How Morning Rituals Jumpstart Joyous Workdays

The power of productivity-boosting habits.

Let's imagine two entrepreneurs. We'll call them John and Marie. They run similar businesses, wake up around the same time each day, and both get to the office around 9 a.m..

But what they do between waking up and getting to work is very different.

Phil Drolet

John hits snooze a few times, then grabs his phone, reads and answers emails in bed for 20 minutes. He fills up his coffee commuter cup before rushing off to the office, feeling stressed and scattered.

Meanwhile, Marie wakes up, meditates for 10 minutes, does yoga for 10 minutes, writes down five things she's grateful for in her journal, and drinks a green smoothie before heading to the office, feeling energized and enthusiastic.

You don't need a crystal ball to predict who between them is gearing up to have the most productive, creative, and inspired day.

Just as an athlete warms up before a game, you can greatly benefit from warming up your mind with a morning ritual that will help you perform at your highest level during your workday.

Right now, take a second to think about one activity you could do in the morning that would do the most to help you feel more energetic and focused. Is it meditation? Yoga? Running? Reading? Prayer? Something else?

Get clear on what that one activity is for you and commit to doing it every single morning, even if just for a few minutes. Once you’ve turned it into a habit, you can progressively add more activities until you’ve created your own optimal morning ritual.

This ritual will help set you up to make each day a productive and successful one.

--Phil Drolet is a performance coach in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Jon D. Andre

    I'm glad meditating was mentioned - if you develop a consistent practice it will have a dramatic impact on your life, and doing a session in the morning is a great way to set the foundation for your day. If you are looking for a resource to help you get started, check out the self-study course at meditationshift.com. They have a nice blog as well that will really help you understand the inner workings of your mind, and how it affects your daily life (ie, stress, worry, anxiety, etc.).

  • Harry Razon

    I discovered this for myself after I re-committed myself to writing.  I pushed back my wake-up time, devoted 15-20 minutes to communing prayer and the rest to writing non-stop.  Key to staying on track was avoiding email - no matter what I knew was going on that day, or was going on the day before.  It hasn't made me less productive, less on point - but it has kept me from being dragged pell-mell into the workday, which used to make me a stressed out mess before I even got to work. 

  • phildrolet

    Great stuff Harry. Email is such a common culprit- it immediately throws us in reactive mode. I personally check email twice a day, at 1pm and at night, and it works great for me. Good luck with the writing!