July 22, 2018
If you are reading my series, by now you know how awesome morning routines can be. If you jump on Google or Pinterest, you will find oodles of information supporting this. But where do you start? Do you follow MY routine because it works for me or better yet, copy <insert any highly successful influencer here> because he/she is successful? So what is the right way to start your mornings?
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This post is part 4 of a series. If you would like to read the other posts related to creating a morning routine, here are the links.
Part 2 — Tips to Create a Perfect Morning
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So what should you do in your morning routine? Do you jump into a routine of someone you follow and admire because they are successful, powerful, wealthy, etc.? It works for them right! Do you honestly think that is the key to your success?
If copying a morning routine of someone successful is the wrong way to go about starting your day, then what is the right way to start your mornings?
Are you ready to hear the answer?
Here’s the super special secret…
YOUR morning routine should align with what’s important to YOU!
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Whether you are an entrepreneur, a stay at home mom, or any other career field, we all only have 24 hours in a day. Being more productive does not mean working faster or cramming more into an already packed schedule to make it feel like more time. It’s being smarter with time. But how do you prioritize your morning when everything feels important?
In one of my previous posts, we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Now I want you to think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those first few hours of the day.
That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done or we know someone that does the same thing.
We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.
It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time
Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours.
When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.
Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for devotions, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast.
In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.
It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time
Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning.
Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing in your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.
A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you and to find the right way to start your mornings.
What do you feel is the right way to start your mornings to help you be your most productive self? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!