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morning routine: 8 habits for a more productive day

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
— Jim Rohn

For people who are not naturally more nocturnal, like me, mornings can feel like our mortal enemy. It's important to establish routines so we can be more organized, have more control, and ultimately be more productive. I'm not a planner, but I've com to appreciate routines, and structure. Going with the flow is great, but sometimes we need to establish a framework to help us achieve our goals. Our habits define us. I've included my favorite tips below. Read the full article here. Happy Monday.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
— Aristotle

1. Go to bed at the same time every night.

It’s easier said than done when you have all of season four of your favorite show to catch up on, but maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is the first step toward having a great next day.

We've all heard the old adage: We need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night to function at full capacity the next day. Our brains recover from the day when we bask in the world of dreams, so upgrade your schedule by hitting the hay at the same time every night.

2. Make your bed.

You may think it’s a hassle, but make your bed as soon as you wake up. It will help you get started on a productive path, setting you up to complete your long to-do list.

6. Do a two-minute plank.

When Elle Woods famously noted in one of my all-time favorite flicks, "Legally Blonde," that exercise makes you happy, she was definitely on to something. There's no denying that a nice workout helps put you in the right mood for the day.

Even so, squeezing in a morning sweat session isn’t always practical. When that’s the case, try starting your day with a two-minute plank.

Planking is a fantastic full-body workout. It strengthens your core, arms and legs without any of the exhausting effort you’d otherwise need to exert. Plus, you’ll get that much-needed kick to jumpstart an awesome day.

8. Do a five-minute journal.

While you’re sipping your morning cup of coffee, write in a journal. I know writing more than you already do at work can seem taxing, but this doesn’t have to be the next great American novel. Set a timer for just five minutes and let it rip.

Try writing down a list of things you’re grateful for or things you need to do today. It really can make a huge difference, and it will help relieve any stress you might be feeling.

It’s time to seize the day!

via Elite Daily