How to Build an Amazing Morning Routine
Have you ever noticed when your morning starts out late and chaotic — overslept, not prepared, rush out of the door already late — the rest of your day reflects that same chaos? The tone of your morning absolutely sets the tone for your day. With this in mind, if you want a great day you need to start with a great morning. In this post, we will discuss how to build an amazing morning routine with better habits.
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Forming good habits for your morning routine can help set your day up for success. Often habits are formed because they are easy…the point of least resistance. These habits are not necessarily the best habits to have.
Cultivating good positive habits may take some effort, but will reward you in the end.
So how can you form positive habits and build an amazing morning routine?
Here are three key factors in forming new habits:
- Organization – Decide what you want to accomplish and set an outline and the necessary steps to move forward. The more organized you are, the easier it is to achieve your goal.
- Commitment – Habits don’t form overnight. In fact, research suggests it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So set your goal and stick to it.
- Persistence – Small changes are easier than taking a huge leap. Don’t expect things to change overnight. Baby steps will get you to the same goal and are easier to keep moving forward with.
Since morning habits influence how you act and feel throughout the day, creating good habits are a must.
Here are a few easy morning habits you can incorporate into your day starting now. You don’t have to add them ALL to your routine, but adding just a few can help to alter your day for the positive.
Wake up Early (on time)
You can’t have a wonderful morning, day or routine if you are rushing. Don’t hit snooze! Those few extra minutes of sleep actually hurt you throughout the day because it disrupts your sleep pattern. When your alarm goes off, get up!
Spend your first few minutes reflecting on all you have to be grateful for. Focusing on the positives in life is a great way to start your day on the right foot. Even when times are bad, you can always find one thing to be thankful for and focusing on that helps brighten your mood.
Make Your Bed
This is a little task that starts your day off with an instant sense of accomplishment. Starting your day with an accomplishment helps you feel like you can take on whatever life throws at you during the day. We all like little wins.
Start Your Day Unplugged
Grabbing your phone to check emails or social media before your feet hit the floor is NOT a good habit! Remaining detached from technology for the first hour will help you start your day with a positive focus.
Your body has not had hydration for many hours. I’m the first to admit that I head straight for coffee in the morning, but your body is craving water. Drinking a warm glass of lemon water is a great and healthy way to hydrate your body, so grab this first.
Stretch or Exercise
Starting the day moving your muscles after sleeping energizes both your mind and body. If exercising in the morning isn’t your thing, just a few simple stretches or yoga poses can do wonders to get your blood flowing.
Calming your mind and focusing your breath for just a few minutes has a tremendous calming effect. This can help influence how you react to challenges throughout the day.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is also the most skipped meal. Eating a healthy breakfast will not only give you energy but help you focus and concentrate throughout the day.
When you build an amazing morning routine this can influence the outcome of your entire day. In my Morning Routine series, we have discussed the importance of great daily routines in depth. You can find links to all of the previous posts in the 7 Day Morning Routine Mini Challenge here:
Post 2 – Tips to Create a Perfect Morning
Post 4 – The Right Way to Start Your Mornings
Living your best life daily starts with a positive start in the morning. When you build an amazing morning routine you will start each day in a positive manner allowing you to be more successful and productive.
Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly
Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it.
That’s a good thing. It’s can also be a dangerous thing when you’re focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that don’t help you reach your goals. That’s why I developed my morning routine mini-challenge.
Helping everyone reach their goals is important to me.
When we get into a routine, it’s hard to stop and ask ourselves if it’s working as well as it could be. Even more importantly, with a routine and a set of habits firmly established, it’s easy to keep going even when the circumstances change.
That’s why it’s important to take some time every now and again to review our routine and habits, including YOUR new morning routine.
Set aside a little time every few weeks, or even months to review your routine. Put it on the calendar and make sure you do it. It won’t take long and it will be a very valuable exercise in the long run.
Our lives and circumstances change which makes the need for our routines should change with it. Just because something has served us well over the past few weeks and months, doesn’t mean it will continue to do so.
Which brings up a good point…
When you sit down to review your morning routine (or any routine or habit you’ve been working on for that matter), ask yourself this:
- Is it working?
- Is it working really well?
If it is, simply carry on. If it isn’t, it may be time to make some changes and tweak it until you find something that works well for you at that particular point in time.
Another way to look at it is to find what you love and what you hate about the new morning routine. Change it accordingly until you get as close as possible to loving everything about it and still getting the results you want.
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Remember, this morning routine will change and evolve over time as you, your circumstances, and the people in your life change and evolve. Embrace the changes and look at them as an indication that you’re making progress.
Keep tweaking and improving your morning routine and don’t be afraid to mix up your goals for it.
Keep evolving, keep changing, and keep using those precious first few hours of each day to establish some positive change in yourself and those around you.
What habits do you want to incorporate into your morning routine? Let me know in the comments below.
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