Now that almost 42% of Americans are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, optimizing your morning routine for efficiency and productivity is more important than ever. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, studies show that there are many benefits to waking up early like being a better problem solver, being more amicable and being better at setting and reaching goals.
To harness the benefits of being an early bird, create a morning routine that’s geared at productivity and accomplishing your goals. To help you get started Tommy John suggests using a three phase approach to designing your ideal morning.
Phase 1: Start with Mindfulness
To start the day on a note of intention, bring awareness into everything you do from when your alarm goes off to when you get out of bed. It may sound silly, but the act of being mindfully aware in the first ten minutes of your morning allows you to start the day on the right foot and helps your body transition from sleep to being fully awake and ready to take on the day.
Phase 2: Practice Gratitude
Before checking your phone or email, take a few minutes to be grateful for all the luxuries in your life. Practicing gratitude in the morning helps you ignore those minor annoyances or problems that might have otherwise distracted you from your goals and focus on big picture intentions and problems.
Phase 3: Set Intentions
There are many benefits of setting intentions before the sun rises. An early wake-up call can give you a head start on your day and improve your productivity. Setting intentions in the morning also helps you carve out time in your schedule for achieving them, rather than reactively going about your day.
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