So maybe you aren’t a morning person. In fact, maybe you hate mornings. I get it. Well, maybe I don’t completely get it because I love mornings. I love them so much that I actually set an alarm on the weekends because I love my little morning routine. Even so, morning is what sets the tone for your entire day. What you do in the morning will ultimately impact your entire day. Creating a daily morning routine will help you become more productive, happier and more organized. I find that the more systems I create in life, the easier life tends to be.
How to Create a Daily Morning Routine
First, you don’t have to get up at 4 AM to be productive. I personally think that it helps to get up before the kids if you have children. (It is easy to get off track with those little buggers around.) Getting up even 30 minutes prior to the kids can help you organize your day and ultimately become more successful and get more done each day. If you are getting up 30 minutes before the kids, it may also help to establish some kind of evening routine (more on this in a later post).
I first started my daily morning routine in February of 2015 after reading a book called The Miracle Morning. I heard about the author, Hal Elrod from a podcast I was listening to and I knew I had to read the book. I read it in just a few short days and I loved every second of it. I started doing the Miracle Morning routine and I felt like my life had more direction and focus. I felt like I could accomplish so much more when I got up and had time to focus on the day.
Truth be told, I was a little extreme when I first started my own morning routine. I was trying to get up at 4 AM to make the most of my day but I wasn’t going to bed until 10:30 or 11 at night so I had to alter the plan a bit. I now get up at 5 AM and have at least 30 minutes before my kids get up to really focus on setting the tone for the day.
A Look at My Morning Routine
The first 30 minutes of my morning are now filled with exercise. To be completely honest, I used to hate exercise…. Like I used to dread it… but now I understand how important it is to my mental health and my physical health. I have been very consistent with exercise for the last 5 months and I will tell you that my life has changed. I am so thankful to get up and exercise now because I realize the importance of getting my body moving. I am not doing this to lose weight, but to be healthy and the person I want to be is healthy and has a ton of energy.
I started writing affirmations back in 2015 although I will tell you I thought they were kinda dumb. I stopped doing them after a while because I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t something that was extremely powerful for me at the time. After studying affirmations a bit more, I now understand their purpose.
Most of us feel like we are unworthy or undeserving of the success that we want. We feel like the dreams and goals we have are so far fetched that we give up on them even though we know they would make us happy. We think about these goals and dreams and immediately after we think about them, they are followed by a negative thought of how we will never accomplish them so why bother…
The reason people recite affirmations is to overcome the negative thoughts and direct your brain to think about who you really are. For example, most of my affirmations are “I am” statements.
Here are some examples:
“I am worthy of achieving any goal that is in my heart.”
“I am committed to creating a planner that will help men and women keep a positive attitude and achieve their biggest goals.”
“I am a kind and patient mom and I listen to my kids before speaking”
I use these statements as anchors of who I really am. My identity used to be one based on shame and unworthiness, but the script is flipped because of affirmations. This is why they are powerful. They have the ability to take away the negative thinking and replace it with positive thoughts.
Here is a list of 101 Positive Affirmations you can download if they are new to you.
I spend about 5 minutes writing in my planner/journal each morning and I pray over what I write. If I have negative thoughts, I also write those down as when we can name the negativity in our heads it loses power. The same goes for fear. If there is something that keeps you from moving forward, like a fear, write it down or talk to a friend about it. It will help you move on.
I started doing this about 5-6 months ago and man, this is good stuff. At the time, I was a negative Nancy but after reading The Traveler’s gift and The 7 Decisions, that changed. I started implementing gratitude daily and the things that I used to see as things I had to do, became opportunities that God allowed me to have. It was incredible the shift in perspective. I still practice gratitude daily in my daily morning routine and it has been awesome.
This is also super powerful. I take the time to just sit and try to get my brain still. That is no easy task… especially for a woman. We have about a billion thoughts in our head all at once because we are rockstars at multi-tasking. But, here is what I have learned my meditation and prayer. It gives you a chance to listen. If you are quiet, it is in those moments that God has the opportunity to speak to you. Maybe it is a thought that pops in your head when your brain is otherwise still.
Maybe a specific worry you have for that day is answered through a book you are reading or a podcast you listen to. Maybe a word you are praying over is used by someone that it hits you that you were supposed to hear that word.
These are little miracles that I watch for throughout my day and it is amazing how often my prayers are answered when I have the space to pray over something specific or meditate over something I am worried about.
How to Create Your Own Morning Routine
What makes you the most happy? Do you love to read? What goals do you have? What makes you feel like you have the most balance? When you start your own daily morning routine, keep in mind what you need to create a sense of balance in your life. I definitely recommend coming up with something that will help keep you focused and that gives you the sense of having you time.
Having a little time for you makes you better and allows you to give more of yourself to everyone else. I highly recommend getting up a little earlier and doing your own morning routine. It will change how you handle the rest of your day.
Morning Routine Ideas
Consider these morning routine ideas:
- Read a book
- Write in a journal
- Work towards a goal that you have been meaning to accomplish
- Listen to music
- Organize your day with starting a to do list
- Write a list of affirmations to say to yourself
- Draw or color in an adult coloring book
- Make time for a craft that you love to do
Think about anything that makes you happy and put that into your morning routine.
How to Have a Successful Morning Routine
The key to making your morning routine successful is consistency. If you want to be filled up so you can give back to others, make sure that you are consistently making your routine a priority. Set an alarm and get up earlier than your family. You are absolutely entitled to this time each day. Your morning routine needs to be one that makes you feel happy, healthy and alive.
No matter what you do or how you decide to spend your morning, it is important to create a daily morning routine to establish some type of balance and intent for your day. If you get a routine down, it will help you keep moving through your day and get lots of stuff accomplished!
What does your morning routine look like?
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