setting the tone and establishing what's next for the rest of the day. Your goals may differ slightly. The idea is to get you ready and your day started in an orderly way, instead of last-minute rushing, and to prepare you for the rest of the day.
4.) Specific order. Start at a logical point and progress from there. Get yourself ready to go first, then take care of the most important tasks.
5.) Consistent follow-through. Your morning routine is no good if you don't do it!
A Note on Getting Up Early: There are infinite articles on this topic. I don't want to add to the clutter, but I do want to encourage early rising. It is the single most effective habit I have for building a better life. Certainly there are successful people who don't rise early. But a trademark of a vast majority of energetic, productive, happy people is a consistent, early rise time. If you're a night person, maybe early rising won't work for you. I think you should try it, though, for at least a month. Give it a fair test run. If you find that staying up late and sleeping late helps you accomplish more and be happier doing it, then stick to that. Just don't write off early rising until you've made it a consistent habit and seen its effects for more than a few days at a time.
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