Depending on your job, family situation, hobbies, and interests, your morning routine should be designed to make you happy and energised – but only you can decide what that is.

If you ever need a bit of inspiration, here are the top four morning routines that you could consider integrating into your daily lives.

1. Exercise and meditation

A common theme that is emerging in most successful individuals’ routine is exercise. If you’re a regular gym-goer, runner or swimmer, try shifting your lunchtime or evening sessions to the morning and see if you notice the effects during your workday. If you can’t face the gym at 6 am, try something a bit slower-paced, like yoga and meditation.

At a recent conference PageGroup hosted, we spent the first hour of one of the days meditating as a group. There was an expert there taking us through the steps, and though she made it clear that beginners can often feel drowsier than those who meditate regularly, we came out of the session invigorated and ready for the day ahead.

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2. Have a healthy breakfast

You have heard this many times before. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And there is truth to the saying — Your concentration will drastically dip when your energy levels do, so prioritise eating a meal if you want a productive day. If you don't follow a typical 9-to-6 day, you don't have to wake up in the morning to consume breakfast; remember to take the first meal of your day.

3. Family time

Find time to have a conversation with a friend or family member once before work. Feeling like you’re connected is not just great for your well-being and those in your life too. Again – happiness leads to productivity.

4. Checking emails

This suggestion is a love-hate one. Some may choose to check emails during their commute to work, but it may not work for all, especially if you end up re-reading everything when you step into the office and responding then. If you find that you get bogged down with emails throughout your workday, dedicate an hour in your diary where you read and respond to everything urgent. Flag everything that needs action and delete everything that requires neither response nor action.

What will you do? If your morning routine isn’t the problem, maybe your job is. Search for a new one today and get inspired again.

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