Use Your Morning Routine to Power Your Whole Day

By Sandy Schroeder

Getting a grip on energy and self control in the morning may change your whole day, according to researchers at the University of Nottingham. Their research indicates key morning habits can strengthen our self control and fuel our energy to keep us moving throughout the day

Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services many Fortune 500 companies, looked at this issue and suggested some morning habits that make a difference.

Make Exercise a Must – Just moving for 10 minutes can release GABA, a neurotransmitter that soothes the brain and calms our reactions. Using a short time before breakfast could make sure exercise gets included.

Make Breakfast Healthy – When you eat a good breakfast you improve short term memory, increase your energy, and sharpen your mental focus. Researchers say eating a healthy breakfast also helps avoid extra pounds and stabilizes blood sugar to keep you full all morning.

Add Lemon to Your Water – Lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium. They help the stomach absorb nutrients to boost your energy. Mix the juice of half a lemon in water.

Hold Emails for Later – Make the most of the beginning of the morning with breakfast, exercise or meditation. Then you will be more prepared to deal with texts, calls and emails that may pull you in a lot of different directions. 

Pin Your Goals – Pinning down goals can put everything else into play. Get specific about the goals for the day to build your confidence and sense of control. When the day is left undefined, it is all too easy to float through without making a lot of progress.

Clear Your Desk – Before you plunge into work, take the time to clear up the clutter in your workplace. Researchers say clutter serves to distract in the same way multi-tasking does. Workers with clean desks consistently outperformed the ones who were working with clutter.

Put Your Meetings on a Diet – Set specific agendas and run meetings on time to avoid wasting the day. When people know a meeting is going to run on time they will be more apt to come prepared. 

Start Saying No -  Researchers at the University of Berkeley say people who cannot say no are more likely to run into stress, depression and job burnout. Reserving energy for the projects that you already have is usually the wise choice. Stretching to jam in one more project may mean compromising all of the others.

Keep working on your morning routine, and watch for a spike in energy and focus -- two great ways to power through the day.

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