What are the five steps to developing a productive morning routine?

 

Via What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life:

1) Track your time:

Part of spending your time better is knowing exactly how you’re spending it now. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know that nutritionists tell you to keep a food journal because it keeps you from eating mindlessly. It’s the same thing with time.”

2) Picture the perfect morning:

“After you know how you’re spending your time, ask yourself what a great morning would look like for you.

3) Think through the logistics:

“What would make your ritual easier? Do you need to set your easel next to your bed? Can you find a more cheerful alarm clock, or one you can’t turn off so easily? Come up with a plan and assemble what you need, but whatever you do, don’t label this vision as impossible.”

4) Build the habit:

  • “One answer is to start slowly. Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier and wake up fifteen minutes earlier for a few days until this new schedule seems doable.”
  • “Choose one new habit at a time to introduce.”
  • “Chart your progress… Habits take several weeks to establish, so keep track of how you’re doing for at least thirty days… Once skipping a day feels like you forgot something— like forgetting to brush your teeth— you’ll know you’ve got a habit and can take your ritual up a notch.”
  • “Feel free to use bribery at first… external motivations, like promising yourself tickets to a concert or a massage, can keep you moving forward.”

5) Tune up a necessary:

“Life changes. Rituals can change, too.”

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