You might be asking why on earth would someone want to get up at an ungodly hour before they have to go to work. I asked the same question, but after learning all the benefits of it and how many successful people do it I decided to give it a try. If you are interested as well, I want to commended you for this step forward. Placing a priority on yourself and taking extra time to focus on things that are important to you is an incredible choice.
Okay, great. Now where do you start? If you were like me I read all the different routines that successful CEO’s have and I wasn’t sure what I should or should not implement into my morning routine.
After evaluating what I needed to focus on, here is my morning routine:
4:45am – Wake Up and get some coffee It doesn’t take me 15 minutes to make coffee but I am slow when it comes to getting around so I give myself plenty of time.
5:00am – 5:15am Gratitude/Goals/Affirmations (Mindset) – I spend the first 15 minutes writing down what I am grateful for, I look at my goals, and I tell myself affirmations. This is to get in the mindset of what I have, who I am, and where I am going in life.
5:15am – 5:45am – Pray & Read The Bible (Spirituality) – I believe that God wants a relationship with me and like any relationship you need to make time with the other person to become closer. This also again reaffirms who I am but also aligns my mindset for the rest of the day.
6:00am-7:00am Exercise (Physical) – getting exercise is important to living a healthy life. Weather I go to the gym or go for a run, I at least get my heart rate up for 30 minutes (but up to an hour for longer runs).
7:00am-7:30am- Have Breakfast and Spend time with Family – It is super important for me to spend time with the people who are closest to me. It gives us an opportunity to get together and tell each other to have a good day. My boyfriend and I get each other pumped up and tell each other to go out and conquer the day. We know we will have bad days, but it is great to get that energy going.
7:30am-8:00am – Showered/Get Dressed – pretty self explanatory
Now you might be thinking – wow that is a lot…
Disclaimer – I do not have any kids and have a flexible schedule. If this seems overwhelming for you to do, then don’t do it. Tailor your morning routine to what works for you! I am learning more each day that if it does not serve you, then let it go and find something that does.
I created this morning routine based on what I value and I wanted every aspect of my life to have the best time/attention of my day. Here some questions you can ask yourself on what to choose to do for your morning routine:
How much time do you have?
Now if you took my morning routine and applied it to someone that has to be at work at 6am, waking up at 3am doesn’t seem feasible at all. Maybe you are not confident that you can get up that early. You could start by getting up 30 minutes earlier and then keep getting up earlier in 30 minute increments until you can get up to where you want to be. Or maybe you have children you need to get on the school bus, you might only have 30 minutes to yourself to begin with. No matter what you decide to do,set yourself up for success. This is suppose to help you and not stress you.
What are your goals?
This is going to help you determine what to focus on. You have to have a reason why you are getting up that early. For example, if you want to be more fit – then go to the gym or do an at home work out session. If you want to focus on being more positive, then spend some time being grateful or in meditation. If you want to be more creative, then block out time to let that creativity flow out in your expression.
What is important to you?
If you do not have a specific goal that you are trying to achieve, then what is something that is most important to you? If its family, have breakfast in the morning with your kids or coffee with your S.O.
No matter how you decide to approach creating your morning routine, it will boost your self esteem. Investing time into yourself is an act of self love. You are validating yourself with your actions and what is important to you.
Why not get it done after work?
I could be sleeping in – I’ll do it later
You absolutely could do those things after work if you want to. However, your energy depletes as you go through the day. Think of it like a gas tank. You have been giving your best energy and mental power at work and only have a little left over when you come home from work. I don’t know many people who come home from work and have more energy than they did when they first went in the office. You are not going to get a lot out of giving your valued items your left overs. Why not give your best energy and effort to the things that are important to you. If there is something that you try and you don’t think it is working for you, let it go and try something different.
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
– Hermann Hesse