Make Your Morning Routine Work For You
Most of us wake up every day to the sound of an alarm clock. And often we are rushing around the house, trying to get everything done before it’s time for the bus or we have to leave from work. How can you make your morning routine work for you, instead of against you?
We are creatures of habit. Our habits either enrich us or send us down the wrong path. Having a solid morning routine allows you to start your day on track. And most importantly, when we don’t feel rushed, we can choose to wake up with gratitude and spend a few moments in gratitude before leaping out of bed.
Have you ever considered getting up 15 minutes earlier?
One of the biggest challenges of waking up earlier for many of us is getting enough sleep, so planning to go to bed earlier is essential to aim for a full 8 hours of sleep. If you’re setting your alarm for 6:15 am instead of 6:30, aim to turn out the lights by 10:15 pm the night before. It might take some getting used to which is why we’re only going to do this in 15 minute increments. It may feel uncomfortable for the first few days and it’s important to stick to it for at least a week before your body will get used to it.
To make it easier on yourself, continue to go to bed and wake up at the same time on the weekend. That’s also a good habit for our kids – we’ve done our best to keep our daughter’s bedtime within a one hour time period (lights out between 7:30-8:30) year-round, even during the summer. This may change this summer as she will be almost 7, however it’s worked well for us so far.
Here are a few ideas of what you could do in the first 15 to 30 minutes of the day:
- Read from an inspirational or personal growth book
- Stretch or do a short yoga routine
- Sit quietly with a cup of tea, coffee or lemon water
- Write in your gratitude journal
- Set up your day for success by creating a priority list of 2-3 items for the day
- Spend quiet time with your kid(s) – perhaps you have one child that is up before the others
- Exercise at home
- Go for a walk
Notice that checking email is not on this list, nor is logging into Facebook. For my own morning routine, I am inspired by Tony Robbin’s 3-3-3 minute routine. To paraphrase, the first 3 minutes when he gets up are spent in deep gratitude. He’s thinking about what he’s most grateful for and feeling the feelings of gratitude. The next 3 minutes are spent in prayer, beginning with his closest inner circle and extending out to all of the lives he will touch today. I do a similar exercise by circling my prayers, something I learned when I did the 40 Day Prayer Challenge last year.
And the final three minutes is about the three most important things to do or create today. This is easier to do if you’ve done some yearly goal setting and know which daily actions will help you to move closer to your goal. To watch Tony say it in his own words, watch this episode of the AskGaryVee show. The first caller’s question is about how to be more grateful and Tony explains his morning routine as part of the answer.
What is something that is a sacred part of your morning routine?
What is one great morning habit you already have?
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