1. Get Enough Sleep

If you didn’t sleep enough the night before, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot before you even get a chance to get started with your day.

Now, what’s enough sleep? It depends and that’s annoying for some people to hear. You’ve probably heard people/media repeating over and over that “you need at least 8 hours of sleep every night.” That’s not exactly accurate. First, take into account that as humans we have sleep cycles that last roughly 90 minutes. Sleeping for 8 hours instead of 7.5 hours could actually leave you more tired and groggy throughout the day. Moral of the story is to try and base how much you sleep around sleep cycles so you wake up at the end of one.

This little section is to address the genetic anomalies that walk amongst us. Those people you may know or have heard of that proudly say they only need 3 to 4.5 hours of sleep each night. Some people are full of shit and want to feel special, others literally have a genetic difference from the rest of us. So yes, some people only need 3 to 4.5 hours of sleep each night to function at the same level as someone who’s slept around double that amount of time.

2. Put Your Phone/Alarm Clock Across the Room

This one is simple yet difficult for some people who have phone attachment issues. For everyone else, set your alarm and put that thing across your room. Why? Because when that thing starts blaring at whatever time you set it for, you now have to get upright and move to shut it off. The simple act of getting a little blood flowing and moving from horizontal to vertical can help get your morning jumpstarted.

3. Meditate

Meditating is a practice that is good for gaining some focus and perspective. Most people now recognize the legitimate benefits of meditation on both your mental and physical health. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade plus, there’s plenty of legitimate research out there for you. The simplest way to get started meditating is to start using a meditation app like Headspace. You’re presented with a ton of guided meditations and a great introduction to help you get started.

4. Exercise

An early morning workout is one of, if not my favorite ways to get everything going for the day. Get yourself into the habit of getting enough sleep and getting in a solid workout. Regardless of what type of exercise you do, you’ll not only be improving your health but also waking your mind up. It can take a little getting used to for some people, especially if it’s new to you, but after a little while, you’ll adapt. The caveat with exercising in the morning is, if you’re not sleeping enough and your diet is 95% garbage, everything is going to be a hundred times harder.

5. Journal

Journaling is a great way to dump out some of the rambling going on in your head, but it’s not always the easiest to create a habit out of. I have tried for years with various notebooks and apps with varying levels of success. Recently, I’ve been using the 5-Minute-Journal app. I’ve found that app in particular to be the best fit for me; I know it’ll be quick and it has some clear prompts to guide you through it.

6-ish. Have a Plan Ready

Changing, let alone creating a new morning routine can be a difficult process, but don’t make it more difficult on yourself by not having a plan. Having a plan for your mornings will help guide you through and take some of the unnecessary thought processes out of what to do and when.