Give Your Morning Routine a Boost of Productivity
August 22 2016
Some say it's not how you start the race but how you finish that matters. When it comes to jump-starting your day, though, a solid start never hurts. Here are a few tips for developing a morning routine geared toward long-term success.
Learning From the Best
How does Tony Robbins, one of the world's most successful performance coaches, start his day? By submerging himself in 57-degree water for a full minute. If an ice-cold plunge or cryotherapy tank isn't your speed, a chilly shower may do the trick to increase alertness. From there, Robbins takes a few minutes to do an ancient yoga breathing exercise, and then he turns his focus to expressing gratitude and praying before fueling up at the breakfast table.
Ex-Navy SEAL Mark Divine also takes the time to breathe and reflect, but not before enjoying some quiet time and drinking a fresh glass of filtered water. Divine also supplements his routine with some light yoga, particularly sun salutations, or a brisk walk before mentally planning and visualizing the successful day ahead.
Making the Routine Stick
How do you put some of these ideas into practice and develop a long-lasting routine? One option is Rob Norback's Habit Starter Checklist, which consists of the five Rs:
- Reminder: Want to run in the morning? Lay out your running shoes the night before.
- Routine: Make changes in small, easily achievable increments.
- Reward: When you succeed, reward yourself.
- Rehearse: Stick to the new routine no matter what.
- Record: Track your progress.
Travis McAshan provides an alternative with his Bruce Lee Challenge. The five-step plan includes the following:
- Create a general goal, such as running first thing every morning.
- Identify a measurable objective, such as adding two minutes to your run each day.
- Get started immediately.
- Practice this new routine for 21 days.
- After 21 days, review your routine and adjust as needed.