I still don’t understand why everybody talks about the importance of mornings.
Look, they’re not so important. In fact, I think mornings could be a big waste of time.
I know you clicked on this article because you expected something else. You want to create a morning routine and I’ll show you how to do that in a second.
But first, let me tell you something.
You don’t need a morning routine:
Search on social media and you’ll see many people that link success to mornings.
- ‘’Bill Gates and Elon Musk start their day early’’
- ‘’Wake up at 5 AM and you’ll change your life’’
- “You need a morning routine”
Enough it’s enough! Now listen to me…
A morning routine won’t make you successful. It just gives you a better opportunity to be successful.
What this exactly means? Well, success is all about your habits. A morning routine is just a bonus. There’s no point in creating one when you’re lazy the rest of the day.
The same thing is true for waking up earlier. Why do you bother if you procrastinate? Solve this problem first. Once you do that, feel free to read more.
The benefits of a morning routine:
Let’s say you already work hard.
In this case, a morning routine can help you feel more in control of your life.
Perhaps the most important benefit is the improved self- discipline that is associated with waking up early and getting out of bed.
Jocko Willink has published books where he claims that the discipline of getting up at the same time every morning is part of the foundation of having a good day. And you will find this discipline in almost all other aspects of your life.
But that’s not your only advantage.
A morning routine could reduce your stress level and help you form healthy habits much easier.
And if that’s not enough for you, a study shows that morning people are happier.
In other words, with a morning routine, you’ll put yourself in a mood to get things done.
“A morning routine is good for my productivity… Really?!”
The short answer is…
Yes, really. Especially if you work from home.
One of the best work habits of all is for you to get up early and work at home in the morning for several hours. You can get three times as much work done at home without interruptions as you ever could in a busy office where you are surrounded by people and bombarded by phone calls.
Brian Tracy – Eat That Frog
Your brain is bigger when you just wake up. It receives more body fluid, making you able to do things better in the first hours. But to perform well, you also need some preparation.
If you start your day scrolling Facebook and overthinking, the quality of your work will suffer too. Start your day with a routine and you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.
How long your morning routine should be:
The amount of time can vary from person to person and usually range anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.
I have no idea what answer should I give you. It depends on what you want and how patient you are. Anyway, the more time you need for your routine, the earlier you should wake up.
What if you hate mornings:
A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from a reader.
She said something like this: ‘’I am so much more productive when I wake up early and do stuff but I’ve just never been able to do it consistently. ‘’
I bet it resonates with you. Well, the problem is you stay up late. If you lived all your life going to bed at 3:00 AM and waking up at 10 AM, you need to make a change.
Go to sleep at 10:00 PM and wake up at 5:00 AM. I don’t care if you’re tired of not.
The point is to get used with this schedule. People who hate mornings are night owls. And if you’re the same, you need to become a morning person before doing something else.
What is the morning routine of successful people:
How you begin your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Although there’s no morning routine that works well for everyone, if you analyze successful people you’ll find a few morning habits in common.
Here’s a list with them:
- Reading: Do you want to read more books? Do it during the morning. Since your brain is more active, it could process information faster. Just classic paper. E-books are great but they also damage your eyes.
- Work Out: Exercise is the best way to fill yourself up with energy. So, do a short work-out at home or in the gym.
- Meditation: It’s an underrated habit. But many successful people have it. A morning meditation could clear your mind of negative thoughts, help you think clearly and increase your focus.
- Affirmations: Affirmations have the role of shaping yourself into the person you want to be. I suggest daily affirmations on gratitude and confidence.
- Podcasts/Audiobooks: You don’t like books? That’s fine. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks. They’re a great source of motivation.
- Visualization: The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can make them come true much faster. Also, it makes you focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want.
Ok, these are the main habits. You don’t need to practice all of them but personally, I’d never cut exercises and meditation of the list. They’re the key elements that make a morning routine most effective.
My morning routine:
My day starts at 5:00 AM. I wake up using a normal alarm clock (not my smartphone) and ideally, I’ve slept for 8 hours.
Why don’t I use my phone? Well…I don’t want the temptation to check my messages or browse Instagram right away. There’s enough time for those things later.
My alarm clock is on my desk. That forces me to get out of the bed and it’s easier to stay awake(if you hit the snooze button, try this strategy).
I drink some water, wash my face and get out of the house for 2 minutes.
- exercise(30 minutes)
- meditate(10 minutes)
- visualize my goals(10 minutes)
And finally, I take care of my MIT. After you finish your personal morning routine, it’s time to take action for a productive day.
How to create the best morning routine for yourself:
I believe that a good morning leads to a successful day. And if you consistently have successful days… you’ll eventually live a successful life.
So, here’s how you can create your own routine:
Know your main purpose: Is it to be healthier? To think positive? To lose weight? Know the reason and you’ll know what to do.
Create your list of activities: Put them in order of how you’d like to tackle them.
Ask yourself: “Where is my time best spent?” Don’t waste too much time with your morning routine. And make sure your activities bring you results.
Get ready: Choosing what to wear, what to eat, wondering where you left your keys, etc. Take care of those the night before because morning routines function best without too much thinking or decision-making.
Once you finalize your routine, try and commit to it for 7 days. No excuses or delays because this is the only way you’ll find out whether it works or needs adjustments.
How to make your morning routine stick:
Mornings can be daunting. Whether you’re tired from work or you don’t want to get out of the bed because it’s cold, I get it.
I don’t always have a perfect morning. You won’t always have a perfect morning either. And that’s fine.
Take things step-by-step. Look at your morning routine as a chain of habits and develop one habit at a time.
Start waking up earlier for one week. Then, do the same but also include some exercises for another week. And so on.
Don’t use your willpower to make your routine stick from the beginning. You’ll fail. Be patient and reward yourself for your progress. That’s the path to victory.
A morning routine keeps your days stress-free.
Maybe you worry constantly about the lack of time. But if you start your day right, you’ll put yourself in the right state to be productive and finish your tasks faster.
Ok, we’re done here.
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