We've all heard the classic words from our friend Benjamin Franklin, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." I would agree with my fellow Benjamin's words and add in my own suggestions as well. Not only is it important to retire to bed at a reasonable time and wake up earlier than later, it is also important to take advantage of those first few hours we have to ourselves before we go into work, class, or start running errands for the family.
As to how best to create a successful morning routine? Here are a few of my suggestions...
(1) Set a good time to wake up. 7 or 8 hours of sleep should be sufficient. Early is better because it gets you a head start on others.
(2) Workout. 30-45 minutes of exercise is a must. Plan your workout and routine beforehand. If you know what you are going to do (run, bike, gym) before the morning arrives then you will be much more likely to actually get out of bed and do it.
(3) Stay off social media. Statistically, the thing people do first when they wake up is look at their phone and social media; this is usually not a good move. If possible, the morning should be for you!
(4) Eat a full meal. Don't just call it with a piece of toast, eat a full rounded meal with protein and grains.
(5) Plan & meditate. I'm a firm believer in doing most of the planning the night before, but it's helpful to still take a few moments to go over what you need to accomplish during the day. I do most of my planning on a calendar app on my phone and I've found that is very helpful to always have my schedule with me for reference.
There's never a "perfect" remedy to a morning routine, but these are a few of the things that are working in my own life. Starting the day in the correct way will make all the difference, believe me.
Now go do something amazing,