Morning routines are nothing new. It's likely you'll have your own routine in the works but how effective is it? Many people won't want to change up their mornings for fear of getting off to a bad start. Well, these people are far too comfortable. If your morning routine is providing you with nothing more than comfort and perhaps more sleep time, it's time to shake it up. Here is how to bring max productivity to your morning with the five M's. Enjoy!
1. M Is For Morning Journaling
In our busy, day-to-day lives, our minds end up collecting a lot of nonsense, fears, negativity or worse. Morning journaling is one of the best ways to resolve this.
Morning pages is a creativity-unblocking technique first described in Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. It involves writing three pages by hand before you do anything else in the morning. Try it out and see what you think - it could be truly life-changing.
It really works because you declutter your mind and get rid of all your distractions before your work day has even started.
2. M Is For Meditation
Meditation is different for everyone. You are certainly not limited to sitting cross-legged saying "OOOM".
Meditation is one of the best and most effective ways to keep your mind calm.
People typically spend 5-10 minutes on meditation each morning. There are great apps for a guided meditation - the Headspace app is particularly popular.
But more than anything else meditation helps you to stay focused and on track with a stronger and more balanced mindset. If meditation is new to you research what type would be best for you and give it a go. Meditation can be done in various ways such as listening to an app which takes you through a guided meditation, walking or even running.
Meditation is a highly personal act, so experiment until you find a way that "clicks."
3. M Is For Make The Bed
It sounds odd but If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It sends a message to your brain that you're not a slacker and it gives you a small sense of accomplishment encouraging you to continue to complete tasks, throughout the day.
4. M is for Morning Meal
If you want a supercharged, productive day, your body needs fuel via your morning meal.
Make sure your breakfast is healthy, nutritious and delicious. Enjoy eating it and use the time to focus on the food and just get lost in the moment. Before long you'll look forward to waking up and enjoying your breakfast.
5. M Is For Movement
You could be the type that works out before work and if so then you've already nailed this M. If you're not then you can fulfil this M by setting aside just 10 minutes, every morning, to move your body.
What does this mean? It simply means that during this 10 minutes you will focus on your body. Simply stretching for 10 minutes will activate your muscles, help you to wake up and also help you to create energy for the rest your day. You can obviously set aside more time and go further than stretching however this is the bare minimum required.
A bit of advice - implementing all five 5's at once might be too much. Try introducing one at a time until you can do all five, with ease.
So, what are you waiting for? See how the five M's could change your world today.
Read more on the five M's with this excellent blog on Forbes, here.