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Setting yourself up for success: 8 morning routine ideas to boost creativity and productivity

In a world where productivity and creativity are prized, mastering the art of morning routines can be the key to unlocking your full CEO potential.


Morning sunrise for a successful day


How you start your day sets the tone for the hours ahead, shaping your mindset, energy levels, and focus. By establishing a morning routine that nurtures your mind, body, and spirit, you can supercharge your productivity, ignite your creativity, and set yourself up for success.


In this blog post, we'll explore eight morning routine ideas designed to fuel your creativity, enhance your productivity, and elevate your overall well-being. From mindfulness practices to physical exercises, each routine offers a unique approach to jumpstarting your day on the right foot.


So, grab your favourite cuppa, find a cosy spot to settle in, and let's dive into these morning rituals that will transform your mornings and elevate your CEO life. It's time to embrace the power of morning routines and unleash your full potential...



1. Start Your Day Right: Embrace the morning light and set the tone for success


It sounds simple, but making your bed and opening the curtains first thing to let the natural light in boosts your mood. Natural sunlight promotes vitamin D production and boosts serotonin levels - the 'feel good' hormone that helps regulate your mood, emotions, sleep, and appetite . Starting the day with some natural beauty in the morning gets you in such a grateful mood.



2. Ground Yourself: Take away those anxious thoughts and focus on the here and now


Grounding exercises or techniques are practices that help you reconnect with the present moment and your physical surroundings. The goal of grounding work is to bring your attention away from anxious thoughts, worries, or distressing emotions and focus it on the here and now. Grounding techniques can help you feel more centred, calm, and in control, especially during times of stress, anxiety, or overwhelm.



Grounding techniques


3. Move Your Body: Kickstart your day with movement to boost energy and focus


Go on a morning nature walk where you can listen to your thoughts in the peaceful countryside. Spend some quality time in nature where you ditch the phone / headphones and take in the beautiful world around you. This habit can actually really help you find real peace and joy that you don’t get from the constant technology and distracting noise around you. This is done through deep breathing, engaging in physical sensations, holding physical object of significance, visualisation and scanning your body to release any tension.



4. Fuel Your Body: Nourish yourself with a nutritious breakfast to fuel your mind and body


Not everyone loves food first thing, but let your first meal of the day be one that is packed full of nutrients, vitamins that will nourish your mind and body. Ditch the sugar and try and go for things that will give you that energy you need for the day ahead. Some idea's for your first meal: eggs, avocado on sourdough, banana with greek yoghurt and soaked chia seeds. Remember, garbage in, garbage out!



Nourishing breakfast for mind and body food


5. Mindful Moments: Dedicate time for meditation or mindfulness to center yourself and cultivate clarity


Grab a cuppa and write in your journal on the sofa. By journalling down your thoughts and being away from a screen, can really tap into what’s going on with the thoughts in your head. Get them down on paper so you don’t dwell on them all day and get distracted. It provides a space for self-exploration and self-discovery, helping you gain insight into your emotions, behaviours, and patterns of thinking. Journaling serves as a healthy outlet for processing and expressing your emotions.



6. Embrace the Journey: With a positive mindset and purpose-driven actions, success is within reach


Gratitudes and affirmations are three powerful tools that help you dig into a positive mindset. Finding gratitude in tough times especially is a really good habit to adopt as you navigate the lessons you learn and look for positives amongst the negatives. If you look for these ‘glimmer’ moments often, you start to notice them more and more. Affirmations can boost self-confidence and self-esteem by affirming your worth, capabilities, and strengths. By affirming positive qualities and attributes about yourself, you reinforce a sense of self-belief and self-assurance.



Gratitudes and affirmations


7. Feed Your Mind: Invest in continuous learning and personal growth to expand your horizons


Whilst you are showering, doing household chores or commuting, listen to a podcast. Podcasts offer a convenient and accessible way to engage in continuous learning and professional development. Listening to stories of other entrepreneurs and business leaders can be inspiring and motivating. Hearing about their successes, failures, and perseverance can fuel your own entrepreneurial spirit and keep you motivated on your business journey.



8. Plan Your Day: Set goals and prioritise tasks to stay on track


Start your working day by ‘block timing’ your tasks including reading your emails to avoid distractions. You are more likely to be distracted by emails if you are checking them throughout the day. Write down your goals for the day with the most urgent and important tasks first and don't forget to allow time for CEO tasks that will develop you and your business further.



Setting goals and staying on track


Implementation


Some of these habits may not float your boat, and that's okay, it's about exploring what works for you and your lifestyle. Setting yourself up for success begins with intentional habits that prioritise your well-being and productivity. By incorporating any of these eight morning routine ideas into your daily life, you can cultivate a mindset of creativity, productivity, and resilience that will carry you through the day.


Remember, it typically takes an average of 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic and ingrained as a habit. The key to a successful morning routine is consistency and adaptability. Find what works best for you, experiment with different practices, and be open to adjusting your routine as needed.



Let me know how you get on and whether these habits have worked for you. Drop me a line at emily@freetobecreative.co.uk or message me on the 'gram: @freetobe_creative

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