For most people, a typical morning may start by pressing the snooze button, dragging yourself out of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready, and then leaving with some cookies in one hand and your briefcase in the other. If you want to kick off this robot routine and spend more time to enjoy your life, follow this short morning routine for how to make the most of your valuable time when trying out new daily habits.
WAKE UP AT YOUR RIGHT TIME
Five or ten extra minutes of snoozing can’t help much with your sleep deprivation. It just interrupts your body’s natural sleep cycles and makes you groggier. Instead, schedule your sleeping time so you can have 7 – 8 hours of sleep every day and set the alarm when you really mean to wake up. Usually, the best time to wake up is 6:30am. The goal is to wake up at sunrise, after having 7-8 hours of restful sleep. The keys to a good night’s sleep are to go to bed before 11pm, sleep in a cool, dark room and avoid visual stimulation such as TV, mobile phone, or computer an hour before bed.
DON’T SKIP YOUR BREAKFAST
Leaving your stomach empty in the morning can result in uncontrolled eating at lunch. This can also cause digestive and metabolic dysfunctions, which reduce your body’s ability to burn fat. So even when you are in hurry, try to grab something for breakfast. Ready-to-eat cereal ranks as one of the best choices available as part of a nutritious breakfast. Cereal is typically a low-fat, nutrient-dense food with many essential vitamins and minerals. When you eat cereal in the morning, you’re less likely to experience cravings for unhealthy, high-calorie and high-fat foods later in the day. Alternatively, oatmeal is another good option. Oatmeal is high in fiber content, complex carbohydrates, and protein to keep your energy levels consistent during your day. Oatmeal also offers your body a regular dose of Vitamin B and is rich in minerals.
DRINK A GLASS OF LIME WATER
Is poor digestion cramping your style every day? To kick away this bad situation, start with a glass of lime water right away after you get up every morning. Drinking lime water improves digestion as the Citric acids can help saliva break down food. If you suffer from constipation, the acidity of limes can clear the excretory system and stimulate bowel activity. In case you are trying to lose weight, a glass of lime water can do a great job. Citric acids in limes can boost metabolism, helping you burn more calories and store less fat. In addition, lime water is also an excellent source of vitamin C, with the juice of one lime providing 22 percent of the daily value. The excellent source of vitamin C from lime plays an important role in helping your body break down fat during exercises.
GET SOME STRETCHES
In the morning, our body is still filled with sleeping hormones, which makes us feel tired and sluggish. Kick-starting the day with some stretches will release endorphins – happy hormones that can cheer you up. Morning stretches can be as effective as a cup of coffee to make you more content to start your day. In addition, exercising in the morning kick-off whole body system including your brain, metabolism, and circulation. Your body will be ready to deal with any coming task. Your productivity will increase as you arrive to work energized, focused, and more organized than before.
PLAN AND STRATEGIZE
Without a plan, it’s frighteningly easy to get to the end of the day and realize you’ve achieved nothing of importance. Keeping a schedule for your day will help you manage your time more efficiently. You can have more things done and are less likely to forget tasks. When making a to-do list, try to be realistic about your efficiency instead of creating a lengthy list of tasks that will be impossible to complete. You can use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to rate the importance of each task: 1 (important and urgent), 2 (important, but not urgent), 3 (not important, but urgent), or 4 (not important, not urgent).