring you clarity and peace of mind.

You don’t need to have an extensive morning regimen to be productive, even waking up 30 minutes before you start your days duties can go a long way for your mindset. Studies show that having a morning routine can allow you to have more energy, motivation, and focus throughout your day.

Here are my top 3 tips for incorporating a morning routine:

  1. Ask yourself: “what would I like to do before I start my actual day?”
    The most important thing about morning routines is that they need include at least one thing that you actually ENJOY. Be honest with yourself. It can literally be anything, a coffee routine, a early morning workout, meditation, having breakfast, sketching, playing a musical instrument — truly the list is endless. Once you establish the 1 thing you’d really enjoy doing before you start your day, incorporate some form of learning. For example, I personally love making myself a cappuccino or Turkish style coffee. I incorporate my love for coffee with a morning reading routine. In this way, you’re 1) doing something for YOURSELF first thing in the morning; and 2) waking your mind up, gently.
  2. Consistently wake up at the same time, even on the weekends
    The key to a morning routine is consistency. It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to truly incorporate a routine! So taking a break on the weekend, especially when you’re first establishing a new routine or habit, is only going to set you back.
  3. Be willing to make modifications to your morning routine
    It’s important to not feel bound to the routine you’ve established. If it’s not working for you or you don’t feel happy doing it, then you’ll need to make modifications. The whole purpose of having a morning routine is to do something for YOU. If you’re not content with the routine you’ve established then you won’t have the clear mind that you need to be fully productive throughout the rest of your day.

And that’s all there is to starting a new morning routine! Only you can decide to improve your daily habits that will positively impact your life’s journey.