Monday Motivation: Morning Routines

Morning routines. We all have one.

I used to wake up when my son started calling for me. I would get every last second of sleep and then jump right into the chaos of getting myself and my toddler dressed, fed, looking half-way presentable and out the door. There was no calm. There was no connection. Just a lot of hurry and the short, shallow breathing of “will I miss my train?” anxiety. Been there? Done that?

One day in April, I read this article. Two weeks later, a friend suggested I read Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning. I started seeing books and articles about morning routines everywhere I looked. I even found this one on WBENC Corporate Member Leo Burnett USA’s webpage. I was interested.

Here’s what I learned: Your morning sets the stage for your day. If we start our day by setting goals and intentions, centering our mind, moving our bodies and connecting with the most important people in our lives, we are more likely to take the actions that will help us achieve the life we want.

There is no one “perfect” morning routine. You must choose the elements of a routine that work for you. The elements of your routine will be impacted by your environment and your preferences. Choose pieces of a routine that best fit your lifestyle. My morning routine generally consists of a short meditation, 30 minutes of exercise and 5 – 10 minutes of writing (journaling and gratitude) before I get ready for work and have breakfast with my son. I also read or listen to a podcast on my commute into the city.

Morning routines of highly successful people consist of a variety of the following elements:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Drinking water
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Visualizations
  • Affirmations
  • Prayer
  • Eating breakfast
  • Goal setting
  • Gratitude

Plan to make a few extra minutes in the morning and see what works well for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different elements before settling on your best morning routine.

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Posted on January 9, 2017 and filed under Monday Motivation.