Every morning you hit the snooze button 3 times a day, begrudgingly crawl out of bed, go brush your teeth, throw some clothes on, and then realize you need to run out the door if you want to make it to work on time.
Most of the time you make it to work on time with a minute to spare, but on the occasional day there’s ridiculous traffic and you get increasingly agitated which sets up the mood for the rest of the day.
The bad news is, this cycle doesn’t magically disappear. The good news is, you can change this bad habit with some determination and preparation.
How to have a morning routine:
Before I get into the why, you should learn about the how. Before I scare you away, I know you have probably heard about how CEO’s like Tony Robbins or Tim Cook have to wake up at 4:30 to meditate for an hour and drink kale juice or something wild like that. A morning routine is not a one-size-fits-all type situation and you should never incorporate something that you don’t like in there.
Here are some morning routine ideas that you can incorporate into your daily life:
- Meditate or sit in silence (it can be as little as 2-5 minutes)
- Have a glass of water
- Eat breakfast
- Read the news/a book
- Do some stretching
- Do a crossword or sudoku puzzle
- Have coffee/tea
- Do creative writing
- Make your bed
The easiest to maintain is to keep it simple at 1-2 things you do every morning. Pick ones that you would actually do on a normal basis when you get home in the evening, or something you are interested in trying.
To give you an example, my top 3 picks for my morning routine is to:
- Make the bed (2 minutes)
- Drink my greens & read articles (5 minutes)
- Meditate (5-15 minutes)
I always wake up with enough time to incorporate these into my mornings. It helps me stay grounded and I know that once I accomplish these tasks, I will be successful for the rest of my day.
Here are the reasons why you should have a morning routine:
1. You will become more organized & less likely to forget to bring things like your lunch, wallet, or important work documents
You will be allowing yourself more time when you wake up to your morning routine. That means you will not be tired, groggy, and rushing out the door. When you give yourself time to fully wake up and stimulate your brain, you will naturally get more organized and have some time to think about what you need before you leave.
Humans are creatures of habit! When you have a morning routine it helps you gain a sense of accomplishment in the morning which will set the mood for the rest of the day. Who doesn’t like checking off the to-do list? The more you feed your spirit with things that you enjoy, the more fulfilled you are going to feel.
You want to write a book or learn a language? How about stretching to feel less stiff? Here’s your chance to work on it in the mornings. It only takes 15 minutes of effort a day to reach your goals. 15 minutes completed every morning is going to be sustainable and far better than 1 hour every other Saturday (when you suddenly feel like it.)
The best part of it all is that it is something you enjoy! It’s going to be something you look forward to waking up to and it will shape the rest of your day to become a better one.