9 Things Before 9AM

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Ben Franklin

“Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin …” – Mark Twain

However, there are a ton of other great benefits. Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that worksfor you, I think that’s great. There’s no reason to change,especially if you’re happy with it. But for me, switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend. It has helped me in so many ways that I’d never go back.

The important thing about morning rituals is that they put you in autopilot mode once you have those going on for you. Just like, you don’t have to think when you brush your teeth. If you have a morning ritual you have done too many times, then you really don’t have to think about them every time you wake up because they become a part of you. Here are certain rituals you can try to be more productive :

  • You Drink More Water – One of the most beneficial things you can do is drinking 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning. It replenishes your water stores and detoxifies the body.
  • Time to Exercise – A 10-30 minutes workout will boost your energy and increase brain function. Come on, 10 minutes man, just 10, begin with 10.
  • Daily Dose of Affirmations – Yes I write a post everyday on http://empress2inspire.blog so look not further, just follow or subscribe me :). Daily affirmations and giving yourself a positive pep-talk can help ward off any negative thoughts that can seep into your mind.
  • Breakfast – Having a light and healthy breakfast is not only energising but your body will thank you while shrinking your waistline.
  • Journal – This has revolutionised my life and how. I have always been a confident assertive woman in my life but journaling has taken me to a different level of mental clarity. Journalising helps you realise tension and gets your creative juices flowing. Try journaling about your mood or what you’re grateful for.
  • Read, Read & Read – Damn I am so glad my parents coaxed us (me and sister) into a reading habit early in our lives. We hated it then because we would rather watch TV, play video games or listen to music (or in my case just sleep :P) but we love it now. Many things can count as reading, inspirational quotes, an article on your favourite blog (like http://empress2inspire.blog 🙂 , a scripture, a chapter in your favourite book, a love message: the list is infinite.
  • Podcasts – These have been my fascination since a good part of last year. Finding the right podcast is like finding someone who gets you. The right podcast can easily put you in the right headspace.
  • Listen to Music – Music has always garnished healing powers and can just about put you in a good mood 100% of the time (avoid the sad songs please, unless they bring you joy, which is an oxymoron). A feel good playlist would have you ready to kick your workday’s butt.
  • More Time – Waking up early and putting just 30 minutes to an hour of your time and energy to focus on your passion will not only make you feel better, but your hard work will pay off in the end.

So to take away from this, how do you go about making your own productive morning ritual? Well, the first thing you want to do is you want to take out a blank piece of paper or a text program on your computer and use the framework that we have just given you. You know that every morning you have to drink water, you have to use the washroom, you have to have a good breakfast, you should review your goals and tasks, and at some point you have to check your email and your social networks. Using this, start building your productive morning ritual. Work out what pieces make you go from groggy to awake in the morning and build them into your morning ritual. And, by all means comment on this on this article, send us an email, send us a message on twitter, let us know how it goes. Let us know if you find things that you feel should be part of every single morning ritual.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. hmaxwell217 says:

    You forgot to say: take your dog out😀😀😀

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    1. Garima says:

      Aha thanks for that Maxwell.

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  2. mmorran1 says:

    This is great advice! I get a real sense of satisfaction when I get up early and get things done before 9:00, it’s a wonderful way to start your day!

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    1. Garima says:

      People feel their most productive during the early morning hours, partly because there are fewer distractions. Other things “early worms” have in common are productivity, self-discipline, more energy, a greater sense of satisfaction, a distraction-free environment, more family time and the ability to stay ahead.

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked them. In a busy world like ours it’s very important to stay productive and waking up early will get us there. Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. MACV says:

    This is really helpful. I have incorporated reading and journaling lately as a daily ritual, and I find them quiet refreshing and fulfilling; they bring some sort of clarity.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes. Journaling can be a great stress reducer through organizing one’s thoughts, clearing one’s mind and facilitating problem solving. There are many benefits to keeping a journal. Journaling can reduce stress by helping one get rid of negative thoughts.

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      1. MACV says:

        I can’t agree less.

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      2. Garima says:

        Happy Journaling.

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      3. MACV says:

        Thank you. Will keep coming back for tips.

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      4. Garima says:

        Thank you. I will keep writing them. Hope you like my work in future as well.

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  4. I definitely need to wake up and spend more time writing and reading!

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    1. Garima says:

      Then let’s do it 🙂

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  5. Great tips. Water, reading, light breakfast are on my list first thing in the morning.

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    1. Garima says:

      🙌🏼🙌🏼 Then you are already doing everything right.

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  6. Amarendra says:

    These are great tips. I will wake up at 5 am from now on regularly

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    1. Garima says:

      Wow I am glad this post has inspired you so much. Make sure you are getting 6-8 hours of sleep in case you want to wake up by 5am

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      1. Amarendra says:

        True. 6-8 hours sleep is also needed. The problem is if you have to fix either the sleep time or the wake up time. The other will be fixed automatically after few days. I had difficulties in fixing the time of sleep by 10 pm, so I am fixing the wake up time…… I woke up at 5:22 today after 2 snoozes of 10 mins

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      2. Garima says:

        That’s right.

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  7. Amarendra says:

    Also I had already committed myself to reading more starting this year. My target is 100 books a year hardcover and audible

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    1. Garima says:

      That’s a good goal. Make your phone less addictive. Cell phones are a distraction machine. Our cell phones are designed to be smooth, sexy, and irresistible. Don’t believe me? The book Irresistible by Stern School of Business associate professor Adam Alter will quickly raise your awareness of the addictive designs going into smartphones. They’re like pocket slot machines. So how do you resist the urge to reach for it? Make it less appealing. Move all of the apps off the main screen so it’s blank when you open it. Leave your cracked screen cracked. Move your charger to the basement so it’s an extra step in your low-resilience nighttime and morning moments. If you must have your phone in the room while you sleep, enable “Do Not Disturb” mode to automatically block calls and texts after 7 p.m. Slowly, slowly, slowly, you can prevent your phone from becoming so seductive.

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  8. Thanks for these tips, very inspiring !

    I didn’t know that it is possible to switch from a night owl to an early riser… I’m not sure if it is possible for every one!?

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    1. Garima says:

      Anything is possible if you work towards it.

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  9. Kim Petitt says:

    I’m a night owl. I need to find a smooth transition.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes start sleeping early by 30 minitesb

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  10. I read your post and you know I’m a very morning person. I wake up between 4: 30am and 5: 00am. And I’m so happy when I wake up. I don’t know why but it just makes me smile. But other things never count. Ok but water and breakfast thing works. The problem is I sleep late. Because I love to read so much and write something of mine too… I get time only at night for my passions to workout. But still I wake up early… I felt good reading this one.

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    1. Garima says:

      Hi, give yourself some credit. The toughest part of the morning is simply getting out of bed and you able to achieve that so High 5. What you do need is a little bit of time management. Try writing down all your tasks in a day and then prioritising.

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  11. lindakerr36 says:

    I have to get up early . The piano students arrive and it’s not ok if I’m still in my dressing gown. They are at their best at that time too.

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah that’s a good practice. Shows your professionalism and sincerity as a teacher. Thank you for being you.

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  12. Not a totally bad list! here’s my take https://wp.me/phtcF-S1

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  13. LivinToBeFree says:

    This is a good read. This is something I’m definitely trying to incorporate in my daily routine.

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    1. Garima says:

      “If you wake up [energized], you’re going to carry that energy through the rest of the day. Starting your morning with little “wins” (having an outfit picked out and ready to go, working out and leaving on time) primes your brain to work toward more “wins” and successes throughout the day.

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  14. authorheatherroberson says:

    I am usually awake by 5am, even on the weekends. I love being an early bird. One cup of coffee, get stuff done, kids and husband wake up, cup of coffee number 2 then I have the rest of the day for FUN and RELAXATION. :0)

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    1. Garima says:

      Isn’t it just amazing waking up early. So much “Me Time” 🙂

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      1. authorheatherroberson says:

        YES, it absolutely is.

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  15. I think its great just to be able to sleep, I’ve not had a proper nights sleep for months. I’ve absolutely o idea how I keep going, I’m eating well and getting plenty of exercise but I still cant sleep. I wonder if anyone else has this issue.

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    1. Garima says:

      There are several potential causes of chronic insomnia, including chronic pain or other physical illness, shift work, poor sleep habits, consuming too much alcohol or caffeine, certain medications, and certain psychiatric conditions. I would suggest you should go and visit a doctor for further help.

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  16. lenalennon says:

    Your ENERGY is addictive! We will enjoy your posts! 💕

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Lennons. Negative sh*t happens, no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean it has to drag you down. Positive people will remind themselves daily what they want to project to the world. By reaffirming this daily, you start to make positivity and cheerfulness and habit that your mind will naturally gravitate towards, even when you’re not trying. Thank you for stopping by and reading my posts.

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      1. lenalennon says:

        Absolutely. It’s a process. The key is seeing it all in a positive light! I.E: Even the seemingly negative souls are valuable teachers, right? Love & Peace! 💕

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you. Yes indeed it’s a process.

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked it.

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  17. msw blog says:

    Great list. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by.

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