19 Jun Creating an effective morning ritual will change your life
You’ve hit snooze for the third time and now have half an hour to get ready for work.
Now you’re rushing.
You get to work feeling tired and grumpy. You do this every day, every week day at least. On weekends, you sleep in and forget the alarm altogether.
Sound familiar to you? Ya, me too.
Think of the most successful person you know. I can guarantee they do not go through the snooze, rush, repeat cycle.
Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tony Robbins and pretty much any other rich and successful person you can think of has an individualized morning routine, but each one has not-so-shocking similarities. These people must be onto something..
I’m not claiming to be anywhere close to the level of the aforementioned people, but this simple routine is progressively not only turning me into a morning person, but also making my days better as a whole.
1) Wake up and think about why you need to get out of bed and what you want to accomplish that day. To start out, it can be something as simple as, “I need to not be late again today,” or, “I want to have the time to grab a coffee on my way to work”.
2) Take a few minutes to think about a minimum of three things you have to be grateful for. I recently got a Gratitude Journal and it takes about 30 seconds to write out 3 things.
Now close your eyes. Enjoy the silence and focus on your breathing. Let those things you just wrote out float around in your head.
3) Make your bed. Start your morning off right by accomplishing a small task right off the bat.
4) Get moving. I know working out first thing in the a.m. is hard. I myself prefer evening workouts. It doesn’t have to be a lot.
Go on a quick walk, do some push-ups, or do some active stretching if you are short on time in the mornings. I have been doing 10-30 minutes of cardio. Yes, even the 10 minutes makes a difference.
5) Listen to something motivational or educational. Turn on a great video or podcast while you work out and/or while you get ready.
This has turned into my favorite part of the morning. Don’t worry, your rap music isn’t going anywhere.
6) Ok, this one is going to sound super cheesy. Sue me. Look at yourself in the mirror and say something nice to your reflection.
Self-affirmation is proven to make a difference. I personally like going with, “you’re THAT bitch” or “you deserve to have a good day and you will”.
Implant those thoughts, friends. They’ll grow.
7) Leave the house 5-10 minutes earlier than you normally would. Have a chill drive on your way to work. Either keep listening to that podcast or switch to music and enjoy your significantly less stressful drive.
8) I lied when I said number 4 is my favorite. This is my favorite. Eat a healthy and tasty breakfast.
In a world that’s turned skipping breakfast into intermittent fasting, I still think (and more importantly Oprah and Tony think) that a good breakfast is vital for giving you the fuel and energy to be your best self.
That’s really all there is to it. That simple morning routine has me waking up only about 35 minutes earlier than I used to.
Start your morning off right and it’ll maximize your day. Most importantly, be consistent.
Your brain will create a feedback loop that ends in reward and a great feeling of satisfaction.
Your willpower will transfer over to the rest of your day. If that sounds like a lot, start simple by adding a step in at a time and waking up only 10 minutes earlier.
Progressively add more time. Research and customize your own routine.
As Tony Robbins said, “There’s no excuse. … If you don’t have 10 minutes, you don’t have a life.”