7 Simple Morning Routine Ideas for Greater Success in 2022

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What better way to start 2022 than optimizing how you start your days?

In this post, you’ll find 7 simple morning routine ideas that can maximize your success this year to help you get a head start on your productivity and your goals.

Because the positive impact the first few hours of your day can have on the rest of your day and in your life is substantial.

“We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.“

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

However, after morning routines became a mainstream topic for the last few years, and a buzzword, we may feel tempted to think it’s something overrated, something to turn our eyes away from and take for granted.

Big mistake.

So before we move on, I encourage you to make sure you have a compelling answer to the following question.

Why Have a Morning Routine?

A morning routine is important because it gives you more control over your day. It helps you stay focused, build discipline, stay more grounded, and be better prepared for the day ahead.

It’s one of the best ways to install positive habits that will make you more productive, energetic, focused, and increase your overall well-being.

Also, morning routines can be a powerful conditioning method, and give you those early wins that will boost your confidence, credibility and self-respect in the first hours of the day.

But beyond those generic reasons, I strongly encourage you to find your own reasons for creating and sustaining morning rituals for success in your life.

Ask yourself:

  • Why should I bother having a morning routine?
  • How can it benefit me and my quality of life?

Once you have a compelling answer for that, it’s time to see the 7 examples of morning routines that will help you have more control over your days.

The 7 Simple Morning Routine Ideas You Can Adopt This Year

Before we dive in, here are 3 tips to help you get the best out of these ideas:

1 — As you read through the ideas, ask yourself which one has resonated the most with you.

Also, which one seems fun to try, and lastly, consider which one could yield positive results in your life.

2 Next, pick only one or two routine ideas and challenge yourself to try them for 15 days, daily.

And see if you notice any improvement in your mornings, your productivity and well-being.

  • Tip: Define a compelling reward to give yourself when you complete your 15 days challenge. That will help you stick to it until you gain momentum and start to enjoy your new habit.

3 — Make it easy to start, and make it enjoyable to do.

It might seem a silly thing, but just changing the way you see adopting this new habit from “I have to do it” to “I get to do it” will already help you make this both more enjoyable and sustainable.

Isn’t it an opportunity to grow and take charge of your day after all?

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get right into it.

1. Write Down Your MITs for the Day

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The Most Important Tasks, or MITs, are 1 to 3 tasks that if done, will yield the greatest impact on your day and outcomes.

They usually are the ones we tend to avoid, the ones that seem hard and uncomfortable to do.

And yet adopting this daily practice will give you a boost in productivity, because you’ll have more clarity on your priorities, staying more focused on them, and it will help you be less reactive to outside demands as well as avoid distractions.

As a result, you’ll become more organized and effective with your time and energy.

To find your MITs, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • What is the one thing that, if done today, I could consider my day a success and feel proud of myself?
  • What is the task that I’ve been avoiding the most, or the one that will take longer to do?
  • What is the hardest and most uncomfortable task that I could do today?

2. Work Out

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Did you know that even 10 or 15 minutes of exercise can already have an impact on your mental performance and your health?

And that’s an awesome place to start if you don’t exercise daily yet.

What matters most when it comes to exercising daily is finding a way to move your body that is enjoyable for you and gives you positive results.

No matter if that for you is yoga, running, lifting weights, calisthenics, taking a long walk, or anything else.

A few ways you can make this routine more enjoyable are:

  • Put some music that you love listening to
  • Listen to a podcast or audiobook that you enjoy and use that time to learn something useful
  • Consider it as a time to be by yourself and reflect on your goals and visualize your outcomes

3. Take a Cold Shower

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You’ve probably heard of taking cold showers, right? Not much of a new thing these days.

But be honest now… have you ever tried it, for at least a week or two?

If you haven’t, now is the time.

Some of the benefits of taking cold showers daily include:

Tom Bilyeu considers cold showers a powerful tool to practice being comfortable with discomfort, and become less reactive to your sympathetic nervous system.

  • Tip: To start taking cold showers is advisable to slowly lower the temperature at the end of your usual shower, and gradually increase the duration of your time under the cold water.

4. Meditate

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One of the great things about meditation is that you can choose the method that resonates with you the most and try it out for a few days or weeks.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Reducing stress, anxiety and worries
  • Being more present, calm, proactive rather than reactive
  • Learning to have more self-control,
  • It gets easier to concentrate and to focus
  • Improves your emotional intelligence and self-awareness

It’s easy to find highly successful people who regularly practice some type of meditation.

Tim Ferris, Tom Bilyeu, Oprah Winfrey, Ray Dalio are some of them, to name only a few.

While it’s obviously not the only factor for their success, it certainly had a significant influence in that regard and it can do the same for you.

  • Tip: You can choose some app to help you get started and install this new habit. The one I use and recommend is Waking Up by Sam Harris. Disclosure: This is not a paid promotion.

5. Practice Deep Reading

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It’s no secret that reading will help you succeed.

It helps you find philosophies to live by, strategies to test, principles to adopt, and new ideas that can deeply inspire and inform you.

But it can be hard to find the time and to remember ourselves to read daily.

That’s why the best approach is often to do it early in the morning and develop that consistency daily, in the form of deep reading.

Deep reading simply means total focus and immersion in what you’re reading. No distractions, no multi-tasking. Paying total attention to the material.

  • Tip: It may help to have some playlist of nature sounds, white noise, or instrumental music like bossa nova or classical music to help you enter that zone of concentration and make it more pleasant too. Having a running list of books you genuinely want to read can also help.

6. Journal

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“I don’t know what I think until I write it down.”

Joan Didion

This for me is one of the best morning routine ideas there is.

Because journaling can yield solid results within only a few sessions and is such a versatile practice.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Sharpening your thinking and problem solving
  • Developing self-awareness
  • Better articulation of your thoughts, ideas and feelings
  • Making more informed decisions

But what can you write about in your journal?

Here are a few ideas to start with:

  • What are 3 to 5 things you could be grateful for today?
  • What’s been causing you stress, anxiety, fear or worry? How could you possibly solve that?
  • What’s a decision that you need to make and are feeling hesitant about? Think on paper about that decision before making it.

Also, it’s worth looking for journaling prompts to find more questions and topics to journal on.

7. Practice Priming

Tony Robbins meditating on a beach
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This is a powerful technique I learned from Tony Robbins.

It’s an effective way to:

  • Visualize your goals
  • Feel gratitude
  • Feel centered
  • Feel fulfilled
  • And feel excited

All of that in just 10 to 15 minutes.

In a nutshell, it consists of sitting down comfortably and closing your eyes.

Next, begin to visualize as vividly as you can:

  • What do you want to happen today?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What can you be grateful for today if you could?
  • Who do you love and who loves you?

To get the most out of it, I strongly recommend you to follow along with Tony in this recording of a live event.

Now just so you know in advance, this exercise may seem a bit odd at first for some people, and that’s okay, but it’s worth trying it out and seeing how it makes you feel at the end of it and how it can influence your mornings.

What Is the Best Morning Routine?

If you’re wondering what should be your morning routine, the best morning routine is simply the one tailored to you and your needs. The one that helps you become the person you want to be and helps you move towards your goals.

There’s no one size fits all approach. You get to test and decide for yourself.

But here are 2 guidelines to help you design the best morning routine for you:

1 To choose your morning routine, design your mornings according to the person you want to become and the goals you want to achieve, because your morning routine will shape your identity and your values too.

2 Take inspiration from others’ morning rituals — especially those who’ve accomplished what you want to achieve — but don’t make the mistake of thinking there’s only one path to Rome.

The underlying pattern in all of the morning rituals of highly successful people is that they are largely unique to each of them. They match their personality and most importantly, their goals and who they want to be.

And that’s why your morning routine must be on your terms, based on what works for you. What makes your life more successful and enjoyable — and ultimately fulfilling.

So now that you had a look at the menu, it’s time to choose which ones you’re going to adopt for yourself.

It’s time to develop (or improve) your morning rituals for success.

Setting Yourself Up to Win

And there you have it, the 7 morning routine ideas to help you become more effective and successful this year.

Now the questions worth asking yourself are:

  • How can your mornings become more enjoyable and move you towards your goals and dreams?
  • What will you do to optimize your mornings starting tomorrow morning?

“Focused, productive successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life.”
Has Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning

Set yourself up to win your mornings and your days.

Win those early battles against procrastination, self-indulgence, and laziness.

Build your discipline and credibility day by day, and there’s no telling where you can be in 1 year or 5 years from now.

Did you find these ideas helpful? Then share it with others so they can improve their mornings as well!

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Igor Schimidt

Igor Schimidt

Igor is a personal development blog writer who writes on mindset and success topics. You can hire Igor’s freelance writing services at achievethroughmindset.com