Waking up early is one of the things that really enriched my life. It has been an upgrade to my daily existence.
As a husband and dad of three kids time is becoming more and more precious and valuable. I love spending time with my wife and kids, but I also want to get things done and have some time for exercise, meditation and hobbies.
Waking up early really did the trick for me. It’s really nice to have some quiet time while everyone is still asleep, enjoy a healthy and mindful breakfast and then get a head start on the day before the kids wake up at 7.30 am.
I usually work on one or two most important tasks that I want to get done before the sun rises and then spend the rest of the time on something I really love doing. I usually play guitar, meditate, do some breathing techniques, read, write or any of the lovely things in the list below.
Start your own early morning ritual. Start by waking up one hour earlier than normal. You won’t regret it. It will enhance your life and give you more time, space, joy and peace for the entire day.
Here are 30 quiet and fulfilling early morning rituals to get started:
1 – Prepare a lovely, healthy and enjoying breakfast
2 – Enjoy a cup of green tea or cappuccino
3 – Meditate (peace, bliss and reflect)
4 – Work on your two most important tasks (get a head start and feel more relaxed throughout the entire day)
5 – Declutter your home (peace of mind)
6 – Take a nice fresh walk outside to clear your mind and see things in perspective.
7 – Stretch (Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong)
8 – Start a blog (joyful, learning, creating, helping)
9 – Keep a journal for your daily thoughts, reflections, mind vomit and brilliant ideas.
10 – Make a photo album to surprise a loved one
11 – Learn a language
12 – Read a good fiction or nonfiction book that will inspire you to do awesome things
13 – Simplify, re-organizing and getting rid of your stuff
14 – Write a book (one or two pages a day)
15 – Contemplate
16 – Create things out of wood, stone or metal
17 – Learn to draw or paint
18 – Learn and play an instrument (with headphones on)
19 – Evaluate your life and the things you do. Are you still on the right track?
20 – Edit your holiday movies with nice titles and music underneath
21 – Take a hot or cold shower / bath. (Cold improves immunity and blood circulation)
22 – Design (your own clothes, necklaces and bracelets)
23 – Practice gratitude (write down all the things you are grateful of)
24 – Step outside of the house and go for a run, a bike ride or work out.
25 – Re-organize, clean up and remove computer files
26 – Study something new
27 – Start your morning with a happiness mantra (program yourself for the day)
28 – Write down new ideas, dreams and goals (long and short term)
29 – Gain inspiration and find solutions in silence
30 – Create an inspirational and positive home. (happy pictures, paintings, natural light, books, music, flowers, framed quotes)
Do you have any favorite morning rituals? Please share in the comments.