Your Morning Routine
The majority of the most successful people on the planet have this one thing in common
Your Morning Routine!
Habits are simply things that we repeatedly do. We are only as good as our habits. If you want to see some positive changes in your life, you may consider setting up a Morning Routine. Simply put, you commit to the same habits daily. Please know that it could take time to work out the kinks. If at first, you don’t succeed, simply tweak Your Morning Routine for the next day and try again.
I highly recommend a planner that you WRITE. Writing engages another part of your brain that clicking on your phone does not. A written daily planner will not be chiming, buzzing, or dinging as you are trying to prepare mentally for your day.
Did you know that just looking at your phone first thing in the morning has been proven to change your brain chemistry? And NOT for good! Looking at your phone engages you in everything else going on in the world. The morning is a time of renewal, and putting yourself and changing your new habits to work will help you to take on the rest of your day with purpose. You are becoming a Goal conqueror. This requires time alone with your body, mind, and soul. Every day without fail, make this time a PRIORITY. You will not regret it!!
Your Morning Routine
The Hour (ish) of Power!
1. A Good Morning Routine starts the night before.
It’s true. The success of your morning starts the night before with a Nighttime Routine. If you go to bed super late the odds of you getting out of bed feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day is very slim. A Nighttime Routine sets you up for optimum sleep. This has a lot to do with how you will feel and perform the next day.
2. Wake up EARLY
- Pick a time and stick with it.
- Don’t make excuses.
- Don’t hit the snooze button.
Ideally, you want to wake well before the other members of your household. You KNOW that once the rest of the crew starts awakening, all your plans will go out the window. Please be intentional! YOU are worth it. Your quality of sleep when you keep going back to sleep is so downright lousy anyway. It is of no benefit to you.
3. Drink a Glass of Water
By drinking a glass of water, you immediately decide to treat your body well before your day even starts. Water replenishes your body from the dehydration that takes place while you were sleeping. This one glass of water will make your mind more alert as well. Set yourself up for success by placing one whole glass each night on your nightstand before you go to sleep. This one good habit will also encourage you to drink more water for the rest of the day.
4. Quiet Time
I pour a cup of coffee and sit down at our dining table. This time is spent reading scripture and praying. I cherish my time with God. (And my coffee!) I don’t want to try to get through the day without the help of God. If I skip this time for any reason, it shows up later in my day. Usually as a terrible attitude:)
This is a tough one for me personally. It is not my nature to want to exercise. If you are not an exercise addict, commit to a 10-minute beginner at home YouTube workout. Gradually increase your time. Start with 10 minutes, do it for a week, and the following week increase your exercise to 15, and so on. Remember, if you miss your mark on any given day, simply resume the next morning. (If you are on a diet, and you slip up and pound a bag of chips, don’t quit the diet!) Simply start again. Bodies in motion stay in motion. Bodies at rest stay at rest! And don’t think exercise just helps you physically; it also wakes up your brain to help with mood, anxiety, and focus.
We are imperfect beings. Be kind to yourself. Habit building takes time.
6. Planning Time
Put your morning routine in your planner ahead of time. DO it every day. Do it without fail.
Sit down and purposefully PLAN your day. (I have included a printable to help you organize your thoughts and practice.)
Eat breakfast. A healthy breakfast fuels you for optimum performance. Avoid sugar and refined carbs. Eat whole foods with protein, and complex carbs.
Some of my favorites are:
- Sprouted Bread
- Greek Yogurt
I am including a great article on the importance of breakfast for all the skeptics out there.
Even if you are not a morning person, establishing Your Morning Routine will help you hit the mark almost every time. Practice makes perfect.