You’ve probably read in just as many articles as I have about how necessary it is to have a solid morning routine if you want to set yourself up for a successful day. And this has always really bothered me, because for the past two years I have had no routine.
It wasn’t so much the lack of routine that bothered me, but I knew that getting home from the hotel at midnight and waking up at 5 to train someone wasn’t a recipe for long-term success. On days I wasn’t training I was reading emails while I was still in bed.
So when I made the switch to being fully self-employed, I was so excited to develop a morning routine to start my day off on the right foot.
Except I didn’t.
I felt just as busy, if not more busy than when I was working two jobs. I was still reading emails in bed and there were still late nights and early mornings. I had decided to move my own workouts to the afternoon to break up my workday a bit, so I wasn’t even starting my day off with a good sweat.
After the first month I started to feel the burnout kicking in again, so I knew I needed to make a change. I decided to start waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual, which sometimes meant a 4:30 wakeup call, and I immediately got dressed, put on an inspirational podcast, and went for a 30 minute walk on the treadmill.
There have been a few mornings in the past month where I’ve hit snooze one too many times and missed my walk, but I’ve managed to get this in for the majority of my work week and it has made a HUGE difference. Especially in my creativity and productivity.
I’m a total Type A girl and my brain is always ON. During these mornings with my podcasts I forced myself to not think about business. No thinking about my to-do list. No remembering emails I needed to write or blog posts I needed to share.
And the funny thing is, once I started turning my brain off to all these other things, my creative juices started flowing. Out of nowhere, the answer to a business problem I had been struggling with popped into my head. Mantras and positive affirmations started making their way in to my brain. And I had to start bringing a notepad with me so I could write down ideas that came to my mind so I could think about them further later on.
Now I get that the idea of waking up 30 minutes early can seem overwhelming. It’s getting cold and not everyone has access to a treadmill or wants to go for a walk in the dark. I feel ya! But whether it’s a 5-minute morning routine or a 30-minute morning routine, I highly recommend creating one so you can start your day off on the right foot.
Some of the benefits of a morning routine include:
- Reduced anxiety. Feeling overwhelmed by all the demands in your inbox before you’re even out of bed? Feeling bad about your life as you scroll through the amazing depictions of others’ lives on social media? Creating a morning routine that doesn’t involve email or Facebook can combat that!
- Increased productivity. Even if your morning routine involves crossing the most important thing off of your to-do list, you begin your day on a PROACTIVE note as opposed to REACTING to the needs of others.
- Improved health. Starting your day with a walk, a workout, or even 5 minutes of gratitude journalling can do wonders for your physical and mental health.
Convinced you need a morning routine yet? If so, here are 3 tips for creating your own!
1. Be realistic about your mornings. Do you already wake up early to get to work? Do you have kids who like to get up at the crack of dawn? While a 30-minute morning routine may not be in the cards for you (yet), you can set yourself up for success by committing to take 5 minutes to yourself to do some stretches, some journalling, or even meditation every single day. Baby steps!
2. Do something that inspires you. Do you feel amazing after practicing yoga? Do you like to read inspiring articles? How about listening to some feel-good podcasts? When we start our day off on an inspired note, we are more likely to take action throughout the rest of the day.
3. Modify other areas of your life.
Most things that are worth having require at least a little effort on our part. You may need to adjust your night time routine to get yourself in bed a bit earlier. Maybe you’ll have to let your kids or partner know about your intentions and help them understand why this time is important to you. And you may have to remind yourself why this is important to you on those mornings you just don’t want to get out of bed 😉Set yourself up for #success by creating a morning routine with these 3 tips! via @arianafotinakis #healthyliving Click To Tweet
Do you have a morning routine? If so, what do you typically do? And if not, what’s keeping you from creating one?