22 Daily Routine Habits for an Amazing Start to Your Day
Many people have trouble with their habits because they don’t follow a morning routine “system” for sticking to them.
It’s easy to forget about a new routine when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.
If you follow a “morning routine” every day, you’ll create a short ritual (under 30 minutes) where you can complete a number of small habits that can improve your life.
The trick here is knowing which habits to include in your morning routine.
In this post, we’ll go over 22 ideas that take under five minutes apiece.
Let’s get to it.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
Before we jump into the habits, let's take a moment and talk about the benefits of a morning routine. For starters, people are the most productive when they wake up, and setting up a routine ensures that they maintain that level of productivity for longer periods of time.
Following a system when you first wake up, means you’ll have more time to reflect in a quiet atmosphere (less hustle and bustle) and it gives you the opportunity to be organized for the rest of the day. More importantly, this daily habit helps you create energy and the right “mindset” to tackle the challenges of a busy day. (For more on this concept, check out my book Wake Up Successful.)
The good news?
Everything in the following list can be accomplished in as little as five minutes. So you can stack one habit on top of another and complete a lot of important things in a single block of 30 minutes.
Simply look at the following list and choose the habits that make the most sense for your lifestyle.
1. Fix Your Broken Windows
No, you don’t have any actual broken windows, but you probably have a number of small things that add to your stress levels if you don't address them early on.
Some common broken windows include:
- Unmade beds
- Cluttered mail
- Unsorted laundry
- Messy kitchen
- Trash that needs to be taken out
Most of these can be fixed in a matter of minutes, yet we allow ourselves to ignore them and let them sit in the back of our minds for the rest of the day. Take care of your broken windows and then you'll see a dramatic decrease in your levels of stress.
2. Weigh Yourself Every Day
I know, this isn't something that you want to hear. But, weighing yourself on a regular basis can help you establish clear health and fitness goals. Also, it's important to know that your weight will fluctuate on a daily basis, so you don't have to be bummed if your weight goes up for a day or two. Finally, be sure you weigh yourself at the same time for the most accurate results.
3. Practice Rebounding
Rebounding is a trendy new exercise routine that is changing how people start their day. You need a small trampoline (here’s one that I have personally used).
There are numerous benefits to rebounding:
- Cleared sinuses
- Toned muscles
- Stronger lymphatic system
- Increased creativity
One of the best things about rebounding is that it doesn't take up a lot of space. Whether you live in an apartment or a home of your own, you can start rebounding right away.
Learn more about rebounding here: Rebounding: My Exercise Of Choice For The New Year
4. Have a Glass of Cold Water with Lemon
Start your day by drinking a 16 ounce glass of lemon water. (Make sure your drinking water is clean and safe by using a quality water filter pitcher). We’re not talking about putting in a whole lemon and juicing it. Instead it’s better to do just a few drops.
This habit helps you:
- Wake up faster
- Freshen your breath
- Get large amounts of vitamins
- Reduce the feeling of hunger
- Aid your digestive system
This is a lot easier to do than it seems, and it's a great way to start your day. All you need to do is pour some water into a glass and add a couple drops of lemon juice. Easy, right?
Learn more about lemon water benefits: 10 Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water In The Morning
5. Take Daily Vitamins
Daily vitamins are a must for anyone, and you'll feel better about your day if you take them on a consistent basis.
Vitamins are essential because they:
- Help build a stronger immune system
- Increase awareness
- Ensures your body gets essential nutrients
- Build stronger bone
Vitamins can give your body the boost it needs to get started and help your mind stay focused throughout the day. Be sure to read the directions on specific vitamins so that you are taking them properly.
Learn more about the benefits of taking vitamins daily: Potential Benefits of Multivitamins
6. Maintain a Food Journal
This is another aspect of your morning that you probably don't want to do, but need to do if you want to lose weight. Maintaining a food journal helps you see exactly what you’re putting into your body and how much you’re eating. You'd be surprised at just how much you consume in a given day.
Food journals are effective because they:
- Make you responsible for what you eat
- Give you a physical representation of your daily habits
- Encourage you to avoid little "snacks"
- Help you meet your health goals
Food journals might seem like a negative thing at first, but you'll soon be able to take pride in recording what you eat.
Check out this site to learn more about food journals: The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal
7. Review Your Goals
Everybody has goals. Whether they are big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish. Sadly, the daily hustle and bustle of life can make us get off track.
You need to review your goals so that you can:
- Create plans to reach those goals
- Put your day in perspective
- Know what’s important to accomplish
You can set goals for the day or the year, but you can't just aimlessly wander around on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you use every minute for what it's worth and accomplish what you set out for.
Here is a great link on how to set the right goals for you: Goal Setting Guide
8. Use the Lift App
The Coach.me app is a great tool for maintaining and sticking to new habits. It's like having a coach in your pocket, for better and worse. You'll be held accountable for your activities and goals through Lift.do.
This app will help you:
- Visualize your progress
- Receive step-by-step coaching (on specific habits or goals)
- Develop winning habits
- Get encouragement from friends and strangers
Did I mention that Lift.do is free? It's supported on both Apple's Store and the Android store, so be sure to download it now and get back on track!
9. Let the Natural Light In
Remember when your parents would come into your room and open the blinds? While it may not be fun to wake up to, natural light does help you get started on the right foot.
Natural light has a number of different advantages, including:
- Aiding in mood and perception
- Enabling the performance of tasks
- Controlling the body's Circadian system
This tip is only helpful if the sun is up, but it's an essential one that you should turn into a regular habit. At the very least, it helps you lower your bills because you're not using as much light during the day.
Learn more about the benefit of natural light here: Benefits of Natural Light
10. Make an Antioxidant Smoothie
If you need a quick pick-me-up, you should try making an antioxidant smoothie. They help you get the necessary nutrients and vitamins in a simple and tasty form.
My personal favorite consists of:
- 1 cup of frozen berry mix (usually containing strawberries, cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 4 ounces of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 2 Tbsp of milled flax
Just blend all of the ingredients together until they are smooth and take your smoothie on the go. Make it as thick or smooth as you want by adding or subtracting water. It tastes great and will satisfy even the pickiest in the family.
Here are 20 more great healthy smoothie recipes you can try!
11. Eat Other Nutritious Foods
Of course, you can't just live off of smoothies for the rest of your life. There are plenty of other foods that you can have for breakfast that are really beneficial to your performance.
Some suggestions that I recommend are:
- Having a small bowl of berries
- Eating a breakfast bar
- Sprinkling granola or nuts on yogurt
- Putting an egg on a high-fiber English muffin
All of these options are healthy for you and you can mix things up to your liking. Never stick with the same thing because your body can get used to it. It pays to try new things!
12. Meditate for 5 Minutes
Meditation is about maintaining focus on one thing (such as your breathing or the sounds of the ocean) and blocking out any other distractions.
Meditation has been proven to have numerous benefits, including:
- Less stress
- More creativity
- Better focus
- Increased memory
Some people meditate for hours on end while others just take a few minutes out of their mornings. I suggest you start by meditating for a few minutes, so it fits into your morning routine. And if you like it, you can increase the length of time that you do it.
Learn how to meditate: Meditation for Beginners.
13. Yoga for 10 Minutes
Still not buying into the idea of meditation? That's okay, you can give yoga a try instead. Some of the core ideas are the same, but yoga has a more active approach then pure meditation.
Yoga is great for you because it can:
- Increase your lung capacity
- Help with memory
- Lower the risk of heart disease
- Relieve anxiety
Yoga has been practiced for years, and it's not like other exercises that are just fads or trends. It's easy to get started and can have a huge impact on how your body reacts for the rest of the day.
Get started on the right foot: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga
14. Have a Mint
Mints can do more than just freshen your breath. You can suck on an Altoid, chew some strong mint-flavored gum, brush your teeth with mint toothpaste, or dab some peppermint essential oil under your nostrils if you want; the choice is up to you.
The reason you want to do something with mint is because it:
- Increases mental alertness
- Is a natural stimulant
- Helps with memory loss
Mint can be used in a number of different ways, and how you choose to use it will change what it does. It can be ingested (when directed) or applied to the skin for other benefits.
Here's a great list of all the things mint can do for you: Health Benefits of Mint
15. Have a Jam Session
Who doesn't like to rock out to their favorite song? Whether you have one tried and true classic or a new song you can't get out of your head, you can start the day by getting fired up.
Everyone knows what it feels like to find that perfect song that gets you in the right mood, and that's exactly what you are going for. Be sure to mind everyone in the home or apartment, but don't be afraid to let loose and have a good time. You'll be happy you did.
If you need some good tunes, Pandora is a great start.
16. Text Something Encouraging
Sometimes, it's about doing something for others that will make you feel better about yourself. Take a moment to send that special someone a few words of encouragement. It doesn't have to be anything big, but you'll feel better about yourself afterwards.
Encouraging others is a core part of having a better outlook on life, and that's why there are so many volunteers in the world. We understand more about ourselves when we can see things from a different angle, and that helps center our own lives. It only takes a few minutes and can make a world of a difference.
True happiness will never come from the things we "get" but how we view the world. SO why not try to make other peoples days brighter, and improve your own worldview.
17. Leave a Note for Your Loved One
If you can't seem to think of anyone to text, you can also leave a note for your loved one to discover. There are tons of ways to make someone's day, and it's even better if they don't have a clue about it.
Here are some examples that you can use:
- Leave a note on the pillow
- Pack your child's lunch and put a sweet message in it
- Place a kind word of encouragement in a backpack or briefcase
No matter what you plan on doing, you're sure to brighten someone's day, as well as yours, with this simple gesture.
Learn more about why helping others make us happy here: 55 Unique Places to Leave Love Notes
18. Recite Affirmations
Sometimes you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you are capable of tackling the world. We spend too much time focusing on what we can't do and not enough time building up our self-esteem. Take a minute to tell yourself these phrases:
- “I am a generous person”
- “I am making a difference in the world”
- “I will accomplish my goals today”
When you speak phrases like this, you begin to believe just how much you can accomplish. Stand tall and look in the mirror before speaking. Nothing can hold you back!
Find more affirmations on this page.
19. Read Your Favorite Blog or a chapter in your newest books.
It doesn't matter what you’re interested in, reading your favorite blog in the morning is a great way to kick off the day. We get excited about news we care about, and that can help us have new talking points throughout the day. Our focus tends to increase when we are curious about the topic, and that's why you should read what you care about.
While it is good to read a little bit, be sure not to get too into your reading and fall behind on your schedule. Read just a few of the most interesting topics and move on to the next habit.
20. Read an Inspirational Passage
Inspiration can come from the most unique places, and we all have a few stories or passages that we hold close to our hearts. They can be religious or just enlightening, but they still carry a lot of weight.
Reading passages that help us through the day will give us the strength we need each and every morning. Don't just rely on the regular quotes, though. Be sure to look around and see if you can find some new ones that move you and encourage you in new ways.
This page has a collection of great passages.
21. Sign into an Online Forum or Facebook Group
Find an online forum or Facebook Group that matches your personal interests or habits. Then spend a few minutes in the morning interacting with people on this website. There are a number of reasons why this is a necessary step to success. Here are some of the most important:
- They hold you accountable for your actions
- You can connect with like-minded people
- You'll find new tips
- It's easier to track your progress
No matter what you hope to accomplish, having the right support group there for you can make a huge difference. Don't feel like it's an act of weakness, do the right thing and create an account to network and change your life!
22. Create a Most Important Tasks (MITs) List
There are a number of habits you can follow to overcome procrastination and take action on a consistent basis. The most important of them all is the “Most Important Tasks” (MITs) list. The idea here is to look at your schedule/goals and pick the few tasks that will have the biggest long-term impact on your life. Simply identify these tasks and start your workday by completing them before anything else.
Best Results = Habit Stacking
As you can see, there are 22 different small habits that can be added to any morning routine. While you don’t have to do them all, I do suggest following a simple strategy that I call “habit stacking.”
With habit stacking you create a process flow where you put everything in a logical order where you go from room to room and complete one task after another. (Example: Start the day by making your bed and opening the curtains.) The idea here is to establish a routine where you complete a number of positive habits without even thinking about it. You can even write down this routine and follow it as a daily checklist every morning.
How to Build Your Perfect Morning Routine
In 30 minutes a day, you can be on your way to a happier, healthier life. There is no suggestion that one small habit is important than the other. Instead it’s up to you to find the ones that best work for your situation.
The hardest part of starting a morning routine is getting started. My advice is to create the habit of following this process. Sign up for it using the Lift app, then check in on a daily basis. And once you’ve established that habit, play around with the different quick habits until find the ones that best fit your lifestyle.
Now it’s your turn.
Do you follow a certain routine in the morning? Does it include completing certain habits?
If so, tell me all about it in the comment section below.