Do you have a morning routine? Two months ago, a friend of mine (Ms. Nonhle Beryl) told me about her morning ritual and how it sets the tone of her whole day. Since then, I haven't been able to get it out of my head because I'm always stressed in the morning.
I typically get up as late as possible, skip breakfast, and I don't even have time to style my hair. My main issue is getting up early. I consider myself to be a night owl, and in my opinion, I am more productive at night. However, apart from this, I also wanted to know why creating a morning routine will make me more successful.
Creating My Morning Routine
Ready to create a meaningful morning routine, I found a website called "My Morning Routine", with examples of daily rituals used by successful people from all over the world. It offers recommendations about how to set up a more productive and enjoyable day. I dived into this topic and was surprised by how beneficial a morning routine is when you get used to it.
I started surveying friends of mine about their morning routines. One of my friends has had a Sunday routine for more than 10 years. On Sundays, she reads magazines, does her nails, and much more because she is using this time-out for herself.
My co-worker wakes up at 5 a.m. everyday and makes breakfast for the whole family. After that, he exercises, takes a shower and joins his family for breakfast. His morning alone time has become very important throughout the day. He described his morning routine as "life-changing" as it allows him to do something for himself everyday.
So I asked myself, "When do you have time for yourself during the day?" My answer? NEVER! I have learned that it doesn't matter what kind of morning ritual you have set, a common thread for a productive start to the day is having a consistent routine. A morning routine is the catalyst for a powerful start to each day.
I tend to exaggerate everything I start, so I had to make sure that my regime is practical for me. So I came up with a routine I would like to set in the following weeks. The first thing I needed to do was put an end to the belief that I am a night owl.
My New Morning Routine
The night before
Choose my clothes for the next day and prepare my breakfast.
6:30 AM // Wake up and drink a glass of water
After hours without any liquid, rehydration is needed.Water is also a great way to kickstart your metabolism.
6:40 AM // Morning workout
A 7-minute workout in the morning and three minutes of light stretching is all it takes to shake off grogginess and limber up for the day ahead. It only takes a few minutes to do a basic workout. There are tons of 7-minute workout apps available.
6:50 AM // Choose an affirmation, meditate, repeat affirmation, and visualize goals for the day
Cleaning up your mind will help you gain focus for the day. If you are a beginner and have trouble learning how to meditate, read the Ebook by Thanissaro Bhikkhu "With Each and; Every Breath".
7:00 AM // Get ready for work
Are you able to take a cold shower? It will feel uncomfortable at first, but I believe you will feel energized after that.
7:30 AM //Write down 3 targets for the day
Write down one long-term goal and three target goals you need to accomplish during the day in order to move closer to your long-term goal.
7:45 AM // Leave for work
Don't forget your breakfast! Plan some extra time to avoid traffic jams.
9:00 AM // Arrive at the office
Psychologist Roy F. Baumeister wrote in his book "Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength" that our willpower is greatest in the morning. I know that my morning routine will not be easy to maintain.
The most challenging part is getting up early and exercising. My goal is to be consistent and less stressed. In order to realize this, I'll use the habit stacking strategy of executing each part of my morning routine systematically. For example, before I brush my teeth in the morning (current habit) I will meditate (new habit) for a certain amount of time. Once I'm used to that habit, I'll tack on the next one until I have a whole new morning routine.
Knowing exactly how the first 90 minutes of my day looks is calming and powerful, as it helps me feel in control and non-reactive; which, in turn reduces anxiety and ensures I'm more productive throughout the day. I think this routine is worth trying in order to keep random chaos at bay, and to keep from having to partake in unnecessary morning decision making.
Do you have a morning routine? I’d love to hear about it. What do you do to start the day?
Originally published at Frolicious
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