Morning sunshines! For months I’ve been interested in learning as much as I can about the morning routines of successful people.
After testing tons of different theories and practices, I’ve pieced together what works for me and developed my own morning routine. I’ve done it almost every morning of 2019, regardless of where I am or what’s going on.
I’ve found being in control of the first 30 minutes of my day has made me feel calmer and more at ease throughout the day, despite what gets thrown at me. I actually look forward to waking up 30 minutes early to make sure I have time to get through my routine without feeling rushed.
I typically do it in bed, unless it’s a nice morning and I’ll move to the porch to be able to sit in the morning sun.
I have one rule. No phone for those first 30 minutes. I do use my phone as my alarm, and for my meditation app, but I don’t look at any texts, emails, or social media until I’m done with my routine.
Be sure to check out the ‘AM Routine’ highlight on my Instagram for a step-by-step look!
WATER, LIGHT, MOVEMENT
This is taken directly from Lauryn Evarts of the Skinny Confidential, I just switched the order (she does light, water, movement)
- WATER: I’ve found it’s the best way to wake up quickly. I actually sleep with a gallon jug of water right next to my bed. As soon as my alarm goes off I chug as much as I can before getting out of bed (meathead much?). It helps me feel awake instantly. I actually don’t even drink coffee anymore because my body just craves the water to feel awake.
- LIGHT: I hop up to open the shades and let natural light into my room. If it’s still dark when I wake up I also turn on all my lights to help my body know it’s time to start the day.
- MOVEMENT: Then I brush my teeth. While I’m doing this I make sure to move around. Whether it’s walking back and forth across my room or stretching a bit.
Next, I get back into bed to meditate. This probably isn’t recommended practice, but I like it. I lay under my weighted blanket and do a 10-minute guided meditation using the Headspace app. I’ve been using this app for over a year now and it’s a game changer. Giving myself 10 minutes to breathe before the day begins sets the tone and gives me the ability to cope with whatever may be thrown at me.
This is the longest part of my morning routine but in my opinion, the most important. I go through questions and prompts every single morning to set the tone of my day. You can find the exact prompts in the image above, but here’s an explanation as to why I do each.
- MESSAGE TO MYSELF: Each morning I write myself a message or a mantra depending on how I want my day to go. This morning I wrote: “I am calm, I am present, and I am positive. Things always work out as they should.”
- THIS MORNING I AM GRATEFUL: I write five things I am grateful for. It sets a tone of gratitude for my day and makes me far more likely to see more things with a grateful heart as the day goes on.
- DAILY VERSE: Next I read from my devotional and write down some scripture from the day’s devotion. I use this devotional and think it offers the perfect mix of inspiration and comfort.
- SIX QUESTIONS: Most of these questions are taken from Brendon Bouchard’s High Performance Planner. They’re not always easy to answer, but help me set intentions for the day. The questions focus on how to make the most of your day for yourself and those around you.
- RACHEL HOLLIS’ 10-10-1 EXERCISE: This exercise focuses on 10 dreams you have for the next 10 years of your life, and one main goal to make them happen. Each day I write down ten dreams as if they have already happened. By writing these dreams every. single. morning. they’re always top of mind and I’m far more likely to take steps to make them happen. You can find more on the exercise here.
As I get ready to finish up my routine I look at my Blue Sky Planner to go through my schedule for the day, write my to-do lists, and make notes. I am absolutely obsessed with this planner. It has plenty of space to really get a handle on your entire day.
Since I was old enough to make my bed, I’ve been making my bed every morning. Accomplishing one task early in the day sets me up to get more done as the day goes on. And it’s always nice to get into a cozy, already made bed at the end of a long day.
To end my morning routine, I take Bennie out for a walk. I love getting outside early and just taking some big, deep breaths of fresh air to wrap up my morning routine and get started with the day.