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Why create a morning routine
Most highly successful entrepreneurs and figures have routines and habits that they do every morning. Here are a few examples:
- Oprah Winfrey, CEO and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network: She meditates for 20 minutes and runs on the treadmill for 15 minutes and go for a walk
- Jack Dorsey, Cofounder of Twitter and Square: He wakes up at 5:30 am to meditate and do a 6-mile jog.
- Tim Ferris, Author of The 4-Hour Work Week: He makes his bed, meditates for 20 minutes, workout, drink tea and journal
- Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue: She plays tennis at 5:45 am for one hour
- Arianna Huffington, Former Co-founder of The Huffington Post: She doesn’t check her phone first thing in the morning. She takes her time to breathe, be grateful and set her intention for the day
I see a trend here: most of them take some time in the morning to be mindful and meditate!
I love having morning routines. Whenever I don’t practice it, I feel like a wilted flower. It’s not pretty, I tell ya! The reason why I love it so much is because it’s my way of self-care. It’s time to take care of myself and build the foundation for the rest of the day. Your entire day can’t be amazing if you start with anything less than unbridled enthusiasm. After I do my morning routine, I also feel ultra-productive and ready to seize the day!
Why is morning routine important
Time is something we never get back. Creating a morning routine is being intentional of your day. It is taking the time for yourself and for things that matter to you.
This habit will help you nourish and replenish your body, mind, and spirit. You get to dictate your day when you create your morning routine. Setting time for do what lights you up or brings you whole should be part of your everyday routine, not a once a week or once a month type of routine.
Some people might ask, “What if I’m not a morning person?” Some who professed they’re not a morning person, create a morning routine and they love it. I’m not saying get up at 5:30 am if that’s not your thing. What I’m saying is do what works for you. You can try it for a week and if it’s not for you then that’s okay. You can have an evening routine instead.
Here are 6 ways to get started on your morning routine:
- Pick a time
When picking the time to do your morning routine, it’s important to factor in all the other things you have to do. Those things include getting ready for work or eating breakfast unless you add those as part of your routine.
- Determine how long you want your routine
If you’re just starting out, I would suggest starting small. Try 15 minutes for a week and see if you need to cut back or add more time.
- Select activities
This is where you can tailor your routine to your needs. You have to ask yourself these questions to figure out what activities you need to include
onyour morning routine:
- What do I want to accomplish? Know your priorities and carve out time in your morning routine.
- What makes brings me joy? Do more of what lights you up. Identifying what brings you joy is important and should be a part of your routine
- How do I want to feel after my morning routine? Do you want to feel accomplished? Productive? Happy? What are those things you need to include your morning routine that will incite those feelings?
- Set a time frame for each activity
Decide how long you want to dedicate to each activity. For example, if you’re learning a new language, you can do 5 minutes studying French on Duolingo.
- Plan the night before
One of the best ways to have a successful morning routine is by getting enough sleep the night before. So make sure you plan ahead and get plenty of sleep the night before.
- Be flexible
Creating a routine takes
sometimeto get used to. Don’t be so hard on yourself or say that morning routine isn’t for you if it didn’t go as planned. If it doesn’t work out the first time or week, try something different. It took me a while to get the right routine and even now, I’m still adding and taking away some of the activities during my routine.
My current morning routine
I always try out switch things up with my morning routine. Sometimes I can stick with a routine for a couple of weeks or months and then I get bored. So here is my current morning routine:
- Wake up at 5 am
- Meditate for 10 minutes
- Listening/reading the Bible for 15 minutes
- Learn a new language for 15 minutes
- Practice math for 5 minutes
- Learn about blogging 10-30 minutes
- Read a book for 10 minutes
- Listen to a podcast for 10 minutes
I’ve been enjoying this routine because I’m able to take care of my mind and spirit first thing in the morning. Mind you, it took me two years to get to this point. If you don’t get your morning routine perfect the first time, don’t worry about it. Try to mix it up until you get the right routine for you.
Another reason to create a morning routine for yourself if you are an introvert – there are so many fewer people out at 6 am that you’ll welcome the peace and quiet.
Creating your morning routine should be personalized to you. The best routine for you is that one that brings you joy and feel energized after. If you try a morning routine for a while an decide it isn’t for you because it’s too early in the morning, push it back to a time that works for you. The reason why people start at 5 am is because they want to be productive at 8 am when work starts — if you’re working the night shift, you can start your morning routine in the afternoon.
If you have a morning routine, what is your favorite part of your routine? If you don’t have a routine and are willing to try to create one, what do you plan on doing?
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