5 Things Successful People Do in the Morning

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BY EMARRAH SARREAL

5 Things Successful People Do in the Morning | Awesome in Manila

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I have always been fascinated with morning routines since I-don’t-know-when. I have read every article I could possibly find about a successful person’s morning routine and tried to incorporate what I find into my daily life. But the more I added to it, the more I found myself procrastinating. I dreaded starting the day because of the activities I tried to do in the morning, all before going to work.

It didn’t turn out to be a productive morning routine and I was always rushing out the door. So I narrowed it down to the essentials:

1. Make the bed

It is tempting to just toss the sheets and go on with the rest of the day without giving a second thought to the state of your bed. If I lived in a bigger space, I could do that (I have to fold my sofa bed and hide my sheets and pillows in the closet to convert my bedroom into a living room during the day). But I know how disheartening it is to come home to a messy place. You don’t have to go all Martha Stewart on this one. Just make sure the bed’s all nice and neat.

2. Drink a glass of water

Preferably, lemon water. It has a host of benefits like vitamin C, aids weight loss, improves digestion and balances pH levels. But good ol’ plain water will also be fine. The point is you must hydrate your body after sleeping for seven hours. (You are getting at least seven hours of sleep, right?)

3. Exercise (or just stretch, if you’re in such a hurry)

Stretching warms up your body and reduces movement-related injuries. But if you have enough time, exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Download exercise routines from Pinterest or YouTube to get you started.

4. Eat breakfast

Ah, the important meal of the day. This is all about giving your body the right fuel. Get some fruit to go with your toast-and-eggs combo (or whatever your usual breakfast is). Add a mug of piping hot coffee and you’re all set.

5. Quiet time

I usually read a chapter or two from the Bible or a page from a devotion book. If you’re more of an app person, I recommend downloading Solid Joys from Google Play or the App Store. If that’s not your thing, freewriting in the morning is also reportedly good for your overall focus throughout the day. Write whatever it is that’s bugging you or list down at least five things that you are grateful for. The point is to help your brain get started too.


What is your morning routine? And how has this been beneficial to you?


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Emarrah Sarreal works for a PR agency where she obsesses over story plans. When she’s not doing so, she ruminates on life and why people do what they do.


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