What does your morning routine consist of? What do you feed your body and mind? What do you work on? You might be thinking….”Wait…I don’t even have a morning routine!” Perfect! Keep reading…
Whether you wake up at 5 A.M. or 11 AM, we all have a pattern. We all have a set of behaviors that we normally do. Are you aware of yours?
All of the latest brain research shows that our willpower and focus are at it’s highest levels during the morning hours. Unfortunately, many of us waste that golden time fumbling through emails and social media. While others workout, use their morning routine chart and plan for the day.
So what do some of the worlds most successful people do in the morning? How can we use the morning to create momentum for the day? How can we best use our morning and willpower to our advantage?
So…what does a great morning routine look like?
Lets check it out, here are…
5 Things To Add To Your Morning Routine
1. Live in three’s?
What are 3 things you MUST do today? Without any excuse and compromise, what will get done today?
Brian Tracy recommends the ABCDE method
A – What I must get done
B – What I would like to get done
C – What would be nice if I got done
D – What is one thing I can delegate
E – What is one thing I will NOT do today?
I love this because it’s key to focus on what we WILL DO, and to make clear what we WILL NOT do
Good Reads on Productivity: The Four Hour Workweek, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivty, Eat That Frog!
2. Fill up the Tank!
Well, don’t really fill yourself up, but make sure you have an energy producing breakfast. Sometimes we can fool ourselves into think that we are not early morning eaters, but make a habit of having something. Fruits, veggies, yogurt, cereal…something healthy! Don’t over look it! Food is fuel, and our energy is everything!
3. Get Your Mind Right!
For some people it’s meditation. For some people it’s prayer. For some people it’s listening to something inspirational. Whatever it is, it is critical to cultivate feelings of gratitude, happiness, self-love and love for others first thing in the morning.
If you want to write it down, do it. If you want to visualize all the people you are thankful to have in your life, do it!
Take some time to give thanks for all the amazing people and things you have in your life. Be thankful your health, the progress you have made in your life and for where you are in your journey right now.
Before you get moving with your day, take time to be thankful with where you are in the moment.
4. Push, pull, run or walk!
Let’s get the body moving! There is just no substitute for movement. Motion produces and emotion and you want to feel great! How often do you move? The key is to find consistency, and it’s easier to be consistent if we are having fun.
For example, I love martial arts. So every single day I am throwing hundreds of kicks and punches. I love it. What movements do you love? Is it dance? Running? Jumping around? Holding a funky yoga position? Find what movements you love and do them until you sweat.
5. Send out a message
Who haven’t you spoken to in a long time? Who can you say thank you to? I believe, the quality of our life is linked to the quality of our relationships. It’s very easy to get caught up in task, but relationships are essential.
Who can you connect with that will make you feel good? Maybe it’s a friend, an old colleague or someone new who you have met. Maybe this person can help you with a personal or professional goal. Continue to cultivate the habit of reaching out and staying in contact. Of course, your life is up to you, but having other people in it, to help and to witness…is a beautiful thing. Stay connected.
But wait…how do you even make a routine?
Depending on where you are with your enthusiasm for change, create a morning routine can be difficult. Any kind of change is often painful in the beginning, sloppy towards the middle but beautiful towards the end. Keep that in mind.
I would recommend using a chart or some other kind of visual to help you stay on track. Have fun with it. If you go of course, don’t beat yourself up. Acknowledge it, see where you went wrong and get back at it tomorrow.