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It’s hard to wake up properly, but coffee helps, right? It’s not uncommon to find it difficult to greet the day, but some people seem to have their morning routine cracked.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to give you a successful start to your morning, with ideas taken from the routines of highly successful people.

Visualise

Many people believe visualisation is a key part of their success. We imagine a desired outcome, then imagine all the parts of it and the steps to get there. It helps us stay motivated and reach out for the things we want in life. It’s a good thing to try and many successful athletes and celebs swear by it.

Grab some knowledge in the morning

There was a survey of self-made millionaires that found almost 9/10 said they devote at least half an hour every morning to improving their knowledge or skills. It’s a great thing to do instead of scrolling through your social media feed, no? Good reads could include self-development books or biographies of successful people. Lots of these can also be found as audiobooks, just in case you’d rather take it in during your morning commute, and there are also apps which summarise popular non-fiction books.

Get some morning exercise

Effective exercise is about routine, which is why it’s a good idea to add some to your morning routine as a solid wake-up. You don’t have to put a lot of preparation into this, you just have to get yourself moving. You could try cardio, stretching, bodyweight training or a mix of all three.

Start how you mean to go on

It’s easy to get out of bed without enthusiasm but you can help avoid this if you make your intentions for the day clear from the start. Take a few minutes to write down your aims and objectives for the day, and you’ll have a clear sense of direction. Simply spend 10 minutes to write down tasks and schedules, or download an app that will help digitise your to-do list.