Have you ever wondered what an ideal morning routine looks like?
Have you ever tried to come up with an ideal morning routine which guarantees you:
- Improved health
- Increased productivity
- More time with family
- Time to pursue hobbies
- Ample time to relax
Well, this article highlights the best routine which every person should follow to achieve the above-mentioned goals. This routine is not just limited to working people, but even students and stay-at-home parents can adopt it.
The benefits can be reaped by anyone. All that a person needs to adopt this routine is some will-power, motivation, and consistency.
The routine which you should follow is the 5 AM routine. This means that you should get up at 5 AM every morning. Several successful people across the world follow this routine. 5 AM routine is an idea which propagates the benefits of waking up early. This 5 AM can in turn be changed to 4 AM or 6 AM. The key is to get up earlier than your usual morning time to free up some time for family, exercise, or work.
Who this routine is for?
- Working professionals
- Stay-at-home parents
- Senior citizens
This routine can be followed by anyone who desires to experience improved productivity and health.
This routine is tested and has proven helpful for several people in various fields of work.
I highly recommend this routine to work professionals who usually find it difficult to find time for family, hobbies, and for maintaining their health.
What is the Ideal Morning Routine?
This routine is all about waking up early in the morning to accomplish tasks that you find difficult to perform after coming back from work (or college). This routine was popularised by Robin Sharma in his book: “The 5 AM club”.
This ideal morning routine requires you to wake up early in the morning (preferably between 4 AM and 5 AM). By waking up early, you get extra non-disturbance hours to work, exercise, pursue a hobby or spend time with family.
You are usually less bothered by incoming notification on social media and work-related mails at this time and therefore you can do whatever you want without disturbance. The only initiative which is needed from your side is to muster up the will-power and motivation to wake up early and start doing whatever you want to do.
Benefits of following the Ideal Morning Routine
The Ideal Morning Routine is super helpful and can benefit you in following ways:
1. Less Distraction from outside
Waking up earlier than others will reduce the number of distractions you face from the outside world. You will not get any notifications from social media platforms and emails from work. Therefore you can do whatever you wish in the morning without any disturbance.
2. More time to Organise life and work
Waking up early ensures that you have sufficient time to organize your life. This could include organizing your desktop, planning your day, making a to-do list, etc. The best time invested in early morning is the time invested in organizing. Each minute spent in organizing can lead to saving up several minutes in the entire day.
3. Improved Productivity
Waking up early is highly recommended to working people. It is a well-known fact that people have increased focus and attention span in the morning, therefore people can get quality work at a faster pace during early mornings. Be it replying to emails or working on an assignment or preparing a presentation, mornings are usually the best time to do them.
Most of us tend to do our work at night, after coming from office or university. But by this time we are usually tired and our focus span is very low. Therefore it takes more time to do the work at night compared to doing the same work in the morning.
4. More time to focus on mental and physical fitness
Waking up early gives you more time to exercise and focus on fitness: both mental and physical.
Most of the parks and gyms are less crowded before 6 am. Also, it is better to workout in the morning than going for evening workouts since exercising in the morning makes you feel energized for the entire day.
Also, most of us also don’t feel like working out at night after coming from office/ university.
5. More time to focus on Hobbies
More time on hand means more time to pursue a hobby. It is usually very difficult for working people to pursue a hobby in the evening since they are usually tired and mentally exhausted post work. Therefore waking up early allows for more time to pursue a hobby.
The morning time can be utilized for learning and practicing as well since several companies require their employees to constantly learn new skills and complete certifications to get promoted.
6. More Energy
Better rest ensures that you have more energy. People who wake up early usually have better sleep patterns compared to people who wake up late. Having a proper sleep pattern ensures that your body will perform the repair and growth functions efficiently.
7. Reduced stress
Whenever you wake up late, you are usually encountered with many unanswered emails and messages. It then usually gets difficult to deal with those messages and emails since you have several other tasks at hand to do like getting ready for work. This causes a great deal of stress.
Waking up early ensures that you get enough time to reply to all the emails and messages and allows you to focus on mental health and keep the stress in check.
Read the Ultimate Guide to Stress Management.
8. More Family time
Waking up early also leads to more family time if your family also follows the same routine. Instead of working or practicing a hobby at night, you can spend that time with family and focus on your work and hobbies during the morning.
9. Time to prepare healthy food before leaving for work
Several people eat packaged foods or fast food for breakfast due to lack of time to prepare a healthy breakfast. Waking up early offers enough time for people to prepare and have a healthy meal before leaving for work.
How to adopt the Ideal Morning Routine
Most of us wake up after 7 AM in the morning.
It gets really challenging if we try to wake up early and follow the 5 AM routine or the 4 AM routine.
It is very difficult to suddenly change your morning routine, especially when you are trying to wake up early, that too 2-3 hours earlier than your normal routine.
The following tips will help you in waking up earlier without feeling sleepy for the entire day.
1. Wake up earlier by 10 minutes every day
Waking up earlier by 5-10 minutes every day will help you in achieving your goal of waking up at 5 AM within 2 weeks. It is very difficult to suddenly shift your morning routine. Therefore it is advisable to go step by step in this process, 10 minutes at a time.
2. Use traditional alarm clock
It is easier to wake up to a traditional alarm clock v/s mobile phone alarm. Mobile phone alarm can be snoozed and this delays the wake-up time. Also, keep your alarm clock a little farther from the place where you sleep so that whenever it rings, you have to walk to it. Walking to turn off the clock will pull you out of sleep.
3. Don’t use mobile phone or laptop 1 hour before sleeping
Avoid using a mobile phone or laptop before going to bed since the blue light from the screen can impact your sleep cycle. You can either read a book, talk to your friends and family or meditate before going to bed at night. Ideally, you should meditate for at least 10 minutes and do some basic body stretching before going to bed.
4. Wash your face with cold water after waking up
If you find it very difficult to hold yourself together after waking up early, then you should probably follow this tip. Washing your face with cold water after waking up early will reduce your urge to go back to sleep again.
5. Sleep early
If you find it difficult to wake up early despite following the above tips, then you should probably start sleeping early. You should ideally sleep for 6 to 8 hours on a regular basis. You should never reduce your sleep time just so that you can wake up early. Always sleep earlier if you wish to wake up early the next day.
Waking up early is the first step towards having a productive day only if you have slept for 6 to 8 hours.
6. Avoid partying and drinking too much
Partying too much or drinking can prevent you from waking up early. You should party less and drink in moderation. Otherwise, the hangover can mess up your entire morning routine.
You can have 1-2 cheat days every month to enjoy with your friends but don’t make it a habit.
Now you know that waking up early is good. You also know how to wake up early and let go of that temptation of sleeping for 10 minutes more.
You should now start your journey towards the 5 AM routine. Instead of postponing the decision for the next week or month, you should seriously start waking up early from the next day. It will take time for you to adjust to the new schedule and it will not be easy to wake up early. You can begin by waking up early by 10 minutes and follow the above-mentioned tips to wake up at 5 AM.
By developing a habit to wake up early, you can get more work done in less time and have more time for your family, friends, and hobbies. It is said that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. You should push yourself to follow this routine for the first 21 days and then, it will become a habit.
8 things which everyone should do after waking up early
You know the trick to wake up early and the benefits of doing that. However, you should also know the things which you should ideally do after waking up to maximize the impact of the routine.
- Drink green tea. Avoid coffee and energy drinks (unless you need them badly)
- Meditate for at least 10 minutes.
- Create a To-Do list for the entire day.
- Organize your things.
- Answer your emails. Then messages.
- Read the news instead of watching it.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Avoid packed breakfast.
There are some things which everyone should avoid after waking up early:
- Drinking alcohol and smoking
- Taking a power nap
- Browsing social media
- Drinking too much coffee
- Arguing with people
While there are many things to avoid, but the above mentioned are to be avoided seriously at all costs.
Waking up early is an art. You must practice this art since it will do wonders in your life. The 5 AM routine is a way of expressing the early morning routine. You can wake up at 4 AM or 6 AM but should try to never sleep past 7 AM..
Some people might be constrained to wake up late if they have night shifts at work or if they are required to be at work till late. This doesn’t mean that they will not be successful in life. No one has ever been successful by just waking up early. It is the step that follows the waking up part that makes a person successful. So people who can’t wake up early should try and maintain a fixed and productive schedule for their day.
The entire essence of maintaining a routine is to make it productive. You should never follow a routine that has a negative impact on your health or relationships.