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After five weeks of experimenting, I ended up designing a morning routine that was ideal for me.

Just over a month ago, I decided to embark on an experiment to follow the routines and schedules of successful people. I wanted to see what it would do to my productivity, happiness levels, and wellbeing. For an entire working week each, I tried to mirror what Jack Dorsey, Arianna Huffington, Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, and Indra Nooyi do in the morning. After five weeks of experimenting, I ended up designing a morning routine that was ideal for me. In the process, I also learned many lessons — both from following routines perfectly, and from failing to miserably. 1. Exercising in the morning always made my day more productive 2. Meditating made a surprising difference in my productivity 3. The hardest time to do the experiment was in the middle of the week 4. Getting the right amount of sleep made a huge difference in my mornings 5. Having a bedtime routine was pivotal to getting good quality sleep 6. It's important to quit habits that are not working for you 7. Tracking how I spent my time forced me to come to terms with how I could do it better 8. Having morning and bedtime routines helped me make decisions based on what I truly wanted 9. I began to realize what activities, tasks, and goals were truly important to me 10. I subconsciously adopted the habits that worked and abandoned the ones that didn't

How you start your morning sets the tone

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Below you’ll find morning habits to start the day right
1. Wake Up Early
2. Smile and Think Something Positive
3. Make Your Bed
4. Brush Your Teeth and Scrape Your Tongue
5. Drink Warm Water With Lemon
6. Do a Stretching Routine
7. Meditate
8. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
9. Create Something
How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day
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The first few minutes of your morning are the most important of your day and can set the tone for positivity and productivity. Ideally, you have an app or clock that taps into your natural circadian rhythm and wakes you during your"best time" within a certain window. Getting jarred out of a deep REM slumber to the sound of a blaring alarm clock sets you up for a negative day brimming with fatigue and crankiness.

But getting the right alarm clock is only part of the battle.

Ways to start your morning better while kicking bad habits that destroy good sleep hygiene.
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Give yourself at least 15 minutes of no screen time
Besides turning off an alarm that might be on your phone, resist the urge to check your email or social media. It sets you up for a day of being enslaved to technology, and your morning time should be reserved just for you. This might mean disabling notifications on your home screen so you're not tempted by that Facebook update or mounting emails.
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Swap out the coffee for lemon water
Lukewarm water with a fresh lemon squeezed into it has numerous benefits--but you need to drink it first thing in the morning. It starts your metabolism, which burns fat while sustaining muscle, cleanses your mouth and throat, and gives you a boost of energy. Then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, drinking, or eating. This might be a toughie for caffeine addicts, but you can manage 30 minutes and it's a great way to reduce the need for a coffee fix.
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Set and affirm your goals for the day
While stretching in bed or prepping your lemon water, set some feasible goals for the day, but limit them to three. This might include packing your lunch instead of eating out to save money, committing to that noon yoga class, or scheduling the doctor's appointment you've been putting off.
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Meditate
Don't skip over this one just because it sounds boring or like you don't have time for it. Meditation is only as strict, long, short, boring, or annoying as you make it. A"successful" meditation in an entire lifetime might be only a few seconds. However, sitting in a comfortable position and focusing on clearing your mind--even if it's for less than a minute--can help your mental clarity and spiritual well-being and set the stage for the day.
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Stretch
It seems so obvious, and yet so many people ignore it. You can do this in bed, using a simple stretched-out-legs-and-arms-overhead movement. You can indulge in a supine twist on a padded floor, or you can practice whatever feels right for as little or as long as you like. Your body's just been booted down for hours--you can't expect it to be warmed up, energized, and raring to go right away.
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Sit up correctly
There are many"bad ways" to get out of bed, but only one best way, if your body allows for it: Roll over onto your right side, then push yourself up into a sitting position before standing with a straight back (no hunching). It's the gentlest way to get up, takes the pressure off your heart and back, and is a great, easy ritual to start your morning right.
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Exercise and Listen to Music
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