One of the best ways to set yourself up for inevitable success is to bookend your days. That means that you create a routine or habit that starts and ends your day. Every day.
Why Create A Morning and Evening Routine?
When you have a routine or habit that starts your day, it sets up your day on a positive note, affirming that you have taken time for yourself to pay attention to the tasks that are important to you.
At night, ending your day in a routine predictable fashion will allow you to decompress, practice any rituals that you want to incorporate and ease your body and your mind into rest and sleep mode. Depending on what you incorporate into your nighttime routines, you can even use that time to set up the next day for success as well.
What’s the best way to set up your morning routine?
The answer to what’s the best morning routine depends on you! What do you want to be sure will help set up your day for inevitable success?
Many people like to incorporate meditation or a physical exercise practice first thing in the morning. By doing this first thing in the morning, it ensures that it will get done. No need to continue to stress about where you will fit it in as the day goes on. Go for your morning run or walk or work out to a video recording to get your exercise in first thing.
Meditating in the morning is a great way to tap into your intuition and set up your mind for what is to come for the day. If you already have a morning habit, tack on this new habit of meditation to an existing habit to help it ‘stick’. For example, if you’re already brushing your teeth in the morning every day like clockwork, meditate just before or just after that already-established habit.
Food For Fuel
A healthy breakfast will also set you up for a productive day. Instead of grabbing a coffee and donut or muffin, plan to sit down for a protein-packed meal in the morning. This helps stabilize your blood sugar and gives you energy without a crash mid-morning. Eggs, scrambled tofu, Greek plain yogurt parfait, or protein-based smoothies are all good options.
Your evening routine should help set up your body for a good night’s rest. End your calorie consumption at least 2 hours before you head to bed. In order to transition easily into a restful sleep, curtail all electronic stimulation, including TV for at least an hour before you head to bed.
As alternatives to screen time, you can choose to read an old-fashioned real book with paper pages, meditate, journal, or you can practice gratitude. Other rituals that help set up your body for a good night’s sleep include a warm relaxing bath, listening to soothing music or chanting,
Your evening routine should include the same regular bedtime every night just as your time to wake up in the morning should be kept the same.
By creating a routine for your morning and another one for your evening, your days will be bookended with set routines that become habits. Fill these bookends to your day with activities that will set up your day for success and your evening for a great night’s rest. Quality sleep is essential for your ultimate success and productivity.
How will you set your routines?