It’s One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to have a structured morning routine to follow. The most successful people tend to create a do-able morning routine so they can get up and start the day on their own terms. Investing in yourself right when you get up before anyone has a chance to influence your mood, will set you up for a successful day. 

1. Start Your Day on Your Terms

One of the biggest benefits of having a morning routine is that you are beginning your day the way you want to. If you wake up in a bad mood or with bad news right away, you can take the time you need to overcome it. Incorporate meditation into your routine to give yourself a time of focus and calm. 

2. Creating a Goal Sheet to Stay Focused

Just like making a list for going to the grocery store and writing down chores that you want to get done, creating a goal sheet is vital to staying on track.  No matter if they are short term goals or long term goals, having a written or printed paper you can go back to will help you keep them on your mind. There isn’t a goal too small or too large, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. 

As you begin to reach your goals, mark them off. This is a great way to keep you motivated as you see that you are marking things off of your list. When things look like they are not adding up or that you are at a standstill, you will have something to look back on and see how far you have come. 

3. Writing a To-Do List in Line With Your Goals

Think about your future and where you want to be. Do you want to have the current job you have in 5 years? Do you want to be in the same house you are in 5 years down the road? If the answer is no to any of these, make a to-do list for your goals. 

Write down the steps you need to take to get to where you want to be. Mark them off as you go, that way you can see the progress being made. Staying motivated and positive about your goals will help to keep you on track. 

4. A Body in Motion Stays in Motion

Exercise can be a very important part of your day. By trying to get your workout done in the morning hours before your day starts, you will be allowing yourself to be more productive, focused, and optimistic. It sets an expectation for your day and gets you moving. 

Not only will it wake you up in the morning and make you feel more energized, but it can also aid in helping you to sleep better at night. The healthy choices you make to begin your day will follow you throughout the rest of your day. More than likely you will make better choices about the food that you eat as well. 

About the author: Ryan Cote started The Morning Upgrade Blog to inspire other people to put a morning routine in place. He writes about health, mindset, and learning and how he uses his morning routine to help him develop in these areas.