28 Nov Morning Routines Lead to a Happier, More Successful You
For most of my life, I considered myself a night owl. I wasn’t motivated by anything first thing in the morning except coffee. So, for years, I jumped out of bed, grabbed my cup of coffee and launched into work.
Given that I started a business that was acquired while in this ‘routine’ it wasn’t detrimental, but I knew that I wanted to start my day with more structure and doing things I knew would contribute to my physical and mental well being.
I’d been reading a lot about morning routines and was pretty tired of feeling frazzled in the mornings and ending my days feeling like I didn’t start with a plan.
So, I decided to give it a shot. And, I’m here to tell you, my morning routine has transformed my world!
If you’re anything like me, you might be thinking…
‘Okay, this sounds great but where do I start?”
General Tips on Starting a Morning Routine.
- Remind yourself this is a new habit, and it will take time to develop.
- There will be learning curves, so embrace the journey.
- You don’t need 60-minutes right out of the gate. 15 minutes is a great starting spot!
Change Your Mindset.
- Ditch the belief that you can’t be anything but a “night owl.”
- Remember that having a morning routine doesn’t mean you have to get up at 4am.
- Remind yourself that how you use the first part of your day shapes your entire day.
Be Flexible + Patient.
- Habits take time to stick, so don’t beat yourself up if you feel like it’s not ‘working.’
- If you get up late, no biggie. Do your best to do as much of your morning routine as possible.
- Know that you can shift things around (order, time spent, etc.) if it doesn’t feel quite right.
- Write it down.
- Keep your routine the same every day, so you don’t have to think; you’ll just do.
- Tell people other about your morning routine. It will help hold you accountable.
Morning Routine Items to Incorporate.
- Integrating a physical activity will increase your energy levels and get your heart moving.
- Allocate 5-10 minutes to start. Check out the 7-Minute Workout App if you need structure.
- Your activity might be yoga, a short walk, jumping jacks or strength exercises. Just move!
- No, not alcohol ?
- You can still have your coffee, but add at least 16 ounces of water into the mix first thing.
- An easy and quick way to give your metabolism and entire body an instantaneous boost!
- Start with a 1-5 minute guided meditation. It’s easier than sitting in silence when you start.
- Use an app like Insight Timer. You can pick the length and topic of your session.
- Meditation is proven to help with concentration, stress, decision making and much more.
- Get a journal! Here are a few I love:
The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day or
The Freedom Journal – The Best Daily Planner to Accomplish Your 1 Goal in 100 Days – Increase Productivity & Time Management – Hardcover, Non Dated – 1 Year Guarantee
- Allocate 5 minutes a day to write.
- This will help with self-discipline, creativity, personal growth and accountability.
- Pick a book, RSS feed or a podcast.
- Allocate 5-10 minutes a day to start.
- Talk with any successful person, and they’ll tell you they read… a lot!
There you have it. You can start a morning routine with as little as 16-minutes!
Once your morning routine becomes a habit, you can build upon it. My morning routine was initially about 15- minutes and is now two hours.
Here’s what my morning routine looks like.
- 6:00-6:10 = Mentally prepare for the day before actually getting out of bed
- 6:10-6:20 = Wash face, brush teeth, get dressed and drink water.
- 6:20-6:40 =Spend time with significant other before he leaves to work over coffee.
- 6:40-6:50 = Write in Freedom Journal with no electronic devices or distractions present.
- 6:50-7:00 = Meditate.
- 7:00-7:20 = Yoga or strength workout, depending on the day and more water.
- 7:20-7:50 =Read or listen to Podcast.
- 7:50-8:00 = Review plan for day. I write this list at the end of the previous day.
- Total Time: 2 hours
Do you have a morning routine? If so, share it in the comments below.
PS – We’ll be sharing more about the importance of a morning routine, why it’s so valuable and how the major benefits it offers. So, stay tuned!