If you’re a busy workaholic like many of us in this fast-paced era, you probably don’t take a lot of time to yourself. Many people probably admire the image of the hard working individual who seems to have it all together, walking around with the clipboard or briefcase and ticking items off an imaginary list.

The problem with this concept is that it’s not sustainable. After a time, if you don’t try to keep healthy and focus only on working hard, you will eventually burn out. While it may seem that you are always productive, in the long run, your productivity will decrease due to exhaustion.

And so, here are a few simple things you can do every morning to ensure that you are setting yourself up for success right at the beginning of the day:

Get Up Early

This is an obvious one, and it probably hurts to read. While sleeping in might seem to be a better use of your time, you would be surprised at the amount of things you can accomplish with your day.

Just by waking up early, you can fit in so many things that normally you wouldn’t be able to—exercise, a healthy breakfast, and may even the last bit of that Bachelorette episode you didn’t finish (don’t lie, it’s obviously your guilty pleasure).

Dedicated “Me” Time

That’s right—we’re calling this “me” time. Do whatever it is you need to do to indulge, let loose, relax (if that involves consuming any hard drug then maybe we should reevaluate here).

Many people might try to completely cut out what they think are bad habits or the things that they indulge in, to stop them. Much like “cheating” with food or binge eating, this only results in indulging the habit more. By dedicating time to yourself to do the thing you like, whether that’s having a scroll through social media, watching YouTube videos, or reading celebrity magazines, it means that you’ll leave content and less likely to distract yourself later in the day.

Have A Hearty Breakfast

Healthy Breakfast

Although it might seem intuitive that one should have a healthy breakfast you might be surprised at how often people skip breakfast without thinking.

How often have you made an excuse “I have to get dressed, I don’t have time for breakfast” or “It’s such a small meal, I’ll eat something later when I get there”?

Your body needs to be supplied with energy upon waking up. Skipping breakfast can alter how your body perceives fasting and eating and can lead to binging or overeating due to lack of energy. You are more likely to consume foods that are bad for you later in the day because of an urge to fill yourself and compensate for the meal you missed in the morning. In other words, the decisions you make in the morning can dictate your culinary destiny for the rest of the day—and even eternity! Choose wisely.

10-15 Min Exercise

This one probably makes you cringe. While it would be nice to tell you to go for that 5-mile run or hour-long cardio and strength training mix, it’s probably not realistic—at least not if you’re starting out from the point of never exercising in the morning at all.

However, morning exercise has numerous benefits, including being more energized and focused, having more time for other activities later in the day, and ensuring consistency.

If you wake up in the morning and get your work out done with, you can go for the happy hour meal or drink with your friends instead of worrying about making it to the gym. And with time, you can set bigger goals for what you want to accomplish in the morning.

Walk To Work

Walk To Work

If you can, take a mode of transportation that forces you to be active—ideally walking, or biking, or the route that has more stairs. Not only does this fit more exercise into your morning, but it also gives you active time to reflect and think about anything you need to clear your head. This can be spiritual time or just time to relax and get yourself mentally prepared for the day ahead.

In short, we’re here to praise the idea of baby steps. A lot of morning habit articles might tell you to start running five miles every morning, or do an entire week’s meal prep in the morning, which we all know isn’t entirely realistic—at least not right now. Healthy habits start with little steps, not drastic changes; once you establish a habit, you can work towards growing and setting goals for yourself.