In a world far, far away from here, there are people living their wildest dreams. These people see a whole new morning. An action packed, serene morning that most of us don’t see.
If you are anything like me, your morning consists of a series of snoozes, at least 20 minutes scrolling through social media, a frantic realization you’re late, a random pairing of clothes (because who has time to actually match?), a quick bite and you’re out the door.
But in this far away land, the people there actually have time to relax, practice journaling and work towards their goals even if their days are packed with other non-important things.
I wanted to be part of that world, so I created my perfect morning routine. Ever since then, I have had time to practice gratitude, to mediate, to READ (I hadn’t had time to sit and read in years) to strengthen my spirituality, exercise, have a decent breakfast and actually set out time to work on my goals and take the required action to make them become reality.
If you also have a disorganized morning and need peace and quiet time, you need to set up a morning routine and here’s how.
- Take into account your current morning routine
The first task you need to do is realize where your time really is going in the morning. From the moment you wake up to the moment you walk out the door, you are going to record exactly what it is that you do and how long you do it for.
2. Take note of where your time is being wasted
Taking 5 , 10 minute snoozes is a lot of time wasted! Also, you can spend a long time scrolling through your social media. These are huge time suckers that are not worth it. Take note of everything you waste your time on and that you could get rid of. None of these will take part in your new morning routine.
Sleep is more important that you think and if you are constantly sleeping really late, you won’t be able to wake up and actually feel good. Adults require at least 7.5 hours of sleep and it is crucial for you to be getting these hours in every night. This is the most important step. A bedtime routine is crucial for a successful morning routine. What has worked for me is I sleep at 10:00 pm and wake up at 5:30 am. It’s not as dreadful as it sounds, and once your body gets used to the early hours you will be thanking yourself for getting into this routine. You can learn about sleep cycles online and the secret is to wake up when your sleep cycle is complete and before a new one starts, that way you wake up feeling energized and refreshed.
4. What are your Goals?
If you’ve done your Mayliving Starter Kit, you will have done your letter and by now should have pinpointed your goals. These goals require actions and now is a great time to schedule them in. Is your goal to lose weight? Use this extra time to go to the gym. Is your goal to be less stressed? Use this time to meditate. With my new routine I was able to get in prayer, meditation, journaling and a little workout before even having to get dressed and have breakfast. You can read about how all of these habits are crucial for successful living.
5. Get Productive
Once you figure out what it is that you need to be accomplishing with your extra hour, you need to discipline yourself into actually getting these things done. Some mornings will definitely be tougher than others and its important you don’t break the chain because it takes at least 21 days to get into a new habit. I suggest downloading a productivity app, I use an app called PRODUCTIVE and with it you can upload all the things you want to be doing throughout your morning and when you’re done you remove it from the list. They send small reminders if you forget to do something. Its a small accountability partner almost. It has worked really well for me.
6. Develop New Habits
Developing new habits can be quite tough, we are so set in our ways, change can seem very scary. But if you do not change how you go about your day, you will not see anything different. Replace bad habits, and start incorporating successful habits into your daily and morning routines. Here are 8 crucial habits you need to be incorporating if you are planning on leading a successful life.
7. Building your Routine
After you have pin-pointed your goals, where your time wasters are, and the habits you need to start incorporating, its time to build your routine! Take a piece of paper or an excel spreadsheet and record all the times between when you wake up and when you leave the house. Choose intervals that work for you, I spread mine out with 5 minute intervals, which I found was easier to work with. Fill in your time slots with all that you hope to accomplish with your morning routine and give it a start and end time. EX: Shower- 5:35-5:50 . Keep filling in your time slots until its time to walk out the door.
8. Trial and Error
Morning routines can be perfect to set you up for a very productive day and gives you time to work on yourself as well, but until your perfect morning routine is developed, there will be lots of trial and error. Once you have your morning routine set up, give it a test run. See what works and what didn’t work. See what activities took longer or less than you thought. Adjust accordingly.
NOTE: Although I do believe morning routines should be consistent, sometimes it can get tough to maintain a routine if your schedule is constantly changing. If you are someone who does not have a constant schedule, I suggest developing (daily routines) as well. This simply means that your days will always look the same, so if one day you work earlier than another simply create your morning routine around that day’s schedule instead of doing one overall routine for every day.
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Is anyone here not a morning person who believes this process might be tougher than I think? Let me know down in the comments! We are all here to help each other out!
Until next time,