The importance of having a morning ritual

Remember to eat that frog! nom nom

Coffee, crossword and galsses on a table

How much time do you spend in the morning getting ready for your day?

I’m going to explain a simple concept that will help you get more stuff done in your daily life. Some various tips and tricks to tackle your tasks and motivate yourself in doing so.

The trick I’m going to learn you will help you tackle your most energy- and motivation-draining tasks as soon as possible. And by doing so, go on with your day being more motivated and energized.

What you should do to be more productive is to set up a healthy morning ritual: A set of tasks that you always do in the morning in the correct order so that you can get some consistency in your life.

By setting up a morning routine you will also be able to remember all the things you need to do before starting your day, and it will allow you to optimize those tasks (If you always do the things in the same order you will be able to do them faster)

Plan your next day the night before

Before you go to sleep you should set up a plan for the next day, with the most important task first. Also do packing and similar things in the night before so you don’t have to run around in the morning looking for all your stuff.

A typical morning routine could be:

  • Get up
  • Have a shower
  • Brush your teeth
  • Get dressed
  • Brew coffee
  • Eat breakfast
  • Plan your day
  • Get going.

My usual morning routine for success

My morning routine looks as follows, note that I don’t eat breakfast as part of doing intermittent fasting (I’ll write a post on this soon). Also I always aim to hit the gym first thing in the morning before work to get energized.

  • Get up
  • Get dressed for the gym
  • Brew a cup of coffee and put it in my reusable takeaway-cup
  • Hit the gym
  • Shower at gym and change to work clothes
  • Go to work

To be able to do this routine as hassle-free as possible I always put my gym clothes beside the bed the night before, and pack my work clothes and everything I need in my duffle-bag. When I get up in the morning the only thing I’ll have to do is to brew the coffee and get dressed to get started on my first thing (going to the gym).

The reason to exercise in the morning is to get rid of sluggishness and you will be more energized to go on with your tasks. Read also: 6 reasons to exercise regularly

Spend 10 minutes planning your day.

After the gym, when I get to the office, I usually spend about 10 minutes going through the tasks I have for the day and sort them by their importance.

Always put your biggest task, or your “frog”, first on the list.

The concept of the frog comes from the book Eat that frog. Which explains that it’s from a quote by Mark Twain:

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

The reason for putting your hardest task (Frog) first is that when you have finished it, it will feel like a big win and you will be motivated taking on the next task.

Another reason to put the biggest/hardest part first, is that the glucose levels in your brain are full and you will have more willpower and focus to get it done.

What is your morning routine?

8 Comments

  1. Great post highlighting the disciplines necessary for creating success. I place a high priority on what I allow to influence me and setting up my day by creating a strong morning ritual allows me to set my vibration high and ensure I am creating my day rather than being created upon.

  2. Awesome post Nathan! A morning routine is so important. When mine goes out of whack, it’s harder to get my day back on track.
    Instead of having breakfast, an great idea is to have a green smoothies… so green vegetables and fruits. It helps clear your system after a whole night of fasting. It works wonders for your natural energy levels too!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Yeah green smothies are the bomb! So much nutrition getting into the body =)
      I usually break my fast around 12 with a “real” meal, which usually has a lot of salads and greens in it.

  3. Great article Jonathan. It has been documented that the most successful people of our time follow a strict morning ritual that serves as of the keys to their success. This is so important because it sets the mood of your day and if you feel great, chances are your day will be as productive as well.

    My morning ritual includes 20 minutes of yoga/meditation, a cup of coffee and chat with my wife, and motivational material/audio while in commute.

    • Thanks Noel!

      Sounds like a solid routine =)

      The audiobook while commuting is gold worth. (As long as you can focus a little bit on it)
      By listening to someone talk about success before starting work etc it really sets the mood for a successful day!

  4. morning rituals are necessary, it helps start your day right all the time

  5. Thanks for this reminder Jonathan! Morning rituals are important. Honestly, rituals are important. I have been taking a hard look at my ‘rituals’ to determine how they are helping me move forward. I use to chastise myself in not keeping a routine a ritual going… so I had to stop the beating up and look at what was working and tweak the areas that were getting in my way! The morning sets the tone as you remind in this post! So if you can get off to a good start the wheels start moving in that direction. Patience and awareness are necessary to assist! I have to stop the ‘beat-ups’ and be kinder to MY process. Positive actions get rewarded!! thank you!

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