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Morning rituals are the new lifehack. Get it right and you will have an amazing day.
How you start each day has a huge impact on how the rest of your day plays out.
Wake up feeling groggy and not very energetic – chances are you won’t have a very productive day.
How do we start the day on the front foot?
We have morning rituals in place that we do every day to get us ready and prepared to have the best day we possibly can.
5 Key Benefits of Morning Rituals
Before we dive into all the morning rituals I think it is useful to highlight the key benefits of following a morning ritual.
This way you can start to build an understanding of why this will be useful to implement into your daily life.
Without this understanding, it will be hard to build the habit of following a morning ritual every day.
It Reduces Stress
Having a specific routine that you will follow each morning will start to become second nature as you do it more often.
By having a process that you follow every morning it will alleviate stress as you will know exactly what you need to be doing each morning without hardly thinking about it.
The morning ritual will have a specific order, you will move from one ritual to another.
The morning is often a time where you can dedicate the quiet time to your own personal care and work on yourself.
I will show you some rituals for your own personal care later in the post.
However, this time should be about you, find things that you like to do that you never seem to find the time to do, and make them a part of your morning ritual.
Following a morning ritual often means that you will wake up earlier than you normally would. This sometimes seems counterintuitive when you first start waking up early as it may feel hard at first.
However, as you begin to notice the benefits of following your morning rituals every day. It often leads to you wanting more time to enjoy your mornings which can lead to you waking up that little bit earlier every day.
Waking up early and with purpose often leads to being in a better mood throughout the day.
By having that clarity of thought and knowing exactly what you need and what you want to do every morning will lead to a better-prolonged mood throughout the day.
Anecdotally it is very common for people who start to follow a morning ritual to report that their general mood increases very quickly after starting.
A Keystone Habit
Following a morning ritual can be a keystone habit that sparks a series of positive reactions in your life.
Who doesn’t want to implement a new habit that is essentially implementing 3 or more at the same time?
What Should Your Morning Ritual Look Like?
There are many different opinions out there as to how you should run your morning routine.
However, I feel you need to find something that works for you. And most importantly, implement certain rituals that you enjoy doing. There is no point in trying to stick to something you are not enjoying as it will not work.
Everyone is different and will have different opinions as to what makes their perfect morning routine.
You could start off by dedicating 15 minutes each morning. As you get used to it and start to enjoy the process and can start seeing some of the benefits you could gradually increase this over time.
You may find you want to start dedicating an hour every morning.
The simple answer to what should your morning routine look like is, it’s up to you. It’s your morning – you do what you like.
This post will hopefully give you some ideas of what you might want to put into your morning ritual. Pick out the ones that resonate the most with you and give them a go.
Don’t forget, if you are not enjoying one or you don’t think it is working – mix it up. Take it out and put a new one in.
That’s enough of the benefits and what a morning routine should look like. Let’s get into the real reason you came to this post and show you 129-morning ritual ideas you can start using right away.
1) Drink a Glass of Water
You want to include drinking a big glass of water in your morning routine as your body is dehydrated when you first wake up.
There are many other benefits too such as more energy, flushing out toxins, increased metabolism, and healthier skin.
2) Add Some Lemon
Want to supercharge that glass of water – then add some lemon into it.
There are many benefits of adding lemon to your water. These can include promoting hydration, supporting weight loss, and helping to prevent kidney stones.
However, the most important benefit is it’s a great source of Vitamin C. According to studies we need an average of 40mg of Vitamin C a day. One lemon contains 30/40% of the recommended dosage.
3) Drinking Coffee
I’m sure for most of us drinking a cup of coffee is already one of our morning rituals. However, for those that don’t drink coffee now might be the time to start considering it.
According to studies, it is best to drink coffee one hour after waking up. The reason being is the sharp intake of caffeine can interfere with our higher levels of cortisol. A natural hormone that helps us to feel alert and awake.
There are many benefits to drinking coffee. Some of the key ones include helping you burn fat, improving physical performance, and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
4) Drink Green Tea
There are many benefits associated with drinking green tea. Some of the most common include, it containing healthy bioactive compounds, increasing fat burning, and containing antioxidants that may lower the risk of some cancers.
Besides the benefits, who doesn’t enjoy a cup of tea in the morning.
I wake up every morning and I surprise myself. I wake up to a new me.Gina Carano
Stretching in the morning helps to wake your body up and loosen all of your muscles.
There are lots of different stretches you can do in the morning. This post has 7 relatively simple stretches you can incorporate into your daily ritual.
Stretching has many benefits such as increasing flexibility, improving posture, and releasing tension.
6) Massage Yourself
Get yourself a massage ball and use it up against a wall or on the floor to get to those difficult to reach spots.
If you want some ideas on how to use a massage ball then have a look at this video.
The benefits of using a massage ball include improving blood circulation, cultivating relaxation, and reducing muscle soreness.
7) Quick Exercise Routine
Getting your heart rate up with a quick intense workout is a great way to start the day.
Benefits of high-intensity training include reversing sarcopenia (Age-Related Muscle Loss), burning calories for hours, and seeing quick results.
8) Go For a Run
Get out and go for a run. Depending on your running ability you can start relatively short and build your distance up.
According to the American College of Cardiology, running is associated with a drastically reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
Another study by The University of British Columbia says aerobic activity can increase the size of your hippocampus. In other words, improve your memory.
Running has been a part of my morning rituals for some time now.
9) Go For a Swim
If running isn’t your thing you could try some swimming. Nice and low impact so it’s easy on your joints and muscles.
If you live by the sea, try out some sea swimming. If not, head down to your local swimming pool and get some laps in.
10) Go For a Bike Ride
Another nice low impact bit of exercising.
Personally, I really enjoy getting out on the bike first thing in the morning and taking in the morning rays.
It gets your heart rate up with little impact on your joints.
11) Do Some Calisthenics
Calisthenics is a form of exercise that works on your core large muscle groups with minimal equipment and typically just using your bodyweight.
It’s really good for building core strength and can be done practically anywhere so try incorporating these into your morning routine.
Here is the ultimate list of Calisthenics exercises.
A nice simple form of exercise to get your body moving first thing in the morning.
If it’s good enough for elite boxers, it’s good enough for us.
If you haven’t done much skipping before check out this beginners guide for some tips.
13) Go For a Walk
If Charles Darwin liked to start his day off with a walk, then it is definitely something we should consider too.
Not only is walking a great form of low impact exercise, it can often be a time of great reflection and where you generate some of your greatest ideas and clarity of thought.
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.Billy Wilder
14) Do Some Yoga
There is never a bad time to do some yoga and it is certainly a great way to start the day.
Yoga has many benefits such as increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, and maintaining a balanced metabolism.
If you are new to yoga, have a look at this beginners guide to yoga.
15) Meal Prep
Often when you are in a rush throughout the day you will pick up something quick to eat on the go, which is often not very healthy.
Incorporate meal planning into your morning ritual and plan healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week.
If meal prepping is new to you, check out these great tips.
16) Make a Healthy Breakfast
Treat yourself to a nice healthy breakfast at the start of every day. There is a reason why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Getting the right nutrition at the start of the day can help you to be more productive throughout the rest of the day.
Try out these recipes for some healthy breakfast ideas.
17) Find a New Healthy Recipe
Use the time to look for a new healthy recipe you can use this week.
Is there something you have been wanting to try for a while? If so, stick it on your list and make it this week.
If you need some inspiration check out these 80 healthy dinner ideas.
18) Try Some Coconut Oil
This one might be new to you but it’s well worth giving a go.
Coconut oil has lots of benefits such as boosting heart health, encouraging fat burning, and reducing hunger.
It is also loaded with healthy fatty acids for good measure.
19) Drink Green Vegetable Juice
Fire up your metabolism with a green vegetable juice. Have a green smoothie for breakfast (e.g. made with bananas, spinach, apple, ginger, and ice water).
For more recipes check out this article.
20) Make a Smoothie
If you can’t handle the vegetables, make a smoothie with all of your favourite fruits.
If you want some inspiration, check out these recipes.
21) Intermittent Fasting
This is something that seems to be getting more and more popular – probably as celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Beyonce swear by it.
There are many reported benefits of intermittent fasting, such as reducing insulin resistance, lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes, and reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
22) Take Your Supplements
The morning can be a great time to start taking your supplements.
It puts good nutrients in your body so you are ready for the rest of the day.
Personally, I take a good multivitamin, a vitamin C tablet and some fish oil. However, it’s totally up to you what you would like to take.
23) Brush Your Teeth With Your Weak Hand
This one may sound strange but it’s something renowned brain trainer Jim Kwik uses.
It helps to build new neurological pathways in your brain and helps to ward off cognitive decline.
It may feel weird at first but give it a go and see if you notice any benefits.
24) Have a Cold Shower
This one will certainly wake you up! And is not for the faint-hearted.
Aside from making you feel more refreshed and awake, taking a cold shower actually has lots of other health benefits.
These include increasing your circulation, reducing muscle soreness, and helping to boost weight loss.
25) Have a Hot Shower
Try the opposite – have a hot shower. I know you are probably thinking why would I take a cold shower if I can have a hot one instead.
Well, luckily there are also lots of health benefits associated with hot showers too. It can lower blood pressure, relieve muscle tension, and improve blood circulation.
26) Ice Bath
If you feel really brave in the morning take an ice bath.
Admittedly, I could understand if this morning ritual doesn’t leap to the top of your list but hear me out.
An ice bath has many benefits such as increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.Maria Robinson
27) Try The Wim Hof Method
This is a morning ritual that is well worth a try.
As soon as you wake up, sit in a meditation posture. Then do 30 power breaths (inhale through the mouth or nose, then exhale through the mouth in short, sharp bursts.
Then hold your breath until you are gasping for air. Now take a deep breath in and hold for 10 seconds.
Do this for 6 more rounds and then take a cold shower and you are done.
I know right, it doesn’t sound like fun. However, it has loads of benefits such as more focus, energy, and reduced stress.
There is no better place to check this out than the Wim Hof website.
28) Measure Your Resting Pulse
Measuring your pulse can be a strong indicator of overall health and fitness.
For decades, athletes and trainers have obsessively tracked Resting Heart Rate. You should too.
Check out this post for more benefits on measuring your resting pulse.
Starting off your morning ritual by journaling is a great method to try. Journaling has lots of benefits and is something really easy to do once you get into the habit of it.
You can write about whatever you like. It could be about gratitude, your goals for the day, or how you are feeling emotionally.
Just go with the flow and get everything down on a piece of paper.
30) Write Morning Pages
Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, the stream of consciousness writing done first thing in the morning. Much like journaling, there is no right or wrong way to it.
The technique is to fill exactly three sides of US Letter paper (A4 is close enough). The 3 pages are key as it forces you to commit and write that amount even if you are not feeling it.
Check out The Miracle of Morning Pages by Julia Cameron.
31) Enjoy The Quietness
Sometimes it can be nice to just sit there quietly and gather your own thoughts.
The morning has a special kind of silence. This can be done at home or you can take a short walk and sit somewhere you like and take in the quietness.
I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.Henry David Thoreau
32) Be Conscious About Your First Thought
One of my favourite morning ritual ideas. Your first thought of the day is often a good way to determine how the rest of your day will play out.
To build a morning ritual for success, be conscious about what you think as soon as you wake up and make a note of it.
As you do this over time you may be able to influence what your first thought of the day is to be something more positive.
33) Cross Yesterday Off
If you use a physical calendar, cross off the previous day. It helps to put that day behind and mentally focus on the day ahead.
If yesterday was a bad day, it gives you the chance to make today a great one.
Meditating is much more common nowadays than it was a few years ago.
The benefits of meditating are widely understood now and include enhancing self-awareness, controlling anxiety, and promoting emotional health.
An affirmation is where you say something out loud that you want to become. For example, you could say, I am going to get a promotion at work this year or I am going to run a marathon this year.
Visualising is a powerful tool that is commonly used by athletes – Connor McGregor being a prime example.
You visualize the outcome before it happens so that you become accustomed to the event before it happens.
You can use this to visualize how you want your life to be in a year’s time if you hit all your goals.
It will also be incredibly motivating and is a great morning ritual for success.
37) Read a Book
Take some time out to read a book. As the saying goes readers are leaders.
It helps to broaden your knowledge every day and gets your brain engaged first thing in the morning.
For more benefits of reading every day check out this post.
38) Learn to Speed Read
How do you read more books? Learn speed reading to double the number of books you can read.
I personally find Jim Kwik’s work on speed reading the best there is. Listen to this brilliant podcast by Jim Kwik and you will be speed reading in no time.
39) Learn One New Word
Expand your knowledge and vocabulary by learning the meaning of one new word a day.
Better still try and use that word in the next 24 hours. These are The 3 Best Sites to Learn a New Word Every Day.
When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a billionaire without paying taxes.Ernie Banks
40) Listen to a Podcast
Picking a great podcast to listen to is one of my favourite ways to learn new things.
What I particularly like is that you can stack it with other tasks. For example, every morning when I go for a run I put on a podcast.
41) Listen to an Audiobook
Very similar to listening to a podcast, you can also listen to lots of great audiobooks.
Again this is something that can be stacked with other tasks. If you listen to just ten minutes of an audiobook every day for a year, you would read a total of five books.
42) Watch/Listen To a Ted Talk
Never longer than 19 minutes and with some as short as five minutes, Ted Talks are a great quick addition to your morning rituals.
43) Listen To Uplifting Music
Listening to upbeat music can have a direct impact on our mood, particularly in the morning.
It gets us emotionally charged and tunes us into a more positive outlook for the day ahead.
So stick on your favourite tunes tomorrow morning.
44) Open Your Curtains
As soon as you wake up you should open your curtains.
It’s a great way to help you wake up with the sunlight coming through.
45) Read Some Inspiring Quotes
Reading some inspiring quotes first thing in the morning can really set the tone for the rest of your day. Start as you mean to go on.
Luckily I have already written a post of the most beautiful good morning quotes to inspire you every day. Go check it out.
This one is really simple but really effective. Every morning write down 3 things you are grateful for.
The science says that practicing gratitude can improve general well-being, increase resilience, strengthen social relationships, and reduce stress and depression.
Why wouldn’t you give it a go!
47) Read a Poem
Poems can also be used as a great source of inspiration. Check out this post for 75 Inspirational Poems.
Or why not check out some of these meaningful poems.
48) Set An Intention For The Day
Make it your mission every day to set a firm intention. This forces you to have clarity about what you want to get out of the day.
Here is a great guide about setting intentions for the day.
49) Watch The Sunrise
Seeing the sun come up is an incredible feeling, it also looks beautiful too.
Check out this article for all the benefits of rising with the sun.
50) Appreciate Nature
How much better do you feel when you have been out in nature?
Hopefully, the answer is – much better! If you are lucky enough to live near some woods or a big park go for a stroll and soak up everything nature has to offer.
51) Make Conversation With A Stranger
Put yourself out there and start a conversation with someone you don’t know.
If you go for a morning walk, say good morning to the first person you see.
You will be surprised by the warm reaction you will receive.
52) Compliment Someone You Don’t Know
Make someone else’s day by complimenting them. You could compliment a man on the shoes he is wearing, or a lady on the dress she is wearing.
Without knowing you will probably make that person feel a whole lot better.
53) A Random Act Of Kindness
Do something spontaneously kind.
If you pop to the shop in the morning, offer to buy someone’s milk for them.
54) Read a Blog Post
Read about a topic that interests you. Spend time in the morning reading something that you enjoy. It could be something motivational, or something to do with your favourite hobby.
If you want to read some great stuff why not subscribe to our blog by filling out the form below. (Shameless pitch)!
55) Do Sudoku
Sudoku is a great way to get your brain engaged every morning.
It can help to improve concentration, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote a healthy mindset.
Here are some puzzles to get you started.
56) Do a Crossword
Another way to get your brain engaged is to do a crossword. You don’t have to do the whole thing but give it a go for ten mins or so.
Here are some to get you started.
57) Learn Something New
Write down a list of the things that you want to learn. Order them by the ones you most want to learn first and get to work.
It could be something simple like learning how to write better, or something a little tougher like learning a new language.
58) Write Down 5 New Ideas
It could be anything – just get it down on a piece of paper. It could be some books you want to read, a sport you want to go and watch. Use your imagination.
It can be really useful to do a complete brain dump and just get everything out onto a piece of paper.
I always beat the sun up in the morning. It’s the secret to why I’m double trouble.Al Sharpton
59) Do Some Breathing Exercises
Working on your breathing can help to lower blood pressure, stress and anxiety.
There are lots of different types of breathing exercises you can do. Here is a good guide to get you started.
60) Learn One New Interesting Fact
It is surprising how many interesting facts out there that we don’t know.
Make it your mission to try and learn a new one every day. At the very least you will be a great team member in a pub quiz.
Here are 150 facts to get you going.
61) Avoid Your Phone
I bet the chances are that the first thing you pick up in the morning is your mobile phone.
Make a conscious effort to change this. Wake up, go and make a coffee, and read a book. Leave your phone well away.
62) No Social Media
After picking up your phone in the morning, the second thing most of us do is check social media. Stop!
Take a break from it – it doesn’t need to be one of the first things you do.
There are many benefits of taking a break from social media. Some include being aware of your thoughts and feelings and being present in the moment.
63) Get a Different Alarm Clock
To help with not picking your phone up as soon as you wake try using a different alarm clock every morning.
Here is a list of 7 unconventional alarm clocks for you to consider.
64) Read News For 5 Minutes Or Less
You can easily get sucked into reading too much news – flicking from one article to another.
Set yourself a rule that you will only spend 5 mins of your morning ritual looking at the news.
You definitely won’t feel like you are missing out
65) Don’t Read Any News
Better still, how about reading no news in the morning.
If you do really enjoy reading in the morning, make sure you read a book or a blog post about something that is useful.
You will feel a greater sense of accomplishment if you read something that is useful and you learn from.
66) Read Only Good News
If you still want to get your news fix, try and limit it to just good/positive news.
Reading something is a great way to start any day.
67) Keep a Dream Journal
This is probably one that feels a little strange. You are probably thinking you can hardly ever remember your dreams.
Well if you make a conscious effort in your mind that you are going to start recording what you dream about every night, you will start to remember more.
68) Tidy Up
Something you should probably be doing every day right?
Well if you don’t, take this time in the morning to quickly tidy up everywhere. It will feel like you have achieved something at the start of the day.
Check out Marie Kondo for more tips and tidying and decluttering.
69) Get Some Sun
Another one of my favourite morning ritual ideas.
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere with nice weather – go out and get some sun first thing in the morning.
Feel the sun’s warmth and let it penetrate your skin. Among many other benefits, getting your daily dose of sun is your best source of vitamin D.
70) Cuddle Someone You Love
Sometimes you need to just appreciate what you have and enjoy a cuddle with someone. It could be your partner, child, or friend.
Cuddling is scientifically proven to boost your immune system, increase bonding, and relieve stress and anxiety.
71) Spend Time With Someone You Love
Share your morning routine with someone you care about. You could make a commitment and keep each other accountable.
You will find that if you go through this process with someone else it will be much easier to stick to.
Not only that, you will enjoy spending quality time with someone you love.
72) Call Or Write To Someone
Have you been putting off speaking to someone recently? Make a conscious effort to call or write to them.
As this is part of your morning ritual it may be better to write them a nice letter.
Who doesn’t feel better after receiving a handwritten letter from someone?
73) Say I Love You
This one is so easy but it’s something we can easily forget.
Just say I love you to someone.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here are 10 reasons you should say I love you.
74) Make an Appreciation Journal
Start a journal where you make the effort to appreciate someone important in your life.
You could write one thing every day that you are appreciative of your partner. Show them at the end of the year when you 365 things you have written down.
If you want some other useful tips on how to show appreciation to your partner then check out this post.
Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.Meister Eckhart
75) Make Breakfast For Someone Special
It’s the little things that make all the difference.
Bring your partner’s favourite breakfast up to them in bed. Notice how you will both have a more positive day together.
It feels nice for you to do something nice for someone special to you. That special person also feels appreciated for you doing it.
76) Take Your Dog For a Walk
Get up and take the dog for a nice walk in the morning.
Not only will you get your exercise in for the day, but your pet will also love being taken out nice and early.
Other benefits of walking the dog include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, and stronger muscles and bones.
77) Play With Your Pets
If you love animals and have pets then the morning is the perfect time to spend some quality time with them.
Take the dog out into the garden and play frisbee with them. Sing to your budgies.
They will have fun and you will too.
78) Review Your Goals
The morning is a great time to keep on track of all your goals. If you haven’t already got any goals then you probably need to use this time to set some.
If you need some help setting goals, check out this post by James Clear.
79) Re-write Your Goals Multiple Times
Scott Adam, the creator of Dilbert used this technique to become one of the most successful comic strip writers in the world.
By continually writing your goals down it helps to reinforce the beliefs that you are going to achieve your goals.
80) Review/Make a To-Do List For The Day
If you can – try to make your to-do list the night before. In the morning you can remind yourself of what needs to be done and just crack on with it.
By making a to-do list it helps to clear your mind so you can focus on each task with clarity of thought and purpose.
81) Plan Your Day
Ever heard the saying, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”? Well, this can certainly apply to your everyday life too.
Planning your day gives you clarity on what you want/need to do. Go one step further and time block for your most important task.
Don’t let anything else distract you when you are working through a time block
82) Figure Out How To Achieve Your Goals
If you have got some goals that you haven’t quite figured out how you are going to achieve them yet, then the morning is a great time to work on them.
Work back from the ultimate goal to figure out what you need to do. Write this down, then stick to the plan.
If you run a blog or are writing a book, or just love to write then the morning is a great time to get your writing in.
By practicing this daily you will become a better writer. If you want some more tips on how to become a better writer then have a look at this post.
84) Listen To Darren Daily
Darren Hardy is the author of The Compound Effect and also the host of Darren Daily.
Every day he shares some actionable self-development tips in short bite-size podcast episodes.
85) Seth Godin’s Daily Blog Post
Go and subscribe to Seth’s newsletter. Seth typically writes about doing work that matters.
Seth has over 1 million readers of his newsletter so it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.
86) Read a Small Section of Tools of Titans
A great book by Tim Ferris. There are lots of short sections which contain advice and tips from some of the most successful people in the world.
It gives you a great insight into their way of thinking and what makes them tick.
87) Keep Track Of Your Distractions
A great way to identify what is causing something is to track it. Much like when you begin a diet you are asked to track your calories.
Every time you get distracted by something, make a tick on your piece of paper.
If you keep this habit up for a few weeks you will identify what keeps distracting you and you can figure out how to change it.
88) Eat That Frog
What I can see you thinking? The term was coined by Brian Tracy in his book Eat That Frog.
It basically means get the most important task done first. That way you can focus on the rest of the day without worrying about the task you need to get done.
So…Eat That Frog.
89) Do Your Procrastination Jobs
First, create a list of all the tasks you are procrastinating over. Then every morning, put a small amount of time aside to focus on those tasks and finish them.
Soon you will be knocking down the items on that to-do list quicker than Usain Bolt runs the 100 metres!
90) Work On a Side Hustle
Sometimes the only spare time you will get to work on a side hustle will be in the mornings.
If you are still working full time it can be hard to find any time. No excuses anymore.
One of your morning rituals for success can be to work on your side hustle.
91) Create Something
Use the time creatively to make something. Like a lot of suggestions on this list, we can make use of this time to do something we are passionate about.
Let’s say you are an aspiring actor/actress but haven’t made the big screens yet. Make a short film.
Some other ideas could be to put together a bouquet of flowers, finish your latest piece of artwork, or record a podcast.
The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone.Rumi
92) Do SAVERS
This is a method used by Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning.
S – Silence
A – Affirmations
V – Visualisation
E – Exercise
R – Reading
S – Scribing
A great technique to have a fantastic start to your day.
93) The 20/20/20 Formula
This is the method described by Robin Sharma in The 5am Club.
You spend 20 minutes on your healthset, heartset and soulset.
Check out The Robin Sharma Guide to A Successful Morning for more on this method.
94) Review Your Financial Goals
The morning can be a great time to review your financial goals to make sure you are on track.
Have you set a goal to save up a certain amount this year? If so make sure you are where you need to be.
If not, figure out what you can do to get back on track.
95) Review Your Previous Days Spending
This is a great little hack to help you be aware of what you are spending your money on.
By forcing yourself to look over what you spent the previous day you will start to notice trends about your spending.
Are you buying a coffee on most days? If so, how much could you save by not buying one every day?
96) Start a New Saving Habit
Every morning make a small savings habit.
Put aside £1 or $1 every day for a year. This small seemingly insignificant amount will mean you will have £365 or $365 at the end of the year.
Treat yourself or use it to buy something for someone special.
97) Learn Something About Investing
Become more financially literate. Use the morning time to increase your knowledge of money and investing.
Pick a good book or listen to a podcast like Dave Ramseys – you will pick up lots of useful tips.
Morning Routines of Successful People
98) Jennifer Aniston
Her morning routine starts with washing her face with soap, drinking some hot water with lemon, and finally meditates for twenty minutes.
99) Oprah Winfrey
She will start each morning with twenty minutes of sitting meditation. By every morning that means not skipping holidays or weekends.
Sitting in stillness helps to fill her with hope, deep joy, and a sense of contentment. On busy days she may cut it down to 10 minutes if needed.
100) Tim Ferris
Tim starts every day by cleaning his bedroom and his mind. He gets the easiest, most annoying task done first. Making his bed.
This gives him a quick win in the morning and gives him a feeling of pride and achievement. Never a bad way to start a day.
101) Lea Michele
After drinking a cup of coffee as soon as she wakes up, Lea takes a steam shower. The steaming helps her to depuff and sweat all the bad toxins out of her body.
She will also exfoliate using a homemade formula of coconut oil, sea salt or brown sugar and olive oil.
102) Richard Branson
Richard gets up at around 5am, will do his workout and eat breakfast. Next, and most importantly, he will spend some time with his family every morning.
The quality time with his family puts him in the right frame of mind before getting on with work.
103) Julianne Hough
Julianne likes to start each day off positively by performing her own gratitude ritual.
After waking up at 6:30 am she will sit in her bed and think of 5 things she is grateful for that have either happened or wants to do that day.
104) David Karp
David, the founder of Tumblr says that reading emails at home never feels right and is definitely not productive. He saves it until he gets into the office.
This morning ritual is about what not to do which is very important.
105) Kate Hudson
Part of Kate’s morning rituals for success is to use an ice bath.
However, this is not your typical ice bath, it is a facial ice bath. She fills a bowl with water and a lot of ice and sticks her face in it for as long as possible.
Good luck trying this one!
106) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark likes to eliminate any unnecessary choices each morning.
He is known to have 20 identical grey t-shirts in his cupboard. The lack of choice enables him to avoid decision fatigue and put all of his focus on his business.
107) Steve Jobs
Steve kept things pretty simple by asking just one question. “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing today?”
This helped him to pursue all his dreams whilst staying level headed.
108) Jane Austin
Jane would wake up and then immediately play the piano. Following this she would make and eat breakfast with her family and then start writing
109) Queen Elizabeth II
Her Royal Highness wakes up at 7:30 am and drinks a cup of English breakfast tea.
After a bath, she joins husband Prince Philip for a bowl of cereal. She will then catch on the racing news.
How incredibly normal does that sound!
The composer started each morning by counting exactly 60 beans of coffee for his morning cup.
He would then work at his desk until the afternoon, writing music and taking the occasional stroll around his garden.
111) Marilyn Monroe
The Hollywood star would start her morning with a high protein meal. She would have two eggs mixed together with some milk and then guzzle it.
This would be followed by a multivitamin pill and a shower.
112) Charles Dickens
Charles would keep things incredibly simple for his morning ritual.
He would wake at sunrise, have breakfast by 8 am, then write in his study from 9 am until 2 pm. According to records kept by his son this routine was repeated every day.
113) Audrey Hepburn
There must be something about film stars and high protein breakfasts.
Audrey would start her day with two eggs and a slice of wholemeal toast. She never skipped breakfast even when on a detox.
114) Jessica Ennis-Hill
The morning routine of champions. Well, it is actually pretty normal.
At 7:30, Jessica would walk her dog. When returning she would have a bowl of cereal and orange juice. At 9 am she would be gearing up to start her training.
115) Gloria Steinhem
Gloria starts off her day by catching up on all the news whilst she is getting ready. Next up it is some scrambled eggs.
116) Winston Churchill
It’s reported that Churchill liked a cigar and some whiskey first thing in the morning.
However, when in office, he allegedly woke up at 7:30 am, then stayed in bed for hours eating breakfast and scanning the newspapers. He would get up at about 11am.
This one’s a bit different isn’t it!
117) Barack Obama
Obama liked to get his fitness routine out of the way first thing in the morning. He would start with his cardio and weight routine.
Then he would make time for breakfast with his daughters.
118) Kara Goldin
The CEO of Hint Water checks her emails immediately after waking up.
After waking up at 5 am she will head into her inbox.This allows her to have a clear understanding of what needs to be done that day.
119) Gary Vaynerchuk
The founder of VaynerMedia and social media icon has a very long morning routine that lasts for 3 hours.
He starts by catching up on the news on ESPN and Business Insider. Then heads over to Twitter to touch base with his huge following.
On his way to the office he will call mum, dad or sister
120) Scott Adams
The creator of Dilbert’s first 20 minutes of every day is exactly the same, every day.
He does a morning workout, then treats himself to a coffee and protein bar.
121) John Paul DeJoria
The billionaire starts his day the same no matter where he is.
For the first five minutes after waking up he stays in bed, reflecting in silence. Then he will review his calendar for the day and check-in with his assistants.
Interestingly checking emails is not part of the morning routine.
122) Brad Lande
The head of Birchbox man has not always been a morning person. However, his morning routine is now extremely rigid and it goes like this:
- Hot water with lemon
- Face oil
- Breakfast smoothie
123) Kevin O’Leary
Sharktank inverter and Chairman of O’Leary Financial wakes up at 5:30 to check the Asian and European bond markets.
After that he will work out for 45 minutes whilst watching some business TV.
124) Andrew Yang
The CEO of Venture for America keeps things simple.
He will push his dog off him. Then check on his son and spend time with him if he is awake. If not he will head over to the gym.
125) Kat Cole
The group president of FOCUS Brands starts her day by drinking 24 ounces of water.
This is a habit she picked up doing humanitarian work in Africa.
Her routine also includes working out, and generally a breakfast or coffee meeting as well.
126) Fran Tarkenton
NFL Hall of Famer has followed the same morning routine for decades.
Every morning he will read lots of different newspapers. He then looks after his dogs, and does some light exercise, followed by a healthy breakfast.
127) Cal Newport
The author of Deep Work (link) starts his day by immediately drinking a glass of water and will then take the dog for a walk.
Whilst on the walk he will listen to a podcast and then do some pull-ups at the local park.
128) Cheryl Bachelder
The CEO of Popeyes starts her day with some music, a habit she started in her childhood.
Following this, she will spend some time reading and then doing some writing for her blog.
129) Nir Eyal
The habit change expert has a morning routine that starts the night before. For more on evening routines check out (my link).
At 10 pm a timer shuts off his internet connection and he charges his phone outside of his bedroom.
This allows him to spend more time with his wife and get to bed at a reasonable hour.
3 Best Books on Morning Routines
My journey in formulating a morning plan that I stick to every day started with picking up some books and implementing the strategies suggested in them. Here are my 3 favourite books on morning routines that are all told in different ways.
The Miracle Morning
The Miracle Morning was the first book that inspired me to start working on a morning routine. The book is clear and concise and gives great actionable steps. Make sure you check this one out.
The 5 am Club
This book is written by the famous self-development teacher Robin Sharma. Different from most self-development books it is told in the form of a story. Completely unique and inspiring.
My Morning Routine
Probably less well known than the previous two it is still a great read. This book is different in that it looks at the routines of well-known people. You can take bits from them and build your own routine that uses the best parts of each of them.
To Sum Up
Hopefully, this HUGE list of morning rituals has given you some great ideas for your morning routine.
As we noted before there is no right or wrong way to do your morning routine it is just important you have one.
Don’t try to implement loads of the rituals in this list all at once as it will feel overwhelming. My advice is to pick 4-6 and stick with them for a few weeks and see how you go.
If you are not feeling some of them, switch it up until you land on the right combination for you. It may take some tweaking but you will get there in the end.
Lastly, I would love to hear any other rituals you do that I haven’t mentioned on the list. Drop them in the comments below.
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