There’s no shortage of articles telling you what successful people do in the morning, how early most of them get up and why meditation is the way to start a super productive day.
But what these articles don’t say is that there is no one perfect morning routine.
What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everybody.
And what works for you when you’re single and can get up and out to the gym first thing doesn’t work years later when you have kids and have to get them ready for the day.
Rather than trying to force yourself to adopt practices just because a CEO or celebrity does it, use these steps to create your own personal best morning routine that will help you kick off a productive day with confidence and energy.
When we can stick to a morning routine, it’s an instant boost. Your morning starts off successfully, even if it’s as simple as one small habit. It’s a powerful way to start your day.
Create Your Dream Morning
Morning routines are my favorite way to feel organized and productive, so we would like to share some simple steps to create your best morning!
The good news is you don’t even need to be a morning person to have a morning routine. If you’re not an early riser you can use these steps to create a routine for whatever time you wake up – it’ll work just as well. Let’s get straight into it!
Do One Thing That Excites You
Ask yourself, what is one thing you get really jazzed about doing each morning. The biggest saboteur to a good routine is when you dread doing it and sleep in instead. Start with something that excites you. This could be something as simple as a new workout program, a spinning class or a delicious breakfast you prepared the night before.
I’ve recently picked up an early tennis game at 5.30am, every Tuesday. It’s earlier than I would normally get up, but the exercise itself excites me and so its easy to keep in check. Tennis is also a 2 person activity, so your partner is reliant on you in order to get his/her exercise.
You know what time you need to be at work or wherever your first stop of the day is. From that time, factor in your commute and all the other things you want to do or add to your morning routine.
Between your wake-up time and leave time, figure out what are the most important tasks that must get completed so that you can have the best day possible. Then add 30% more time than you think you need since we often underestimate.
Start off by performing a simple task such as making your bed or cleaning your room. This will give you a sence of achievement early on, and set you up for a productive day.
Evaluate Your Energy Levels
If you’re the type who needs a quieter, slower morning something like meditation or journaling might be great in the a.m.
Or do you have lots of energy, making it a great time to hit the gym or do a 15-minute cleaning session before heading to work.
Choose a routine that aligns with your energy levels. Start off with smaller goals and gradually work your way up.
You don’t want to fall into a trap where you quit your morning routine due to lack of energy or time. In this case, it can have the opposite effect.
After some time has gone by, reflect on how things are going. Are you flowing each morning? If so, stay with your routine. Are you experiencig any hiccups? If so, was it a one-time thing, or has life changed a bit? Adjust things accordingly by adding or removing things to your morning.
Don’t only evaluate your morning. Think about how your routine is affecting the rest of your day, since that is the goal.
After a few weeks, you should feel more relaxed, less hurried and calmer during the day, so you don’t react to stressful things like you used to at work.
No Decision Makers
Morning routines are the most powerful when they require as little decision-making as possible.
Your decision-making ability is like a water well that replenishes every day – the less water you take from the well in the morning, the more you’ll have for later.
This means that if you’re on autopilot during your morning routine, you won’t get decision fatigue at the end of the day. You’ll find it easier to do all of those things you had planned for the end of the day – whether that’s going to the gym after work, skipping dessert or reading before bed.
Have a look over your morning routine plan and make sure there is no (or very little) decision making required. This means decision-heavy activities like choosing your outfit are best for the night before.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if visualizing your day doesn’t work for you, but standing in a power pose like Wonder Woman for five minutes does. Whatever routine makes you productive and happy, do it.