Having a great morning can be transformative and life-changing.
It’s a great time you can enjoy some peace and quiet and there’s a sense of tranquility that you just can’t get from any other time of day, except maybe late at night.
Not only that, it’s a great way to give yourself a mental fresh start so you can do better than the previous day. All we want in life after all is to see progress.
In this post, we’ll talk about how a morning routine can change your life. This productive morning routine for success will help you create the dream life you’ve always wanted.
It all starts with the first few hours of your day.
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Benefits Of Having A Morning Routine
Your first few hours in the morning greatly impact the rest of your day as it sets the tone for the day.
Imagine you have a morning routine every day of journaling, reading a few pages of a personal development book, and eating breakfast.
You find that you need these small moments in the morning where you can just be by yourself to enjoy the quietness and stillness before a chaotic day.
Usually, if you go through with these mornings and have enough time for yourself, you feel great and this can lead to an even more productive and awesome day as you’ve now set such a positive tone for the rest of the day.
You’ve already accomplished a few things off your to-do list and now you’re closer to reaching whatever goals you’ve set out for yourself.
Now imagine the opposite, where you just couldn’t stop snoozing in the morning and had to rush off to work because you were late.
You weren’t able to finish any of things you do every morning to better yourself and now you feel like you’ve failed. The tone of the day has now been soured and you’re more likely to have a not-so-great day.
So, it’s important to start off positively every day and that means having a good morning routine in place that is personalized to your goals and needs.
Having this routine along with the willpower and the determination to be consistent with your actions will bring you great success.
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What Is A Great Morning For You?
To start, you’re going to want to ask yourself what are the characteristics of a positive morning routine for you.
After all, you want the create a personalized plan where your actions are intentional and align with your goals.
Figure Out Your Priorities
List out all the goals you want to achieve and the things that are important to you in your life.
Some things you can ask yourself are:
- Where do you want to be in a few years?
- What are some productive morning habits you need to develop and practice daily?
- What actions do you need to take to get there that you just can’t seem to make time for?
Finding out what these things are will help you figure out what your priorities are which are going to help you make better choices of which habits and actions you need to take in the morning.
These habits are going to make a big impact on your life so really think hard about this.
These things can range anywhere from working on your mental health through self-affirmations, gaining more skills so you can get further ahead at work, or starting a side business, all the way to working on your fitness and health.
To summarize with an example, if your goal is to read 25 personal development books this year, you’re going to need to make time for that.
Maybe you don’t have time during the day or night so you decide to add this task to your morning routine and read at least 5 pages each morning.
Adding this to your routine will help you ensure you’re working towards your goals. Over time, these habits over time can result in massive positive changes in your life.
Don’t Cram Stuff Into Your Schedule Just Because
So you have a ton of priorities, but are you sure that they’re right for you?
Just because you have a lot of things you want to accomplish, doesn’t mean that all of them should be done.
When you take on too much, you actually end up not doing much at all because it can lead to burnout, reduced efficiency, and feeling more negativity and stress.
Instead of cramming everything that you want to get done, really figure out what is the best use of your time in the mornings.
Sometimes, cutting out things that you’ve been doing for years that have become a habit can be very freeing and help you focus on what matters to you.
For example, if you find yourself wasting a lot of time scrolling on social media or checking emails right in the morning just because it’s been a bad habit for years, you can re-evaluate if you want these in your life.
You can also take back your time by doing fewer things for others if that has been a habit for quite some time that no longer is needed.
For example, if you prep lunch for your significant other every morning, it might be time to re-evaluate if you can get some time back if they made it themselves.
Picture And Visualize This Routine
To make sure you’re adding the right things to your routine, really try to picture what your morning would look like doing these activities.
You want to create a routine where you feel calm, in control, not rushed, and where you feel like you’re able to get everything on your list completed.
One way you can help yourself visualize what you want is to write out your thoughts in a journal.
Or you can even create a vision board for what a perfect morning would look like for you.
Add pictures of the mood you want to set and the activities you think will give you a sense of accomplishment. You can then stick it on your wall for easy reference.
The point is, you need to be clear on what you want in order to make it happen.
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Find The Time
Now that you know what you want your mornings to look like and the tasks you’ll be doing, it’s time to find the time to do all these things you’ve set your mind on.
Mornings can be very hectic. And I know when you’re strapped with time, it’s easy to let things slide and put them on the back burner.
Waking Up Early
One straightforward thing you can do right away to help yourself not rush in the mornings is to wake up earlier.
By waking up early, you’re making time for yourself and giving yourself a higher chance of not feeling rushed in the mornings.
You’ll feel more in control and be able to do all the productive stuff you need to get done in a stress-free and calm process.
Get Into The Habit
If you don’t do well in the mornings, you can try to incrementally wake up earlier by 10 to 15 minutes each morning until you reach the desired time you want to wake up at.
By that time, you’ll be more acclimated to the earlier wake-up time.
Stop Snoozing If You Do
If you’re the type that snoozes, you’re going to want to stop this habit.
Constantly hitting the snooze button is going to make an otherwise peaceful morning into a rush one, guaranteed.
Plus, if you’ve ever had to rush through the morning, you’ll find that things often go wrong when you’re short on time that otherwise wouldn’t have happened if you were more organized and just woke up on time.
This can put a real damper on your morning and it will probably carry on to the rest of your day. Not a great start to the morning, right?
If you’re a constant snoozer, you’ll have to find the determination within to get rid of this habit by training yourself to just get up right when your alarm rings.
It will probably be very hard at first as it is with most habit changes, but it’s a muscle that can be strengthened. Eventually, it won’t be hard once you successfully do it a few times and it starts becoming second nature.
Move around Other Tasks
If you know what needs to be done in the mornings, you might need to shift around other things that are taking up your time in the mornings to accommodate these new changes.
As an example, let’s say it’s really important that you need to add working out in the mornings for at least 30 minutes to your schedule because it truly impacts how you feel for the rest of the day.
You’ll first take a look at what your most important morning tasks are and what isn’t as important to you.
Some things such as figuring out what you’ll wear for the day and prepping your lunch are probably not as important as working out in the mornings to you as you can always do it the night before. So switching these tasks with one another can be helpful.
Or if you live with someone else, delegate your roommate or significant other to do some tasks instead if it’s not too much of a bother to them.
Doing this can help you free up some time to do what’s more important to you and these small tweaks can truly make a huge difference.
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Building A Morning Routine
So now that you have your priorities straight, it’s time to get to the best part of all: creating a personalized morning routine.
List out all the important priorities you thought out earlier, along with any necessary chores, and the time allotted for each. This is just an estimate as you’ll be able to have a more accurate picture of how long each task will take and tweak this as time goes on.
First, lay out which times you want to do your priorities and then slot in your necessary chores. The order of how you do things will all depend on what makes the most sense.
For example, if a priority is to work out for 30 minutes every morning, you’ll have to slot in your shower, put on your makeup, and get ready after this is done.
Be flexible and self-compassionate to yourself as you’re probably not going to be getting it pat down right when you make your routine for the very first few days. It might take a little while to get acquainted with it but eventually, it’ll be a natural part of your day.
To help yourself keep on track, write down your schedule on paper so that you can refer to it every morning. But remember, this isn’t the final, end-all-be-all morning routine. You can always make changes to it if it’s not working for you.
Stick With Your Routine
So now that you have a routine, it’s time to stick to it!
To get results, it’s all about consistency and willpower.
It will probably take a lot of willpower to make this morning routine become a habit at first.
But the more you do it, the more you’ll find that it becomes a habit and it won’t take as much work anymore to do it, just like washing your hair or taking a shower doesn’t take much effort to think about or do.
You might have days where you just really don’t want to go through with your regular morning routine. We all have those off days.
If you fail one day, the important thing is to find the motivation to pick yourself back up and keep going again the next day.
Remind yourself why you started this morning routine and the goals you want to achieve to live your best life.
Eventually, you will see results if you keep at it.
Periodically Review Your Morning Routine
Once you’ve created your schedule and you’ve stuck with it for a while, it’s time to periodically review your routine.
It’s usually smooth sailing once you’ve established the habits and can now do it without thinking too much. But this can also keep you focused on things that aren’t helping you to reach your true goals.
Sometimes, circumstances change so your goals may change too.
To counter this and make sure you’re actually on track, you’ll want to re-assess your routine from time to time to see if it’s actually in line with your goals.
You can do this by reviewing your morning routine once a week at the start when you first create the schedule and try to get the great habits going.
After you’ve practiced it for a while, you can move on to just reviewing the routine once a month.
This review doesn’t take long but it’ll help keep you on the right track.
So ask yourself: Does your morning routine truly work for you and align with your goals?
If it does, you can just keep doing what you’re doing.
If it doesn’t, it’s time to tweak it so you can find a routine that’ll serve you better.
tart the process from the beginning and figure out your priorities and goals once again, and then re-do the whole process again of figuring out what you want to add to your mornings.
Remember that life is constantly changing, especially if you’re regularly reaching your goals and striving to reach new ones. So it’s a very normal process that you’ll have to change your morning routine from time to time.
Have you checked out my Transform Your Mornings Workbook yet? Use this as a step-by-step guide to create a stress-free and positive morning routine to help jumpstart a productive day.
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Let me know if you have a morning routine in the comments. Does this motivate you to improve your current morning routine if you already have one?