5 Morning Rituals that Help Me Make My Day Productive

Here’s how I make my day productive and how you can do it too

Harshit Ahuja
Mar 3 · 4 min read
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There has not been a single morning in the last five years that I haven’t wanted a more productive day than the previous one. Be it my zeal to achieve big or my fear of having days where I sleep my ass off, I can do anything to make my day worth it.

Adopting morning rituals to set your body for the day ahead is more of a trial and error method. You try different things wherein your goal is being productive throughout the day. You retain the habits that you think brought positive changes.

Here are five things that set me going for the day:

Drink at least 250ml water

I have always believed the benefits of water are overstated. But I can safely say they aren’t.

My cousin advised me to have at least two glasses of water after waking up on an empty stomach. I laughed him off. But a few days later, I gave it a try after listening to the same advice from someone else. And I’m glad, I tried!

Now, I drink at least a glass of water(equivalent to 250ml) just after I wake up. And it has been a year that I have been following it. A glass of water on an empty stomach does wonders.

But what works for me is, it freshens me up. Earlier, it took me almost half an hour to wake up from the time my first alarm went off.

Forget coffee, water is undoubtedly the most refreshing drink.

I have had this habit for more than a year now. Water surely works better for me than a cup of tea or coffee.

It is advised to drink at least 650ml of water after waking up. But 650 ml of water is a lot for you, the first day. You can build the habit slowly. Start with 150–200ml and slowly try to push the limit.

Stretching body for 5–10 minutes

There isn’t any good time to exercise. But a morning routine is way more beneficial than exercises at other times. It can help us start our day with a little more energy, focus, and motivation.

We wake up after seven or eight hours of inactivity. Our muscles, like any other machine, become a little stiff due to inactivity. Stretching just after waking up relaxes my muscles.

I perform some simple stretching exercises to set the tone for the day.

You can opt for simple stretching exercises such as full-body stretch, forward fold, neck stretch, and standing quad stretch. Performing these exercises would take around five or ten minutes.

Plan for the day ahead

Productivity is never an accident. It is always a result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer

Planned things can go wrong as well but the odds of failure are less as compared to unplanned things.

I list out all the important tasks I need to accomplish for the day. Rather than working right on the difficult task first, I break those complex tasks into smaller and simpler tasks. Each accomplished task gives me motivation and also helps me psychologically.

Though my action plan finally has a lot more tasks. But once I start working, they get completed easily.

Write down all the tasks you want to complete for the day. Prepare a plan. But remember planning without execution is useless.

You need to make sure that you follow the plan, by hook or by crook because missing deadlines is much more demotivating. Each missed deadline will leave you demotivated all day long.

Keep my phone at more than an arm’s distance from the bed

I try to keep my phone as far as I can so that I possibly can’t fetch it easily just after waking up. Earlier I used to keep it close to the bed and a five minutes surf would have extended to almost half an hour.

I know, if I start checking emails, or my social media handles in the morning from my bed, it would cost me half an hour of precious time. I always check my emails and do other stuff on the go.

Try to keep your phone away. Say “No” to surfing through all the social platforms in the morning. And try not to answer emails at the same time.

Instead, start with the tasks aligned for the day. In the morning, the energy levels of your body are at an all-time high. And it would decrease throughout the day.

Eat a healthy breakfast

My father has always advocated the fact that you just can’t focus on your work on an empty stomach. He made sure that I develop a habit of eating a healthy breakfast in the morning.

And now I just can’t start working if I don’t have a good breakfast. My brain doesn’t function to the best of its capabilities on an empty stomach. And the fact that when we wake up, we have fasted for almost ten to twelve hours.

An empty stomach draws my attention and makes it difficult for me to concentrate on my work.

Ensure that you never skip the first meal of the day or else all the effort you made for a productive day would be wasted.

Also, avoid taking important decisions on an empty stomach. My friend asked me not to make decisions on an empty stomach.

No man can be wise on an empty stomach. – George Eliot

Final thoughts

These small things that I do in the morning serve their purpose. Every item on the list is worth a try. You’ll feel great once you start following these morning rituals sincerely.

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