Why You Need a Morning Routine!
How many times have you woken up, rubbed your eyes and looked at the clock with dread because you knew that it would be impossible for you to do anything productive in this state? If mornings are like this, we are here to give you some hope! In today’s modern age, many people are fighting the battle of waking up tired and dragging themselves through the day. There is an easy solution: a morning routine for best productivity. Here's how to get started on your own high-powered morning routine!
The benefits of a morning routine can be discouraging at first. When I got up this morning, my alarm clock was flashing in the dark little light that is hard to look away from and it seemed like there were so many more things I should do than get out of bed. But then I remembered the importance for me personally: time spent with my journal, a good book that will help me improve even more and some quiet time to pray, meditate, or get focused on what is important to me.
It also cuts down on distractions like social media notifications from friends or other businesses, or companies who are wanting your attention.
A morning routine is the best way to set yourself up for success during the day. It can help you get organized and focused on your goals, while also giving you a sense of accomplishment when you are done.
There are many benefits of having a morning routine, including increased productivity and happiness. This blog post will outline how to create an effective morning routine that will have long-term benefits for your well-being.
In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of a morning routine for best productivity during your day. A habit-forming routine can help you focus on important tasks and get them done faster to avoid procrastination. You will learn how to plan ahead so that when it is time for work or school, you are not scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. Wake up at a consistent time every morning, no matter how tired you are or if it’s the weekend. This will help regulate your body's natural sleep cycle and give you more energy throughout the day. When starting out, waking up 30 minutes before work is usually enough to get used to an early wakeup time. We are going to talk about a great book review called "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod. This book takes a very simple concept, breaks it down into bite-sized chunks, and has you starting your day feeling accomplished and productive.
A morning routine is a sequence of activities that you do every day to get your life in order and start the day off with purpose. It sets the tone for what kind of person you want to be, how productive you want to be, and it will also help set up your environment so that everything else flows better throughout the rest of the day. If the important things are done right away first thing your likelihood of getting more done is greater. In a world where we have so much going on and expectations from all angles, it's hard to stay motivated.
- The benefits of waking up early - the best time for productivity. It’s quiet, and you are free to get a few things done before all the distractions set in. - How your morning routine affects how you feel during the day. Get rid of that feeling and saying to yourself “Where did the day go, I didn’t get anything done!” - Why getting enough sleep is so important. This works for any time that feels right for you.
Maybe you are a night person. The importance is a routine you can stick to and help you be more productive while getting in your 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Have a routine in the morning. Having a routine will provide you with more productivity than not having one because it helps to organize your day and by automatically doing things at certain times, you can spend less time thinking about what needs to be done next and more time actually getting those projects completed. A good way for this is to get up earlier. Just as little as 1 extra hour can set your day up right and having you feeling accomplished first thing in the morning!
Numerous studies show that creating and sticking to a daily routine can lead to more productivity in your day-to-day life. Whether it’s waking up at 5:00 a.m. or 7:00 a.m., that is a decision you make as long as you have an hour each morning before you start your day to get the daily things done.
A morning routine is often the most important part of your day. It sets you up for success, ensures that you have everything in order and ready to go before the rest of your tasks come at you later. A productive morning will help set a successful tone for the entire day ahead.
The first part of my routine is waking up early enough to have some quiet time before I head out for the "rat race."
In Hal Elrod's book "The Miracle Morning", he initiates his morning routine with an acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. What I like about this system is that it only takes an hour a day and you are off and running feeling that you are off to a great start. Let’s look at what these letters mean. 10 minutes dedicated to each category starts your day out perfect.
Get a morning routine planner/journal that provides a quick outline for the day with space to write your tasks and notes. Just like Hal has done in his book, he lays out how it is best broken down into 10-minute blocks of time. Make sure you plan out your day the night before. Bullet Journaling, using your planner, notes in your phone, good old paper and pencil, whatever method works to get the words down to plan your day. We also make a separate “to do” list for the week. Each business has its own page. The goal is to get 5 things done every day for each business that are “income producing” activities. 5 things each day 5 days a week. So when you are planning your day the night before you can look at your “to do” list and prioritize what you want to accomplish the following day. The most important thing to do is to make sure you schedule the uninterrupted time to complete those priorities. We like to work in 90 blocks of time. If you have multiple businesses or projects you are working on at the same time, this 90 chunks of time also help you to change gears and begin working on a totally unrelated project or business. We allow at least 30 minutes in between before starting another 90-minute jam session.
Here is the acronym that will help organize your morning and keep you on track. Allow 10 minutes for each category.
S. Silence-whether you meditate, pray, practice mindfulness or do yoga, 10 minutes of silence in the morning goes along way.
A. Affirmations-improve your mindset and get rid of the “stinking thinking” you have grown up with and start telling yourself you are good enough to achieve whatever you want to accomplish. You deserve it. I had such a hang up on making money. It made me feel “dirty” greedy to want more. I didn’t think good Christians were suppose to want to be wealthy. I have learned that so many wealthy people are in the world and no one knows who they are. They are not in the lime light, you don’t see them all over the news or on T.V. These people are behind the scenes spending their money on doing good things and blessing causes along the way. How do charities get funded? Yes, by people donating their money and the amount depends on what they have but we give it away to help our favorite charities. The more we have the more we can give away!!! It is truly another way we can make a difference in the world today.
V. Visualization-What does your perfect life look like? What can you picture yourself accomplishing in the next coming months? What is your ideal day look and feel like?
E. Exercise-You can get 1500 steps in on the treadmill in 10 minutes!
R. Reading-10 minutes or 10 pages in a book that will continue to improve you.
S. Scribing otherwise known as “Journaling”. Write down your thoughts, challenges, aspirations, dreams, and ideas.
Benefits: Focus on the most important tasks of your day - do this first thing in the morning and you'll have a clear mind to work through them with ease. Establish what needs to be done today, which will give clarity for any unexpected things that pop up during the day. Improve mental attitude and reduce stress knowing you have a routine that keeps you on track.
2nd Resource I love is a book by my mentor Susan Sly, “Organize Your Life”. Susan is a great business mentor of ours. She has taught us that you are never too old to start a business and bring all your years of knowledge and experience to benefit others by bringing them value.
In Susan’s book she discusses not only a morning routine but how to organize your whole day and your life. She runs several businesses simultaneously and is the “Queen” of getting it all done! When I grow up, I want to be just like her!!
Susan says in her book, “If you want to change anything in your life, you have to make a decision that you will not put up with it any longer, and that starts with listing out the behaviors that you are no longer willing to allow in your life from this day forward. Change is scary at times, and yes-it is going to hurt”. We must be willing to take action to change our behaviors that keep us from attaining our goals.
Susan goes into the different personality types and based on which type you are, the most common pitfalls you will face in trying to change your habits. I am definitely Helen Helps A Lot! I put the needs of other ahead of mine. I am a people pleaser and I have a hard time saying “No”. I often get in over my head with commitments and therefore do not get done what I need to get done for me. It was a little painful to learn about my connection to “Helen” but now I am aware and can change those old habits. My first step was learning to graciously say “No”.
We have made it easy for you to get both Susan’s and Hal's books. I strongly encourage you to take the step to nail down that morning routine and then move on to the rest of your day and your life! I love how it make me feel when I get so much done in an hour or less and then I already feel accomplished for the day and it is just starting!
As always, thanks for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with us. We hope this has brought you some value today. Enjoy the rest of your week! See you next time. Please feel free to comment on what works for you with a morning routine.