What does your morning routine look like? How productive are you in the morning? I’ve written before about having a focus on what you do when you get up every morning, and recently I ran across a few things that I have been doing that have made a difference in my life that I thought would be worth sharing.
Start with exercise: As soon as I get up in the morning I walk into the bathroom and do about 10 jumping jacks. Sounds crazy doesn’t it! Well, it actually helps me. I have to force myself to do this because I obviously don’t feel like doing it – but it does jumpstart my day. Also, about 2 days a week I am able to go to the gym in the morning before work (the other 3 days I exercise at lunch). Exercising in the morning improves your self-control and energy levels all day long, and I can attest to that.
No screen time until breakfast: Crazy sounding isn’t it?! This is a hard one for me, especially when it comes to even checking the weather, but when I am diligent it helps me to have a better day. Diving straight into e-mail, text, Facebook, etc. you end up losing focus and your morning is controlled by the wants and needs of other people. I find prayer and Bible reading set a good tone for me, but no screen time before breakfast is the one I struggle with the most.
Eat a real breakfast: Eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. Fortunately for me I have been eating breakfast all my life. The last several years though I have made what I eat healthier than what I would have had in my early years (Can anyone say Pop Tarts?!?). If you are able to eat a healthy breakfast, you set yourself up for success form the start of your day. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
As a Real Christian Businessman, take these suggestions to heart. Analyze your own morning routine. What can you do to ensure your day starts out at its best?
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:31 (ESV)