If you really want to make progress in life, start doing these 10 things every morning

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Ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere in life?

You’re not alone. A lot of us feel that way sometimes.

But here’s a little secret: the way you start your day can make a huge difference in how the rest of it unfolds.

That’s why I’ve put together a list of 10 simple, yet super effective things you can start doing every morning.

These aren’t complicated or time-consuming, but they can seriously help you make progress in life.

Let’s dive in. 

1. Wake Up a Bit Earlier Than Usual

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Extra sleep is like gold, why would I give that up?” Hear me out.

Waking up just a little bit earlier gives you a peaceful start. You’re not rushing around, stressed out, and trying to do a million things. It’s like giving yourself a head start in a race.

This doesn’t mean you have to wake up at the crack of dawn. Even 15 to 30 minutes earlier can do wonders.

Use this time to just be with yourself, think about your day, or do something you love but usually don’t have time for.

It’s like a small gift to yourself every morning that sets a positive tone for the whole day.

2. Make Your Bed – Trust Me on This One

I get it, making your bed seems like one of those things your parents nagged you about, right?

But here’s a little insight from my own life: making my bed every morning totally changed my game.

It’s not just about tidying up your space (though that’s a big plus). It’s about accomplishing a small task right off the bat.

You start your day with a win, however small, and that sets you up for more wins throughout the day.

Plus, there’s something really comforting about coming home to a nicely made bed. It’s like a small pat on the back waiting for you at the end of the day.

3. Hydrate Before You Caffeinate

Okay, I love a good cup of coffee in the morning as much as the next person. But before you reach for that coffee mug, grab a glass of water first.

After a whole night of sleep, your body is pretty dehydrated. Drinking water first thing in the morning wakes up your system, hydrates you, and even helps kickstart your metabolism.

It gives your body a mini wake-up call.

And don’t worry, your beloved coffee or tea can come right after. I started doing this and honestly, it was a game-changer for how I felt in the mornings.

4. Take a Moment to Just Breathe – Seriously

In the hustle of our daily lives, we forget to do the simplest thing – breathe properly.

I used to jump out of bed and rush into my day without a second thought. Then I started spending just a couple of minutes every morning doing deep breathing exercises.

It sounds too simple to be effective, but it’s like hitting the reset button on your stress levels.

You’re literally clearing your head and filling your lungs with fresh air. It grounds you and honestly, it’s a moment of peace before the day’s craziness begins.

You don’t need fancy techniques; just deep, slow breaths. Try it. It’s a small thing, but the impact? Huge.

5. Jot Down Your Main Goal for the Day

This one’s close to my heart. Every morning, I take a minute to write down the main thing I want to accomplish that day.

It’s not about a long to-do list; it’s about focusing on that one big goal that will make the day feel like a win.

Doing this helps me stay focused and not get lost in the hundred little things that pop up. It can be anything – finishing a project, calling an old friend, starting a workout routine.

This simple act of writing it down makes it real and doable. 

6. Skip the Morning News – Choose Positivity Instead

I’ve found skipping the morning news can actually be a good thing.

Often, the news is filled with negative stories that can set a downer tone for your day.

I’m not saying stay uninformed, but maybe save the news for later in the day.

Instead, start your morning with something uplifting or motivational. It could be a positive podcast, an inspiring book, or even just some upbeat music.

This switch made a surprising difference for me. It’s about feeding your mind with positivity to build a mindset that’s ready to tackle the day’s challenges.

7. Do a Quick Physical Activity – Even Stretching Counts

I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly a gym enthusiast. But I found that doing some kind of physical activity in the morning really wakes up both my body and mind.

You don’t have to do a full workout (unless you want to!).

Sometimes, I just stretch for a few minutes or do a quick set of jumping jacks. It gets the blood flowing and shakes off that groggy feeling.

Plus, there’s a sense of achievement in moving your body first thing in the morning. It’s like telling yourself, “Hey, I’m ready for whatever today throws at me.”

Give it a try – you might be surprised at how much more energized you feel.

8. Reflect on a Quote or Thought for the Day

I’ve always been inspired by the words of great thinkers and achievers. One of my favorites is from Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

Each morning, I take a moment to reflect on a quote like this. It could be something motivational, philosophical, or even humorous.

This practice sets a thoughtful tone for my day. It’s like having a conversation with some of the wisest minds in history over your morning cup of coffee.

These quotes remind me to stay curious, open-minded, and positive, no matter what the day may bring.

9. Tidy Up Your Space – A Little Goes a Long Way

You might wonder how tidying up fits into a morning routine. Well, I found that spending a few minutes to straighten up my living space makes a big difference.

It’s not about deep cleaning; just simple things like putting away dishes, arranging pillows, or clearing my desk.

This small act of organizing my physical space somehow helps organize my thoughts too.

It sets a tone of order and clarity for the day ahead. Plus, there’s a calming effect in starting your day in a neat environment.

It’s like your surroundings are rooting for you to have a great day!

10. Take a Moment for Gratitude – It’s a Game Changer

Ending this list, I want to share something that truly transformed my mornings: taking a moment for gratitude.

Every morning, I list three things I’m grateful for. It could be as simple as a sunny day, a good cup of coffee, or a call I had with a friend.

This practice reminds me of a quote by Oprah Winfrey: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Reflecting on what I’m thankful for shifts my focus from what I lack to the abundance I already have. It’s a powerful way to start the day with a positive and abundant mindset.

 

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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