First Thing You Do in the Morning

What is the first thing you do when you waking up in the morning? You might not be surprised to learn that for most of us, breakfast is the first thing we do, even before getting dressed. According to the 94% Game, 21% of users eat breakfast first, and 14% get dressed or brush their teeth. 13% were more precise – they turn off their alarm. 12% hop into the shower, 11% use the bathroom, and 5% have a good, long stretch. Technology also finds its way in there, as 4% reach to check their phone the moment they wake up.

First Thing You Do in the Morning at Home

1. Get Moving

A good, strong stretch is often the first thing you do after waking up in the morning, and that’s a good thing – you will be using your body in various ways throughout the day, which means that you need to get it flexible and alert. Stretching is also quite helpful if you are going into work to sit at a desk all day, so stretch long and hard first thing in the morning.

2.  Get Hydrated

You have been asleep, and so haven’t been drinking anything. The first thing you do in the morning should include a nice, long gulp of water. A full glass first thing in the morning is a great way to wake you up and make you feel much better throughout the day.

3. Have Vitamins

Now is the best time to take medications, such as vitamins. Why? The first thing you do every morning tends to become a routine that you stick to very well, so taking vitamins at this time will help ensure you do it every single day.

4. Move Some More

Make exercise a priority first thing in the morning to take advantage of the spike in brain chemicals, like dopamine and serotonin, which can help alleviate stress and depression. Those who are happier tend to be those who exercise in the morning, thus getting it out of the way – they don’t have to struggle to find time later during the day. That increased blood flow in the morning also means more energy all day.

5. Make the Bed

The first thing you do in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Being organized and keeping the house clean can make you feel as though you have already accomplished something great. So make the bed, or at least fold up the blanket and fluff the pillows. You will feel better instantly.

6. Get Some Fresh Air

The morning air tends to be clear, crisp and cool. It’s the perfect time to take a long, deep breath of it. Going for a morning walk can get the blood pumping, stimulate creativity, promote a sense of vitality and give you an exercise boost. If you have a dog to walk with you, even better!

7. Grab a Hot Shower

Getting a good shower is often an eye-opener. Use a body cleanser with a scent that gets you ready for the day, such as a citrus scent, and use it generously. Scrub your skin vigorously to promote blood flow and make you feel more awake.

8. Meditate

Take ten minutes to block out the world and be grateful for what you have, giving thanks for another beautiful day. You can also use this time to clear your head of the things that happened the day before, or any bad dreams you might have had during the night.

9. Write down Your Dreams

If you were having an awesome dream when the alarm went off, now is the time to remember it. Write down all you can, even the bits that don’t make sense. The more you do this, the more you will see a pattern in your dreams.

10. Open the Curtains

Natural sunlight is what the body needs to truly shake off the sleep and get moving. Open up the blinds, throw open the curtains, and look to natural light to make you feel more human.

First Thing You Do in the Morning in Office

1. Take a Break

Once you are there, give yourself time to settle in. Don’t rush right into a project. Instead, take a deep breath, take a sip of coffee, organize your desk, and otherwise make yourself comfortable before you open up your email and start dealing with the day.

2. Start a New Day All Over Again

Look at each day as a new beginning. Your projects will move ahead today, your discussions will be hashed out, and you will start on a new and interesting path. If you are able to let go of the frustrations of the day before, you are more likely to find success today.

3. Get Organized

Assess everything and start a to-do list. What absolutely must be done today? What can be delegated? What can you reshuffle if you need to do so? Make a list of those things and then start working through it, from top to bottom. Setting priorities at the start of the day helps ensure that you get done what must be done, and you might find that you are even more productive when you can see all the ‘must do’ things laid out in front of you.

4. Get There on Time

When the first thing you do in the morning is show up late, it can throw your whole day off-kilter. Show up on time or a little early in order to get into the work mindset and make a good impression on those who show up after you do. The feeling of accomplishment can carry you through the rest of the morning.

5. Say Hello

Say hello to those who work in the office with you. Have a very short meeting where critical information is exchanged, or they simply talk about what happened the day before. A good tip is to have this meeting in an area where there are no chairs, so people get to the point instead of lingering. Then get started on your goals!

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