Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Can't relate.
I really can't. Every morning I open my eyes and it's like I'm being greeted by Ronald McDonald at the golden arches. How did I make this my reality? I developed a carefully-planned morning routine that promotes productivity and encourages success.
Your morning routine begins with sleep.
Everyone sleeps on this fact (I just audibly laughed at that joke, I love myself). The fact of the matter is if you can't nail down a consistent sleep schedule, you can't master the morning. Set a mandatory sleep time or number of hours and stick to it. All my colleagues at Drexel are wondering, "How do we find time to sleep? It's the first week of class, I have midterms to study for." Prioritize your sleep. Rather than cramming for two more hours, allow your mind and body to rest and grow. You will likely improve performance just from being adequately rested. Granted, I study rock 'n' roll so what do I know?
Make your bed.
I'm not your mother or father so you should take what I say seriously. I make my bed before I do anything else, it's my first victory of the day. It also discourages crawling back into bed to ignore responsibility and sleep my sorrows away. The little victories add up and set the stage for a successful day. If you can't handle making your bed how are you going to survive out there in the wild?
Getting the blood flowing first thing in the morning is the best thing you can do to get yourself ready to tackle the day's challenges. That's why I wake up at 5:00 AM to workout for three hours before work every morning. Just kidding, I don't workout or contribute to society before 7:00. Working out every morning gives you a reason to routinely get out of bed early. It warms you up before the world starts piling responsibility on you; don't want to pull a muscle.
I can't stress the importance of breakfast enough. You ever see a squirrel skip breakfast? Absolutely not. It's difficult to be productive on an empty stomach. For you psychology buffs out there, that's because of a theory called Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. I'm just regular buff so I'll summarize it. Essentially, humans need to satisfy our physiological needs (food, water, survival, etc.) before we can find motivation to achieve less important things like money and fame. This is why breakfast is a non-negotiable part of my morning routine. For those of you who care, I normally eat three to five eggs in various forms with a peanut butter sandwich and a coffee.
Make it a habit and hold yourself accountable.
Now that you've developed the perfect morning routine, it's time to make it the standard. Continue to practice it until your little morning victories become habitual and then hold yourself accountable to continuing those habits. If you stray from habit for one day, take the necessary steps to correct it and ensure your routine continues on uninterrupted.