Simple Guide To Creating Your Morning Routine
The morning routine or morning routine is something you hear a lot about when you are interested in staff development.
Oftentimes this refers to the idea of getting up earlier in the morning to have some time for yourself. To develop intellectually, physically, and spiritually.
These routines are constructed with the accumulation of activities that you want to do in the morning. To start your day and especially to improve yourself in the long term.
By having a morning routine you can improve something every day, like making 20 push-ups every morning for example.
If you are reading this text this is probably because you want some ideas of things that you can add to your morning routine. This is why we will go through them.
But before let’s see what are the benefits.
-Time for yourself
Nowadays it’s difficult to find time for yourself.
Give time to yourself. Time to advance on ourselves what we want in our life.
We make it a priority. This is the first thing that you do in your day.
-Start your day well.
We create a sentiment of accomplishment. You start your day with energy and motivation.
How To Create Your Morning Routine?
1 | Define how your morning routine needs to be
For this first step, you should define what activities are important for you, to improve your life in the long term and/or to start your day in a way that convinces you.
You can respond to these questions, it could give you some ideas:
- What do you want to accomplish in the long term?
- What is important for you?
- How do you want to start your day?
- You want to start your day with energy or calmly?
Now that you have defined how your morning ritual could be you need to integrate your activities into it.
2 | The choice of activities
To choose the activities that you’ll do every morning rethink what you responded to the questions above.
If you want to accomplish something in the long term add it to your morning routine and do it every morning.
- 20-50 push-ups
- Learn something
I don’t recommend you to add big things like advancing in a big project in your morning routine. You should do that on your day.
- Hydrate yourself (drink 1 glass of water)
- Cold Shower (You can go deeper here)
- Breathe outside (especially nowadays with the pandemic, open your windows and breathe the outside air)
- Organize your day
- Make your bed
Now that you know what you want to do in the morning, define what you don’t want to do.
3 | What you don’t do
There are things that you want to avoid doing in the morning. These can be bad habits or just things that have nothing to do with your morning routine.
- Being on your phone
- Being on social media
- Smoking a cigarette
- Drink cafe (a cold shower is much more effective)
After these 3 steps, you’ll have a morning routine tailor-made for you.
4 | Define when you wake up
Now that you know what you want to do in the morning it’s time to define when you are going to wake up. Estimate the time that you need to your morning routine and adapt your time with that.
I am not saying that you should wake up at 5 am like you’ve probably seen other people do. I recommend you to wake up early between 6 am and 8 am, but as I said everyone is different. It depends on what work you are doing and what is in your morning routine.
So it’s up to you, you can start to wake up 15 minutes earlier to start. Because even if it seems to be nothing, in the long term you can advance far. And after you can wake up 30 minutes/ 1 hour earlier and the results will be exponential.
Therefore, define the time needed to complete your ritual and then set the time to wake up, but don’t do the opposite.
5 | Change your ‘night routine’
Now you should change your night routine. For the simple reason that if you want to get up earlier, you have to go to bed earlier.
You will certainly have a hard time at first because by the time you go to bed you will not feel tired. But respect the time you have set for yourself.
I am not going to dwell too much on this step, because it is very easy to understand.
Examples of morning routines
Jock Willink: He wakes up at 4:30 am and encounters 3 alarms to be sure to wake up. He then leaves to play sports for an hour and ends with a 30-minute jog. He takes a shower and starts his day.
Tim Ferriss: He starts his days by clearing both his room and his mind. He makes his bed, This simple action gives him a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Having done this, he can be sure that there is at least one thing in his life that is absolutely under his control, and all the rest is not worth worrying about.
Brittany Snow: After breakfast, she puts on her playlist filled with mood-boosting songs that she blasts on the speakers throughout her house. It helps her to wake up quickly and set up a proper mood for the rest of the day.
Tony Robbins: He takes 30 Kapalabhati breaths 3 times. He closes his eyes and expresses his gratitude, prays, and asks for advice and strength.
Julianne Hough: Right after waking up at 6:30 AM, she sits up in her bed and thinks of 5 things she’s grateful for that either already happened to her or that she wants to do that day. She also sets some small spiritual goals for the following 24 hours (making 10 people smile throughout the day, for instance).
Mark Zuckerberg: He eliminates choices because when you’re in a hurry in the morning, wasting precious minutes on deciding what to wear or to eat may turn your day into a complete disaster. This is why he has about 20 identical gray T-shirts in his closet (This lack of choice helps him avoid decision fatigue and focus his attention on business).
Steve Jobs: each morning he looked in the mirror and asked himself the same question: “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m doing today?” Whenever his answer was “no” for too many days in a row, he was sure that he needed to change something in his life (This kind of reevaluation of his work and desires every single day helped him pursue his dreams without forgetting about his true self).
Morning routines are amazing. They change our lives in the long term. They allow us to work on ourselves every day, to improve ourselves. Make the morning routine that fits you the most and start to change your life. The morning is the foundation of your day, so don’t neglect it.