If you want to become more disciplined, start doing these 9 things every morning

Being disciplined isn’t about forcing yourself into a rigid routine, it’s about setting yourself up for success.

The secret? Your morning routine.

You see, starting your day right can set the tone for everything that follows. It’s about making deliberate choices before the rest of the world wakes up and demands your attention.

In this article, I’m going to share with you some simple habits. Trust me, they can make a world of difference in your level of discipline.

Here we go.

1) Rise with the sun

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “I’m not a morning person”. But hear me out.

There’s something magical about the early morning hours. The world is still, the air is fresh, and the day is ripe with possibilities. Plus, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes from being up and active while others are still snoozing.

Waking up early allows you to start your day on your own terms, instead of rushing to catch up with the demands of the world. It gives you quiet time to focus on yourself and set your intentions for the day.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to leap out of bed at 4am. It’s about finding a time that works for you and sticking to it consistently. That’s what discipline is all about.

And who knows? You might just find that you are a morning person after all.

2) Make your bed

You might be wondering, “What does making my bed have to do with discipline?” Well, let me share a personal story.

I used to be the kind of person who would rush out of bed, get dressed in a hurry, and leave my room in a state of chaos. I didn’t see the point in making my bed. After all, I was just going to mess it up again at night, right?

But one day, I decided to make a small change. I started making my bed every morning. It took just a couple of minutes, but it made a huge difference.

Making my bed became a small win that set a positive tone for the rest of the day. It was a task completed, a box ticked. It gave me a sense of order and control, which spilled over into other aspects of my day.

And on tough days when nothing seemed to go right, returning to a neatly made bed was comforting. It was proof that I had accomplished at least one thing that day.

Try it out. Make your bed every morning. It might seem insignificant, but it’s a simple act that can set the stage for greater discipline in your life.

3) Hydrate yourself

When we sleep, our bodies continue working, using up the water we have consumed the day before. This is why we often wake up feeling a bit dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to kickstart your metabolism and rehydrate your body.

But here’s the kicker: according to a study conducted by the University of Barcelona, starting your day with water before consuming any other type of drink can significantly increase your level of mental and physical alertness.

Incorporating this simple habit into your morning routine not only helps with discipline by establishing a healthy ritual, but also sets you up for increased productivity throughout the day.

4) Prioritize your day

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If everything is a priority, nothing is.” It’s true. If you try to tackle everything at once, you’ll end up overwhelmed and accomplish less.

That’s why every morning, I take a few minutes to decide what my top three tasks for the day are. These are the things that, no matter what, I need to complete by the end of the day.

By identifying these tasks first thing in the morning, I can structure my day around them. It helps me stay focused and disciplined, because I know exactly what I need to accomplish.

It’s not about how many tasks you tick off from your to-do list, but about how effectively you manage your time and energy. Prioritizing your day can help you do just that.

5) Get moving

Exercise in the morning? I can almost hear the collective groan. But hold on a second.

Physical activity, especially in the morning, has been linked to improved mood, increased energy levels, and enhanced productivity. It doesn’t have to be an intense hour-long workout session either.

Even a 10-minute stretch or a brisk walk around your neighborhood can do wonders to wake up your body and mind.

Making exercise a part of your morning routine is a fantastic way to build discipline. It’s something that requires commitment and consistency, but the payoff in terms of how you feel and perform throughout the day is absolutely worth it.

6) Practice gratitude

I believe there is immense power in starting your day with a heart full of gratitude.

Gratitude has a way of grounding us, reminding us of the good in our lives, even during challenging times. It shifts our focus from what we lack to what we have, fostering a sense of contentment and peace.

Every morning, I take a few minutes to write down three things I am grateful for. It could be as simple as a good night’s sleep, or as profound as the love I share with my family.

This practice has not only made me more disciplined but also more mindful and appreciative of life’s blessings.

Begin your day by counting your blessings. It may cultivate a positive mindset that will carry you through the day, enhancing not just your discipline, but also your overall well-being.

7) Connect with your why

There was a time when I would jump into my day without a second thought, working on auto-pilot, moving from one task to another. But, it felt like something was missing. I was accomplishing tasks, but I lacked a sense of purpose.

Then, I started a new practice. Every morning, I would take a moment to remind myself of my ‘why’ – my purpose, my motivation, the reason why I do what I do.

For me, it’s about creating meaningful content that can inspire and help others. This is what drives me. This is what makes all the hard work worth it.

Connecting with my ‘why’ first thing in the morning has become a compass guiding my actions throughout the day. It keeps me aligned with my values and goals, fostering discipline and focus.

Before you dive into your to-do list, take a moment to connect with your ‘why’. It might just be the fuel you need to stay disciplined and motivated.

8) Nourish your body

We’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And there’s a lot of truth to it.

After a night of fasting, your body needs fuel to kickstart the day. Skipping breakfast can lead to low energy levels and decreased cognitive function.

But it’s not just about eating anything. It’s about nourishing your body with the right kind of food – fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

When I started paying attention to my breakfast choices, I noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels and concentration throughout the day.

Make it a point to eat a healthy breakfast every morning. It’s a discipline that will keep you energized and focused, setting you up for success throughout your day.

9) Embrace the stillness

In the midst of our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook the power of stillness. Yet, those quiet moments in the morning can be transformative.

Before the day’s chaos kicks in, before your responsibilities start calling, take a moment to just be. Sit in silence. Breathe. Listen to the world waking up around you.

This simple act of embracing the stillness can bring clarity, calm, and focus. It helps you connect with yourself, setting a peaceful and purposeful tone for the rest of your day.

Start your mornings in silence. It’s not just about discipline; it’s about creating space for yourself amidst the noise of life.

Final thought: It’s about consistency

At the heart of discipline lies a fundamental principle: consistency.

It’s not about grand gestures or radical changes. It’s about small, consistent actions that add up over time.

Every sunrise presents a new opportunity to practice discipline. Whether it’s waking up early, making your bed, hydrating, prioritizing your tasks, moving your body, practicing gratitude, connecting with your ‘why’, nourishing your body or embracing the stillness – each of these habits sets the stage for a disciplined life.

But remember, the key is consistency. As Aristotle famously said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

So as you embark on this journey towards greater discipline, remember that every sunrise is a fresh start – another chance to make choices that align with your goals and values.

It’s a journey of a thousand miles that begins with a single step. And that step starts here, with these nine things every morning.

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder 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 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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