I've never participated in the coveted 20-minute morning meditation and can't get myself to hop on the green juice bandwagon. My morning rituals are nothing out of the ordinary. I think it's important to note, it's not necessarily what your morning rituals are, it's just the act of having a morning routine in the first place that will help increase your daily productivity.
If you don't have a morning routine, you might feel like you're chasing your day, and it's likely because you didn't take any real time to focus on you. The first thing I do in the morning is enjoy my cup of coffee in bed while watching the news. Now that my girls are grown up, this part of the morning is extra peaceful because I'm not french braiding hair and trying to match everyone's shoes. After brushing my teeth and washing my face, I throw on some comfortable clothes and hop in the car to start my 90-minute commute to work (an extra hour and half of "me" time). I usually use this time to listen to podcasts, and even learn a new language. Once I get to the office I hop on my treadmill desk and try to log my 10,000 steps before breakfast. I also use this time to check my
Once I get to the office I hop on my treadmill desk and try to log my 10,000 steps before breakfast. I also use this time to check my emails, and set my priorities for the day. You definitely don't need a treadmill desk to do this! You can simply take a walk outside, or hop on any treadmill at all. I then shower at work (do my hair, makeup etc), and get ready to "start" my work day.
Mornings didn't always run this smooth. When I decided to open a business 90-minutes away from my house, I spent many mornings rushing out the door only to be stuck in the worst morning commute traffic. The only thing I was listening to was the AM traffic reports and my fitness routine was, ehem, inconsistent to say the least. It took quite a few years for me to realize that what I was (or wasn't) doing in the morning was deeply impacting my productivity levels. I was more likely to forget things, I had to take phone calls in the car, and I was often stuck working late because of everything that got pushed back in the morning.
Now, it's hard for me to imagine a morning unlike the ones I have now. Taking that time to set myself up for the day ahead allows me to be more focused and more present through each task, meeting, and project. It even gives me the luxury of leaving work at a decent hour, so I can get home and have dinner with my husband with some extra time to spare in order to wind down before bed. Maybe it's not realistic for you to follow this routine exactly, but I encourage you to come up with a routine of your own. Is there a way you can carve out a few extra minutes just for yourself in the morning? Maybe it means getting up a little bit earlier, or enlisting a friend or coach as an accountability partner to help you get your day started on the right foot. At least you can take comfort in knowing that you don't have to meditate or drink green juice to be productive, you have the ability to set your own rules for success.
Maybe it means getting up a little bit earlier, or enlisting a friend or coach as an accountability partner to help you get your day started on the right foot. You can take comfort in knowing that you don't have to meditate or drink green juice to be productive. You have the ability to set your own rules for success.
How do you structure your morning routine? Let me know in the comments below!
Maria Haggerty is the CEO of Dotcom Distribution, a B2B & B2C e-commerce logistics and fulfillment company based in Edison, NJ. Like what you read here? Check out Dotcom's new ebook Emerging in eCommerce: A 360 View From The Inside to learn all about how we help brands become more productive in growing their ecommerce businesses.