4 MORNING ROUTINE IDEAS YOU NEED TO USE IMMEDIATELY
Having a morning routine is a hot topic and there’s good reason for that. It’s been a game changer for so many people I know, myself included.
A morning routine can help you achieve your goals in every single area of your life. Morning routines have helped me stay more consistent with my health, fitness, business, and relationships.
In this blog post, I’ll share my latest morning routine so you can get some morning routine ideas to implement for your day. The key is to make it your own and something you can personally stick to. So take what you want from this post and do some more research to find the morning routine that’s best for you.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A MORNING ROUTINE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
According to this article, “The Best Morning Routine (Backed By Science)”...
The research by Steve Key, a professor of molecular and computational biology at the University of Southern California, shows that “[w]hen it comes to doing cognitive work, most adults perform best in the late morning.”
So what do you do during the early morning to get ready for when you’re at your peak level? Standardizing the first 30-120 minutes with a routine lets you arrive at that peak in the best possible mindset.
Another reason that morning routines seem to be so common among creatives is that they create a rock in what feels like a raging river. Whether you have a project going badly, are moving cities, or are changing jobs, a morning routine gives you something to hold onto—a sense of normalcy to root yourself.”
In a nutshell, our brains are most primed for productivity in the morning. Beginning your day with positivity before you start some focused work that will move your business forward can literally be a game changer for your business AND life.
Before we begin, make sure you download this free worksheet full of “Confidence Affirmations”. It’ll really come in handy when you get to step 3!
My Morning Routine For Success Step #1: Prepare With An Evening Routine
You knew it was coming! The key to having a successful morning routine is to set yourself up for success the night before. That means having an evening routine.
The routine I stick with every night is journaling before bed. I list out:
How I moved the needle today in my business
Three things I’m grateful for from that day
Three good things that happened that day
I also lay out my workout clothes and gym bag next to my bed, so I’m prompted to put my workout clothes on right away, first thing in the morning. I make sure I turn my phone on do not disturb the night before, so I don’t get any texts or notifications to my phone directly when I wake up.
It’s important to make sure the first things you read and consume in the morning are positive and in your control. While you can find a lot of inspiration on your phone, it’s not always positive or the first thing we should see to start our day. This includes social media and email.
It’s tough to resist it when you see all of those notifications come to your phone. Putting your phone on do not disturb or airplane mode the night before will set you up for success!
A few other things you can prep for your morning routine:
Put your phone across the room so you have to physically get out of bed to turn your alarm off (and therefore, GET UP!)
Make your alarm have a positive affirmation or something that makes you smile. I have “DREAM, WAKE UP, GO DO” as of now and it makes me smile every morning.
Change your alarm so it says something besides “alarm”. Any way we can subconsciously send ourselves positive vibes, we should do it.
I HIGHLY recommend reading a book call The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins if you struggle with pressing the snooze button. It will help you with any type of procrastination you’re struggling with, but she goes into a lot of depth with the struggle of the snooze button! You can get it on Amazon here.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #2: Water + Breakfast
Right after I turn off my alarm, I grab my flask from my bedside table and drink a lot of water. Then I go downstairs, put the kettle on and get my breakfast ready.
My go-to at the moment is a bagel with peanut butter as it makes me have such a good gym session. I’m not a fan of a big breakfast but this sets me off for the day just right.
After my breakfast is ready, I grab that and my cup of tea, and get set up at the table for the next part of my morning routine.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #3: Gratitude Journal + Affirmations
Practising gratitude in the morning is the best way to ward off any negativity you might be feeling. You cannot be negative while in gratitude, and realising that you have things to be grateful for puts you in an abundant mindset. This can attract more things to be grateful for to you.
One suggestion when writing out a gratitude list is to get specific. Instead of saying, “I’m grateful for my husband”, say “I’m grateful for how my husband makes me a cup of tea every single morning and kisses me goodbye before he goes to work.” The more specific you can get, the better, because you’ll start to realise you have SO many things to be grateful for, even during the tough times.
Another habit I have come to implement in the morning right after my gratitude, is listing out some affirmations of what I want to happen in the future - but as if they’ve already happened.
An example of a few of the affirmations I’ve been listing out:
I believe I can attract what I want
I can afford everything I want or need in my life without stress or worry
I am fit and healthy and my body is amazing
Amazing things are coming my way
The more I do this (which is usually about 5-6 mornings a week), the more I truly believe this is going to be REAL. I have no doubt it can happen. But putting it down on paper shifts my mindset and makes my daily work behaviours have a purpose beyond an income amount.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #4: Personal Development
This is hands down my favourite part of my morning routine. I usually spend 10-20 minutes every morning after my gratitude and affirmations reading a personal development book. I have plenty of personal development book recommendations and you can follow along with the one I’m reading currently via my Instagram Stories.
The book I’m reading right now is “The Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuk and it’s changing my mindset around business so much that I’m thinking of including it in a welcome pack for my new clients. You can get it from Amazon here.
But no matter what you read, I recommend having at least 10-20 minutes a day pumping your brain with positivity from other successful entrepreneurs or mindset gurus!
A few podcasts I recommend for entrepreneurs:
The Angie Lee Show
The Guava Girl Podcast
Blog It Boss It Radio (obvs!)
The Gary Vee Audio Experience
Online Marketing Made Easy
Put Yourself First
Screw The Nine To Five Podcast
The Goal Digger Podcast
These morning routine ideas are what I’ve found work best for me. Again, take what works for you and your schedule, and adjust accordingly! Even if your morning routine is 5 minutes long, having some intentionality in the morning to set yourself up for success is essential and will improve your life - I promise!
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Tell me about you! Do you struggle with implementing a morning routine for success that works for you? Which of these tips will you implement?
To get started with your morning routine, don’t forget to download your free worksheet of “Confidence Affirmations” below!