7 Things to Add to Make Your Morning Routine More Productive in 2022

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Mornings can be tough. If you are trying to transition into a more productive morning routine, there will inevitably be obstacles and setbacks. Keep in mind that with any new habit forming, making incremental changes over time is more realistic. These types of changes are likely to continue.

Show yourself forgiveness the first time your morning doesn’t go quite as well as you imagined. Constancy and persistence are key to creating a new morning routine, as long as you wake up the next morning and try again, you’re on the right track.

Here are seven things you can add to your routine to help make your morning more productive in the New Year.

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1. Plan

Planning your morning the night before will help you actually catch up on the next day, and it’s one of the most important ways to make your morning more productive. You can keep this note in your head, jot it down on your phone, your planner, or even just a piece of paper before you lie down at night.

Try to incorporate something you enjoy into your morning plan. Maybe it’s treating yourself to your new favorite coffee blend, food (my favorite right now is night oats with protein powder) or morning meditation time. Adding something you enjoy to your morning routine is a reward for your efforts and will give you an extra boost of motivation to jump out of bed and start your day.

2. Natural light

The best way to activate your body’s natural alarm clock is to incorporate natural light into your morning routine. Sunlight activates your body’s circadian rhythm and tells your system that it’s time to wake up. Once you’ve set this biological process in motion, it can be hard to undo it, making it more likely that you’ll actually get out of bed and start your morning.

You can leave a window open to let natural light into your room as the sun rises. Or you can make an effort to venture outside to soak up some rays before embarking on any challenging tasks.

All of this may not be possible if your room doesn’t get a lot of natural light or if your schedule doesn’t keep up with the sunrise.

One option for adding natural light to your routine regardless of your situation is sunlight. They can gradually get brighter as they approach waking time and mimic the effects of natural light.

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3. Vitamin D

More than 40% of adults in the United States are deficient in vitamin D. Natural sunlight is the best way to reduce a deficiency, but a vitamin D supplement is also a good way to improve vitamin D levels, especially during the winter months or when you spend most of your day at an office.

Vitamin D deficiency leads to fatigue, among a host of other side effects, which can negatively affect your productivity in the morning and the rest of the day. Taking vitamin D, along with a daily dose of sunlight, is one way to help combat fatigue and become the best version of yourself in the morning.

4. Morning walk

Early morning blood flow is another way to tell your body that it’s time to wake up. Incorporating physical activity into your morning routine will help you feel alert more quickly.

For some, a morning commute will do the trick. Try cycling to work, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. These simple changes will start your day and give you a boost of energy early in the morning.

If you work from home and your commute is 20 steps to your office, try some jumping jacks before installing your computer, or walk to your local coffee shop.

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5. Consistency

Consistency is the key to success. This is especially true with your morning routine. Wake up around the same time each day to prepare your body to wake up naturally at that time. This can make getting up early less painful the longer the habit lasts.

Our circadian rhythm thrives on consistency, so try to stay on track with your sleep schedule even on weekends.

6. It’s time to separate

Blue light is not good for your sleep cycle. Social media is usually not good for your productivity. On all fronts, your phone backfires when trying to make the most of your morning. That’s why disconnecting the plug should be at the forefront of your routine.

Put your phone down for at least an hour before you close your eyes to sleep. Instead, try reading a book, stretching, or listening to a podcast. It may also be worth investing in some blue light glasses to help mitigate the harmful effects of light from our devices.

In the morning, try to resist the urge to immediately grab your phone and check your email. Give yourself space to ease your way into the day and get rid of your phone for the first few precious moments. Making the morning fun is key to sticking with your morning routine, and you owe it to yourself to take a few moments for yourself before diving into work.

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7. Sleep

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to get the most out of your morning is to get a good night’s sleep. This may be easier said than done, but adding the above things to your morning routine, like exercise, consistency, and time away from your phone, will help.

A good bedtime ritual is just as important as your morning routine and should go hand in hand with your decision to have more productive mornings. I’ve met business people writing what they are grateful for in a journal right before bed. They claim that this leads them to think of the same things they are grateful for first thing in the morning when they wake up. If this isn’t a welcome addition to your morning routine, then neither is.

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